We are Hiring - Project and Policy Officer



JOB VACANCY:  EHPA Policy and Project Officer

EHPA – European Heat Pump Association, Brussels, Belgium


About EHPA:

Our Vision: to put heat pumps at the centre of the energy system by communicating their benefits, providing relevant information and being a reference point and integrator to all stakeholders.

Our Mission: In a fully decarbonised Europe, heat-pump technologies contribute as a heating and cooling solution, being a core enabler for a renewable, sustainable and smart energy system. While integrating multiple energy sources, bridging the electric and thermal sector on a local and regional level (micro grids, DHC).

Heat pumps are easy to install and widely used in all thermal applications (buildings, transport, white goods) and industrial processes. Refrigerants and other components are available in sufficient quantities. The technology is recognised for its merits in legislation and existing energy models.


About the position:

EHPA is seeking to hire a dynamic and enthusiastic professional to join our Secretariat initially for 4 months (possible extension will be considered). S/he will liaise between the Projects and Policy teams, working mostly on a Horizon 2020 funded project (Heat4Cool), draft policy messages for project communication purposes, monitoring policy dossiers in the thematic related to the project (such as energy taxation, digitalisation, general H&C policy development), support in advocacy and dissemination activities for EHPA and the Heat4Cool project. 

All the while working closely with our members to fulfil the vision and mission of the association.


Main tasks and responsibilities:

The EHPA Policy and Project Officer would be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Develop and implement advocacy and communication strategies and campaigns, in collaboration with the policy and projects teams;
  • Draft policy messages (e.g. for the Heat4Cool website, project deliverables, social media);
  • Building relationship with relevant EU stakeholders, across the EU institutions, policy makers and non-governmental organisations;
  • Contribute in the Heat4Cool project dissemination;
  • Monitor and analyse relevant EU legislation and policy developments on residential heat pumps, energy taxation and digitalisation;
  • Draft policy papers; 
  • Support in the preparation of project deliverables and events related to them.
  • Support in the organisation of the final project event (selecting and liaising with speakers and policy makers)
  • Communicate with EHPA members on a regular basis and ensure their priorities are reflected in EHPA’s reports;


Required Qualifications:

  • Master degree in European Affairs, Law, Economics or Business (though not exclusively);
  • At least one year of work experience, working with NGOs, EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels, with a good knowledge of EU processes, interactions and the dynamics of EU policy-making;
  • Proven ability to analyse, draft and develop positions, coordinating a range of views and collating these into succinct and relevant points of view;
  • Good communication skills (familiar with social media campaigns, draft concise and effective policy messages);
  • Familiar with EU funded projects is a plus;
  • A ‘can-do’, ‘lifelong learning‘ and proactive attitude within the team;
  • Being highly organised, with an aptitude in planning effectively to meet deadlines and an ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time;
  • Excellent presentation, communication and drafting skills, with a keen attention to detail and commitment to quality;
  • Fluent spoken and written English – other EU languages is an asset;
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office 365 required);
  • Enjoy being part of a small and dynamic international team;
  • Authorised to work in Belgium


Terms of Employment:

The post is full-time (38hr/week) with a temporary contract of 4 months with the possibility of extension (starting 01st of February 2021). Salary offered will be commensurate with experience and be supplemented with extra benefits (e.g. working from home allowance, laptop, phone, meal vouchers, transport inside Brussels).

All applicants must be qualified, eligible, and able to work in Belgium without requiring a work visa. We are not able to provide financial assistance to relocate to Brussels.


To apply:

Send your CV (if possible with references), and Cover letter (no more than 1 page) by the 08th of January 2021 by email to officemanager@ehpa.org, please include in CC Mr Dan Stefanica (dan.stefanica@ehpa.org) and Mrs Jozefien Vanbecelaere (jozefien.vanbecelaere@ehpa.org)quoting in the subject line: ‘EHPA P&PO position – your name and surname’. 

First round of virtual interviews will start in the 2nd week of January 2021 (11-15 January 2021);

Second round of virtual interviews will be held on the 18th of January 2021 - with a call back on the 22nd of January. 

Starting date: ASAP – 1st of February 2021