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Help us influence policymakers in Poland

HEAL has been active in Poland for the past ten years, to engage the Polish health and medical sector, to communicate the latest science on how environmental pollution and climate change affect people’s health, and to advocate for more health protective and preventative policies. Our evidence on the health impacts and cost of air pollution (especially from coal power generation, transport) helped to shape public and policy debates at the national, regional and local level.

We work in collaboration with leading Polish health organisations and medical professionals to advocate in deliberations on clean air laws, transport policies, the Polish energy strategy, climate policies, the COVID-19 recovery fund, increasingly linking the EU and national level. The 2025 Polish EU Presidency provides for exciting advocacy opportunities.

We are looking for a new Environmental Health Policy Specialist to join our team in Poland – we need someone who:

…  has at least 5 years of experience in advocacy and campaigning in an NGO setting

…   knows the ins and outs of policymaking in Poland

…  is passionate about creating change and ensuring we can lead healthy lives on a healthy planet

Does this sound like you?

As our new Environmental Health Policy Specialist, you’ll work closely with the HEAL Poland Director to develop and implement our advocacy and campaign activities of the HEAL programme in Poland. You’ll collaborate with HEAL members and partners, represent HEAL in collaboration spaces with other civil society organisations, monitor key policy and network developments (especially on air quality, climate, energy and chemicals), and engage with local and national policymakers and other key stakeholders to promote HEAL positions and call on them to enact evidence-based, health protective policies.

What we offer

It’s important to us that you feel valued and supported in your role, so here’s what we can offer you:

  • A full-time, permanent contract (part-time negotiable)
  • A competitive salary, commensurate to experience
  • A holiday bonus paid out in June each year (an extra monthly salary)
  • An end-of-year bonus (an extra monthly salary)
  • A complementary pension scheme (HEAL contributes 4% of your monthly salary)
  • A monthly home office allowance
  • Up to 5 additional days of leave each year, in addition to statutory leave entitlements
  • Up to 6 weeks of working from another EU country per calendar year
  • Regular travel to Brussels

You can count on us to help you learn and grow in the job so you can be successful. After completing a robust onboarding programme, you’ll have access to training and learning opportunities. You’ll be able to meet with and get to know lots of partner organisations and constituencies across the health and environment spectrum.

How to apply

For more information on this role, please check out the job description. It specifies the criteria we’ll refer to when reviewing applications.

To apply for this position, please complete the application form by Sunday 19 May 2024. You’ll need to upload:

  • A cover letter that explains why you think you’d be a good fit for the role and for HEAL
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Copies of your academic qualifications

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to take a test by the end of April. Interviews will be held in the first half of May.

About HEAL

HEAL is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. We work to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health. Our alliance brings together over 80 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Browse our website for more information.

HEAL is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, HEAL has a legal duty to protect any information collected from applicants. Information contained in applications may be privileged or confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the recruitment process.

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