We are recruiting a project coordinator to work on reinforcing citizen science tools in cities, including broadening their uptake and strengthening their impact. He/she would ideally start as soon as possible, and no later than mid-May 2021.
About the project
As project coordinator, you will lead the implementation of a new and exciting citizen participation project, which aims to boost the uptake and impact of citizens’ measurement initiatives for smart, green and inclusive urban development. The ambition is to mainstream the use of these initiatives across Europe as well as their contribution to public policy making. The project will run for two years and operates in the cross field of citizen engagement, participatory policy making, digital transformation and sustainable urban development.
Working with Dutch and other European stakeholders, the project will develop and pilot a set of instruments to tackle current challenges – including democratic safeguards and interoperability – related to citizen measurement initiatives. That is, the digital applications which citizens use to collect data and measure certain conditions in their cities, e.g. the quality of the air or the drinking water, or level of noise pollution. To facilitate the wider use of the instruments and citizens’ measurement tools, the project will raise awareness at EU level and establish a knowledge centre to empower people and local authorities to use citizens’ initiatives for public policy making.
In this role, you will :
- lead on the implementation of the project:
- manage the project, technically and financially
- manage the project officer
- manage the relationship with the project partners and the European Commission
- coordinate activities of all work packages
- design and implement activities and strategies to support the development and piloting of the instruments
- set up a knowledge centre for citizen science initiatives and develop a business plan for the centre
- organise workshops, trainings, awareness raising events, dissemination activities, publication of best practices, knowledge-sharing activities
- promote project results and activities internally and externally
- draft technical and financial reports
- travel as required for the purposes of the project
- make links between the projects and the relevant Eurocities working groups
- support project development in cooperation with the projects & knowledge sharing director
You are an experienced professional who is full of initiative, self-driven, curious, creative, flexbile and results-oriented.
- at least 5 years of relevant work experience
- at least 3 years of work experience in the field of project management, preferably of EU projects
- in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of citizen science projects, digital transformation at local level as well as citizen engagement policies and practices
- an excellent capacity to create a strong stakeholder engagement and the ability to find common ground and compromises in complex work processes
- experience in working with local and city governments or public sector partners
- full proficiency in English, spoken and written
- a very good command of Dutch
- experience in event management and workshop design and facilitation
- experience in working with multiple stakeholders at transnational level
- good networking abilities and interpersonal skills for an international environment
- excellent relationship management, coordination, and communications skills
- experience translating project work into policy recommendations
- other languages
- knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions, policy priorities and main policy developments
- experience writing project proposals
- a two year contract, linked to the length of the project starting in May 2021
- a full-time position that will be carried out at Eurocities office in Brussels. However, due to strict measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 you will be asked to telework initially
- salary according to profile and experience
- training opportunities
The selected candidate must have the right to live and work in Belgium and be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract.
Meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, public transport costs, 13th month, éco-chèques
Some other benefit examples are :
- training opportunities and access to on-line trainings
- a dynamic international team
- a pleasant working environment
- flexible working and relaxed dress code
- part time teleworking.
Eurocities recognises the importance of a work life balance.
Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation explaining their suitability for the position, together with a CV by 12:00 on 14 April 2021 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at email@example.com.
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘project coordinator MYC’ in the subject line.
Interviews will be held remotely the week of 26 April 2021.