RISE Foundation seeks Researcher

Rural Investment Support for Europe 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussel, Belgium 24 Mrz 2015

Job Description

The Rural Investment Support for Europe (RISE) Foundation is an independent foundation which strives to support a sustainable and internationally competitive rural economy across Europe, looking for ways to preserve the European countryside, its environment and biodiversity, and its cultural heritage and traditions. It works by bringing together experts to address key environmental/agricultural challenges in Europe and develops high quality accessible research reports with clear recommendations for policy makers. It draws on its extensive network of rural stakeholders to highlight innovative practices developed at the farm level and provides a platform for debate on issues that affect rural communities.

The Foundation is about to launch a new project looking into aspects of Nutrient Recycling and Reuse (NRR) for Agriculture in Europe. We are looking for a


to work on this project. The role will be full time for the duration of the project which will finish at the end of April 2016. We are seeking someone who has experience of desk based research and who will be happy to work relatively independently. Fluent English – both spoken and written to a very high standard- is essential as the post holder will be writing sections of the final report in English. For more information on the project go to the full job description on http://www.risefoundation.eu/images/stories/NRR/RISE_Researcher_2015.pdf.


The responsibilities of the post will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • To undertake research, including literature reviews and data collection to support the development of the NRR project;
  • To keep abreast of developments in NRR with regard to new research, policy initiatives and projects;
  • To write sections of the final report, as requested by the Project Director;
  • To edit written material for the final report;
  • To produce communication materials for the project including, for example, writing articles for publication and the website and writing and designing leaflets etc.;
  • To keep up to date of ongoing conferences and workshops on the subject and attend when relevant;
  • To manage the social media account of the RISE Foundation, including regular use of Twitter, Facebook and updating of the RISE website;
  • To support the organisation of workshops and conferences;
  • To write up minutes and meeting reports for various associated workshops, conferences and meetings;
  • Manage and update the contact lists of RISE for the NRR project;
  • To write speeches/prepare presentations/give presentations on NRR as requested.

Qualifications/skills/experience required:

Essential (please do not apply unless you meet the following essential criteria):

  • Educated to a minimum of masters level, preferably in a subject related to EU Affairs, Economics and/or agriculture;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • A strong level of initiative;
  • Ability to work as part of a small team;
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills;
  • Mature manner and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Computer fluency: PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook are a must.


  • Experience of working in research;
  • Fluency in a second European language;
  • Work experience and a proven interest in EU affairs with regard to current agriculture/environmental policy;
  • Experience of managing internet sites and social media in a professional environment.

Conditions of employment:

Fixed term contract (until the end of April 2016);
Start date: end of April 2015 (to be confirmed).

Application process:

Please send your application to rise@risefoundation.eu with ‘Researcher: YOUR NAME’ in the subject field.

Please include in your application your CV and cover letter (1 page) with a response to the following question (maximum length one side): How can European Agriculture contribute to a more circular economy?

Please note that we will only respond to successful candidates.

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