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Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board seeks EU Policy Advisor

Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 24 Sep 2017

Job Description

EU Policy Advisor

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government).

Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Our vision is for a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best.

Our philosophy is that levy payers are at the heart of what we do. In order to deliver genuine levy payer focus there is a sector advisory committee (known as ‘sector board’) for each of the six commodity sectors represented by AHDB. Each sector board comprises levy payers, other stakeholders from the sector and independent members. The main AHDB Board has delegated the responsibility to each sector board to develop the most appropriate strategies to meet the challenges of the sector; to ensure the relevant levy rate is recommended in order to provide adequate funding for the required work; to monitor strategy implementation and to approve remedies where performance deviates from plan. The sector board members are appointed by AHDB.

Team/department purpose

The Brussels office exists to optimize flow of information and communication to and from EU institutions on behalf of AHDB and the wider industry. Its role consists in ensuring that the relevant sectors are well informed on issues and developments which have an impact on the operating environment, efficiency, profitability and in developing and maintaining a network through which these sectors can direct developments in their favour.

The EU Policy Advisor provides information and advice on all aspects of EU policy and legislation affecting the industry.

Role responsibilities

  • Monitoring and assessing EU policy and legislation:
    • Daily ad-hoc briefings on relevant EU policy;
    • Monthly reports and quarterly reports summarising;
    • Carrying out ad hoc research and analysis.
  • Industry support:
    • Contact with EU Commission on technical policy and legislation;
    • Cooperation with Brussels based counterparts from other Member States;
    • Direct contact with levy payers on specific issues and inquiries.
  • Public affairs:
    • Liaison with EU institutions and Brussels based stakeholders;
    • Presenting to small groups;
    • Organising and coordinating meetings and press visits;
    • Developing and expanding the Brussels Office’s network.

Person specification

  • A University degree for instance in Political Sciences, European law or Economics;
  • Solid knowledge of the EU Bubble and EU Agri-food policies, combined with sound and practical business judgment;
  • 1st class written and verbal communications skills in English and preferably also in French;
  • Proven drafting, monitoring and research skills;
  • Minimum 3 years of working experience (preferably in an EU institution, Public Affairs consultancy, Agri-food trade/lobbying association or NGO);
  • Speed and accuracy of delivery;
  • Assertive, pro-active, able to work on own initiative;
  • Organised, with a can-do attitude and able to work well in a small team;
  • Good networker and communication skills;
  • A farming background and/or some knowledge of the cereals/dairy/meat sectors would be an asset.

Salary range: Commensurate to experience
Contract type: 1 year
Hours: 35
Closing date: 9th October c.o.b

Send your CV and a cover letter to under Reference 1498/17.

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