COGEN Europe is currently seeking a Policy Officer.
Date of issue: 20th October 2016
Deadline to apply: 11th November 2016
Academic qualification: Graduate qualification in relevant discipline
Job Experience: 2-5 years
Language: Fluency in English + another European language
Contract type: Full time
Start of assignment: January 2017
Who we are:
Founded in Brussels in 1993, COGEN Europe - the European association for the promotion of cogeneration - works towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe for a sustainable energy future. To achieve its goals, COGEN Europe cooperates with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers at the EU level and with EU member states to develop sustainable energy policies and remove unnecessary barriers to implementation.
Cogeneration - or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) - is the most efficient way to deliver heating, cooling and electricity. Today, a significant 11.7% of Europe’s electricity is generated using a vast array of proven and cost effective techniques. About half of the heat produced is used in district heating networks, while the remaining half serves industrial needs. Realising the identified economic potential for cogeneration in Europe will be instrumental to reaching the EU’s strategic climate and energy goals, while underpinning job creation and being an engine to industrial competitiveness.
COGEN Europe is involved in a wide range of activities, including:
• Representing the interests of Members and of the cogeneration sector as a whole before the EU Institutions and other relevant organisations and institutions
• Organising events such as the COGEN Europe Annual Conference and the COGEN Europe Recognition Awards ceremony
• Coordinating CHP experts work through technical Working Groups
• Producing statistics and other publications on the cogeneration sector
• Participating to relevant projects co-funded by the European Union
The COGEN Europe network covers the wider Europe as well as Japan, Australia and the United States. We currently represent over 50 companies directly, and many more indirectly - through our 14 national cogeneration associations. Membership is open to any organisations involved in cogeneration that wish to have a say in the EU policy debate.
What we are seeking:
COGEN Europe plans to enhance its policy capability with a view to provide regulatory support to its Members and promote CHP as a key tool to fully deliver the Energy Union objectives. Within this framework, we are seeking a motivated and skilled Policy Officer, who is able to work on even complex files and to manage technical working groups. Coordinating the policy work of our Members and providing reliable, timely and up-to-date analysis and information in relevant policy areas will be the key tasks of this role. The ideal candidate will have a proven experience in EU policies on renewable energy, greenhouse gases and industrial emissions, an interest on the circular economy and on CHP technologies, as well as a degree in a relevant discipline. Knowledge of energy efficiency and competition policies will be a plus.
• Coordinate the activities of Members’ Working Groups in the areas of Greenhouse Gases and Environmental Emissions and the Circular Economy
• Be in charge of policy files that include renewable energy, ETS, effort sharing, industrial emissions, competition policy, energy from waste
• Support the policy team on issues related to micro-CHP and fuel cells
• Draft reports, newsletters, speaking points, briefing/background notes and position papers
• Support the planning and implementation of advocacy activities
• Contribute to the planning and organisation of workshops
• Academic background in one of the following fields: environmental studies, political and administrative studies, economics, law
• 2 to 5 years’ relevant work experience
• Full professional proficiency in English, both orally and in writing, and in another EU language
• Good knowledge of the EU decision-making process
• Excellent reporting, writing and presentation skills
• Ability to build and maintain a network with EU policymakers and other stakeholders in Brussels
• Ability to work in a multinational team and to prioritise tasks
• Ability to handle stress and meet deadlines
• General knowledge or interest for the European integration process
What we offer:
Our office is an exciting and dynamic place to work, engaging with industry leaders and decision makers at the forefront of energy policy, helping to shape the future energy market. You will enjoy engaging within a small team as well as across a wide number of external stakeholders. We offer a full time contract with salary conditions appropriate to experience.
We would like the preferred candidate to start her/his activities in January 2017.
How to apply:
Please send by e-mail an updated CV and a cover letter (both files in pdf) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Policy officer vacancy” in the subject line, by Friday 11th November at 18:00 Brussels time. Earlier applications are most welcome. The cover letter should ideally explain what you can bring to the Association in terms of relevant experience and motivation, and should not be a summary of your CV.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.