Sustainable shipping and freight officer - France

Do you have ideas on how goods could be transported more sustainably in Europe and France? Are you interested in exploring how we make ships, trucks and vans cleaner and more efficient? And how we might increase the public interest for seaborne and road transport pollution? Do you have an interest in policy with an understanding of EU policy-making and politics, a genuine passion for the environment, and a desire to learn about freight? If you want to help explore these questions, and turn your ideas into reality, this may well be the job for you. We are looking for a shipping and trucks officer in France to help decarbonise the maritime and road freight transport.

The role covers, among others, work on the ongoing and forthcoming regional EU and national French regulations for shipping and trucks. You will join our office in Paris, France  and work with T&E’s Shipping and Freight in Brussels in coordination with our Director in the French office.

About Us
Transport & Environment (T&E) is Europe's leading clean transport campaign group. We combine the power of robust evidence and a deep understanding of the transport sector with compelling communications and impactful advocacy. With one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the NGO community, we commit to the professional development of our colleagues and invest in training from your first day with the organisation. Our people work across Europe: colleagues in Brussels, Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Paris and London collaborate with our 63 member and supporter groups to achieve our mission.

The role will involve:

  • Establish working relationships with French government representatives who are working on T&E priority files for maritime and road freight transport.
  • Lead T&E’s shipping advocacy work in France focusing on the following key regulations: EU MRV regulation, the EU ETS, alternative fuels infrastructure directive (AFID), EU Energy Tax Directive, Taxonomy, etc. 
  • Lead T&E’s road freight advocacy work in France, including setting up and managing a research platform on zero-emissions trucks and vans with key stakeholders, and representing T&E in governmental working groups. 
  • The policy officer will be expected to work independently in France but under the guidance of T&E’s shipping and freight teams, and in coordination with the Director France, aiming to achieve T&E’s shipping and freight programme strategies. The split between shipping and freight will be 60:40.
  • Lead the work on building formal and informal coalitions with key maritime and freight industry players such as shipowners, truck manufacturers, cargo owner, ports, as well as leading technology providers;
  • Building and maintaining good contact with (national) policy-makers, researchers and our network working in this field;
  • Identifying, commissioning and delivering impactful research tailored to the needs of the EU and France-related shipping and freight campaign in France.

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

Two to five years of relevant experience in either the maritime or freight business, EU or French government advocacy; solid grasp of the French political system is essential; in exceptional cases we can consider the candidacy with shorter work experience;

  • The ability and motivation to learn technical, economic and legal information, to independently develop new political, economic or legal arguments and evidence and use them to convince key stakeholders;
  • Good communication and presentation skills; 
  • The confidence to think and act with initiative, to engage and influence policy-makers of different stripes, industry representatives and other stakeholders at the highest level;
  • Project management skills including strong interpersonal and team-working skills and an ability to deliver to tight deadlines.

Excellent working knowledge of English and French is essential.

T&E offers a 1 year contract with possibility of extension. This is a full time position based in Paris. A flexible working hours arrangement can be discussed. 

To apply, please complete an application form and send a copy of your CV  [compiled in a SINGLE document] to clearly demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria. The email subject line should state: “Application for sustainable shipping and freight officer”.

The closing date for applications is COB Friday 26th March 2021. First Round interviews are scheduled to be held soon after the application deadline. The successful candidate will be expected to start as soon as possible.

T&E anticipates a high number of applications and only shortlisted candidates for the first round of interviews will be contacted.