Head of Programme – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – the Institute for European Environmental Policy

Application Deadline: 
26 Mar 2018
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium
  • Full time
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary: Circa £48,000 to £53,000 ( or Euro equivalent) per annum dependent on skills and experience
  • Start ASAP from June onwards

Head of Programme - Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 

We are seeking someone with extensive and in-depth knowledge of EU biodiversity conservation and related policy issues, who has successful experience in team leadership, project tendering and management, and environmental policy research, to lead the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Programme in Brussels.  
The Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) is a sustainability think tank, based in Brussels. We're a team of policy professionals composed of scientists, economists and lawyers with a diverse range of expertise. With over forty years of experience, we provide evidence-based analysis and advice on European environmental policy. We work with a range of clients from the European Commission and Parliament to businesses and NGOs. For more information please see our web site: www.ieep.eu 
Our Biodiversity Programme's work mainly supports the EU's objective of halting the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystem services by 2020. This includes assessing the impacts of EU policies on biodiversity and related ecosystem services, and their resulting costs and socio-economic benefits, and developing evidence-based policy recommendations. Much of our work is for the European Commission and focuses on the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, such as supporting activities related to the Commission's Action Plan on Nature, People and the Economy, as well the targets and related actions under the EU Biodiversity Strategy.
The Post
IEEP has been at the forefront of supporting the development and implementation of environmental policies in the EU that contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and wider aspects of sustainable development. This post therefore provides an excellent opportunity for an experienced and committed manager and researcher to play a leading role in supporting the effective implementation of current EU biodiversity related legislation and wider polices, and shaping their future. 
The Head of Programme will lead a busy and dynamic team of five researchers, working on biodiversity and ecosystem service policy related issues, especially in relation to the Birds and Habitats Directives and the current EU Biodiversity Strategy.  The Programme Head and team also interact with other teams within the Institute working on related policies such as on agriculture, water, marine issues, governance, climate change and energy. The post holder will be responsible for fundraising and tendering and the management of a growing portfolio of project work on these issues. The role will also require frequent liaison with the European Commission, the European Parliament and other key clients, partners and stakeholders, particularly in Brussels. It will also be necessary to represent the Institute at a variety of fora in Brussels and elsewhere.
The Head of Programme will be a member of the Executive Management Group, and therefore contribute to the wider strategic management and development of the Institute. IEEP is a small organisation so commitment and flexibility in undertaking a range of general tasks in pursuit of the smooth running, effectiveness and development of the Institute is expected of all staff members. 
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