The ESPON EGTC is recruiting a new Director to lead an international team in Luxembourg working on European territorial evidence informing policy making.
The Director of the ESPON EGTC implements the Single Operation under the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme. The new Director is supposed to take up the position as early as possible during 2020.
The job of ESPON EGTC Director
The Director has the overall responsibility for the ESPON EGTC. This includes the coordination, management, steering, planning and implementation of the Single Operation, including the proposals for Annual Work Plans and amendments to the Multiannual Work Programme (if needed), the delivery of Progress Reports, the budget and contract management and the necessary processing related to the Monitoring Committee and other bodies of the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme.
The Director plays a key role in the external promotion of the EGTC and the territorial evidence resulting from the activities carried through by the EGTC. In particular, the Director is the main interlocutor with the European policy arena related to territorial development and cohesion policy.
The Director represents the ESPON EGTC in the Assembly and towards the Managing Authority for the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme.
Another key role for the Director is the overall responsibility for the internal coordination of the EGTC in close cooperation with the two Heads of Unit. This includes task management and planning at the level of the Single Operation, timely delivery of activities listed in the Single Operation, budget compliance and respect of Operation Implementation Guidance and relevant European regulations.
The Director also has the overall responsibility for functioning of the ESPON EGTC. This includes the overall responsibility for staff matters and recruitment.
What profile and experience should the ESPON EGTC Director have?
The post as ESPON EGTC Director requires leadership experience from comparable engagements to exercise the following tasks:
- the promotion of ESPON and territorial evidence in relation to policy processes at European level;
- the overall responsibility for the EGTC delivering according to the Grant Agreement signed with the ESPON 2020 Managing Authority and the approved Single Operation for the implementation of the content the ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme;
- the responsibility for the production, uptake and wide use of ESPON territorial evidence;
- ensuring correct, efficient and effective performance of the EGTC including the responsibility for the management of the employed staff members.
The director consequently should dispose of a multifaceted profile and a wide range of background experience. Ideally, the ESPON EGTC Director should meet the following characteristics:
- charismatic and integrative personality with good contact to the policy circuit at EU and national level;
- european policy understanding and experience in policy fields relevant for territorial development and cohesion;
- proactive supporter of an integrated, place-based approach and the need for European territorial evidence in policy development;
- scientific insight and belief in the benefits of evidence informed policy making;
- high-level communication skills and profound experience in dialogue towards policy makers;
- proactive and result-oriented leadership approach with demonstrated ability to deliver with the right timing;
- recognised strong leadership and coordination experience from prior employment with direct responsibility organising a team and handle staff matters, exploring staff capacities skills and ensuring high level of motivation among staff;
- financial management and budget experience from prior engagement;
- good credentials in organisational management and in leading a team.
Which qualifications are required for the post?
- a relevant university degree for the job as director of the ESPON EGTC;
- leadership experience in policy relations, making use of research and evidence in policymaking;
- preferably more than 10-15 years of relevant work experience of which 5-10 years of successful leadership in managing an organisation, complex processes and/or programmes including in staff management;
- experience linked to territorial development, regional policy and/or spatial planning and/or engagement in European policy development in the context of cohesion policy and territorial cohesion;
- leadership experience from a corresponding policy environment in a European institution, a European body or organisation, a national ministry, or a regional or local administration;
- communication skills in English are at a high level to communicate ESPON territorial evidence into the European policy arena and promoting ESPON at different administrative levels;
- experience to work under short deadlines and to frequently travel for work.
The application shall include:
- A motivation letter expressing the motivation and expectations as well as the qualifications and experience in relation to the post;
- A curriculum vitae (preferably in Europass format) including the main details of the professional experience and educational background as well as the personal and language skills.
All documents should be in English language.
In case of selection for the post the presentation of certified copies of degree/diplomas will be required.
Please send your application (motivation letter and CV) by e-mail to [email protected], indicating Director in the subject line of the email.
The deadline for submitting your application is 15 March 2020.
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