Position title: Policy Officer (Arctic, Climate and Energy)
Position status: One-year VIE contract
Salary: Under VIE contractual arrangements
Reporting arrangements: Reports to the CPMR Director in charge of Transport and Energy and liaises with the Executive Secretary of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission and the CPMR Director for Maritime Affairs and Climate.
Location: CPMR Secretariat – Rond-point Schuman 14, Brussels
Application deadline: 31 December 2022
Starting date: 1 March 2023
JOB DESCRIPTION | Your responsibilities
The Policy Officer (Arctic, Climate & Energy) will work under the supervision of the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Executive Secretary and the CPMR Directors responsible for Energy and Climate, reporting specifically to the CPMR Director in charge of Transport and Energy.
She/is responsible for two areas of work:
1) providing direct support to the CPMR BSC activities relating to the Arctic;
2) assisting the activities of the CPMR on Climate and Energy.
SUPPORT BSC ACTIVITIES ON ARCTIC ISSUES
- Organise events in the framework of the CPMR BSC Arctic Task Force, including via the SEArica Intergroup in the European Parliament in Brussels (preparation of agendas, liaison with speakers, overall logistics, minute taking, social media, articles…);
- Monitor policy developments relating to the Arctic at European level (particularly from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Committee of the Regions), national and regional level;
- Draft policy notes and briefings relating to the EU arctic agenda for the benefit of the Members of the CPMR BSC Arctic Task Force;
- Support to social media activities
SUPPORT CPMR ACTIVITIES ON CLIMATE AND ENERGY
- Monitor specific EU legislation and policies files related to the Climate and Energy dossiers followed by the CPMR;
- Support to the organisation of relevant CPMR events (e.g. working groups, task forces, workshops, sessions in CPMR statutory events), related to Climate and Energy (e.g. contact with member regions/CPMR Geographical Commissions, speakers, note taking, mailings, logistic support, redaction of follow up articles)
- Punctual support to development of contents in key areas of interest (e.g. technical notes or briefings, participation in the reflections of the CPMR policy teams dedicated to Climate & Energy)
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIRED | Are you the person we are looking for?
Essential work experience and educational background:
- Higher education qualifications (University, Master or Ph.d degree in a relevant field);
- Minimum two years’ experience working professionally (including internships) after studies;
- Professional spoken and written proficiency in English;
- Solid knowledge of the EU institutional system and legislative process
- Work experience within a public authority (especially a regional authority) and/or politically-led EU, transnational or international organisation, preferably in an advocacy/lobbying role;
- Experience in organising high-level events involving pan-European participants and focused on (a) EU policy theme(s)
- Demonstrable knowledge and/or professional experience in at least one of the areas covered by the position
- Knowledge and understanding of regional interests in relation to European Union policies;
- Experience and/or keen interest in EU affairs, arctic and Baltic Sea, Climate & Energy issues;
- Proficiency in a language spoken within the CPMR BSC Membership (Swedish, Finnish, German, Estonian or Norwegian) is a plus.
DESIRABLE PERSONAL SKILLS | As a person, we expect that you have/are:
- Solid drafting skills in English;
- Event organisational skills;
- Diplomacy skills and an understanding of different cultural contexts, able to respect and embrace the different working cultures represented within the membership of the CPMR and its Baltic Sea Commission;
- Strong interpersonal skills, resilience, autonomy and sense of responsibility in task delivery: a team player who understands the importance of teamwork, with a ‘can-do’ attitude;
- Strong analytical skills and an ability to weigh the various interests against an overall view and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Demonstrated communication skills, particularly relating to social media;
- A skilled networker able to build and maintain strong professional relationships and chorale stakeholders around a course;
- Politically astute, and able to adapt language and approach to manage unexpected and complex or politically sensitive situations;
- Able to operate effectively in a fast-paced, politically charged environment. Able to manage stress.
- Able to respect hierarchy and deadlines, and to prioritise and manage time effectively.
more information about the job can be found here
The application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31/12/2022, including a cover letter in English and your CV, and specify “Policy Officer (Arctic, Climate & Energy)” in the email subject.
Interviews are planned to take place in January in Brussels and/or online. A written test will also be foreseen.