Projects and Partnerships Officer

IFOAM Organics Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 12

Position description

You will play a role in growing IFOAM Organics Europe’s business and building the capacity of the organic movement. You will be the regular contact point for IFOAM Organics Europe’s 50 partners-foundations, EU agencies, and sponsors. You will co-design and coordinate initiatives that aim at bringing new partners and advancing the organic movement in Europe and beyond. You will work under the supervision of the Partnerships, Sector Projects, and Internal Strategy team. This role will give you an outstanding opportunity to get in contact with a wide range of stakeholders from the organic sector and acquire deep knowledge about the industry priorities and activities. You will get a chance to practice and develop your leadership, coordination, and marketing skills.


Contribute to engaging new funders and partners (50%):

  • Continuously look for ideas and ways of engaging new partners, sponsors, and donors;
  • Co-design projects by incentivising ideas, drafting concepts, collecting partners’ and colleagues’ inputs, and compiling proposals to potential supporters;
  • Develop presentations and other materials for funding pitches;
  • Support the manager in executing the strategy work: looking for new ideas for funding streams, performing background research, and collecting and analysing data;
  • Support the negotiations of new partnerships: preparing background research, presentations, taking minutes, preparing contracts, and ensuring follow-up;
  • Participate in fairs and events (occasional).

Ensure successful implementation of funded projects (50%):

  • Oversee the implementation of projects within specific thematic areas: set up and monitor timelines and milestones, coordinate and engage internal working groups, organize meetings, monitor and address risks, evaluate progress;
  • Ensure visibility of project funders: provide them with important project updates (successes, progress), write articles for IFOAM Organics Europe newsletters, and short messages for social media channels – in cooperation with the communications team;
  • Maintain relationships with existing donors by being the central contact point and responding to their requests in a timely fashion and keeping them updated about the work they fund;
  • Plan, coordinate, compile and submit the reports;
  • Monitor budgets, allocate funds to different projects, and liaise with the finance team regarding invoicing;
  • Ensure administrative follow-up of grants: follow up on contract requirements, organize documentation, set up/improve tools ensuring effective grant management, etc.

What kind of person are we looking for

Education, knowledge, and experience:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Between 3-5 years of relevant experience;
  • Effective communication skills in English, both verbal and written;
  • Computer literacy: especially PowerPoint or other relevant programs, Word, Excel, MS Office applications, and/or other relevant programs;
  • Confidence in speaking in public and networking;
  • Knowledge of the agri-food sector;
  • Knowledge of EU grants;
  • Proven track record in fundraising;
  • Experience in sales and marketing is an asset;
  • Knowledge of German is an asset.

Soft skills and attributes:

  • Excellent organisational/coordinating skills;
  • Creativity and confidence in proposing new ideas;
  • Willingness to learn new skills and new knowledge;
  • “Can do” attitude and ability to generate practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a multicultural team;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Empathy with the aims of IFOAM Organics Europe;
  • Willingness to travel occasionally within Europe.

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