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Job Opportunities at SACAR


A short-term opportunity has arisen for a PROGRAM OFFICER to cover for a maternity leave (6-months contract) at SACAR, a Brussels-based not-for-profit organisation managing several European & international trade associations representing businesses active in the trade of agricultural products.


The tasks and responsibilities of the Program Officer will be twofold – each area will require a half-time involvement on average, making this position a full-time one:


1- Provide direct support to the operational running of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI):

The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) is a market-driven initiative that brings together members of the international floriculture supply-chain to improve practices and drive positive change towards the sustainable production and trade of flowers and plants. See www.fsi2020.com  for more details.

Key areas of responsibilities will be carried out in close cooperation with the FSI Executive Officer and will include:

Program support & coordination:

  • Coordination of members’ projects and working groups, in close cooperation with the FSI Executive Officer and with a specific focus on: follow-up, reporting and documenting progress.
  • Liaising with members and network as needed
  • Support with content research

Communication to members and network:

  • Maintaining website up-to-date
  • Drafting & issuing newsletters and other communication material
  • Dissemination of information to promote the activities of FSI via press releases, social media and other communication tools

Operational support:

  • Day-to-day operations and support to the activities of the FSI Executive Officer as required
  • Organisation of meetings, preparation of meeting material and follow-up of action points
  • Any other operational & support tasks as required


2- Provide support to the activities of the other organisations managed and hosted by SACAR:

Key areas of responsibilities will be carried out in close cooperation with the SACAR Managing Director and in coordination with the SACAR team members for some specific tasks:

  • Support with producing and updating information and communication material for members and networks of the various organisations managed and hosted by SACAR
  • Support with policy monitoring and reporting, in particular on sustainability issues
  • Support with development and coordination of focused projects as required
  • Any other communication & other activities as required to support the various organisations



Education and experience:

  • A university degree in a related field
  • Familiarity with sustainability issues in the agriculture context and with a business focus is expected
  • A good understanding of agri-trade & supply-chain related issues is expected
  • A previous work experience with program/project management is highly desirable, ideally within an international business environment
  • Advanced IT skills are required, including website maintenance, production of online newsletters and other communication tools; knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite and most standard CMS (e.g. WordPress) a definite plus

Skills & Abilities:

  • Team-player with a positive and a ‘can do’/ ‘hands- on’ attitude
  • Able to work autonomously & with a strong sense of initiative, as well as fit easily into a team
  • Excellent written and spoken English is a must; Dutch, French, German and other EU languages an asset
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Focused on results
  • Flexible and able to multi-task and stick to deadlines
  • Attention to details, efficiency, strong time- management skills
  • Must be comfortable to work in a multi-cultural team and within a small office environment



  • A 6 months full-time work contract under Belgian law
  • Salary according to experience plus an additional package of benefits.
  • Expected starting date: mid-February 2018

Suitable candidates should send their application by e-mail to sacar@sacar.be (Attention: Ms. Sylvie Mamias, SACAR Managing Director) with “Application – Program Manager” as the subject and include as attachments:

  • a CV and a short cover letter (in English)
  • an indication of the availability to start in the position
  • a reference letter and/or contact details of a referee
  • an indication of salary expectations, if any


Deadline for applications:  Thursday 1 February 2018 – 12h CET

Interviews will be held between 5 and 9 February 2018.

Click here to download the job description in PDF

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We will not be able to acknowledge all applications received.

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