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Sustainability Projects Assistant, Intern (French-speaking) Brussels

Health Care Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm Brussels Belgium

1 month ago

Job title: Sustainability Projects Assistant

Location:The position will be based at HCWH Europe’s office in Brussels

Eligibility: All candidates must hold the right to work in Belgium or the EU

Hours: Full-time, 38 hours per week. Internship. HCWH Europe operates a reduced 9-day fortnight work schedule to aid productivity and support a better work-life balance.

Salary & benefits: Salary €977.50 per month (d’immersion professionnelle) + €120 working from home allowance

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 19/05/2023. HCWH Europe reserves the right to close the application process upon selection of a suitable candidate; early applications are therefore encouraged.

Starting date: As soon as possible
About Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe

HCWH Europe is a non-profit organisation that works to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global... movement for environmental health and justice.

HCWH has offices in Europe, US, and Asia as well as a global team that works across all regions. HCWH works closely with health professionals, hospitals, healthcare systems, NGOs, local government, ministries of health and international organisations. HCWH Europe is active in 26 countries of the WHO Euro region and has a growing number of members. The HCWH Europe office is located in Brussels, Belgium.
Position overview

Reporting to the Climate Project Coordinator, the Sustainability Projects Officer will help implement the Green Hospitals for a Healthy Brussels project. This project follows the Greening the Brussels Healthcare project, where we worked with six Brussels hospitals to increase awareness on mitigating the sectors footprint and increase capacity and knowledge to reduce it.

The Green Hospitals for a Healthy Brussels project spans across two of HCWH Europe’s programmes:
• Circular Healthcare aims to reduce the negative environmental and health impact of the products used.
• Climate-smart Healthcare supports decarbonising healthcare and adapting the sector to climate change.

This role is an exciting opportunity to work closely with both teams and learn about a wide variety of sustainability topics across the healthcare sector.

The successful candidate will support the team’s research on plastic reduction strategies and help draft recommendations for hospitals. The postholder will also support project meetings amongst participants as well as a final project conference. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting market research, and strong interpersonal skills, and communication and problem- solving abilities.
Key responsibilities
• Work closely with the Circular Healthcare, Climate-smart Healthcare and Networks & Communications teams to facilitate the successful delivery of this multidisciplinary project.
• Identify plastic reduction strategies and opportunities with the team and through hospital coordination.
• Conduct market research to identify safe and sustainable alternatives to plastic products.
• Analyse the different market alternatives available to hospitals in Brussels.
• Develop and deliver recommendations that address any challenges hospitals may encounter.
• Support in project management and delivering the project.
• Help organise the end of project conference.
• Carry out any other duties that may reasonably be required in respect of the main purpose of the job.

Qualifications and experience
• Relevant academic degree in Environmental Science, Sustainability, Business Administration, or related field.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities
• This post requires fluency in English and French. Knowledge of Dutch would also be an advantage.
• A working understanding of Belgian and Brussels institutions and their relevance to the Brussels healthcare sector, e.g. policy and regulatory development or public procurement.
• Experience or interest in market research, circular economy and the connections between environment and health.
• Strong communications, networking, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to think strategically and creatively and to work successfully both autonomously and within a team
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
• Working knowledge of standard office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

How to apply

All candidates must demonstrate that they hold the existing right to work in Belgium or the EU.

To apply for this position please send an email to [email protected] by 19 May 2023
• Include your last name and the job title in the subject line, i.e. LAST NAME Sustainability projects officer
• Attach your CV and a cover letter (Word or pdf format) explaining your motivation for the position
• Please let us know where you found the position advertised and when you would be able to start

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted
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