The EU Relations Manager is responsible for the development and maintenance of International Crisis Group's relations with the European Union and its constituent institutions. The role primarily entails leading a dedicated EU unit to manage and deliver current European Union funded projects, and to explore and bring to fruition new, practical elements in the Crisis Group/EU relationship including further potential projects. The role also entails driving forward Crisis Group's ongoing contact with key EU representatives and officials, motivating and supporting contact at various levels of seniority by others in Crisis Group as well as building a personal network. The role also involves designing and implementing advocacy plans to bring Crisis Group’s work to bear on EU policy processes in a mutually beneficial way, and to strengthen and broaden an extensive advocacy network across the spectrum of EU institutions. The EU Relations Manager and her/his unit work as an integral part of the Government and Foundation Relations team in order to ensure coherence in Crisis Group's ongoing relations with both the EU as well as its member states. The role also includes following developments in EU affairs, analysing the implications for Crisis Group.
Candidates who want to be considered for this role should apply before 8 October 2017.
- Manage and oversee the delivery of current European Union funded projects being implemented by International Crisis Group, making sure that all deliverables are met and ensuring ongoing project monitoring, timely technical and financial reporting and accurate overall grant administration ;
- Oversee the organisation and delivery of conferences, seminars and other events in the framework of Crisis Group’s partnership with the EU;
- Supervise and manage two project staff (an ‘Analyst - EU Advocacy & Research’, a ‘Project Officer, EU’ and an intern) ensuring that their performance is effective and efficient, and occurs in a collaborative and positive context.
- Follow developments in EU affairs, especially regarding EU financial instruments, and lead on researching and creating opportunities for new engagement activities with the EU with a view to pursuing proactive development strategies to further expand the organisation’s funding from EU sources;
- Design and implement targeted advocacy plans within an overarching advocacy strategy aimed at advancing Crisis Group policy recommendations in EU institutions, EU member states and with other relevant actors. This includes maximizing the opportunity of advocacy visits to Brussels by field-based Crisis Group analysts and senior staff;
- Maintain and expand relationships with EU officials, and representatives of implementing partners of EU funded projects as well as the European think tank community and Brussels-based international Non-Governmental Organisations. As opportunities arise, pursue alliances with interest-based associations, advocacy groups and NGO networks as a means to maximize Crisis Group messages and yield greater reach and potential impact;
- Develop and implement modalities for strengthening contemporary knowledge and understanding of the EU in Crisis Group, including by advising and training new and current Crisis Group colleagues;
- Undertake research and analysis of EU foreign and security policy developments; track and monitor EU programs and initiatives in countries where Crisis Group is active; and liaise and inform Crisis Group field staff as appropriate;
- Represent Crisis Group at international and domestic meetings, conferences, and other events as required.
- Master’s degree in international relations or European Studies, or equivalent including by experience;
- A demonstrably strong knowledge of conflict-related issues;
- At least 4 years relevant work experience in project management including at the supervisory level, and preferably that combines experience with EU institutions and an advocacy role aimed at influencing those institutions;
- Good understanding of effective advocacy in the EU, EU member states and the international community in Europe;
- Well organised, precise, proactive person able to work under pressure to tight deadlines when required;
- Fluency in English essential; fluency in French and knowledge of other European languages highly desirable;
- Experience and demonstrable success of people management, preferably of a small team;
- Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
- Permission to work in the European Union.
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