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Conservation International seeks EU Policy and Sustainable Production Manager

Conservation International 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 6 Nov 2017

Job Description

EU Policy and Sustainable Production Manager

Reporting to: Managing Director and Vice-President, CI Europe
Start date: December 2017
Type: Permanent


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. Conservation International (CI) is an organisation with global reach and impact. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. CI works in more than 30 countries on four continents.

CI Europe is the organization’s office in charge of public partnerships, fundraising and policy work at EU level, and has the status of Belgian a.s.b.l. The creation, in 2010, of this office reflects CI’s recognition that the European Union (EU) and its member states have a growing influence in the international environmental arena through their policy decisions and their investments, and that influencing the EU institutions is an increasingly critical component of efforts to achieve CI’s mission.

Primary job function

The Manager for Sustainable Production manages CI’s EU engagement on sustainable production of agriculture commodities, deforestation and climate change chains with policy-makers and corporations. S/he reports to the Managing Director and Vice-President for CI Europe, coordinates closely with the Vice-President of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), and is responsible for the implementation of specific activities for policy and corporate engagement in aforementioned areas.

In these fields s/he manages CI Europe’s daily relations with the European policy community, corporate partners and related organizations (European Commission, Parliament, Council, individual member states, NGOs and other centers of influence as appropriate). S/he disseminates CI’s experience in field demonstration, science, corporate engagement and global policy at the technical level, with the aim that this experience is recognized by European decision makers and corporate partners, and inspires policy and operational changes.

S/he provides regular analysis of EU policy state of play at EU and national level and corporate behavior in relation to sustainable production of agriculture commodities, deforestation and climate change policy. S/he works in close collaboration with the rest of CI Europe, the Policy Center, CELB, and other divisions to provide information about on-going policy processes, and interprets the information to inform CI’s EU policy and corporate strategy.

Functions and Responsibilities


Manage European engagement on sustainable production of agricultural products with national and European policy makers in support of CI strategies:

  • Gain support for policy and regulatory incentives and enforcement mechanisms in Europe that aim at reducing “imported deforestation”;
  • Demand good practice on sustainable production of palm oil and soy;
  • Drive increased development cooperation to protect valuable ecosystems and enhance sustainable production in converted areas;
  • Encourage enforcement of environmental and social legislation in producing countries.


  • Engage with European corporations about our sustainable production strategy to build towards partnerships, in coordination with John Buchanan, Vice-President for Sustainable Production at CELB;
  • Plan EU specific communications activities about positive examples of corporate efforts on sustainable production of palm.


  • Gain support for nature-based solutions to climate change in Europe, including with European negotiators to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


This is a full time permanent position (Contrat à Durée Indéterminée). Candidates should be EU nationals or have a valid work permit for Belgium.

This position is based in Brussels, Belgium. Some domestic and international travels, estimated at 10% of time.



(Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will not be considered.)

  • A degree level qualification in public policy, international affairs or similar;
  • Technical knowledge and understanding of international and European policies related to biodiversity, climate change, natural resource management, poverty alleviation and international development;
  • At least 3 years professional experience demonstrating knowledge and understanding of government processes and the European political environment as it relates to Conservation International’s strategic priorities;
  • An existing professional network of contacts in key European partner entities including the European Union institutions and EU member state governments as well as key European institutions such as think-tanks, industry bodies, private sector actors and NGOs;
  • Proven ability to engage with a variety of external partners and key stakeholders in governments, bilateral and multilateral institutions, development organizations and NGOs;
  • Proven ability to implement policy engagement strategies to influence policy positions by developing and cultivating partnerships with government agencies;
  • Experience in project and/or campaign implementation, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage time;
  • Proven ability to work in a culturally diverse environment;
  • Ability to work under pressure and deadlines without compromising working standards and high quality results;
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills. Proven skills in problem solving and adapting to change;
  • Excellent command of English;
  • Candidates should be EU nationals or have a valid work permit for Belgium.


  • Capacity to work in at least two other languages in addition to English (French, Spanish, German, Portuguese) will be appreciated.


Salary and benefits package is offered commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CI Values

As we pursue our vision and mission, we are guided by these essential and values:

  • Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms;
  • Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences;
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions;
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results;
  • Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.



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