Inustry - Oil Refinery, Petrochemical plant

The Technical Officer will be part of the team on Industrial Production within the EU Policy Unit. He/she will assist the EEB’s work on the implementation of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED); related developments on promoting the ambition level of Best Available Techniques Reference Documents (BREFs) and their uptake in implementation, with a particular focus on Large Combustion Plants (mainly coal/lignite fired). We are looking to expand our work in cleaning up industrial production through improved environmental pollution benchmarks and the acceleration of the energy transition in Europe.

The work consists of:

  • Contributing to our collaborative effort to phase out coal in Europe by 2030 as part of the exciting campaign ‘Europe Beyond Coal’.
  • Supporting the network in analyzing the technical requirements for coal/lignite power plants to meet the revised BAT Conclusions on Large Combustion Plants;
  • Researching and analysing air/water emissions data for specific key industrial sectors;
  • Gathering financial and technical-related information about a list of target plants;
  • Supporting NGOs in permit review related activities on those plants
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge on Best Available Techniques uptake and carrying out specific in-depth research where required;
  • Networking with EEB members, technique providers and other industry to promote activities in relation to IED implementation
  • Liaising with key players from Member States and other stakeholders to gather information;
  • Collaborating and strategizing with other staff members on related issues such as water, chemicals and energy;
  • Publicly presenting and defending the EEB’s positions, including in BREF expert groups, in collaboration with line management and the Communications unit.


Qualities and experiences required for this post:

A:  Essential criteria

  • At least two years of work experience with environmental benchmark setting or other technical information related to environmental performance of industry;
  • Excellent analytical skills, especially the ability to analyse technical information, ideally on air pollution control techniques/energy sector;
  • Ability to research independently and understand technical information;
  • Speak and write English fluently, with fluency in other EU languages being considered an asset;
  • Be well organized and able to work independently as well as part of a team.


B:  Non essential,but considered an asset

  • A good understanding of different environmental impacts from coal/lignite power plants and common abatement techniques used in industry (focus on air and water);
  • Good ability to present, in written and oral form, the key technical dimensions of the relevant topics;
  • Ability to communicate complex technical information in simple terms for general public;
  • A sound grasp of the operation of EU institutions, co-decision and EU environmental law;
  • Good networking skills;
  • Be prepared to work outside normal office hours if necessary and to travel at short notice.


The EEB offers:

  • A competitive salary based on the level of experience*, coupled with various benefits: holiday bonus, 13th month, pension scheme, luncheon vouchers
  • A 1 year work contract / project based contract, with potential for extension
  • A flexible arrangement for office location
  • A pleasant working atmosphere in an international working environment
  • A worthy cause to work for

* Depending upon the level of relevant experience of the candidate, consideration will be given to appointing the candidate at Senior Policy Officer level.

 The EEB is an equal-opportunities employer.


Application process:

Applications consisting of a letter of motivation, CV and completed questionnaire (below) should be sent to

N.B. Only applications that include these three components will be considered.

Due to limited staff resources and numbers of CVs anticipated, only candidates selected for interview will receive a reply by 9 March 2018.


Deadline for Application:          5 March 2018

Interviews first round:               First half of March

Proposed starting date:             As soon as possible, ideally as from mid-March 2018.



Questionnaire for candidates for this post


In your own words, please provide brief responses to the following three questions. Your responses should not exceed 300 words per question.

  1. What would you consider to be an effective approach to assess the uptake of EU Best Available Techniques BREF standards by Member States? (How can NGOs improve environmental performance of large scale industrial activities?)
  2. What do you think are the main critical environmental parameters for the operation of existing EU coal/lignite power plants under the framework of the Industrial Emissions Directive/revised LCP BREF
  3. Do you see opportunities for accelerating the energy transition, if so how?