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Job title: Project Manager (Full time)
Location: Brussels Office

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 Program for EU Businesses, 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.

QUALIFICATIONS – IDEAL CANDIDATES REQUIRE:
• Graduate degree or higher, preferably in international trade, economics or politics, project management, communications or related fields;
• Minimum 1 year 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;
• 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.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:
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 jim.stoopman@development-solutions.eu
and virginia.marantidou@development-solutions.eu 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 1st of July, 2019.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

 

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Job title: Project Executive-Internship
Location: Brussels Office

DEVELOPMENT Solutions (DS) is a European consultancy serving the international donor and business community in support of sustainable development and sustainable investment objectives, primarily in emerging markets and EU strategic partner countries. Our services focus on technical support for international trade, SME business facilitation, financing for sustainable development and professional training/capacity building. DS’ capabilities are built on a strong grounding in project design and management, complemented by extensive research, policy analysis and capacity building expertise for business and public authorities alike. Further information regarding our projects and portfolio is available at www.development-solutions.eu.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Business Development department to support the design and execution of new project proposals. Field-and -desk based outreach, research and technical writing will be key responsibilities for this role. Strong analytical and writing skills, strategic thinking and organizational skills are sought to support the growing portfolio of the company. Excellent communication skills will be highly valued, given the need for daily cooperation and dialogue with international organizations and project partners.

Internships are paid and are full time during one-year. This is not a short-term or summer internship scheme. A full-time position may be available upon successful completion. Applicants for the Brussels office should have the right to live and work in Belgium, DS is not able to sponsor work permits.
Prospective candidates will preferably have a university degree in public policy, economics, international relations, economic development, or business administration. A specialization in trade is advantageous. The candidate should have a strong passion for work in the public sectors, addressing issues in international trade, private sector business facilitation and sustainable development. Excellent written and spoken English is required; additional languages are an asset.

The candidate will demonstrate at least the following qualities:

• Reliability, initiative, thoroughness and attention to detail;
• Highly motivated, hard-working, ambitious and able to adapt to diverse scope of topics and project requirements
• Creative and conceptual thinking, abilities to interpret project requirements and present original solutions
• Concise technical writing, data visualization and graphic design skills
• Computer literacy in MS Office suite applications
• Familiarity with project proposal and tendering procedures including the preparation of bids is strong advantage
• Experience with EU financing mechanisms and projects as strong advantage

Desired qualities include:

• Experience in tender/proposal design and searching for new opportunities
• Knowledge of EU trade policy and WTO. In addition, through the traineeship, the candidate will have honed skills in the following areas:
• Experience in tender/proposal design and searching for new opportunities
• Creative, precise and highly organized writing skills
• Recruitment and fulfilment of expert requirements
• Clear insight into EU public policy approached to issues at the forefront of international trade and economic development
• Project design and partner relationship engagement

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application including CV, cover letter and writing sample (max 1,000 words) by July 1st to Mr. Philip Bartley at philip@development-solutions.eu and Ms. Carlotta Fagioli at Carlotta.fagioli@development-solutions.eu. We will be processing applications on a rolling basis. Please indicate “ Project Executive- New Business- Name Surname” in the subject line. As attention to detail is crucial for this position, only complete applications will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.