Euromontana is the European association for cooperation and development of mountain areas. Created as a non-profit organisation in 1996, it now has about 65 members in 14 European States, in and outside the EU. Its aims are to promote mountain territories as territories with a future and to improve the quality of life of mountain populations, building on sustainable development models. To achieve these aims, Euromontana represents mountain communities to European institutions (European Commission, Parliament, Council…), conducts promotion actions (communication, events), organises cooperation among its members (networking and projects), and contributes to studies on sustainable mountain development. Operating with a small secretariat (2-4 people including trainees, from different origins), a key priority is to network with member organisations to assemble knowledge from different mountain regions and to make this available to decision-makers and mountain people.
Position: Project Officer
You will be under the responsibility of the Director of Euromontana and your responsibilities will include:
– Development and management of European projects: identification of promising project ideas, monitoring of funding opportunities and calls for proposals offering suitable funding sources and development of projects. In the past, project proposals have for instance been submitted on mountain products, rural development, attractiveness of mountain areas, tourism, mobility… We usually work with Horizon 2020, Interreg Europe, Life, Erasmus+ funding schemes.
– Management of European projects: daily technical and –progressively- financial management of these projects, including reporting. Euromontana’s technical role as a project partner is usually the coordination of communication & dissemination activities, the collection of good practices, writing policy recommendations, and desk studies.
Euromontana is currently involved as partner with leadership on communication &dissemination on one Horizon 2020 projects: SIMRA (on social innovation in marginalised rural areas, to finish in March 2020) and on one Life Project on permanent grasslands OREKA MENDIAN and one Erasmus + project on Silver SMEs. Answers to Horizon 2020 call for proposals are expected on mountain food value chains and on mountain research agenda.
– Follow-up of thematic themes: follow-up of policy and regulatory developments on relevant themes identified as priorities by the Board of Directors, especially, but not only, in relation with the projects. Coordination of Euromontana network to build policy papers and concrete proposals on these themes; participation in expert groups or relevant meetings at European level in relation with these topics (lobbying and representation); communication to the public through Euromontana media (website and social networks) and to the Board.
Current priority themes include innovation in rural development, agriculture, forestry, climate change…
– Organisation of events: under the responsibility of the Director and with the Communication Officer, support the organisation of Euromontana events and project events such as European Mountain Conventions (next one planned in September 2020 on Smart Mountain) and/or project conferences and various seminars and working sessions.
– Network coordination and development: interact with Euromontana members inside the network and with other organisations outside the network, with a view to increase the network’s visibility and develop membership base.
Around 80% of the time of the Project Officer will be spent on the development and management of EU projects, 10% on the thematic work, 5% on other events and 5% on networking.
You have a tertiary education degree (Masters, 5 years), in domains matching your future responsibilities (such as in agriculture, food, forestry, rural development, innovation or mountain development), with previous relevant experience of 6 months to 3 years. Experience should be related to either a sector that is relevant to mountain development or network coordination at national level or European level, including project management or functions requiring similar levels of relational and analytical skills. A good command of subjects related to territorial policies (ideally mountains) will be a plus as will be a thorough understanding of European policy making and/or European funding programmes.
You have an excellent professional command of English and a good command of French, the two working languages of Euromontana that you will have to use in your daily communication. A third language will be a plus. You have a good command of Microsoft office tools.
You have good written and oral communication, analysis and synthesis skills.
Dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated, you know how to get fully involved in your function, face unexpected challenges and effectively organise your own time taking into account interaction with other staff members and members of the network.
Comfortable in a small organization (less than 5 persons), you are not afraid of multitasking and are solutions-oriented. You are available to travel for work.
Open-minded, you have excellent relational skills and can interact in a positive way with counterparts from different cultures and backgrounds (researchers, practitioners), on complex political subjects.
Start: 1st March 2020.
Contract type: VIE (Volontariat International en Entreprise) for one year, renewable for another year. Please note that to be eligible under this contract, the applicant should have one European nationality from the EU Member State or from a country of the EEA. The applicant should be under 29 years old when he/she start the contract and registered in the VIE database before having 28 years old. For more information: see here.
Job location: Euromontana Brussels office, with frequent travels in Europe.
Remuneration: around 1809€/month as net remuneration (fixed rate defined for the VIE contract in Belgium).
Interviews: November /early December 2019 in Brussels or by Skype (if this is impossible to come to Brussels).
Application to be sent by 22/11/2019 to Marie Clotteau, Director at: email@example.com – with object of the email mentioning “Project Officer at Euromontana – Your name”, including a concise CV (Europass format not compulsory) and a maximum 2-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in working at Euromontana and why you think your profile matches our needs. Only targeted applications will be analysed. Please note that candidatures will be treaded on a 1st came 1st served basis.
Do not apply if you don’t fulfill the criteria to have a VIE.
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