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PROJECT OFFICER, TWINNING & PARTNERSHIPS BUILDING 

ABOUT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN MUNICIPALITIES AND REGIONS (CEMR)
 
CEMR is the largest and oldest organisation of local and regional governments working on building a more inclusive, just, and resilient Europe by unlocking the power of local democracy.
 
We endeavour to become the main network of territorial leaders with a vision to ensure local and regional governments are best equipped to drive the transitions of their communities towards Europe 2050 and address global challenges.
 
This requires strengthening city-to-city cooperation and rethinking the way local and regional governments engage in international partnerships.
Are you the right person to help us deliver on our ambitions?

WHY WORK FOR CEMR?
 
  • CEMR aims to foster a closer relationship between local and regional governments (LRGs) and the European Union (EU) and other international institutions, working as a reliable partner to co-shape European legislation and localize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • We strive to reinforce LRGs because we firmly believe that supporting local leadership and investing in local self-government is crucial to producing the changes we wish to see in our environment and societies.
  • We work to strengthen city-to-city and region-to-region cooperation to increase knowledge-sharing opportunities and capacity-building.

ABOUT THE ROLE:
 
In the framework of twinning and partnerships building, CEMR works to ensure that town twinning and cooperation remain an instrument adaptable to contemporary issues and to the current environment in which we live. CEMR collaborates with the EC  to encourage town twinning as well as modern and quality exchanges that involve all sectors of European society, For more information about  twinning, please refer to: https://www.ccre.org/en/activites/view/9
 
The Project Officer, Twinning and Partnerships Building role tasks and responsibilities are two-folded:
 
  1. Twinning, 60% of time:  
 
·       Coordinate and support the launch of the CEMR’s call for grass-roots project proposals on twinning from CEMR national associations, city networks and other eligible entities.
·       Screen incoming applications, and run quality checks based on the predefined criteria.  
·       Define and support the grant Selection Commission to review applications, organise the meetings, take notes and provide summaries of the process.  
·       Act as support and point of contact for the grantees, throughout the project implementation.
·       Support grantees with their reporting both financial and narrative.
·       Monitor the progress of the granted projects on the ground.
·       Promote and disseminate the project activities and results.
·       Support the CEMR’s reporting and auditing activity around the twinning work package.
 
2.      Partnerships building, 40% of the time:
 
·       Map, assess, understand, and match member associations with the perspective of building joint partnerships or twinning.
·       Identify on-the-ground good practices, success stories and experiences, and promote them through the website and social media.
·       Develop learning opportunities and models such as webinars, information sessions and inspirational workshops.
·       Undertake other initiatives and responsibilities to advance the CEMR’s work on twinning & partnerships building.
 
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
 
·       A university level master’s degree in Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, European Studies, Social Science, or similar.
·       2-3 years of professional experience managing European projects in development cooperation and twinning.
·       Solid understanding of local and regional governance in European countries.
·       Ability to coordinate and engage with different stakeholders.
·       Proven skills in drafting and editing press releases, articles, and web stories.
·       Ability to turn complex or technical raw materials into simple and promotional outputs.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and a professional level of French.
 
CAPABILITIES
 
We are in search of talents that exemplify a fusion of attitudes, skills, and behaviours deeply rooted in our key core capabilities. This involves the ability to lead, steering endeavours by going the extra mile, influence by adeptly building relationships with stakeholders amidst diverse perspectives and interactions, impact through outcome orientation and inspire by evoking positive responses, motivation, and by fostering constructive reactions.
 
OUR OFFER
 
For this position, we offer a one-year, full-time contract, with a possibility to extend further, based on performance and funding available.
 
A competitive salary package including the 13th month of salary, legal and extralegal holidays, a teleworking policy and teleworking allowance, a holiday allowance (as per Belgian legal framework), lunch vouchers, echo vouchers, medical insurance, and coverage of public transport.
 
Our Brussels-based office is a vibrant and diverse hub, where enthusiasm and passion drive our collaborative efforts. Embracing diversity, we foster an inclusive environment that reflects the richness of ideas and perspectives.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
 
Interested candidates are invited to send their application, including a CV and a cover letter before the 29 of February 2024 at midnight, at application@ccre-cemr.org, with “Application – Project Officer, Twinning & Partnerships Building” in the subject. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.   
 
