ChemSec is looking for a Policy Advisor
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ChemSec is looking for a Policy Advisor

About ChemSec

ChemSec (the International Chemical Secretariat) is an environmental NGO based in Gothenburg working to limit the use of hazardous chemicals in society. ChemSec highlights the need to phase out hazardous chemicals and influence and speed up legislative processes mainly in the EU, but also globally. We drive projects that highlight the risks of hazardous chemicals and the need for safer alternatives.

ChemSec develops tools, e.g. the SIN list for companies and other actors, helping them to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and create efficient corporate chemicals management systems. ChemSec also cooperates with, and enhance dialogue between, authorities, politicians, scientists, progressive companies and investors.


About the position

We are now expanding our policy team which focuses its work on the EU’s chemicals regulation REACH and the chemical aspects of circular economy, as well as other relevant chemicals frameworks.

With this opening we aim to expand our work within circular economy and more actively take part in the pan-European discussion regarding the importance of phasing out hazardous chemicals.

More concretely, you will:

  • Be a part of our policy team, monitor and take part in the debate of circular economy in the EU, both within the regulatory arena as well as the corporate one. Work with issues connected to the implementation of the EU’s chemicals framework REACH as well as other relevant EU chemicals legislations.
  • Build and foster networks and have lots of external contacts with different stakeholders, arrange and attend meetings, hold presentations and connect with policymakers, regulators and industry such as the recycling and waste sector.
  • Produce reports and convincing arguments that support ChemSec’s views.
  • Interact with external consultants and ensure their delivery.
  • Actively contribute to other ChemSec projects with your expertise and perspective.

The role requires frequent business traveling within Europe. Our working language is English – Swedish is not a requirement.

To succeed in this role and enjoy working at ChemSec, we believe you:

  • Hold an academic degree, preferably in environmental or political science, law, engineering or chemistry.
  • Understand the problem with hazardous chemicals and the EU chemicals regulatory system. More advanced experience from working in the areas in which ChemSec operate, such as environmental issues or EU politics is an advantage.
  • Have a demonstrated history of driving your own initiatives and making sure they come to life.
  • Are highly proficient in English, both written and oral. Any additional language skills would be an advantage.
  • In addition to those formal requirements, we believe you are outgoing, enjoy giving talks and know how to build a network of contacts. It is important that you can work independently and take responsibility for producing results. Furthermore, you are able to think strategically and have an interest in the way political issues are pursued. You feel comfortable in your role and adapt your skills according to the situation.

And of course, you are keen to work for a value driven NGO that is striving to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in society.


We offer

This is a type of position rarely advertised in Sweden outside of Stockholm, and a real chance for the right person to work in a very stimulating, fast-paced international environment with issues of great societal importance.

We welcome you to a small, dynamic team of experts from different areas. We rely on teamwork and flexibility in a context characterized by freedom, personal drive and responsibility.

Our office is located in central Gothenburg close to Järntorget, meaning lots of great transportation options and different lunch restaurants.

This is a permanent full-time position with fixed monthly salary, starting as soon as possible. For the right person, other locations than Gothenburg are possible.


How to apply

Please send your cover letter and CV to before October 1, 2019. Write “Application Policy Advisor” in the subject field.

If you have any questions on the position or the recruitment process, please contact ChemSec’s Acting Director Frida Hök, +46 709721257 or

Your personal data will be handled according to the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).