Project Manager (Trade & Market Access)

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13 Dec 2019

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd. (DS) is a European consultancy and serves the international donor and business community in support of EU-funded sustainable development and business facilitation projects, primarily in emerging markets. DS work covers the fields of international trade and economy, environmental conservation and energy efficiency, and business facilitation to EU SMEs. This expertise is built on our strong grounding in project design and management, research, policy analysis and business, public and government relations.

DS is implementing an EU funded project CETA Market Access Support Programme for EU Business, Phase II of which will be running from March 2019 to February 2021. The overall objective of this action is to help EU business take full advantage of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, notably by providing facilitated access to relevant information and building a structured platform for multifaceted communication and outreach between EU business and stakeholders in Canada.

We are currently looking for a highly motivated Project Manager to join the DS office in Brussels. Reporting directly to the DS Management Board, the person will take oversight of all project outputs including, but not limited to: i) regular liaison with the client; ii) overseeing the communication/outreach work by Project Team Members in Brussels and Toronto; iii) overseeing the Expert Team’s inputs to research deliverables; iv) managing the execution of Annual Workshops; v) regular reporting on project’s progress; vi) overseeing the budget and financial reporting; vii) ad-hoc assignments related to project management.


  • Graduate degree or higher, preferably in international trade, economics or politics, project management, communications or related fields;
  • Minimum 2 years of proven working experience in leading or co-managing EU-funded, international or government projects;
  • Understanding the nature of and proven experience in project management;
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to work with limited direction, and capacity to ensure strong coordination with colleagues, as well as strong organisational skills;
  • Thoroughness and strong attention to detail;
  • Reliable, highly motivated and hard-working;
  • Previous experience in communications would be an asset;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and on multiple assignments at once;
  • Competence in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Adobe suite and Outlook; and
  • Excellent knowledge in spoken and written English, knowledge of French is advantageous.


The interested candidates are encouraged to send their CV and a Cover Letter, explaining how their profile corresponds to the qualifications of this position, to indicating “Project Manager in DS Brussels Office” in the email heading. In your application please indicate your soonest availability to take up this position. Deadline for applications is 13 December 2019. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

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