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Senior Public Policy and Internet Governance Officer

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The RIPE NCC is the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia. Next to being the authority on Internet number resources, it is a neutral source of data and analysis and a centre of Internet technical expertise.

We are seeking a Senior Public Policy and Internet Governance Officer, based in Brussels, who can engage the European Commission and Parliament and relevant European Union departments, agencies and institutions such as DG CNECT, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and relevant committees. You will have the opportunity to help shape and implement the RIPE NCC’s engagement with policymakers and contribute to our mission of enabling our members to operate and develop the Internet.

Senior Public Policy and Governance Officer 

Location: Brussels.

Full-time (37.5 hrs)

In this role you will:

  • Be the first point of contact in representing the RIPE NCC as an authority on unique Internet number resources and secretariat for the RIPE community among government stakeholders in the EU as well as within international organisations

  • Track EU legislative and regulatory initiatives, and contribute to the internal assessment of their impact on Internet development and operations as they relate to the RIPE NCC’s mission. 

  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant organisations, institutions, and individuals. 

  • Organise and coordinate engagement with EU legislators and governments on public policy proposals and implementation of those proposals to proactively ensure that policymakers have factual, technical knowledge of the Internet ecosystem

  • Develop external relations tactics for the EU that align with the RIPE NCC’s mission and strategy 

  • Summarise and proactively communicate about upcoming changes in Internet and non-Internet related policies that affect the RIPE NCC’s internal and external stakeholders 

  • Actively maintain and expand the RIPE NCC’s professional network of government officials and industry representatives within the EU

  • Help the RIPE NCC navigate the EU’s political and legal processes and other relevant jurisdictions in times of crisis

What we expect from you:

    •    At least seven years of relevant working experience in external relations, developing and implementing public affairs tactics, political communications and/or engagement with public policy

    •    University degree related to European and/or international relations or Public Affairs

    •    Professional fluency in English (French would be an additional asset) 

    •    Proven track record of successfully working with policymakers, Members of European Parliament and their staff, European Commission staff and Internet industry representatives 

  • An established public policy network and experience with community mobilisation

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Knowledge of various EU institutions and their decision-making processes 


What you can expect from us:

  • A role where you can drive impactful projects and where your expertise and knowledge are valued

  • An annual base salary between € 66.000 and € 85.000 (before tax). This excludes any local legal mandatory allowances and our monetized secondary benefits. 

  • 5% end year allowance. 

  • Our generous secondary benefits package will be translated into additional payments to your base salary. 

  • A generous annual training budget that can be used for professional development

  • Your employment contract will be via a third party; Remote (an employer of record company).


The Public Policy & Internet Governance Department

Our multinational team works with colleagues across the organisation and stakeholders across our service region to better understand, collaborate with and educate the various communities involved in Internet-related public policymaking and Internet governance. The importance of Internet technologies for our economies and societies, and the rapidly evolving technological and regulatory landscape, demands creativity and innovation. The RIPE NCC’s role in providing one of the core functions on the Internet means that there are many eyes turned toward the services we provide and our role in maintaining the stability and security of an ever-growing Internet. If you’re an out-of-the-box thinker, have a collaborative mindset, are authentic and empathetic, believe in a multistakeholder approach to Internet governance and like to work on exciting projects, we think you’d fit in well with our dynamic team of public affairs, technical and communications experts.  


About the RIPE NCC

The RIPE NCC is a not-for-profit organisation founded on the belief that the Internet should be governed openly, transparently and in partnership with the wider Internet community. We are one of the oldest Internet organisations in Europe and are proud of our legacy.

Our strongest asset is our staff. We bring together 178 people from more than 40 countries. Our official working language is English, but more than 30 languages are spoken by our colleagues. 

Our backgrounds are diverse, but our goal is the same: we work for the good of the Internet.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please click on the apply button and fill in the short application form. Send it to us together with your CV and motivation letter (in English only, please). A pre-employment screening (carried out by Validata) will be part of the recruitment process.

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