Eurocities, the network of major European cities, is recruiting a Senior Project Coordinator to work in the field of climate neutrality.
The candidate would start ideally in June 2023.
Eurocities is a dynamic and international team where we trust in people, value constructive exchanges and collaborative work. We help people thrive in a friendly, open and healthy environment while promoting a work/life balance.
About the project
NetZeroCities (NZC) is an initiative launched as part of the European Green Deal and directly supporting the European Commission’s Mission for 100 Climate-neutral and Smart Cities by 2030. NZC is being implemented by a 33-member consortium comprising diverse partners from across Europe, supporting the 112 Mission cities to achieve the Mission objectives through expertise, tools and guidance, capacity building and knowledge sharing, and innovative approaches to systemic change.
We are looking for an experienced Senior Project Coordinator to co-lead the NZC Team in Eurocities, with direct experience of working with cities and expertise in local climate action. The NZC Team is expanding and will consist of 12 fulltime staff, with half of the team working directly with cities to support them to achieve their Mission objectives.
As Senior Project Coordinator, you will work as part of the broader Climate Neutrality Team and co-lead the NetZeroCities Team. You will manage a small group of city experts and work closely with the European Commission and NZC consortium partners. In this role, you will:
- co-lead the NZC Team and managing a team of six expert city advisors and officers
- take a leadership role in NetZeroCities and its governance and implementation
- manage project work packages and allocated tasks for which Eurocities is responsible
- manage resources and budget
- support engagement with cities and support their climate neutrality objectives and make connections with consortium partners to ensure smooth delivery
- liaise with the European Commission on project tasks and engagement with the city support team
- promote project results and activities internally and externally
- draft technical and financial reports
- make links between the project and other areas of Eurocities activity, relevant Eurocities forums and 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, flexible and results-oriented. The skills and experience to do this job successfully include:
- a successful track record of at least 10 years of work experience in the field of project management and climate change, particularly at the local level
- a Master’s degree or equivalent in climate, environment, sustainability, urban planning, or related fields
- experience of working directly with or in city/local governments, preferably in climate neutrality or related area
- excellent oral and written communications skills in English
- experience in capacity building and workshop design and facilitation
- experience in working with multiple stakeholders/partners at transnational level
- good networking abilities and interpersonal skills for an international environment
- excellent relationship management, coordination and organisation skills
- experience in managing a small team of people
- problem-solving approach
- flexibility to deal with multiple and changing priorities
- good negotiating and influencing skills
- knowledge or experience of providing direct support services to cities or similar recipients
- experience of process design and improvement
- knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions, policy priorities and main policy developments in the area of climate neutrality
- experience writing EU project proposals
- other languages
- A full-time position as employee, under Belgian legislation. The selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract (candidates need to provide a Belgian address)
- An open-ended contract linked to the length of the project (3 years), starting on 1 June 2023
- €4,000 – €4,400 monthly gross salary, according to profile and experience
- Flexible working hours
- Part-time teleworking
Meal vouchers, pension plan, hospitalisation insurance, public transport costs, 13th month, éco-chèques, 90€ net per month of teleworking allowance, training opportunities.
How to apply
Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation, explicitly describing their relevant experience and linking it to the requirements for the position, in one page maximum, together with a CV with at least two referees (including your current or last employer) by 23:59 CET on 16 April 2023 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘senior project coordinator NZC’ in the subject line.
Interviews will be held in person on 3 May 2023.