PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The job holder will contribute to the optimal functioning of WV EU Representation (EUREP) and to the achievement of one of its strategic objectives: facilitation of the development of sustained and increased EU revenue by WV European offices and their partners. More specifically the ECHO Partnership specialist will contribute to manage WV Partnership with the European Commission (DG ECHO) to increase income, influence and impact for World Vision’s humanitarian operations.
Support Implementation of EUREP Strategy for EU funding with ECHO:
Support Head of EU partnerships in development of strategy and annual work plans.
Support Grants Acquisition for ECHO:
Monitor and identify appropriate ECHO opportunities and advice and guide colleagues in WV Partnership accordingly.
Develop a robust ‘pipeline of proposals’ of ECHO funding opportunities submitted to the European Commission with a particular focus on coordination of submissions for the HIPs.
Identify the needs for technical assistance to enable production of ECHO high quality applications.
Provide support (including in-country one), coaching and advice during the process of proposal development to make sure applications are meeting WV quality standard and are compliant with ECHO rules and regulations.
Ensure inclusion of appropriate internal and external stakeholders in the application development process and input from potential partners.
Review proposals to ensure compliance with ECHO technical requirements and guidelines and give provide feedback to proposal writers and bid managers.
Identify and grow new business opportunities relevant for WV aspirations.
Ensure back up functions for development applications to the EC (DEVCO and NEAR) if needed.
Support the Implementation of the organisation’s engagement plan with ECHO:
Liaise with ECHO officials in Brussels headquarters and support relationships with technical assistants in the field to gather intelligence on upcoming opportunities, ECHO financing decisions and strategic priorities and disseminate to relevant colleagues in WV Partnership.
Support the arrangement and preparation of relevant meetings with ECHO officials for World Vision`s EU offices in order to implement engagement plan with ECHO.
Build and maintain strong, long-lasting, revenue generating relationships with EU officials in Brussels.
Capacity Building on ECHO and EU donors:
Lead on the development and update of capacity-building tools, mainly training material, guidance notes and briefing papers on ECHO.
Organise in collaboration with other EU Partnerships specialist at least one trainings in Brussels for WV Support Offices and World Vision field offices.
Deliver trainings in the field and support ECHO grant inception workshops on demand according to WV EUREP Partnerships team capacity.
Ensure that World Vision staff at all levels are well-informed about changing ECHO rules and regulations.
Develop guidelines that will enable World Vision to increase its capacity to effectively implement ECHO contracts and to manage risk.
Support capacity building on DEVCO/NEAR if needed.
Internal and External Communication within the World Vision Partnership and with INGO peers:
Attend relevant external civil society working groups and meetings taking place in Brussels or beyond that are related to Humanitarian Aid, including collaboration with VOICE network.
Pro-actively contribute to internal bi-annual meetings of WV EPRG (European Program Reference Group).
Coordinate an internal FPA holders group, make sure communication flows and collaboration is optimum between WV offices that have an FPA with ECHO.
Liaise internally with WV International Disaster Management team.
Any other activities contributing to the achievement of WV EUREP Partnerships team’s strategic objectives for EU funding.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Master’s degree or equivalent experience in economics, politics, international relations or a field relevant to World Vision’s mission.
Good knowledge of current EU funding instruments of the European Commission.
Ability to communicate effectively and maintain fruitful relationships with colleagues based in multiple locations.
Good organisational skills, with the ability to work at high standard even under pressure, good prioritisation skills and ability to meet deadlines.
Fully computer-literate: skilled and confident user of office applications.
Excellent networking skills, personal contact and connections within principal stakeholder environment in Brussels and beyond.
Expertise in ECHO grant acquisition and project management, including donor engagement, proposal development and compliance.
3 - 5 years of experience of working in resource acquisition within international development.
Excellent written and spoken command of English and French.
To be a either a citizen of an EU member state or have a valid residence and work permit for Belgium (Nota Bene: WV EUREP is unable to assist candidates in obtaining the required residence and work permits).
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Some experiences with DEVCO/NEAR grant acquisition.
Previous experience in a related field (EU institutions, institutional fundraising for NGOs, etc).
Can-do attitude and ability to cope with peak periods in term of workload.
Good command of Spanish will be an asset.
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.