Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Assistant

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We are looking for a Policy Assistant to support our work on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Purpose of the role

The Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Assistant will support the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer to contribute to Wetlands International Europe’s activities within the Horizon 2020 Project MYRIAD-EU aiming to equip EU policy-makers, decision-makers and practitioners with the right tools to move away from addressing risks and hazards one by one and develop forward-looking disaster risk management pathways on their own.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Assistant will attend relevant meetings organized by the consortium, respond to input requests and perform desk research.

The post holder will also coordinate work with members of Wetlands International Europe and colleagues from the Global office of Wetlands International on disaster risk reduction related topics.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Participation in regular meetings of the project’s working packages
  • Providing feedback for the production of different deliverables
  • Perform desk research to gather relevant input for different products
  • Liaise with DH ECHO, UN DRR office in Brussels to find out opportunities to present Myriad’s outcomes
  • Support the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer with task 5.3 on Wetlands and DRR of the Life NGO Operating Grant, when required
  • Availability to travel on short trips mostly within the EU.

Working relations

Inside Wetlands International: Working with the Wetlands International Europe’s team and the Wetlands International colleagues in the global office. The post holder will report to the Senior Advocacy and Policy Officer.

Outside Wetlands International: Partners, donors, members, and other key stakeholders.


The Disaster Risk Reduction policy assistant is a junior professional with an interest or related experience in topics such as disaster risk reduction, risk management, and climate adaptation in Europe. S/He is a flexible and focus-oriented multi-tasker. S/He is a proactive person that can work as a constructive member of a team with minimum supervision. S/He is an organized and structured person able to prioritize and is used to working with tough deadlines. S/He is capable to write clear and consistent reports. S/He is curious & creative and with a good sense of humor and possesses an understanding of and empathy with the aims and objectives of Wetlands International Europe.

Education and experience

  • Education: Academic degree in a relevant subject.
  • Knowledge of EU external action and DRR policies.
  • Experience working on EU-funded projects will be an advantage.
  • Experience working with non-governmental organizations will be an advantage.

Core competencies

  • An excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Strong ICT skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Capacity to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to work in an international, multi-cultural environment.
  • Active interest in current environment and development matters.

Other Aspects

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

The Association applies the same terms and conditions of employment as Wetlands International’s Global.

Job Offer

  • Part-time job, 18-20 hours per week.
  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience.
  • Contract duration: Until the end of 2023 with the possibility of renewal if funds are available.
  • Location: The selected applicant will have to be based in the Netherlands or Belgium.
  • Start date: As soon as possible

Applications should include a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position and a detailed CV. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] marking your application with “Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Assistant” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2023 – Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be processed upon receipt.