Project Officer

We are recruiting a project officer 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 officer, you will support the project coordinator working on 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 operate at the intersection 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.

Responsibilities

In this role, you will :

  • map citizen science projects across Europe as well as the stakeholder community
  • develop an overview of the available literature
  • support the outreach to stakeholders and the organisation of awareness raising activities
  • support the organisation of events and working group meetings
  • participate in project events and meetings in the Dutch and European working groups
  • support the work related to the development of the instruments
  • support the establishment of a knowledge centre, its business plan and activities
  • support reporting and administration of the projects
  • support dissemination and publication of these projects
  • update the Eurocities website and members area with relevant content
  • support project development

Profile

You are a person who is full of initiative, self-driven, curious, creative, flexible and results-oriented.

You have:

  • a masters degree
  • 2 to 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • very good networking and interpersonal skills for an international environment
  • experience working in EU projects or policy
  • experience of stakeholder engagement
  • very good organisational and communication skills
  • experience in event management
  • knowledge of the citizens science initaitives
  • full proficiency in English, spoken and written
  • a very good command of Dutch

Assets:

  • other languages
  • understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions, EU political priorities and main policies
  • understanding of sustainable urban development, including digital, green and just transformation

We offer

  • a two-year contract, renewable, 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.

Benefits

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 training
  • 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 jobs.projects@eurocities.eu.
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘project officer MYC’ in the subject line.

Interviews will be held remotely the week of 26 April 2021.

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