Bioenergy Policy Consultant

Application deadline: 
Sunday, 14. January 2018 - 23:30


1. Introduction

BirdLife International is a global Partnership of autonomous, national non-governmental conservation organisations, with a large grassroots membership, in 120 countries and territories. BirdLife works together as a Partnership to conserve wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife is the global authority on the status of bird species, has unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment, and provides a global outreach through its national Partners and decentralised Secretariat. 

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is the regional division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six BirdLife regional offices around the world. It is composed of an international team of permanent staff working on conservation, capacity building, policy, management, finance, fundraising, advocacy, science, communication, marketing and administration. Stichting BirdLife Europe supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 45 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations, governed by a democratic programme.

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia is looking for a consultant that could provide full time assistance for a period of at least 6 months, from January 2018, to support its work on bioenergy and related climate, land use and energy policies, in the absence of its Bioenergy Policy Officer.

The consultant would ideally be based in Brussels but work from elsewhere is possible if regular travelling to Brussels can be ensured.


2. Overall purpose of the job

The Bioenergy Policy Consultant will be part of BirdLife Europe’s policy team and will help ensure that EU policies promoting bioenergy are designed and implemented in a way that ensures delivery of real and substantial GHG emissions reduction, while minimizing harm to biodiversity and ecosystems.

He/she will support and coordinate BirdLife Partnership’s work on these policy areas and represent and promote BirdLife’s views to the EU Institutions, and also help design and deliver successful campaigns aiming to achieve the policy priorities of the two organisations.


3. Tasks

  • Maintain up to date knowledge of the relevant topics and carrying out specific in-depth research where required
  • Lead the formulation of BirdLife policy and strategy with respect to the relevant topics and drafting BirdLife positions
  • Network with BirdLife partners to promote activities to influence EU decision-making on sustainability standards for biomass and wider bioenergy policies and respond to inquiries as necessary from within and outside the BirdLife network
  • Liaise with key players from the EU institutions and other stakeholders to gather information and influence positions
  • Collaborate, coordinate and exchange information with actual and potential partners (e.g. Green 10), in particular with FERN and Transport & Environment
  • Publicly present and defend the BirdLife positions, including with the media, at conferences and meetings with industry and other stakeholders, in collaboration with senior BirdLife staff
  • Provide input to general BirdLife documents and processes (e.g. memoranda to Presidencies, reports to Board, relevant web pages, etc)
  • Represent BirdLife Europe at relevant technical EU committees and working groups
  • Help identify opportunities for funding, in collaboration with BirdLife Europe and EEB fundraisers
  • Contribute to reporting to donors about relevant work areas
  • Contribute to BirdLife’s communication on bioenergy and related topics, for example through the EU bioenergy blog


4. Qualifications required

  • Have a relevant academic degree (additional work experience may be accepted in lieu of this)
  • Have at least two years of work experience with EU environmental policy, preferably but not necessarily with NGOs, including analysis and formulation of policy
  • Have in-depth understanding of forest ecosystems, carbon cycles and factors and policies that influence them
  • Be capable of understanding and presenting, in written and oral form, the key scientific, economic and legal dimensions of the relevant topics
  • Have a sound grasp of the operation of EU institutions and EU environmental law
  • Have excellent communications and networking skills
  • Speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset


5. BirdLife offers

  • Salary of €27,600
  • Possibility to use BirdLife Europe and Central Asia's Brussels office facilities
  • Travel budget and coverage of other direct costs, to be negotiated with the Senior Head of Policy


6. Tendering

Prospective consultants are invited to make an offer to by January 14th, 2018 specifying the following:

  • Number of days they would be ready to provide over 6 months
  • Daily rate and total proposed budget, VAT excluded
  • Competence/experience of the person who would actually be providing the service; CV and cover letter describing how the service is going to be rendered to be attached
  • Commitment to pursue the above mentioned objectives for the duration of the project and availability for a potential further consultancy period
  • Date when consultant would be able to start