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Job opportunity –
Projective Executive Logistics - Internship

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd. (DS) is a European consultancy and serves the international donor and business community in support of sustainable development and investments objectives, primarily in emerging markets. Our work covers a wide range of fields described within four company divisions, (i) Trade and Economy, (ii) Energy and Environment, (iii) Business support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and (iv) Human Capacities. This expertise is built on our strong grounding in project design and management requiring research, policy analysis, capacity building and business, public and government relations expertise. Further information regarding our projects and expertise is available at http://www.development-solutions.eu/.

DS is implementing a Framework Contract (FWC) for the organisation of promotional events, high level trade visits and communication activities for the European Commission Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA). The aim of these events and activities is to promote European agricultural products in third countries. The current project involves promotional and communication activities in China.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team to support the implementation of the project. Reporting directly to Senior Management, the position will support the high quality and timely delivery of different events and activities in China. Excellent communication and logistical skills are sought to support the daily activities and tasks. Strong writing skills are also considered an asset.

Internships are paid and are five-months full time. 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, international relations, economic development or business administration. Candidates should have experience with the organisation of (promotional) events and communication activities. In addition, they should have excellent written and spoken English.

Additionally, we greatly value the following qualities in a prospective candidate:

  • Reliability, initiative, thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Highly motivated, hard-working and ambitious
  • Team player with strong coordination and organisational skills
  • Strong client servicing skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The preferred starting date is the beginning of February 2018. Please indicate in your application when you could be available to start.

Application information

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application including CV, cover letter and English writing sample by
7 February 2018 to Ms. Linda Koning (linda.koning@development-solutions.eu). Please indicate clearly in the subject line of your email “Job Application for Project Executive”. Recruitment for this position will be on a rolling basis during this period so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  


Job opportunity –
Project Executive Communications & Outreach
(China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks)

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd. (DS) is a European consultancy and serves the international donor and business community in support of sustainable development and investments objectives, primarily in emerging markets. Our work covers a wide range of fields described within four company divisions, (i) Trade and Economy, (ii) Energy and Environment, (iii) Business support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and (iv) Human Capacities. This expertise is built on our strong grounding in project design and management requiring research, policy analysis, capacity building and business, public and government relations expertise. Further information regarding our projects and expertise is available at http://www.development-solutions.eu/.

DS is leading a consortium implementing the China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks. These are major EU-funded business support service projects for European SMEs, which deliver business-focused and practical advice on IPR protection and enforcement in China and South-East Asia. Services available to European SMEs include through expert Helplines, online portals, industry or IP specific guides, training workshops and other events. Additional information about the Helpdesks can be found at www.ipr-hub.eu.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated Project Executive to join our Brussels team and lead communications and outreach activities, new media marketing, event planning, and stakeholder liaison for the China and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk. Very good communication and relationship-building skills are a necessity given the need for daily cooperation with business stakeholders, SMEs and project partners. Excellent organisational skills and English writing and editing skills are required.

This internship is paid and will be for the duration of 6 months at full-time capacity. This is not a short term or summer internship scheme; a full 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 for Belgium.

Qualifications

Prospective candidates require:

  • Undergraduate degree or higher (preferably in International Development, International Relations, Political Science, Business Studies or a related field)
  • Excellent English skills in verbal and written communications
  • Team player with demonstrated self-management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently in a busy environment
  • Strong computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other programmes
  • Strong communication and client servicing skills
  • Previous experience in networking, outreach and stakeholder liaison (experience with stakeholders in Europe preferred)
  • Reliable and showing initiative, thoroughness and attention to detail

Application information

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application including cover letter and CV to jim.stoopman@development-solutions.eu and cc. maria.buck@development-solutions.eu. Please indicate clearly in the subject line of your email: “Job Application for Project Executive (China-SEA Helpdesk)” and your availability for a potential interview.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.  

Preferred starting date: Beginning of February 2018


 

Job opportunity –
Project Manager - Business Development 

DEVELOPMENT Solutions Europe Ltd.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

DEVELOPMENT Solutions (DS) is a European consultancy serving the international donor and business community in support of sustainable development and investment objectives, primarily in emerging markets and EU strategic partner countries. Our services focus on technical support for international trade, SME business facilitation and professional training/capacity building. DS’ capabilities are built on a strong grounding in project design and management in complement with extensive research, policy analysis, capacity building expertise across business, public and government relations sectors. 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 run the BD team and manage the design and execution of new project proposals. Field- and desk- based outreach, research and technical writing, and leadership of a core BD team will be key responsibilities of this role. Strong analytical, 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.

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 should have at least 1 year of experience in a similar role. They will preferably have a university degree in public policy, international relations, economic development, or business administration. They should have a strong passion for work in the public sector, 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 ideal candidate will demonstrate 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 Microsoft Office suite applications
  • Knowledge of project proposal and tendering procedures including the preparation of bids is required (1 year minimum experience)
  • Experience with EU financing mechanisms and projects a strong advantage

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application including CV, cover letter and writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) before 15 February to Philip Bartley (philip@development-solutions.eu). Recruitment for this position will be rolling for this position during this period so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.