European Association of Zoos and Aquaria seeks EU Policy Manager

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 17 Mrz 2018

Job Description

EU Policy Manager

EAZA, the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, represents and links 400 zoos, aquariums, national zoo federations and other organisations in 45 countries, including Members in 26 of the 28 EU Member States. In addition to furthering the professional standards of our Members with regard to the care and accommodation of the animals kept in their collections, EAZA also facilitates cooperation in our key mission areas of conservation, education and research. EAZA is the world’s largest professional zoo and aquarium body, and more than 140 million visits are made to EAZA Members each year.

The main EAZA Executive Office is based at Artis Zoo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands however, this advertised post will be based at our satellite office in Brussels, Belgium. The EAZA Strategy 2017-2020 has a specific focal area about representing the EAZA community at the EU and with appropriate stakeholders to influence relevant policy and good practice; this role is integral to achieving objectives under this focal area.

Job Description

The successful candidate will work directly for the EAZA Executive Director, and have line management responsibility for the EU Policy Coordinator. There will be regular contact with the Executive Director and other key EAZA staff with the expectation that the successful candidate will make four to five visits per year to the main EAZA Executive Office in Amsterdam. This role will encompass a variety of policy areas but the main focusses will be Biodiversity, Conservation and Animal Welfare. The EU Policy Manager will also monitor the work of the EU Policy Coordinator on Animal Health policy. The contract will be subject to a positive development review.

Duties and Responsibilities

Policy Influencing and Representation

  • Build and develop an effective and meaningful network of key contacts and establish long-term cooperation with EU institutions, MEPs, Commission representatives and permanent representatives of national governments in Europe;
  • Represent EAZA at the EU on a day to day basis and facilitate meetings of other representatives of EAZA at relevant meetings;
  • Promote the work of the EAZA community to a wide Brussels audience, including EU bodies;
  • Develop EAZA’s advocacy strategy in cooperation with the Executive Director and relevant EAZA Member(s);
  • Assist in the organization of events in Brussels and Strasbourg to promote the work of EAZA, developing increased dialogue with relevant bodies;
  • Establish strategic alliances with environmental, science and education focused NGOs represented in Brussels;
  • Engage in policy processes that affect EAZA zoos and aquariums;
  • Assist in the development of EAZA’s policy and position statements and strategic approach to public affairs in Europe.

Staff Management

  • Provide line-management to the EU Policy Coordinator. This will include holding performance development reviews, overseeing the development of annual work plans as well as staff training and development, support with dayto-day questions as well as reaching set targets during the year. Taking part in interview panels for recruitment of new staff as required.


  • Provide reports detailing ongoing developments at the EU to be of use for EAZA Committees and the wider membership;
  • Provide liaison to the EAZA National Association Committee;
  • Contribute towards identifying future funding sources from EU institutions and bodies to assist in implementing EAZA’s strategic aims and developing materials of use in funding proposals;
  • Establish relationships with potential donors in Brussels;
  • Teach in appropriate EAZA Academy training courses on policy and legislation where appropriate;
  • Where relevant, assist with preparation related to conferences and other general tasks in the office;
  • Contribute to ensuring the communication and publication of related information to the membership (e.g. by publication in eNews, Zooquaria, EAZA website) where it pertains to EU and policy.

Required Qualifications and Experience


The EAZA EU Policy Manager will be educated to a minimum of degree level or equivalent. Complementary training in policy work as well as biological sciences is preferred.


  • Candidates must have a minimum of five years’ work experience in the field of advocacy; experience with environmental policies is highly desirable;
  • Candidates must have a good understanding of zoo and aquaria’s work related to biodiversity and conservation legislation and policy and be able to understand the technical and applied aspects;
  • Candidates must have a good understanding of EU structures, decision making bodies and budget processes;
  • Work experience with policy development at the EU level is essential;
  • Candidates must have a proven track record working in a multidisciplinary team environment;
  • Experience with standard office word processing and spreadsheet packages is essential;
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate strategic thinking and experience of organizational development;
  • Candidates should ideally have experience with line-management of staff;
  • A proven ability in public speaking is essential;
  • Experience with meeting facilitation will be a distinct advantage.


  • Good negotiation and networking skills;
  • The ability to work effectively to deadlines and under pressure is paramount;
  • Good prioritisation skills and ability to balance multiple policy processes at the same time;
  • Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work across multiple cultures;
  • Candidates must be able to deal sensitively and appropriately with confidential information;
  • Fluent written/spoken English. The ability to communicate in an additional European language is preferred;
  • The ability to initiate new ideas and take the initiative in response to challenges and opportunities;
  • The ability to explain diverse issues to non‐experts.

Employment Conditions

The position of EAZA EU Policy Manager is a full‐time post working five days a week (38 hours) to be based in Brussels. The successful candidate will be expected to work weekends and outside normal working hours where required, for example at conferences. A willingness to travel is also essential. The successful candidate will be entitled to 20 days of legal holidays per year, plus an additional five EAZA discretionary holiday days per year. A company pension and healthcare insurance is available. The contract is subject to a positive development review. The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from €50,000 to €54,000, subject to experience. This includes holiday pay and a 13th month.


Applications should include a brief covering letter and a full CV with two references.

All applications are to be sent via email to Myfanwy Griffith at with the subject line “EU Policy Manager – Name of applicant”. All applications received will be acknowledged by a return email.

Application deadline: 09:00 CET 3 April 2018

Interviews will take place in Brussels during April 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

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