COLEACP is a network of companies, professional organisations and experts committed to inclusive and sustainable agriculture. We work through technical cooperation to support sustainable and inclusive development of the private sector (SMEs) and the enabling environment (including competent authorities) in 50 African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. Since its creation, COLEACP has been managing development projects in the ACP agricultural and food sector, financed by international donors (mainly the European Union and the Organisation of ACP States). The overall objective of the current programmes (such as Fit For Market, Fit For Market SPS, NExT Kenya, etc.) is to reduce poverty, improve food & nutrition security and food safety, and ensure sustainable and inclusive growth by strengthening the ACP agri-food sector. The specific objective is to enable smallholders, farmer groups and organisations, and MSMEs to access domestic, regional and international markets by complying with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues and market requirements, within a sustainable framework.
From an operational standpoint, ongoing activities managed by COLEACP intersect thus with several international policy frameworks. Their overall goal is contributing to poverty eradication and sustainable development, in accordance with the Busan High Level Forum on aid effectiveness and with the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which recognise the importance of agriculture and set emphasis on the central role of the private sector as a key development partner in low and middle income countries. More specifically, COLEACP activities are contributing to the following SDGs; (1) No poverty, (2) Zero hunger, (4) Quality education, (5) Gender equality, (8) Decent work and economic growth, (9) Industry, innovation and infrastructure, (10) Reduced inequalities, (12) Responsible consumption and production, (13) Climate action, (15) Life on land, (17) Partnerships for the goals.
In the context of important ongoing and anticipated regulatory changes at EU level for agricultural products, notably (but not exclusively) in the areas of food safety, plant and animal health (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) and overall sustainability (related to the recently published EU Farm to Fork Strategy), COLEACP is looking for an EU Policy and Law expert in the field of sustainable agri-food systems to join its “Advocacy” team. S/he will focus on potential impacts of policy and regulatory changes as they affect sustainable production and export in low and middle-income countries in order to maintain and if possible increase access to the EU, regional and national markets for products of plant and animal origin, fresh and processed. There will be an emphasis on the “Farm-to-Fork”, “Deforestation”, “Biodiversity” and “Supply Chain Due Diligence” strategies in the context of the European Green Deal, to ensure safe and sustainable food systems. S/he will strengthen the association’s activities in terms of:
The position will be based in Brussels, in COLEACP’s Central Programme Management Unit.
COLEACP is looking for an expert in European policy and law in the field of sustainable argi-food systems who will contribute to the development of COLEACP, in line with the vision, mission and core values of the organisation. More specifically and operationally, his/her duties and responsibilities will be to:
This list of activities is not exhaustive. It may be adapted according to COLEACP's overall programme implementation strategy in advocacy related areas, the workload of team members, and annual programming.
The Policy and Law Expert will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Science and Policy. He/She will collaborate with the “Advocacy” team and other members of the COLEACP team. Externally, the Policy and Law Expert will be in regular contact with technical and financial partners, and partner-beneficiaries of the COLEACP network.
COLEACP offers competitive contractual conditions, in line with market practices. The position to be filled is ideally a full-time position, starting as soon as practicable.
Based in Brussels (Belgium), you will nevertheless be available for short-term assignments, outside and within the European Union.