Feedback EU is a Netherlands-based climate and food campaign group. We work closely together with our sister organisation Feedback Global, founded in 2013 in the UK. We work to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. Food production is the single greatest impact humans have on the environment. From mountains of food waste, to habitat destruction to grow animal feed for factory farms or feed farmed fish, to soil depletion leaving future harvests at risk: the food system needs to change. Founded in April 2022, we combine investigative research, campaigns, community outreach and on-the-ground pilot projects for a better food system.
About the role
We are seeking an experienced policy officer to lead our advocacy on biomethane in relation to food waste, animal and plant production and climate change at EU level and amongst a few strategic member states. Feedback has campaigned successfully on food waste and large scale anaerobic digestion in the UK and together with partners in the EU since 2013. The successful candidate will strengthen our advocacy on food waste, industrial livestock, energy crops and biomethane in the EU, building on our history of advocacy in the UK and the EU and working in partnership with other European organisations in key countries.
We’re looking for a dynamic experienced policy advisor and campaigner who is able to take the initiative, to work closely with Feedback’s existing staff in The Hague and London, and our EU partner organisations and networks. The role will be responsible for coordinating our one year funded project to influence policy makers in the EU and national states to maintain biomethane production within a ’sustainable niche’ such that it supports emission mitigation and energy security without threatening food security and losing opportunities for nature recovery.
Your role will involve building relationships and coalitions at EU level, in Member States, and the UK, drawing learning from Feedback’s UK campaign on food waste and further developing and implementing advocacy and campaigns for the EU context. The role will both provides the opportunity to develop and enhance technical and research skills, and take significant responsibility for network building and advocacy tactics to achieve policy goals. The role will also involve working on other Feedback projects and campaigns in pursuit of a sustainable and just food system where required, especially with regards to our work on industrial livestock and aquaculture.
To be successful in this role you will need to be passionate about addressing head-on the damage that our food system causes to our climate, ecology and biodiversity. You will be an astute policy advisor and tireless campaigner, with a strong understanding of the environmental and climate sector in the EU and a good grasp of the interactions between food and energy systems and environmental issues. You will be keen to demonstrate your creativity and initiative in establishing Feedback’s advocacy presence in Brussels and in target countries, and will have excellent skills at identifying and developing new relationships and communicating with colleagues in a remote setting.
You will be able to demonstrate your strong advocacy and campaigning skills and sound political judgement in creating and implementing lobby and campaigning strategies and networking with civil society and EU policy makers, as well as carrying out project management and fundraising duties as required by the organisation to support advocacy and campaigning. As the third employee of a new organisation, we value flexibility, energy and a willingness to take on challenges and learn new skills. We look forward to welcoming you to our team.
The main responsibilities of this role are:
- To produce and develop policy briefings and other materials on biomethane and associated land use, livestock production, food security, waste, climate and energy themes (20% of time), by:
- Conducting original desk-based and analytical research on biomethane in relation to edible food used as feedstock, or how biomethane plants have facilitated factory farm expansion in the EU.
- Producing research outputs, reports, policy briefs and policy recommendations based on scientific evidence and analysis, working with external stakeholders including partner NGOs and academics.
- Work with colleagues to formulate policy recommendations based on research findings and existing Feedback’s positions, and tailor these to opportunities and audience.
- To create content based on research findings and to manage and organise campaign events (20%), working with colleagues and allies including:
- Producing content for social media, blogs, op eds and press releases
- Prepare presentations and briefings for colleagues and partners
- Manage and coordinate campaign events at EU level, the Netherlands and in other target countries.
- To build relationships with other civil society, policy makers and industry (30%), by:
- Convening a core group of NGOs to agree on common position and messaging on biomethane, and strengthening their capacity in relation to advocacy and campaigning.
- Representing Feedback and the campaign in externals networks, and deputise for senior staff as required
- Supporting senior staffing briefing industry bodies and groups.
- Building alliances with US organisations and coalitions working on relevant issues like ´factory farm gas´ to cross-pollinate and strengthen international movements.
- Participating in European and global coalitions, networks and conversations.
- Deliver smooth and effective project coordination of the biomethane project, working with the Director of Feedback EU and other colleagues (20%), by:
- Administering the campaign budget.
- Supporting on reporting to donors on progress
- Supporting fundraising for related work as required
- Take on other research, policy and any other reasonable tasks in wider Feedback programmes (10%), including Feedback UK as relevant, committing to extending learning and understanding to new issues and topics.
To deliver in this role you will need to have:
- Good knowledge and understanding of (either gained through study or on the job experience) in food systems , energy systems, waste, land use and/or climate change.
- Experience in advocacy at EU-level, a wide network of policy makers and civil society in the EU and preferable in the Netherlands.
- A passion for creating environmental and climate change, and at least 3 years’ experience achieving corporate and/ or policy change on environmental issues, as a policy advisor, campaigner or within industry.
- Experience in research methodologies and drawing evidence-based conclusions from research.
- Flexibility and resilience – the ability to manage multiple priorities and to pivot rapidly to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
- Excellent communication skills – persuasive writing skills and fluent spoken and written English and Dutch, as well as experience presenting and facilitating. Knowledge of another EU language is an advantage.
- Ideally, experience working in remote teams and maintaining strong working relationships with remote colleagues.
- A self-starter with a can-do attitude, flexibility and adaptability, willing to pitch in on delivery and help colleagues across the teams, recognising that Feedback EU is a small, nimble organisation with fast-changing priorities.
- A commitment to Feedback’s values Impact, Collaboration, Celebration, Solidarity, Audacity, and to our goal of transforming the food system to regenerate the natural world and to sustain us all on a fair basis.
- The right to work in the EU.
Gross Salary: Euro 3200-3600 pro rata
Hours: 4 days per week (32 hours), with a high degree of flexibility over working hours. 21,5 days annual leave, plus public holidays (based on the Netherlands).
Duration: 1 year contract, with possibility for extension.
Start Date: Flexible – ideally January 2023.
Location: Home working with the Netherlands. 1-2 days a week working from co-working space in The Hague. Regular travel to Brussels, occasional travel to the UK and EU countries.
More information can be found on our website: www.feedbackeurope.org
How to apply
Please submit, in Word or pdf format, a CV/resume and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 each) to firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback in this role.
Closing date for applications is 4 December at midnight. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 7 December. First round of interviews will be held online via Zoom on 12 December and will include a short, written task to be carried out the day of the interview.
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