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Social Policy Expert / Project Manager  – Job Ad

Aug 24, 2023 | Jobs, News

AEIDL, the European Association for Innovation in Local Development, is seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Social Policy Expert/Project Manager with experience in managing and delivering projects. The expert will undertake the role of Deputy Project Manager for service contracts on Socially Responsible Public Procurement and Sustainable Procurement, as well as managing a social inclusion Horizon Europe project, SERIGO. 

The service contracts on Socially Responsible Public Procurement (SRPP) and Sustainable Procurement aim at increasing the capacity of public buyers and stakeholders and raise awareness on SRPP and sustainable procurement. SERIGO aims to enhance social inclusion in rural areas, with a focus on people in a vulnerable situation in the context of the social economy. 

The post is an open-ended full-time employment contract, with the option of freelancing. Candidates should be able to start working in October 2023. 

Role and responsibilities: 

The successful candidate will manage and coordinate, alongside other members of the projects team, the delivery of the contracts as well as coordinating the staff working on those contracts. The successful candidate will be expected to:  

  • Implement the overall planning and coordination of the projects 
  • Ensure the high quality of deliverables and tasks 
  • Ensure timely delivery of tasks and deliverables 
  • Coordinate project teams 
  • Conceptualise, plan, organise, deliver and ensure the follow-up of capacity building and training events on SRPP and sustainable procurement; providing content input to communications activities including social media posts on SRPP and sustainable procurement; researching and developing good practice case studies on SRPP.   
  • Assist, where required, in business development, contributing to bids and proposals in the area of social and employment policies, including the social economy. 
  • Contribute where required to other AEIDL activities, such as our European Local Innovation Forum 

Qualifications and experience :

Essential

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience 
  • Proven project management experience on EU projects, including in service contracts (minimum 3 years) 
  • Experience of working with EU clients 
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as an expert in EU social and employment policies  
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement for policy improvement   
  • Excellent ability in teamwork and working with partners 
  • Excellent English verbal and written skills  
  • Postgraduate degree in EU law, EU affairs, political science, social sciences, or economics 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of the social economy  
  • Knowledge of socially responsible public procurement  
  • Knowledge of other European languages 
  • Experience in the organisation, implementation and follow-up of events, including online  
  • Experience in the facilitation of working groups and Communities of practices 
  • Excellent skills in research and writing 
  • Certificate in project management 

Working at AEIDL 

People are the most important asset of AEIDL, and we practice internally what we advocate externally – providing a working environment where we care for our staff in a culture of cooperation and collaboration. 

At AEIDL we seek to provide a healthy work-life balance, with a strong emphasis on cooperative teamwork. We have a human-centred approach to work, including flexible working hours, options for home working and regular social gatherings. 

We empower our staff to lead, decide and show initiative, embracing our “culture of co”. Our culture of cooperation, co-creation, community-leadership, and caring for the common good is an inherent part of the AEIDL brand.  

At AEIDL you will benefit from our staff development programme, in which our team members contribute to designing and planning cooperative approaches to learning, mentoring and individual development. We value the development and sharing of skills, knowledge, and experience. 

We welcome ideas for our working and associative activities. Such staff-led initiatives include team building days, outreach activities, the European Local Innovation Forum, and our eco-team, which ensures we practice what we preach. 

We offer competitive remuneration packages, indexed on an annual basis, including a 13th month, “double-pécule vacances” (holiday bonus), and contributions to local transportation, alongside meal vouchers. 

We offer our staff 20 days of annual leave, 12 days of recoup time off (“repos compensatoire”), 10 Belgian bank holidays as well as Schuman day, equivalent to 43 days annual paid leave in a standard year, in accordance with Belgian law

Application process

Send your CV in English in the Europass format with a short cover letter to cv@aeidl.eu with the subject line Social Policy Expert/Project Manager by 11th September 2023. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted after the closing date.

Who we are:

AEIDL was founded in 1988 by like-minded individuals who believed that European integration can make a positive contribution to citizenship and to the sustainable development of communities. 

AEIDL’s thematic expertise ranges from environment, sustainable territorial development; employment, migration and citizenship, to enterprise and integration, social policy, social innovation and public service modernisation. 

The Association offers a range of professional services, including information management, web and digital communication; events, capacity building, and network animation; publications, social media and video services, as well as technical assistance, evaluation and consultancy services for a broad range of European contracts.  

We are based in the heart of Brussels, hosting a diverse, international team of skilled, motivated and dynamic experts, delivering high-quality services to our clients.  

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