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Rural and Territorial Development (RTD) Officer

Jul 28, 2022 | News

AEIDL, the European Association for Innovation in Local Development, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Rural and Territorial Development (RTD) Officer to undertake tasks in the field of Rural and Territorial Development, taking the lead on our work in the H2020 SHERPA project ( and other upcoming Horizon Europe projects. 

We offer a stimulating and exciting working environment where you will develop key skills and knowledge in policy analysis and development, as well as stakeholder engagement and dissemination in EU rural and territorial development.

Reporting to the Senior Expert, the RTD Officer will be part of the highly dynamic policy unit of the organisation, and will contribute to various initiatives related to innovation in local development. The role is offered on a full-time basis, either as a permanent employment or freelance contract, based out of our Brussels office. The preferred start date is 5th September 2022.

Role and responsibilities:

The role involves contributing to the design and implementation of research and innovation methods, designing and delivering on project tasks, liaising with partners and teams of experts, with responsibilities in budget monitoring and reporting. 

The candidate is expected to provide and communicate clear and focused content inputs to the development of both project proposals and project outputs, including the co-ordination of inputs and outputs (reports, summaries, blogs, articles, etc). 

The candidate will also contribute to AEIDL’s policy unit, as well as communication and outreach activities, including presentations at conferences and workshops. The candidate will collaborate with colleagues throughout AEIDL.

Qualifications and experience :


  • Excellent command of spoken and written English (C1/C2)
  • Strong academic background, with a master’s degree or equivalent in agricultural economics, rural and territorial development, or related subject
  • Professional experience in the field of public policy research – with consultancy, academia, or civil society actors
  • Experience in project management, client satisfaction and teamwork, particularly EU funded projects (e.g., European Commission, Horizon Europe, etc)
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the functioning of EU institutions and key EU policies
  • Experience in communications and stakeholder engagement
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to work on a wide range of issues


  • Good working knowledge of other EU languages
  • PhD studies (close to completion or completed) will be an asset
  • Skills, and excellent knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods for policy analysis
  • Experience in assessing public policies
  • Previous experience in developing research proposals and applying for funding at the EU or international level

Application process

Send your CV in English in the Europass format with a short cover letter to with the subject line RTD Officer by 21st August 2022. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

Who we are:

AEIDL is an association that learns from and fosters community-led innovation in areas such as territorial development, employment, entrepreneurship, social inclusion, environment, climate action and green growth.

We add value by supporting and facilitating peer learning among local and national actors across Europe, analysing and evaluating relevant EU policies and advocating for enhanced support to community local action to help build a Europe for citizens.

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