Policy Dialogue Expert / Deputy Team Leader

Business & Strategies Europe
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Sep 14

Position description

Since 2016 B&S Europe has been leading and implementing a comprehensive cross-sectoral public diplomacy and outreach project for the EU Delegation to the USA, assisting it to increase it visibility and profile amongst a range of stakeholders and target groups (politicians, policy makers, academics, business community, students etc).

The project works closely with all EUD sections as well as Brussels HQ to ensure continued support in their engagement and relationship building across the USA. Activities relate mostly to event organization, production of policy papers & briefings, communication design and partnership building. B&S Europe has been invited to present a tender for the next phase of the project, which follows largely on from the current phase (set to finish in January 2023), with an added and expanded focus on also supporting the EU/EU Delegation’s bilateral policy dialogues with the USA, which cover a range of issues. 

Overall Objective (Impact) 

The Overall Objective (Impact) of this action is to strengthen transatlantic collaboration to address global challenges, promote EU interests and priorities, amplify shared values, and demonstrate the EU’s impact and global reach.

Specific Objectives (Outcomes) 

  • Support the development of policy research, the production of policy/research papers, and the identification of important targets for advocacy work;
  • Support formal and informal EU-US policy dialogues and partnerships in key shared priorities;
  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding, perception, and attractiveness of the EU among targeted audiences in the US;
  • Increase the visibility of the EU as a trusted, capable, confident and successful actor by emphasising the EU’s values, quality of life, creativity, and industrial strength.

Profile 

Provisional commencement date of the contract: 1st March 2023

Period of implementation of tasks: 48 months

The project is currently looking for a Policy Dialogue Expert to lead the project’s policy dialogue related activities, in coordination with the Team Leader. S/he could also be appointed Deputy Team Leader.

The Expert shall be responsible for the overall implementation of the project’s policy dialogue component and related activities and ensure effective coordination with the Team Leader and other activities as necessary. S/he shall be able to demonstrate the ability to manage any nonkey experts, service providers or implementing partners engaged to deliver technical tasks.

The Expert will also guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall project management and implementation, including that activitys outputs and reports are appropriate, consistent, timely, and of good quality.. 

The Expert is expected to be endowed with the following skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • A team-oriented and service-oriented working style;
  • Self-motivation and an ability to work independently;
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy;
  • The ability to operate calmly and effectively in a high-stress situation and environment;
  • The ability to engage successfully with high-level stakeholders across government and other organisations/institutions;  Strong knowledge of American and European politics, political systems, political actors and transatlantic relations;
  • Diplomatic skills and the capacity to deal with politically sensitive issues; 

Qualifications and skills 

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) or equivalent in a field relevant to this contract;
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Other European languages are considered an advantage; 

General professional experience 

  • 10 years of post-graduate professional experience in a sector relevant to the scope of the assignment, 
  • Experience working in and across the United States;

Specific professional experience 

  • Professional experience in the field of transatlantic affairs, European affairs or international affairs;
  • Strong working knowledge of the US, its policies, its states and its political actors;
  • Strong working knowledge of the EU, its policies, its Member States and actors;
  • A network among think tanks, academia, NGOs, businesses, government, media, and other relevant organisations across the United States and Europe;
  • Participation in at least one similar professional activity, preferably EU-funded public diplomacy or technical assistance projects of similar nature in scope, size, and/or contractual value would be an advantage;
  • Professional experience in the field of environmental policies/Green Deal and/or trade, including digital policy US would be considered an advantage.

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