Chemicals & Plastics Policy Coordinator

Health Care Without Harm Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 12

Position description

HCWH Europe is seeking a knowledge leader on (toxic) chemicals, materials and plastics who can help deliver the Circular Healthcare programme and contribute to the organisation’s strategic goals.

Reporting to the Circular Healthcare Programme Manager, you will form a key part of a dynamic and growing team and contribute to environmental sustainability in Europe’s healthcare sector. You will support key activities within HCWH Europe’s Circular Healthcare programme, which aims to accelerate the transition of healthcare towards a circular economy with sustainable supply chains and toxic-free and longer-lasting products, respecting the waste hierarchy.

Key responsibilities

  • Drive green chemistry approach in healthcare.
  • Promote sustainable and toxic-free child care.
  • Advocate for healthcare sector inclusion in global chemicals treaties.
  • Collaborate with NGOs on joint advocacy actions.
  • Prepare policy briefs on reducing plastic in healthcare.
  • Support substitution of harmful medical devices, e.g. phase-out of PVC healthcare products.
  • Advocate for reprocessing of medical devices in European countries.
  • Provide support to the HCWH Europe staff regarding materials and processes.
  • Represent HCWH Europe in policy discussions and presentations.
  • Create written content on chemicals, waste, and circular economy.
  • Coordinate effective communication and collaboration with chemicals experts, working groups and members of HCWH Europe’s networks.
  • Organise meetings and engage with stakeholders.
  • Respond to public consultations.
  • Organise events and webinars on chemicals in healthcare.
  • Contribute to fundraising proposals.
  • Coordinate chemicals strategy with global team and offices.

Required qualifications and experience

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, biology, ecotoxicology, environmental/natural sciences, chemical/bioengineering, occupational and environmental health (a combination of relevant technical experience/education may be accepted as a substitute).
  • Minimum three years of experience in environmental or health issues.
  • Experience or interest in circular economy and/or environmental health policy.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Knowledge about the chemical and toxic properties of plastics, products and processes.
  • Understanding the operations of EU institutions and the formation of EU policy would be an advantage.
  • Working knowledge of the EU Chemical Strategy for Sustainability, particularly in relation to healthcare would be an advantage.
  • The ability to take initiative and follow through to achieve precise results.
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively while organising time efficiently.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team and autonomously.
  • Enthusiastic and flexible in undertaking a broad range of work with tight deadlines.
  • Proactive, highly organised and results-focused, able to manage different demands independently.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, and networking skills.
  • Working knowledge of standard office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Strong communicator with excellent proficiency in written and spoken English. Working knowledge of another European language would be an advantage.


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