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09 Jul 2017

Programme Leader - Animals in Science 


Eurogroup for Animals is the Brussels based European umbrella advocacy organisation, federating 54 national and international members across Europe and beyond. Together we provide a voice for the billions of animals either kept in laboratories, farms or homes, or living in the wild. Our vision is to build a Europe that truly cares for animals which is essential to our well-being, prosperity and to the sustainability of our planet.

Animals used for scientific purposes can experience pain, suffering and distress in experiments and this can be severe. We therefore work towards our principal goal of animal-free science, whilst reducing numbers and improving the lives of animals until this can be achieved. 

The purpose of Eurogroup for Animals is to drive positive change for animals by convening its members around common goals, and coordinating EU wide action to jointly influence EU laws and policies.

Purpose of the role

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Programme Leader - Animals in Science, to help us drive change towards animal-free science. The role mainly encompasses animals used for research, testing and education purposes. 

Reporting to the Director, the Programme Leader - Animals in Science bears overall responsibility for the general coordination of Eurogroup for Animals’ animals in science programme. In that capacity he/she will update the organisation’s strategy and ensure its implementation. 

Primary responsibilities

Mid-way through the EU institutions’ legislative term, the Programme Leader will evaluate the status of Eurogroup for Animals’ animals in science strategy, jointly with relevant member organisations, in order to revitalize the strategy and formulate objectives and actions for the next legislative term. As such, the Programme Leader will have the opportunity to redefine the organisation’s strategic focus for the next 5-7 years. 

The Programme Leader will continue the essential work undertaken to ensure full enforcement and implementation of the requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. 

More generally, the Programme Leader will actively engage in lobby and other advocacy activities towards phasing out animal use across the EU and

  • Pro-actively engage and maintain active working relationships with Eurogroup for Animals’ members and relevant stakeholders; 
  • Represent Eurogroup for Animals in political or scientific advisory groups and public fora. 
  • Monitor developments on research animals at international, EU and national levels in the field of legislation, policy and campaigns, and identify engagement opportunities;
  • Create briefings and other written content for targeted audiences and broader communication purposes. He/she will be an active player in Eurogroup for Animals’ communication efforts to promote animal advocacy movement’s successes on social media.

Person specification

Candidates should be able to demonstrate interest and experience in the topics and diverse fields related to the use of animals for scientific purposes like research, testing and education. The ability to think strategically and outside existing paradigms are key assets for the job. 

Our selection criteria will be based on:

  • Academic background/qualification, preferably in a scientific discipline (e.g. MSc, PhD). You have at least 5 years’ of professional experience relevant to the use of animals for research, testing and education (ideally with specific focus on alternative methods);  
  • You have demonstrable knowledge of  EU legislation relevant to  the protection of animals used for scientific procedures, and of the Directives and Regulations which impact on the use of  use of animals in research, testing or education;
  • You have advocacy acumen with a track record of success and ability to think strategically 
  • You have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of political processes at national and EU level and understand how and when to influence them;
  • You have strong creative, conceptual and analytical skills;
  • You are able to work and engage with the members of Eurogroup for Animals’ network and with relevant stakeholders;
  • You are a pro-active, independent, positive team player with a service oriented approach;
  • You have a commitment towards Eurogroup for Animals’ goals, mission and role;
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English and preferably at least one additional EU language.

Employment contract

38 hours per week, unlimited employment contract under Belgian law. Competitive remuneration and benefits package offered. The post is based in Brussels. A valid EU working permit is required. We are looking for candidates available to start from September 2017.  

How to apply

To apply for the position, please send a letter of application summarising your skills and expertise along with a copy of your CV (in English) in strict confidence by email to Louise Hilditch:  

Deadline for applications: 09 July 2017, midnight CET although we will review and interview suitable candidates before this date 

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