Project Officer Climate/Energy

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01 Mar 2018

Project officer for climate and energy: Covenant of Mayors

2-year contract – Full-time employment

The European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and Environment (FEDARENE) is a leading European network of regional and local energy agencies. We facilitate the development of inter-regional partnerships and projects, promote the regional dimension in debates on sustainable energy and the environment, and help regions develop their capacity to take action for the energy transition. We offer a position with responsibility and focus on communication activities within a well-established European association (27 years), representing members from 20 European countries and active in one of the most strategic areas of current European politics.

FEDARENE is an active member of the consortium that runs the Covenant of Mayors Office (CoMO) together with European local government networks. The Covenant of Mayors is an initiative of the European Commission, directed towards local authorities committed to reducing their CO2 emissions by more than 40% by 2030. The CoMO assists municipalities, provinces and regions involved in implementing their commitments and is also in charge of the promotion of the initiative in the EU and beyond.

Job description

The project officer will deliver FEDARENE’s tasks as part of the Covenant of Mayors consortium. In particular, he/she will be responsible for the coordination of the helpdesk activities.

Coordination of the helpdesk:

  • Answering to queries from the CoM Community (signatories, local authorities, other stakeholders)
  • Managing and updating large databases whilst tracking signatories’ progress
  • Developing and updating guidance documents and materials for signatory local authorities
  • Coordinating the completion of deliverables of the helpdesk team for efficient and on time delivery, as well as organising and holding regular meetings on the same

Events organisation: the project officer will be expected to lead on the organisation of conferences, webinars and capacity building workshops. In addition, s/he will participate in the promotion of the Covenant of Mayors initiative at relevant events.

Project management: the project officer will monitor and report on FEDARENE’s involvement in the CoMO and represent FEDARENE at meetings and Covenant steering committees.

Employee Profile

Required skills:

  • fluency in spoken and written English, with proficiency/very good command of Spanish would be a must for this specific position, knowledge of French or Italian would be an asset
  • strong communication and analytical skills in written, small-group, training and public-speaking formats
  • ability to deeply understand complex technical issues and to translate them for a broader public understanding
  • good command of MS Excel
  • ability to work with a high level of initiative and autonomy when required
  • ability to work cooperatively in a team environment
  • capacity to travel for work and reasonable flexibility in working time

Preferred education & experience:

  • experience in supporting local climate and sustainable energy actions developed and implemented by local and/or regional authorities
  • experience and expertise in project/programme development, preferably in an EU context
  • experience in financial reporting for EU projects
  • knowledge of EU institutions, processes and decision-making structures
  • a Master degree in a relevant field (e.g. environment / energy / climate change / urban planning)

Contract: 2 year contract under the Belgian law starting as soon as possible. FEDARENE offers a benefits package (incl. ‘pécule de vacances’, eco & lunch vouchers) and a positive working environment.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Application: Applicants must have the legal right to be employed in Belgium. To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV to: fedarene@gmail.com.

Closing date for applications: 2 March 2018
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted, interviews will be held in Brussels in the week of the 5th March 2018.

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