Job opening: Policy Development Manager

Published on:

The EUROPARC Federation is looking for a new policy development manager!

About the Policy Development Manager

Representing the interest of EUROPARC members and advocating for a Sustainable Nature; Valued by People, is at the core of EUROPARC Federation’s work. It is complex and challenging work, influencing and developing policy that ensures Protected Areas are at the forefront of the multiple political agendas impacting Europe today, and in the future. We are looking for a new Policy Development manager keen to take up this central role in our organisation.

  • Do you have a sound knowledge and experience gained working in the European nature conservation policy arena?
  • Can you exercise good judgement and diplomatic communication skills?
  • Can you absorb detail, but synthesise the salient points that are relevant to the Federations strategic goals?
  • Are you experienced in developing a policy strategy and have seen plans through to achieving change?
  • Have you successfully developed projects with varied stakeholders and partners?
  • Do you work well in a team and understand the need for collaboration and integration across all topic areas?

If so, you may be just whom we are looking for!

The Policy Development Manager plays a crucial role in the development, management and implementation of the Federation’s Strategy by:

  • Developing the Policy and Advocacy Strategy and leading the work for its implementation in close cooperation with other members of the team;
  • Promoting and influencing European policies relevant to the work of the Federation’s members;
  • Providing background analysis and summaries of policy for senior management and Council as it affects the work of Protected Areas.

Being part of a multidisciplinary team, the Policy Development Manager also contributes to extensive communication work such as:

  • Representing EUROPARC at meetings and conferences, prepare and deliver presentations, produce briefing papers and feedback reports;
  • Close cooperation with the Communication Manager, including production of monthly updates for E-news and regular social media postings;
  • Supporting development and delivery of EUROPARC Conferences, including preparing and leading workshops;
  • Planning and managing thematic webinars on EU policies and funding streams;

The Policy Development Manager also supports all aspects of the work of the Federation in order to support its members. Primarily, this includes:

  • Assisting in the development and delivery of membership initiatives to retain and attract new members to the EUROPARC Federation;
  • Responding to enquiries from members, for example by researching, identifying and collating relevant information.

Additional areas of work to be considered:

Leading role on innovative financing

  • Seek funding opportunities to develop the innovative financing model that realises a process to attract and draw down investment funding for nature restoration.

Project Development

  • Develop project concepts and applications, developing consortia, budgets and innovative actions aligned to EUROPARC’s Strategy;
  • Respond to consortium enquiries for project work proposed by others, considering capacity implications and relevance to EUROPARC.

You can view the full job description here

Essential Criteria

  • Evidence of experience working in the European policy environment;
  • Mature communication skills both verbally and in writing to a high standard in English. Other European languages are a further advantage;
  • Ability to work across multiple topics and juggle several functions simultaneously;
  • Highly organised with the ability to manage efficiently and effectively a complex workload;
  • A collaborative approach to work, with the ability to look for and developing synergies across topic areas;
  • Experience in developing European multipartner projects;
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of main European policies relevant for Protected Areas.


Knowledge of European finance mechanisms and in particular innovative financing solutions working with the private sector.

Reporting to the Head of Policy Unit, the post will have a German contract. Candidates must be fully eligible to work in the EU. European travel is anticipated.

No visas will be applied for.

Deadline for submissions is 12.01.2024. Interviews will be held in the first instance online, the week beginning 22nd January.

EUROPARC offers a flexible and collegiate working environment in a multicultural and dynamic team.

Please submit a fully elaborated CV and letter indicating the experience you have that fulfil the functions and criteria of this post.