Bellona Europa Job opening: Policy Assistant, Industrial Decarbonisation (Traineeship)

Job category: Full-time 

Job location: Brussels/Belgium (Hybrid) 

Expiration date: 01/03/2024 (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis) 

As an organisation, Bellona has always been at the forefront of environmental innovation and industrial decarbonisation. Being a group of evidence-based environmentalists, our goal is to implement new, more sustainable actions effectively reducing CO2 emissions today. We advocate for pragmatic approaches that deliver the greatest impact, today and tomorrow. As a watchdog against greenwashing, unafraid to address contentious issues, we also endeavour to cooperate with all stakeholders interested in immediate climate action. For decades, from our Oslo and Brussels offices, and more recently from our Berlin office, we have been advocating transformative climate action in industry.   

We are looking for a proactive, highly motivated and talented Policy Assistant to support our EU policy work on industrial decarbonisation. As a Policy Assistant, you will be an integral part of our team and work closely with our Policy Advisor on Sustainable Economy and CCS.  

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A university degree (Master’s degree is preferred) in a relevant field e.g., EU Climate and Environmental Policy, Public Policy, Climate System Science and Engineering, Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, Economics. 
  • Some relevant experience in policy/advocacy, with a particular a focus on sustainability and climate change mitigation. 
  • Understanding of the policy-making process at EU. Knowledge of regulations, policies, and frameworks related to the industrial decarbonisation is a plus.  
  • Strong interest in EU climate policy and advocacy, with a desire to learn and grow in these areas.   
  • Demonstrable ability to engage with stakeholders and institutions of the EU is a plus. 
  • Experience conducting research and with critical thinking. 
  • Strong communication skills, and an interest to work in a multicultural environment. 
  • Ability to work proactively and collaboratively within a team.  
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally.   
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written. 
  • Eligibility to work and reside in Belgium. 

Key responsibilities:  

  • Assist in the monitoring of policy initiatives related to industrial decarbonisation e.g., analysing policy proposals, drafting reaction, opinions and suggestions for amendments etc.   
  • Conduct research, evaluate data, and stay up to date on the latest developments and trends in industrial decarbonisation policy. 
  • Support collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including legislative bodies at EU level, other NGOs, and industry. 
  • Support in the preparation and delivery of presentations, reports and policy briefings for diverse audiences. 
  • Assisting with the organisation of workshops, events, conferences or webinars.  
  • Support in the development of communication material, including for social media.  
  • Participate in representing Bellona Europa at relevant conferences, workshops, and events, sharing insights and expanding networks.  
  • Contribute to the organisation’s overall mission by actively participating in other initiatives and projects as required.  

We offer you a meaningful and engaging experience through this paid traineeship based in Brussels (full-time 38h/week) with an initial 6 to 8 months Belgian CIP contract, starting as soon as possible. Remuneration overview: about 1300 EUR net per month in total, including meal vouchers & a homework allowance. Bellona covers the phone calls & commuting tickets from home to the office. We also offer extra-legal holidays. Bellona promotes a multicultural, flexible, inclusive and collaborative work environment.  

How to apply?Please send us your application inone PDF document including both your cover letter(1 page max)and your CV(2 pages max). Your PDF file should be named as follows: familyname_name.pdf. Please send your application by email to for the attention of Ms Hanna Biro, Policy Advisor, indicating ‘Bellona Industrial Decarbonisation Traineeship’ in the subject line, by the 1st of March, at 18h00 CET at the latest. Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Kindly indicate where you found our vacancy.  

Who we are: Bellona Europa is an independent, non-profit organisation that meets environmental and climate challenges head on. We are solutions-oriented and have a comprehensive and cross-sectoral approach to assess the economics, climate impacts and technical feasibility of necessary climate actions. To do this, we work with civil society, academia, governments, institutions, and industries.  

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