Policy analyst, Biodiversity Programme (IEEP)

Application Deadline: 
17 Jan 2018

IEEP are seeking a policy analyst to join the team, to help with our work on the development and implementation of EU biodiversity policy, to be based in Brussels ideally, or London. A candidate is sought with a good knowledge of EU biodiversity conservation issues and related policies, an ability to carry out desk research and excellent writing skills in English.


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

We are seeking someone capable of carrying out biodiversity policy related research and contributing to written reports under tight deadlines. An ability to understand, assess and synthesize technical information on EU biodiversity policy issues and to contribute to objective, evidence-based reports in English is vital. The successful candidate will need to be adaptable and able to learn quickly as they will enter an intellectually challenging and fast-paced environment, with significant opportunities for making a difference to environmental outcomes.

Our preference is for this post to be based in our head office in Brussels, as part of its strategic expansion. However, consideration will also be given to candidates who wish to work from our London office.

This will be a 1-year contract, which may be extended depending on performance and our success in acquiring projects.

It is envisaged that it will be a full-time post, but consideration will be given candidates that wish to work on a part-time basis. 


Particular aspects of the job include:

  • Contributing to current projects on biodiversity policy, in particular in relation to implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives and actions under the EU Biodiversity Strategy, and in related fields, such land use, water and marine issues.
  • Assisting with the management of projects, e.g. helping coordinate partner inputs to studies, or organising workshops and other meetings.
  • Undertaking literature reviews, interviews, analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Assisting with the preparation of tenders and funding proposals.
  • Contributing to the Institute's communications and outreach, such as blogs and other website site content.


Person specification

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes.


  • A degree, or equivalent qualification in ecology, botany, zoology or biodiversity conservation, or very similar discipline.
  • Good knowledge of EU biodiversity issues and related policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to write excellent English and the ability to present information in a clear, precise and accessible style in this language.
  • Ability to plan and carry out tasks effectively and efficiently, to work under pressure and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm and adaptability to work across a range of subjects.
  • Good IT skills.


  • A postgraduate degree (e.g. MSc) or equivalent qualification in ecology or biodiversity conservation, or a related discipline (e.g. environmental economics).
  • Some professional experience in EU biodiversity related policy work.
  • General knowledge of European ecosystems/habitats and their associated species 
  • An understanding of EU affairs, covering strategies, policies and institutions, and policy-making processes.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and to contribute to studies or other projects involving multiple contributors and organisations.
  • Knowledge and proficiency (written and spoken) in one or more EU languages, other than English.
  • Experience in organising workshops and other meetings etc.
  • Publications in a relevant field.

Appointment grade and salary

It is envisaged that the postholder will be appointed at a Policy Analyst Grade 1 or 2 level, with a Gross Annual Salary in the range of €28,000 - €31,500 (or £22,000 - £25,000 if based in London). Candidates with more experience than envisaged may also be considered, and offered a position according to terms outside the grade and salary range above.

Application deadline: Wednesday 17th January 2018

For further information and an application form see: https://ieep.eu/news/vacancy-policy-analyst-in-the-biodiversity-programme