The European Endowment for Democracy is looking for a committed and experienced Programme Officer
To join its Secretariat in March 2018
Deadline for applications: 3rd January 2018
1-year contract renewable depending on performance and funds
Thorough knowledge of Turkish language required
The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is an independent, grant-making organisation, established in 2013 by the European Union (EU) and EU member states to foster democracy in the countries of the European Neighbourhood and beyond.
Since its inception, EED has provided over 500 grants and evolved into a vibrant, innovative and respected member of the democracy support community. EED funds a vast array of pro-democracy actors including human rights and political activists, pro-democratic movements, civil society organisations, independent journalists and media.
This is a great opportunity to join EED in a challenging and varied role. As Programme Officer, you will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring EED’s programmes in Turkey and additional designated countries (see full job description for details). You will assess applications and provide guidance to applicants, engage in outreach activities, monitor political developments in the assigned countries, and develop relations with the donor community.
Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of the Turkish language and of political issues in Turkey, and at least five years of proven full-time professional experience in democracy-related projects and programmes in government, international organisations or civil society.
Reporting directly to the Director of Programmes, the position consists of:
a) Coordinating, administering and monitoring EED’s programmes in Turkey and additional designated countries within the “neighbours of the neighbours” and/or the EU Southern Neighbourhood and serving as an expert for the assigned countries;
b) Assessing applications and preparing recommendations for EED funding; providing programmatic guidance to EED applicants and grantees, including assistance with project development;
c) Engaging in outreach activities in order to identify relevant actors and activities for EED support within Turkey and other designated countries;
d) Developing and maintaining relations with the donor community and like-minded organisations throughout the region.
The Programme Officer reports directly to Director of Programmes and shall be responsible for (in addition to the above-mentioned):
a) Monitoring political developments in the assigned countries to inform EED strategies and programming, following developments and assessing the potential impact on the political and civil society environment;
b) Liaising with relevant activists in media, human rights, rule of law, conflict resolution, civic education to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field and to guide EED interventions;
c) Developing programme related documents for assigned countries;
d) Representing EED at public events;
e) Assessing incoming applications and , conducting thorough background checks, identifying the EED added value, communicating with applicants during the review process, providing coaching when needed, and preparing recommendations for funding approval by the EED Executive Committee;
f) Monitoring the progress of initiatives supported by EED, with the support of local Country Consultants when relevant, assessing narrative reports and providing support to grantees when relevant;
g) Travelling to the region to monitor existing grantees and identifying new funding opportunities;
h) Guiding and overseeing the work of local Country Consultants as well as other consultants;
i) Initiating and facilitating programme-related events;
j) Liaising with the Communications team in line with the EED communication strategy;
k) Liaising with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in line with the EED monitoring and evaluation plan;
l) Performing other tasks for the Director of Programmes.
a. Conditions for eligibility:
b. Essential selection criteria
Level and type of formal education:
4. Terms of contract
EED is not an international organisation or EU institution and its employment contracts are fully based on Belgian Employment Law.
Indicative NET salary may range from approximately €3,100 to €3,500 per month depending on experience and individual circumstances, plus competitive personal benefits (subject to Belgian tax and social security).
An initial contract of one year will be offered, followed by a one-year renewal subject to satisfactory performance and available funds. This contract will be followed by an indefinite contract, subject to satisfactory performance and available funds.
Expected start day at EED: 1 March 2018
Working place: EED Secretariat located in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.
 Bahrain, Chad, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
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