Project and Policy Officer on Natural Resources

European Network for Central Africa
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

The project and policy officer is responsible to develop and coordinate the work of the network on natural resources and in particular on issue such as: responsible sourcing and due diligence, European conflict minerals regulation, land conflict and indigenous people’s rights in the Great Lakes region (DRC, Burundi and Rwanda). The position will lead on influencing EU targets and coordinate the work amongst EurAc’s members and other partners from civil society organisations.

Notably, he/she must:

  • Develop EurAc’s analyse and position on natural resources and mobilise actors inside and outside the network around the thematics;
  • Design and implement EurAc’s advocacy strategy on natural resources;
  • Coordinate and implement activities to be carried out in the framework of consortium projects.

Tasks and responsibilities

1)POLICY/ADVOCACY WORK

  • Contribute and establish the position of the network on natural resources based on context analysis in the Great Lakes and EU policy ;
  • Develop and implement EurAc’s advocacy strategies aimed at influencing EU policies towards

Rwanda, Burundi & the DRC;

  • Monitor and identify advocacy opportunities to influence the European Union and its member states;
  • Draft policy and advocacy documents (briefing papers, reports) and elaborate specific recommendations for EU decision-makers and members states;
  • Lead the organisation of advocacy activities in general (meetings, public events, interactions with the media);
  • Develop and maintain regular contact with different stakeholders (EU decision-makers, member states representatives, Civil society organizations, partners…).

2)PROJECT COORDINATION

Actively participate in the field projects in which EURAC is involved:

  • Implement activities;
  • Ensure coordination and monitoring with external partners;
  • Contribute to the evaluation and reporting;
  • Support the director in the identification and development of possible new projects.

3)NETWORK FACILITATION AND EXTERNAL ALLIANCE

  • Ensure the coordination & facilitation of EurAc’s thematic working group on natural resources;
  • Stimulate the exchange of information & dialogue among EurAc’s members, support their advocacy towards their respective governments;
  • Support and coordinate informal coalition with external partners both from Europe and Great lakes region;
  • Represent EurAc in external network or coalition;

Profile

EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES:

  • Advanced academic degree in political science, international relations, conflict studies, European studies or other relevant area;
  • At least 3 years of experience working in an international policy environment (preferably EU); related to natural resources, peacebuilding, climate change or NGO sector.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing power analysis and advocacy strategies;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Excellent understanding of EU policy-making processes;
  • Experience of working in a multi-stakeholder context;
  • Experience of working in a membership organization – preferred;
  • Interest and experiences with the African political context and ideally of the Great Lakes region; understanding of issues related to peace and conflict, governance.

SKILLS

  • Working knowledge in English and French (oral and written);
  • Solid research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent oral expression, writing and synthesis skills;
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish professional relations with a large group of partners;
  • Capacity to motivate working groups & to assume leadership;
  • Capable of autonomy and taking initiative;
  • Ability in managing deadlines & set up priorities;
  • Ability to work with an international and intercultural environment;

Application instructions

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