Project Officer – EU Policy and Advocacy

Are you keen to work with social movements and civil society networks to influence EU and EC polices and legislation on human rights, trade, aid and forests? Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is a human rights organisation whose mission is to work in solidarity with forest peoples to secure their rights to own, manage and control their community forests and decide their own futures. Working from the bottom up through partnerships with forest communities and social justice networks in tropical countries, FPP supports forest peoples to push for reform of EU supply chains, trade and investment to eliminate human rights abuse, land grabs and deforestation.

We are looking for a well-connected person experienced in policy advocacy to become part of a team working with FPP partners and allies to target EU and EC decision makers developing policies on trade, human rights, forests, sustainable development and climate change matters.  

 

The role

You will be a key part of FPP’s Responsible Finance (RFP) and Legal and Human Rights (LHRP) Programmes and will be based in Brussels. Your work will involve tracking EU policies, developing policy positions in conjunction with FPP staff, partners and civil society allies, engaging with the European Commission, the European Parliament and other European Union institutions, and supporting interaction of southern partners with European institutions, with a view to reforming EU supply chains, cleaning up European finance and advocating for sustainable trade. You will work with FPP to promote legal instruments to regulate European businesses standards and introduce strengthened frameworks for corporate due diligence on human rights working in close collaboration with indigenous peoples’ organisations and networks and with allied NGOs working on these issues.  

This post is guided by FPP’s core principle of peoples’ right to self-determination.

 

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Research key areas of EU and EC policy, and monitor ongoing developments;
  • Facilitate FPP staff, partners and community leaders to engage in EU and EC policy spaces on sustainable trade, human rights, corporate accountability, forests and sustainable development;
  • Participate in policy meetings with the EU and EC and with civil society organisations with whom FPP works;
  • Support FPP’s development of policy positions with respect to the EU;
  • Represent FPP in EU fora when required;
  • Organise and convene meetings and events with partners and allies in Brussels or third countries as required;
  • Liaise with indigenous peoples’ and social justice networks active in the EU policy processes on business and human rights, international finance, forests and rights issues
  • Travel to UK and international advocacy meetings as required
  • Support FPP fundraising efforts to continue and expand this work
  • General support for RFP and LHRP teams as required

In carrying out the above duties you will work with the RFP coordinator, the FPP legal team and other FPP team members working on EU trade regulation, corporate accountability and accountable aid and finance. FPP does not have an office in Brussels, so it is expected that the selected candidate will work from home (or make their own working arrangements). The position would generally involve travel to FPP’s head offices in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK for several days, 3-4 times per year.

 

Skills and Experience

  1. Knowledge of EU trade, aid and development policies and an understanding of related EC legislation, policies and initiatives;
  2. Knowledge of and commitment to international human rights law, with experience of indigenous peoples’ rights an advantage;
  3. Experience working on EU and EC policy making and a proven understanding of advocacy with European institutions;
  4. Prior experience in working with indigenous and forest-dependent peoples’ organisations and communities is an advantage;
  5. Proven skills in networking and joint advocacy with other organisations working on similar issues;
  6. Ability to conduct policy analyses and write articles, policy papers and reports;
  7. Fluency or competence Spanish or French is a major advantage
  8. Willingness and capacity to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural, dispersed team of FPP staff and partners to achieve shared objectives
  9. Capacity to travel overseas as part of the job several times a year, if necessary
  10. Commitment to FPP’s values and principles

 

Terms

  • Salary in the range £25,000 - £35,000 (GBP) p.a. pro rata depending on qualifications and experience
  • 80% time (4 days a week)
  • Reporting to: The Coordinator of the Responsible Finance Programme
  • Location – working from Brussels (FPP does not have an office in Brussels, so it is expected that the selected candidate will work from home (or make their own working arrangements). The position would generally involve travel to FPP’s head offices in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK for several days, 3-4 times per year). Please Note: To apply for this role you must have the right to live and work in Belgium.

 

To apply for this post

  • Please send a cover letter and your CV by email to info@forestpeoples.org  with your name and 'Project Officer – EU Policy and Advocacy' in the subject line.
  • Closing date for applications: 15 November 2019
  • Tentative Interview date Thursday 21 November