Every application receives our dedicated attention as we believe in giving each candidate the consideration they deserve in our pursuit of talents. We are an equal opportunities employer and an inclusive workplace where every individual is valued and can thrive!

 

Project Officer – Development Education and Awareness-Raising

 
  • Do you want to help strengthen the voice of towns and regions, and their associations, in decentralised development cooperation and EU external policies?
  • Do you want to embrace awareness-raising as a pillar of international action by local and regional governments?
  • Do you want to be part of a collaborative team where your competencies will be highly useful?
 
… then becoming a Project Officer for Development Education and Awareness-Raising at PLATFORMA may be your best choice: come work with us!
 
PLATFORMA is a pan-European coalition of local and regional governments and their representative associations, active in decentralised development cooperation. The lead partner is the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR).
 
Your mission:
 
You will be mainly responsible:
 
  • for policy, advocacy, and project activities related to development education awareness-raising, and global citizenship education,
  • for coordination of project implementation monitoring and evaluation, in close collaboration with colleagues and implementing partners.
 
You will be expected to:
 
  • Coordinate PLATFORMA’s campaigns and activities towards awareness-raising on development cooperation, in particular the annual European Days of Local Solidarity (EDLS) and the biannual PLATFORMAwards initiatives.
 
  • Proactively follow policy and legislative developments on development education and awareness raising (DEAR) and global citizenship education (GCE), disseminate information to relevant stakeholders, contribute to conceptual and strategic reflections on the issue and advise on evolutions in the area; contribute to the advocacy strategy for this thematic area, including towards relevant EU institutions, and with external stakeholders.
 
  • Draft policy and advocacy documents (position papers, briefings, policy and legislative amendments, and other documents), collaborate with partners and stakeholders to raise awareness and deepen the knowledge on relevant issues; contribute to PLATFORMA's publications and external communication.
 
  • Represent PLATFORMA at relevant meetings and conferences in Brussels and occasionally abroad; facilitate the participation of partners to relevant events.
 
  • Collaborate closely with PLATFORMA partners to ensure sound exchange of information with and among partners; be the focal contact point for assigned project partners, monitor closely their work and the progress of their deliverables.
 
  • Support project partners and colleagues to fulfil sound requirements for project implementation monitoring and evaluation, including planning, logical framework, outputs, outcomes, performance indicators, reporting, and evaluation.
 
You will report to the Director of PLATFORMA.
 
Your profile
 
·       You have at least 2 years of experience in development cooperation (Master’s degree preferred) or another relevant field.
·       You have at least 1 year of experience in project implementation, preferably with aspects related to project implementation planning, monitoring, and evaluation.
·       You understand the role and functioning of local and regional governments in development cooperation, and their specific contribution to sustainable development: local democracy, local development, and the potential of local governments’ international action.
·       You have good knowledge of the European Union policy-making and decision-making processes.
  • You have a strong interest in awareness-raising campaigns and linkages with education and citizens.
·       On the human side, you are a positive, reliable, and autonomous person, but also keen on working in a team.
·       You enjoy being in contact with partners and colleagues, as you have strong interpersonal skills.
  • You are fluent in English, and you have at least a good working command of Spanish; a working knowledge of French is a valuable asset.
·       You are willing to travel, if necessary, in Europe and/or internationally.
 
We offer
 
·       A contract until the end of August 2026 with the possibility of extension.
·       A valuable experience with local and regional governments and EU institutions.
·       Hands-on experience with project implementation and management.
·       An open, international, and flexible work environment.
·       Possibility of remote work in Belgium, and to a limited extent also abroad.
·       A modern and well-situated office in the European Quarter near the train station Bruxelles-Luxembourg and metro station Trône–Troon.
 
Wishing to join us?
 
We are looking forward to meeting you! Send your (1) Curriculum vitae and (2) motivation letter in English, telling us about your motivation and interest to application.platforma@ccre-cemr.org before Friday 09 February 2024 23:59. Please put Project Officer – Development Education and Awareness-Raising in the subject of the email.
 
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place in the second half of February 2024. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted with an invitation to interview.
 
Find out more about us: platforma-dev.eu - www.cemr.org.
 
CEMR is an equal opportunity employer. 
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