EU Project Coordinator

Carbon Market Watch
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 18

Position description

Carbon Market Watch’s mission is to ensure that carbon pricing and other climate policies cut pollution and drive a just transition towards sustainable societies. Given the urgency of halting the climate breakdown, we want market-based climate policies to fulfil their promise and be used wisely in combination with regulatory and incentivising measures.

Our strengths lie in evidence-based advocacy to improve climate policies, turning complex issues into understandable messages, and helping people understand and influence those policies.

Carbon Market Watch is an organisation with a strong culture of participative decision-making, collaboration, team spirit and concern for the well-being of its members. We combine working in our office with working from our homes in Belgium on a weekly basis. Occasional working from other countries is facilitated.

Purpose of the position

We seek an experienced, conscientious EU project coordinator with good organisational and interpersonal skills and a solid understanding of the requirements of EU-funded projects. This person would work to ensure the overall effective and timely delivery of a new CMW-led EU-funded project.

They will be line-managed by the executive director but report on the project's progress to both the executive director and the policy director. The successful appointee will also act as the project’s primary point of contact for consortium members and external stakeholders.

In the case of future applications for new EU projects, the project coordinator will play a leading role in the application team.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Monitoring and overseeing the implementation of all work packages of the new project (called LIFE EFFECT - Effective and Fair European Carbon Trading; on ETS2 for buildings and transport and the Social Climate Fund) and any successor EU project, in particular:
    • keeping track of project activities and ensuring the smooth flow of work and timely delivery;
    • ensuring the operational structures of the project are set up and adhered to, through, for instance, organising project team meetings, keeping partners and stakeholders updated with project progress;
    • coordinating narrative and financial reporting tasks, providing administrative support to the whole project team.
  • Cooperating closely with designated members of CMW’s policy and communication teams, who manage the implementation of certain work packages;
  • Representing the project in relevant external events and meetings when required;
  • Involvement in new EU funding applications;
  • Potentially supporting application and reporting processes related to other EU grants.

Previous experience

Successful candidates will have a minimum of three years of relevant experience, but applications from outstanding candidates with less experience will also be considered.

Professional and personal attributes

Ideal candidates should have the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:


  • A strong commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development;
  • Relevant experience working with EU-funded projects (LIFE, Horizon, …) or similar;
  • First-hand experience of working with project partners;
  • Proven expertise in activity planning, monitoring and reporting;
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a solution-oriented spirit to ensure impactful collective work by a range of individuals operating in different national and organisational contexts across Europe;
  • Strong analytical and evaluative skills, with a focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning;
  • Fully proficient spoken and written English. Other European languages are a strong advantage;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with team members and independently;
  • Right to work in Belgium, residence in Belgium and ability to work in/from our office in Brussels (generally two days per week combined with teleworking).


  • University degree in environmental sciences, social sciences, or relevant discipline;
  • Certification in EU project management;
  • Experience of working in an EU institution or in an organisation in the EU domain (NGO, think tank, industry association…);
  • Familiarity with carbon pricing and the EU Emissions Trading System.

What we offer

  • A full-time, permanent contract under Belgian law;
  • A competitive remuneration package in line with Brussels NGO standards: salary starting from €3929 (for 3 years of relevant experience) gross/month, 13th month, meal vouchers, mobile phone package, public transport monthly allowance, home-working allowance, and five days extra-legal holidays;
  • An exciting opportunity to work with a dynamic, friendly, expert team;
  • Starting date: as early as possible.


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