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Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, Health and Climate

  • Health and Environment Alliance
Bruxelles, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 4, 2024
  • Health and Environment Alliance
Bruxelles, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 4, 2024


  • Deputy Director, Strategic Lead.


The Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer develops and implements effective advocacy strategies to promote HEAL’s health-protective policy recommendations in the areas of climate and health. This involves monitoring and analysing EU climate policy developments, summarising scientific studies and research on topics that are relevant to HEAL’s advocacy priorities, translating scientific research from the EU-funded projects HEAL takes part in (especially UBDPolicy, CATALYSE), into actionable advocacy and communication initiatives, identifying strategic opportunities and advising the Deputy Director on the development of science-based policy positions. They also contribute to capacity-building and health engagement efforts with HEAL members and other health actors.

Pay scale: C


Advocacy and external representation

  • Work with the Deputy Director to develop advocacy and campaigns strategies to promote and secure HEAL’s climate and health priorities, including by reaching out to key decision makers and stakeholders, in particular at EU level, in collaboration with HEAL members and partners;

  • Lead the implementation of the advocacy and campaign strategies with support from the Climate and Air team;

  • Draft position papers, articles, letters, reports and other materials on health and climate topics;

  • Build and maintain relationships with key EU officials and stakeholders, setting up and attending external meetings, collecting intelligence, and building alliances relevant to the different policy areas;

  • Represent HEAL in events and take up speaking engagements at EU level in order to disseminate HEAL’s policy positions in different settings, as required.

Policy monitoring and knowledge translation

  • Provide support to the Deputy Director in the analysis, research and scoping on EU climate policy files and developments and identify strategic opportunities;

  • Monitor studies and research, including the findings from the EU-funded research projects HEAL takes part in, for their relevance to HEAL’s policy advocacy work, and facilitate their uptake in HEAL advocacy and communication materials;

  • Develop strategies to translate scientific evidence into policy recommendations and advocacy actions;

  • Prepare detailed policy briefs, reports, and other communication materials to present scientific findings to HEAL members, policymakers and stakeholders, especially from the EU-funded research projects which HEAL is a partner to;

  • Draft website articles and social media content to underline how results from the EU research projects link to policy-making, especially at the EU level;

  • Contribute to the development of visual materials such as infographics to communicate with diverse audiences on new science and policy developments External engagement and capacity-building;

  • Establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including researchers in the EU[1]funded research projects HEAL is partner to, EU policymakers, NGOs, and public health organisations;

  • Contribute to HEAL’s engagement of existing (and new) member organisations and health partners on climate priorities, facilitate their interactions and cooperation on such priorities;

  • Contribute to the capacity building of HEAL members through webinars and other opportunities;

  • Support the organisation’s strategic engagement of health constituencies (reaching out to new health partners and strengthening existing cooperations).

Organisational development

  • Actively participate in HEAL’s internal meetings and general assemblies, providing updates on science and policy integration;

  • Undertake any other relevant duties and projects delegated by the Deputy Director in line with the responsibilities of the post.


Required skills, knowledge and experience

  • Qualification or equivalent professional experience in public health, environmental or climate science, social sciences, or a related field;

  • At least 5 years of experience in a science-to-policy role, preferably within an NGO or research organisation;

  • Proven expertise in translating scientific research into policy and advocacy initiatives, and in analysing policy developments;

  • Strong understanding of EU policy-making processes and experience in engaging with EU institutions;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex scientific information to non-specialist audiences;

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders;

  • Strong strategic thinking and planning capabilities;

  • Excellent project management skills and attention to detail;

  • High proficiency in written and spoken English;

  • Commitment to HEAL’s values and mission.

Desirable skills, knowledge and experience

  • Expertise in the areas of health or climate;

  • Experience working on EU-funded research projects;

  • Knowledge of additional European languages.


You’ll join a friendly and supportive team of passionate change leaders. We’re based in Brussels in a beautiful office at Mundo Madou, an ethical building located in the heart of the city.

It’s important to us that you feel valued and supported in your role, so here’s what we can offer you:

  • A full-time, 1-year contract (possibility of renewal based on funding availability);

  • A gross salary of around 4,000 EUR per month;

  • Lunch vouchers and a transport allowance;

  • An end-of-year bonus (an extra monthly salary);

  • A DKV hospitalisation insurance policy;

  • A complementary pension scheme (HEAL contributes 4% of your monthly salary);

  • A net 154 EUR teleworking and internet allowance per month (our team works flexibly – from the office and from home);

  • Up to 5 additional days of leave each year.

You can count on us to help you learn and grow in the job so you can be successful. After completing a robust onboarding programme, you’ll have access to training and learning opportunities. You’ll be able to meet with and get to know lots of partner organisations and constituencies across the health and environment spectrum.


To apply for this position, please complete the form below by Sunday 4 August 2024. You’ll need to upload the following files:

  • A cover letter that explains why you think you’d be a good fit for the role and for HEAL;

  • An up-to-date CV;

  • A copy of your academic qualifications mentioned in your CV.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete a test by the end of August. Interviews will be held at the beginning of September.

HEAL is an equal-opportunities and family-friendly employer. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679, HEAL has a legal duty to protect any information collected from applicants. Information contained in applications may be privileged or confidential and is intended for the exclusive use of the recruitment process.
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