YEE believes in empowering young people and the next generation of leaders who will fight for a fair and green transition. The Advocacy Working Group at YEE has been going through a large process of renewal – with that comes the need for some new Liaison Officers!
We are looking for a Liaison Officer on Climate Crisis, Biodiversity and Environmental Law. Could this be you? Keep reading to find more information on the roles and application process!
Who are we looking for? Our liaison volunteer should:
Be between 16 and 25 years old;
Be available around 7-10 hours per week;
Have a strong interest in advocacy and promoting sustainable policy and green goals;
Be passionate in helping strengthen the voice of youth in European decision making.
Have strong written and verbal communication skills and a good level of English (the working language of YEE is English so you should be able to clearly express yourself both orally and in writing);
Have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google Drive,..);
Have a good team spirit and be able to be part of a brand-new team;
Be organized and meet deadlines;
Be creative and innovative with how we can advocate for stronger climate targets;
Be committed to the aims of the project and YEE values.
What can you gain from this experience?
The principle behind YEE’s AWG is “learning by doing” – expect this to be a very hands-on role with exposure to political processes and youth movements! It functions as a Leadership program – giving you skills and exposure – over the course of a year. You will also be able to go to international events and conferences such as being part of our delegation UNFCCC COP…
Valuable on-hand insights of working for the largest European network of youth-led environmental NGOs;
Exposure to international climate and environmental processes including in Europe and at the international level;
In depth knowledge of the organization and institutions relevant to your liaison position;
Access to a network of motivated young green activists and professionals;
Transferable skills such as time management, organizational skills, strong communication skills and more;
Boost your CV!
Job: Liaison Officer on the Climate Crisis
This volunteer liaison position has a year-long term (2020-2021), inline with YEE’s Annual Meetings (starting last week of September). All liaison volunteers would report to and be supported by the External Relations Officer of YEE and the Advocacy staff. While committed to specific and diverse tasks, the volunteer liaison officers would effectively make a team – the Advocacy Working Group – intended to support each other and work with the External Relations Officer, Advocacy Manager and Coordinator. The average commitment would be between 7-10 hours a week, including meetings every two weeks with the External Relations Officer, Advocacy Manager and Coordinator. Some of the work tasks expected would be: officially representing YEE in regards to partner organizations, strengthening communication, advocacy with some of our partner organizations as well as creating projects and campaigns of their own. The Liaison on the Climate Crisis would focus on the climate crisis, COP processes, our help liaising with Climate Action Network Europe and more!
More details on the Climate Crisis Liaison Officer Position
The Climate Crisis Liaison officer would be in charge of supporting YEE on all questions relating to Climate Crisis advocacy at the International level. Principally, the liaison officer would communicate with YOUNGO – the Children and Youth constituency to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Major topics would include covering the COP processes, and will work closely with the Advocacy Manager to create a COP toolkit. Some of our YEE members are extremely active on climate change topics, such as Swiss Youth for Climate or United Kingdom Youth Climate Coalition, so the liaison officer on climate change would also work on communicating and strengthening our position vis-a-vis our active members as well.
Help our members to engage in the COP processes
Help design our COP toolkit and policy brief
Help prepare meetings with our members active in those processes
Work on our relationship with DG CLIMA
Help liaise with Climate Action Network Europe and YOUNGO
What does our previous Liaison Officer on the Climate Crisis (previously Climate Change), Elisha Winckel, have to say on the position?
“Do it. You won’t regret it, and no this is not one of the times that someone is saying that to just have someone else reply. Apply and you will be part of an amazing team of Liaison Officers that share the same goal as you – making a (small – medium – big *tick corresponding*) impact on the world around us by helping the European youth climate movement grow and reach more people. Not only that but you will make connections with activists, advocates and international organisations from all across Europe, and be able to learn from them. Finally, let’s of course not forget getting to uncover a part of the European bubble and peeking behind the curtain when it comes to setting the EU’s climate policy. Voilà, I hope I have convinced you to apply. If I haven’t and you think a call would help with some of your questions, don’t hesitate to reach out :)”
The volunteering position of Biodiversity Liaison Officer would require 7-10 hours a week from the end of September, for the duration of a year. The aim of the Biodiversity Liaison Officer is to help create a stronger basis of Biodiversity knowledge with YEE and to implement and carry out relevant advocacy campaigns and relations on the topic. The portfolio of the Biodiversity Liaison Officer would extend to things such as liaising with GYBN Europe, EEB Biodiversity WG, greater implication in IUCN membership, BAE liaison and more. There are certain areas that are of particular interest such as the CBD, nature-based solutions, conservation and more. This is a position with a lot of potential – with exciting projects on Pollinators on the horizon, and more broadly, potential to work on topics such as earth jurisdiction (e.g the rights of rivers). A large focus would be on the CBD and the CBD COP. This is a small insight into the breadth of themes that a Biodiversity Liaison Officer could take on. All in all, this is a very exciting position that would allow you to deepen the theme of biodiversity within a wider advocacy strategy and ensure a youth voice in the European biodiversity world
Help our members to engage in the CBD COP processes
Help design our CBD COP toolkit
Help prepare meetings with our members active in those processes
Liaise and work on our relationship with GYBN Europe, IUCN and BAE
Work with the Liaison on Oceans and Arctic to foster common projects
Job: Liaison Officer on Environmental Law
The volunteering position of Biodiversity Liaison Officer would require 7-10 hours a week from the end of September, for the duration of a year. The aim of the Environmental Law Liaison Officer is to help YEE’s work on environmental law and litigation topics and our work on the Aarhus Convention. This person would work closely with the new Policy Coordinator and Project Lead on Environmental Law. A lot of work would be linked to making environmental law accessible for young people through webinars, in writing and more but there is also room for other ideas on environmental law! This is a position with a lot of potential – to be part of a brand new project at YEE on Environmental Law, all the while helping increase our partnerships with organisations such as World Youth 4 Climate Justice, Client Earth and Earth Advocacy Youth.
Help our members to engage with our work on Environmental Law
Help work with the Policy Coordinator and Project Lead on Environmental Law on content creation, such as podcasts and webinars
Support our Project Lead on Aarhus
Liaise and work on our relationship with organisations such as World Youth 4 Climate Justice, Client Earth and Earth Advocacy Youth
For more information on the environmental law project, feel free to contact Laura by email: email@example.com
Is this for you? Apply now!
Please apply to this volunteer position via this google form (here) by the 8th of September.
YEE aims to unite environmental youth non-profit organisations in Europe in order to enhance international cooperation, increase knowledge about nature, raise awareness of environmental problems and to strengthen participation of youth in environmental decision-making.