EU Partnership Officer

SNV
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 29

Position description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030. For more information on SNV, please refer to our website: www.snv.org.

SNV established its EU Liaison Office in Brussels in June 2022, building on its strategic priorities. From May 2022 to May 2023, SNV assumed the co-Presidency of the Practitioners’ Network (PN) together with FIIAPP. As former co-President, SNV joined the PN Steering Committee for a period of 3 years, as of June 2021 (Expertise France is the current President.) From 2024 on, a key objective of SNV will be to continue work already underway as part of its Global Partnerships and Business Development strategy with the EU and partners.

Job Description

SNV is now looking to hire a dynamic and experienced professional to serve as the EU Partnerships Officer based in Brussels.

The successful candidate will support SNV’s EU engagement, working closely with SNV’s EU Account manager, the Global Partnerships and Business Development team, as well as other members of the wider SNV team. The position will support collaboration and partnership building, contribute to developing new (funding) opportunities with the EU institutions including the European Commission and Delegations in partner countries, EU Members States organisations, the PN members and other key partners. This role will also contribute to strengthen SNV’s positioning as a trusted partner in European development cooperation, through effective engagement, knowledge sharing and learning, and working together with others for more impact.

Reporting to the EU Account Manager based in the Hague and working with SNV colleagues, the EU Partnerships Officer’s key Responsibilities will include:

Contribute to implementing SNV’s EU engagement in Brussels and relevant countries.
Represent SNV in Brussels. Support and nurture relationships with SNV’s strategic EU partners, including PN presidency and members and the EC, to contribute to deepening collaborations.
Work closely with the EU Account Manager and other Partnerships and BD colleagues to identify and support emerging EU priorities, TEI and opportunities, provide relevant information on regional and country (Team Europe) initiatives, organise relevant meetings with key EC and EU/PN Member States representatives in Brussels, and co-develop initial concept notes to promote the participation of SNV in joint programming.
Support EU BD prospects/opportunities including support on partner negotiations, teaming agreements, and full proposal development until submission.
Support and nurture the relationships with SNV’s strategic EU partners, including PN presidency and members and the EC in Brussels, to contribute to deepening collaborations.
Coordinate SNV’s Brussels based activities in the PN and ensure our participation in key meetings and events of the PN and associated Working Groups. Prepare key inputs and takeaways and support our thematic co-leads of Workstreams as relevant.
Support the SNV team in preparing our participation in key meetings and events, organised within the framework of our EU Delegated Cooperation efforts. Prepare briefing notes and presentations as relevant.

Qualifications

Degree in international development, international relations, political science, economics, or a related field.
Over 3-5 years of experience working in international development cooperation for bi-lateral/multi-lateral institutions such as the EC or international NGOs.
Proposal development skills and business development skills
Proven experience and understanding of the European Union and its institutions, processes and policies, and knowledge of European funding mechanisms.
Exceptional interpersonal skills with a solid track record of networking and developing effective relationships with key stakeholders.
Good verbal and excellent written communication skills in both English and French. Knowledge of Dutch is an asset.
Strong organisational and planning skills.

Additional Information

Contract Type: National Employment Contract
Expected Start Date: 1 year with possibility of extension
Duty Station: Brussels, Belgium

Working at SNV
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website: www.snv.org

How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 10th of February 2024.

Please submit your application only via SmartRecruiters. All information will be in the strictest confidence. We will revert to you as soon as possible when we have reviewed your application. If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process.

Working at SNV
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal global network of experts. SNV strives to be an inclusive employer, thriving on the diversity of its people and does not discriminate on the basis of disability status, religion, ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation, etc.

Vetting
SNV carries out rigorous background and reference checks concerning possible safeguarding incidents for all candidates applying for International determined positions. As SNV participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a request to past employers to fill in a questionnaire regarding Misconduct (sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment), the “Statement of Conduct". This Statement of Conduct adopts the definitions used in the Scheme.

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