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Job opportunity: Energy & Environment Officer

25 January 2019

Deadline to apply: 22 February 2019


The Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA) was constituted in March 2003 by the governments of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and registered in Belgium as a not-for-profit association (ASBL). Out of 25 OCTs, all the permanently inhabited territories (21) are currently members of OCTA as well as the French Southern Antarctic Lands - TAAF.

OCTA serves as a platform through which the OCTs realize their common goals by working collectively through cooperation, policy dialogue, promotion of common positions and partnerships for the sustainable development of OCTs.

OCTA Secretariat

Since its creation, OCTA has had no permanent staff but has benefited, between 2008 and 2016, from several technical assistance projects of up to 4 long term experts. In 2015, OCTA initiated the setting-up of a permanent secretariat in Brussels by recruiting a Coordinator. In 2018, OCTA continued its institutional strengthening and further strengthened the capacities of its secretariat with the recruitment of one Administrative & Finance Officer and one EU Programmes Officer.

Energy and Environment

OCTs are located all over the globe and cover a wide range of ecological zones, presenting a striking diversity in terms of size, climate, topography and socio-economic development. Beyond their distinct legal and political status and varied natural conditions, the OCTs are also characterised by their respective shared reality as small island economies, their relative isolation, a heavy dependence on (imported) fossil fuels for electricity production, and by the central role that their ecosystems play in terms of their food security, culture and economy. OCTs also have coastal and marine resources endowed with a rich biodiversity, and are both highly exposed to, and impacted by, climate change.

In its Strategic plan for 2015-2020, OCTA identified 5 areas where there is a need for increasing its long term expertise. Two of these areas are climate change and sustainable energies. Focussing on these two areas will help OCTs to address key challenges that are fundamental to their wider sustainable development.

Work programme 2019

As part of its work programme for 2019, OCTA is planning the organisation of the 4th Summit of OCT Energy Ministers in June and an “Oceans” event in September to agree the role that OCTA could play in developing a joint approach and the creation of an OCTs ocean agenda (background study expected by April).

Job description

The Energy & Environment Officer will primarily support the organisation of the 4th Summit of OCT Energy Ministers and the Ocean Conference. He/she will also provide expertise on these topics to the Executive Committee and support the work of the Environment and Renewable Energy working groups.

He/she will strengthen links with existing and potential networks and initiatives, such as IRENA, IUCN, Glispa, Biodiversa, Clean Energy for EU islands, facilitate the identification and contacts with other partners, especially from the EU including DG ENER, DG MARE and DG ENV. He/she will also promote better knowledge of OCTs within EU institutions so that OCTs’ interests are taken into account in the elaboration of EU programmes.

Being part of a small team, the Energy & Environment Officer will also support the other members of the Secretariat for activities. He/she will report directly to the Coordinator on a day to day basis.

Duties and Responsibilities

Desired profile

Qualifications and skills

Professional experience

Location and Duration

The full-time position (38h/week) is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Short missions within the European Union and in the OCTs may be necessary.

The position will start ideally by April 2019 or as soon as possible, for an initial period of 9 months, with a possibility for a further extension.

Contract under Belgian Law

Salary: approximately EUR 4.000 EUR gross (to be discussed at the interview)

How to apply

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter mentioning your availability by e-mail to: Mr Nicolas Ferellec – Coordinator of the OCTA Secretariat:

Please mention “Energy & Environment Officer” in the subject line.

Deadline to apply: 22 February 2019

Interviews of selected candidates will take place in Brussels in the week commencing 11 March 2019.

For more information on the position, please contact Mr Nicolas Ferellec – Coordinator of the OCTA Secretariat by email: ; or by phone: + 32 2 895 34 32