CDP Europe is a charitable organization registered in Brussels and Berlin and on the EU Transparency Register since 2012. It is part of the CDP Global System, a global non-profit that runs the world’s environmental disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions. Founded in 2000 and working with over 590 investors with $110 trillion in assets, CDP pioneered using capital markets and corporate procurement to motivate companies to disclose their environmental impacts, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Over 10,000 organizations around the world disclosed data through CDP in 2020, including more than 9,600 companies worth over 50% of global market capitalization, and over 940 cities, states and regions, representing a combined population of over 2.6 billion. Fully TCFD aligned, CDP holds the largest environmental database in the world, and CDP scores are widely used to drive investment and procurement decisions towards a zero carbon, sustainable and resilient economy. CDP is a founding member of the Science Based Targets initiative, We Mean Business Coalition, The Investor Agenda and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative. Visit or follow us @CDP and on LinkedIn to find out more. 

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Senior Government Partnerships Officer

Location: Brussels, Belgium or Berlin, Germany
Application deadline: 04/08/2020
Earliest starting date: Please indicate  your earliest starting date in your motivation letter

  • Are  you passionate about environmental and climate policy?    
  • Do you believe that non-state actor action is vital to inform EU lawmakers to create a conducive and coherent policy framework on corporate reporting and governance, sustainable finance and sub-national/local government action that drives the implementation of the European Green Deal’s goals? 

 We are seeking a highly  motivated individual to support CDP’s government engagement work  with EU member states and EFTA countries.  

About the policy  team: Government action is crucial to fighting environmental impacts. CDP  helps policymakers to achieve their goals and protect the climate and the  environment by providing decision makers with access to a critical source of  global data that delivers the evidence and insight required to drive non-state  actor environmental action. 
CDP Europe’s Policy and Public Affairs team engages policymakers with analyses, capacity-building and expertise on non-state actor climate and environmental transparency, action and progress towards the EU’s climate and environmental goals. 
The role will focus on supporting the European policy  team with driving the CDP government partnerships program, creating and publishing  of internal and external policy materials and organizing events.

The role includes

  • Responsible for further  development of the CDP Government Partnerships programme;
  • Responsible engaging directly with EU and Member States policymakers and to entice them to participate in the CDP government partnerships program by making phone calls, sending personalized emails, organizing webinars, in-person meetings, networking at relevant external events, and other outreach methods;
  • Engage governments on long-term strategies and Paris Agreement mechanisms (NDCs, Global Stocktake); 
  • Responsible for organization and execution of high-quality roundtables, workshops and webinars from A to Z in virtual and in-person setting, securing high-level speakers, and vice versa opportunities for raising CDP’s profile through e.g. securing speaking slots for CDP at external events;
  • Monitor the policy event landscape, identify relevant opportunities for engagement and support drafting speakers’ briefings and input to events of other teams;
  • (Support) preparation  of high-quality briefing materials, incl. policy briefings, CDP statements to  public consultations of EU legislative proposals on a wide range of climate  and environmental issues (implementation of the European Green Deal and the EU  climate targets);    Management of  internal tools and processes, including the policy contacts database, and  responsible for grant reporting;
  • Representing CDP and supporting CDP representatives in NGO groups, CDP partner networks and governmental expert groups;
  • Assisting with ad-hoc tasks as required and possibility  to recruit and manage interns.

The successful candidate should have

  • Minimum  BA/BSc degree or similar work experience (MA/MSc preferred);
  • 3+ years’ relevant experience and interest in working with European governments; additional experience in working with subnational governments, companies, financial institutions or NGOs is an advantage;
  • A good understanding of EU policy advocacy and the issues of climate and environmental engagement of non-state actors in its wider range: Paris Agreement mechanisms (NDC, Global Stocktake), climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable finance, resilient cities, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water management, forests, etc.;
  • Strong personal drive, demonstrable ability to take initiative, multi-task, prioritise and work under pressure;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal; ability to explain complex or challenging topics clearly and succinctly; 
  • At ease in stakeholder-facing situations, excellent sense for interpersonal contact, and confidence in interacting with high-level representatives from public and private sectors, using determination and diplomacy; 
  • Attention to detail with good research, writing and drafting skills; 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (esp. Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word); 
  • Ability to work with teams in  a multi-national setting; 
  • Proficiency in English; further European  languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, Polish or Dutch, are a  strong advantage.  

What we offer

  • Exciting and  challenging tasks in an international team with flat hierarchies and quick  decision making;
  • Competitive NGO salary and annual bonus (depending on company results); 
  • 30 days annual holidays;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Belgium: Monthly contribution to public transport in accordance with Belgian labour laws / Germany: Monthly contribution to public transport ticket (BVG Monatskarte);
  •  Modern  office with free hot beverages and considerable networking opportunities.  

Further information

The successful candidate will work five days per week and must be able  to work legally in Belgium/Germany. This full-time role is based either at our  office in Brussels, Belgium or Berlin, Germany, and will work closely with and  report to the Policy Engagement Manager, CDP Europe. The role is limited to 1 year with the  aim of long-term cooperation.

Interested? Interested candidates should submit their  complete application documents (motivation letter with earliest starting date and salary expectations addressed to Mona Freundt, CV, references and certificates) in  English.

Before  you apply We’ll only use the information you provide to process  your application. For  more details on how we use your information, see our applicant's privacy notice. By submitting your  application, you are permitting CDP to use the information you have provided  for recruitment purposes.

Please note that we  only provide feedback to shortlisted candidates due to the sheer volume of  applications. If you do not hear from us within 21 days of the closing date,  please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Thank  you for your understanding  

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