The Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA) was constituted in March 2003 by the governments of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and registered in Belgium as a not-for-profit association (ASBL). Out of 25 OCTs, all the permanently inhabited territories (21) are currently members of OCTA as well as the French Southern Antarctic Lands - TAAF.
OCTA serves as a platform through which the OCTs realize their common goals by working collectively through cooperation, policy dialogue, promotion of common positions and partnerships for the sustainable development of OCTs.
Since its creation, OCTA has had no permanent staff but has benefited, between 2008 and 2016, from several technical assistance projects of up to 4 long term experts. In 2015, OCTA initiated the setting-up of a permanent secretariat in Brussels by recruiting one full-time coordinator (the Coordinator). In 2018, OCTA will continue its institutional strengthening with the support of an EU Grant to further strengthen the capacities of its secretariat, in particular by recruiting two extra full-time employees.
Under the 11th European Development Fund for OCTs, a total envelop of EUR 2,2 million along with OCTA own contribution have been identified for the accompanying measures to the OCTA. These support measures will be implemented via 4 annual operating grants, covering the period 2018-2021. In order to adequately implement the grants, OCTA must develop its administrative and financial management capacity.
The Administrative and Finance Officer will primarily contribute to ensure the compliance of OCTA’s activities with the EU rules and Belgian Law, providing a combination of accounting, secretarial and logistics services, as well as support to the team of the Secretariat. He/she will report directly to the Coordinator.
Duties and Responsibilities
Being part of a small team, the Administrative and Finance Officer will also support the other members of the Secretariat for activities such as organization of conferences.
The full-time position (38h/week) is based in Brussels, Belgium.
Short missions within the European Union and in the OCTs may be necessary.
The position will start ideally by March 2018 or as soon as possible, for an initial period of one year (1), with a possibility for a further extension.
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