Program Officer – International Development

Cooperatives Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 21

Position description

Cooperative enterprises enable people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development. The ICA-EU partnership programme ‘Cooperatives in Development – People-centred businesses in action’ will work on promoting the cooperative business model in global, regional and local development policies, and strengthening cooperative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights. This programme runs from March 2016 to September 2020.

Cooperatives Europe’s main activities are to promote and defend the cooperative enterprise model and to provide services to members such as information & research, EU consultations and a platform for exchange.

Cooperatives Europe is the Europe Region of the International Co-operative Alliance. More information is available at:

The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve cooperatives worldwide. More information is available at:


The Program Officer will be responsible for the tracking and development of EU development cooperation call for proposals and project opportunities in view of promoting the cooperative movement world-wide. S/he will work in close cooperation with the ICA-EU partnership team and report directly to the International Development Director.

The main role of the Program Officer is to identify emerging opportunities of EU funding with EuropeAid, contribute to design and develop project concept notes, draft programs for formal member collaboration and follow the EU development and cooperation instruments and financial mechanisms.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Screen EU funding opportunities, and other funding on international development cooperation for member organisations;
  • Elaborate concepts for project proposals with targeted development agencies and institutions;
  • Monitor members’ applications and provide regular updates on progress and success rates to define areas for quality improvement;
  • Support setting up of partnerships;
  • Provide assistance to grant seeking and receiving for member organizations, and as necessary, direct them to other resources for organizational development, funding, programing, etc.;
  • Represent Cooperatives Europe at relevant EU development and cooperation review meetings on development programs and project implementation.



  • University degree in European studies, economics, finances, political sciences, international relations or similar;
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in project writing and/or management;
  • Very good understanding of the EU and its institutions, especially DG Development and Cooperation;
  • Knowledge of and relevant experience with financial mechanisms procedures (in particular: call for proposals, tender, service contracts, technical assistance, re-granting, framework contracts, etc..);
  • Good command of English;
  • Attentive to details and able to prioritize work;
  • Good IT and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the cooperative values and principles.


  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish.


Starting date is as soon as possible.
Located at the Cooperative House Europe (Avenue Milcamps, 1030 Brussels, Belgium).

Candidates should be eligible to work within the European Union. Candidates need to have, at the time of application, the legal right to work in Belgium. We regret that we are not able to apply for work-permits on their behalf.

Application instructions

Interested candidates are asked to apply by submitting the application form and a detailed CV to [email protected]. Please mention in the email subject your name followed by ‘Program Officer’.

Deadline for applications is the 8th October 2017 (23h59 CET).

Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Interviews will take place at our offices in October 2017.

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