Resource Matters - Brussels Office
International Advocacy Coordinator Critical Minerals and the Energy Transition
A 2-year position (renewable)
Application deadline: September 20, 2023
Resource Matters is a non-profit organization based in Brussels (Belgium) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). We carry out research and advocacy to ensure that Congo’s mineral and renewable energy wealth contributes to the economic development of the country.
Several EU regulatory developments are of direct relevance for our work and that of our civil society partners in the DRC and beyond. These include the Critical Raw Materials Act, strategic mineral partnerships between the EU and resource-rich countries, the Directive on Combating Corruption and the adoption of a new EU sanction regime for corruption, amongst others.
We want to help ensure that these EU regulatory developments take into account our key concerns as well as those of our civil society partners in selected countries of origin of these minerals (including but not limited to the DRC).
To this end, Resource Matters is hiring an International Advocacy Coordinator. This position is ideally suited for those who already know how to navigate the EU system and are ready to engage with our driven, highly dynamic, diverse teams to develop and implement a new advocacy strategy targeting the EU and, to a lesser extent, other economic powers.
The position will be for a period of at least 24 months and will be based in Brussels, with the option to work in part from home. Only applications with a CV and cover letter will be considered.
In collaboration with DRC and Brussels-based staff, and under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the International Advocacy Coordinator will perform the following duties :
- Design and implement a targeted EU advocacy strategy to bolster our work on critical raw materials, the energy transition and the fight against corruption
- Monitor EU initiatives that are relevant to Resource Matters’ mission, including the Critical Raw Materials Act, the Battery Regulation, the EU’s strategic mineral partnerships and the adoption of an EU Anti-Corruption Sanctions regime and brief other team members on major developments
- Propose Resource Matters’ policy and advocacy positions on selected EU issues
- Coordinate research and production of content for advocacy, including briefing papers, speeches, web content, and other advocacy materials
- Proactively engage with EU officials, member states, private sector lobbyists and civil society organizations
- Help build Resource Matters’ network with EU institutions, relevant civil society groups and industry representatives
- Produce regular updates on the advocacy work to selected audiences
The ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:
- University degree in law, economics, political science, EU studies, international relations, resource governance or other relevant field
- At least 5 years of experience working in contact with EU institutions;
- Strong understanding of the EU political and legal framework;
- Proven interest in at least one of the following topics: extractive industries, renewable energy, the energy transition, corruption, money-laundering, financial crime
- Established network including stakeholders from EU institutions and EU civil society
- Experience working with grassroot organizations (desired)
- Experience working with Congolese civil society organizations (desired)
- Good command of oral and written French and English (required)
- Good command of common computer software
- Rigor and attention to detail
- Enthusiasm, the wish to move things forward, and a sense of humor (required)
What do we offer?
- A 2-year position (renewable)
- A dynamic team and a collegial work atmosphere
- The opportunity to grow and learn with the team
- Flexible tele-work arrangements
How to apply?
- Please send your CV, cover letter, name and contact information of two references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Application - EU Advocacy Coordinator" before September 20th, 2023. Since applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; candidates are encouraged to apply before the deadline. If your application is accepted, we will proceed to a 2.5 hour test and, if successful, to a job interview and a reference check.
- As an equal opportunity employer, Resource Matters prohibits all forms of discrimination and solely recruits its employees on the basis of qualifications and merits. Our current staff members have highly diverse backgrounds ; it is one of the strengths of our team. We aim to ensure that new recruits feel welcome regardless of their race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information or pregnancy status, and expect that they in turn contribute to this work environment.
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