Project Officer in Cooperative Development, Training and Education

Cooperatives Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 25

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.

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 Project Officer will be in charge of coordinating and monitoring the implementation of an educational project at international level. S/he will work as a member of the ICA-EU partnership team and report directly to the International Development Director.

The main role of the Project Officer is to coordinate the upscaling and expansion of an ongoing European initiative. S/he will support the European Project Coordinator in engaging international beneficiaries and stakeholders throughout the activities.

Key responsibilities are

1) Support the development of an online platform for international cooperative development tools:

  • Mapping cooperative development tools available in pilot countries, and referencing them in a systemic and intuitive way;
  • Liaising with beneficiaries (cooperative mentors), coordinating and supporting their involvement throughout the development process;
  • Engaging beneficiaries in activities aimed at expanding and sustaining the online platform.

2) Implement and monitor international capacity building activities for cooperative mentors:

  • Assisting trainers for designing and delivering training sessions (needs assessment, definition of objectives, methodologies and contents), and ensuring operational coordination (selection of participants, organization of travels and stays, budgetary follow-up);
  • Coordinating and monitoring the implementation of pilot activities for cooperative entrepreneurship: assisting mentors to design and implement local action plans for cooperative entrepreneurship, using project tools and resources;
  • Supporting the development of an international community of mentors, sharing and pooling cooperative development tools, knowledge and experience.

3) Coordinate with the European Project Coordinator: ensuring consistent development of international activities, and co-organisation of coordination and education events (transnational meetings and training sessions).

4) Promote education and training programs and activities towards members of the International Cooperative Alliance and beyond, and ensuring web visibility (website, newsletter and social medias).



  • University degree in European studies, project management, political sciences, international development or similar;
  • Knowledge of and relevant experience with training and education projects, preferably involving the development and testing of an IT solution;
  • Very good command of English;
  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish;
  • 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.


  • Good understanding of the EU and its institutions;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience of work with NGOs or membership organisations.

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