Principal Manager, EU Representative Office

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
    Apr-25-2017
  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position description

The Principal Manager, under the leadership of the Head of EU Representative Office,  coordinates the Bank’s wide ranging relations with the EU institutions in Brussels, with a view to promote the Bank’s interests and deepen and broaden its level of engagement in areas of relevance for the Bank.

The Bank’s relationship with the EU has several dimensions: the EU is a shareholder in the Bank, it is the Bank’s biggest donor, a co-financier, and also a driver of policy and legislation in countries of operation (directly in some and indirectly in others) and with direct impact on the Bank’s activities.  It is for this reason that the Bank has opened a small office in Brussels – the Brussels office is an integral part of the Donor Co-Financing team within the Partnership and Policy Vice Presidency. 

The aim of the EBRD’s Brussels Office is to act as a focal point, centre of expertise for the Bank on EU affairs, operational facilitator and representative office which enables the EBRD to deepen its engagement with the European Institutions and the many related organizations present in Brussels.   

The Brussels office forms part of the Donor Co-Financing (DCF) department, whose overall objective it is to promote strong partnerships between the EBRD and external donor organisations providing grant or concessional co-financing resources.  EBRD’s partnerships with donors are a crucial component of the Bank’s business, and its use of grants and donor resources have grown in scale and complexity over time, including support to the Bank’s investments as well as for advisory services, capacity building and policy dialogue. At present, DCF raise in the order of €350m of new donor funds per year in addition to managing the Bank’s net income allocation.  The EU is by far the Bank’s largest donor and has contributed a third of all grant resources received by the Bank since its start.

Accountabilities & Responsibilities

The Principal Manager will work under the guidance and supervision of the Head of EU Representative Office and will notably (main responsibilities):

  • Monitor and analyse emerging strategic, policy, legal and financial developments with a bearing on the Bank’s mission and operations; and advice Bank colleagues;
  • Monitor institutional developments within the EU institutions, with a focus on the European Commission including both thematic and geographic Directorate Generals;
  • Contribute to development of effective EBRD inputs into relevant EU papers, processes and country/regional strategies by preparing reports and notes for management, inputs for communication materials and events, and substantive briefing for visits;
  • Support the Head of the Office in developing and implementing stakeholder engagement plans and lobbying efforts around key issues and developments of relevance to the Bank. Maintain a structured policy calendar to ensure EBRD awareness and engagement where relevant;
  • Support colleagues in ensuring appropriate consultation of EU policymakers on key EBRD strategies and policies;
  • Support EBRD work on accessing EU funding and co-financing options, both within and outside the EU, in terms of identification of opportunities and understanding of constraints, risks and requirements, in close cooperation with teams. Support colleagues with any EU fund management-related issues, as and when needed.
  • Support internal reflection, new ideas, prepare papers and contribute to work on identification of opportunities to deepen and strengthen the Bank’s engagement with the EU institutions;

More generally, the Principal Manager will:

  • Act as a resource on EU policies, processes and institutions for colleagues across the Bank;
  • Liaise with relevant EBRD departments to ensure appropriate information flow across different teams on strands of engagement;
  • Establish, expand, cultivate and maintain relevant working level contacts for relationship maintenance and information gathering with operational interlocutors within EU institutions.

In addition, the Principal Manager will where needed:

  • Contribute to the organisation, preparation and follow up of structured visits for senior EBRD officials to Brussels and for EU officials to the EBRD;
  • Support the Head of Office to represent the Bank at working level in discussions with the EU institutions, accurately representing the Bank’s mandate, operations, specificities, areas of comparative advantage and complementarity;
  • Deputise for the Head of Office.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • A degree from a leading university and a post-graduate degree in a relevant field, such as finance, economics, international relations, international development aid, etc.
  • A demonstrable history of relevant professional work experience, preferably in an international development or finance institution.
  • Strong working familiarity with EU institutions and with EU policy-making processes, preferably gained from substantive work experience in the EU institutions in an area of relevance to the EBRD, Good knowledge of EU external relations policies and of EU internal policies of relevance to the Bank. 
  • A good understanding of economic and financial issues, sufficient to understand and effectively represent the Bank and its operations. Knowledge of the EBRD region of operations an advantage.
  • Strong policy research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills with, in particular, the ability to convey complex messages succinctly and clearly.
  • Excellent interpersonal co-ordination and negotiation skills. Strong partnership skills.
  • Good working level of French.

Application instructions

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