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Aviation Policy Officer - Climate impacts

Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, BelgiumAviation

Job description

Are you concerned by transport’s climate impact and continued reliance on fossil fuels? Transport & Environment (T&E) is looking for a talented and dynamic policy analyst to join the team to work on addressing aviation’s full climate impact. The programme is part of a wider strategy to end transport’s reliance on kerosene in aviation, ensuring that non-CO2 effects such as contrails are tackled together with aviation’s overall carbon footprint, and promoting policies to deploy the right technologies to minimise the environmental impact of the sector.

Aviation is a challenging sector to decarbonise. We need a policy officer to support linking our technical and political work at the EU and national level to support reducing and or avoiding aviation’s non-CO2 effects such as contrail formation, as well as promoting zero emission technologies. We need convincing and compelling economic, political and legal analysis, reports and presentations to convert complex information into advocacy and media friendly material. Finally, we need to convince European lawmakers to set ambitious but achievable goals to drive the sector from being the fastest growing climate problem to one of sustainability.

The role will involve:

  • Form T&E’s advocacy strategy towards EU and national regulators, politicians and media on these topics;

  • Building and maintaining good contact with policy-makers and our network working in this field;

  • Contributing to T&E’s aviation strategy, identifying and working on key EU and national regulations to accelerate non-CO2 effects mitigation and zero emissions aviation. This includes among others researching, analysing and communicating effectively relevant technical, economic and legal information to relevant audiences;

  • Leading the work on building formal and informal coalitions with key aviation industry players. Representing T&E at external alliances and forums;

  • Identifying, commissioning and delivering impactful research tailored to the needs of the EU and national policy campaigns.

Job requirements

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Three to five years of relevant experience in either the aviation sector, energy sector, EU or government advocacy, preferably on environmental topics. With relevant experiences we can consider the candidacy with shorter work experience;

  • The confidence to think and act with initiative, to engage and influence policy-makers of different stripes, industry representatives and other stakeholders at the highest level;

  • The ability and motivation to learn technical, economic and legal information, to independently develop new political, economic or legal arguments and evidence and use them to convince key stakeholders;

  • Excellent coordination skills, with an ability to engage with, build and manage multi-stakeholder coalitions;

  • Good writing, communication and presentation skills;

  • Project management skills including strong interpersonal and team-working skills, and a willingness to develop a network in the aviation sector;

  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines; eager to learn, with a positive and optimistic attitude when faced with challenges;

This position is advertised as a permanent, full-time position based in Brussels. While we offer a flexible working environment, there is an expectation that there are at least two days per week spent in the office.

The start date would be as soon as possible.

The salary package depends on location and experience. We are an equal opportunities employer and offer competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, go to The deadline for applications is 24th of September.

About Us

Transport & Environment (T&E) is Europe's leading clean transport campaign group. We combine the power of robust evidence and a deep understanding of the transport sector with compelling communications and impactful advocacy. With one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the NGO community, we commit to the professional development of our colleagues and invest in training from your first day with the organisation. Our people work across Europe: colleagues in Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Warsaw and London collaborate with our 63 member and supporter groups to achieve our mission.