European Resources for Mediation Support III - ERMES III (9477)

Brussels, Belgium | Worldwide
Apply by 28 February 2018
Senior-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 14 February 2018

Job Description

As a global actor committed to the promotion of peace, democracy, human rights and sustainable development, the EU is generally seen as a credible and ethical actor in situations of instability and conflict and is thus well placed to mediate, facilitate or support mediation and dialogue processes.

According to the recently conducted evaluation of ERMES I and II projects, the ERMES model has proven out to be an effective tool for the EU to engage in peace and mediation processes. ERMES has been successful in meeting the need of providing experts in the context of changing timelines and under short notice, proving its great level of flexibility and responsiveness both in the selection and mobilization of Non Key Experts as well as in providing various logistical and administrative support tasks. However, representation and participation of women in different assignments and development of knowledge management products would merit more attention. In overall, through ERMES the EU has been able to reach out to and work with many of the principal stakeholders involved in peace process, ranging from track I (including United Nations, UN) to track II and III.

Individual ERMES assignments have provided relevant support for the countries in question as well as the peace process specific objectives/strategies pursued by the EU. The awareness and reputation of ERMES as a tool to support EU’s mediation activities has been rising up positively within the different EU services.

The overall objective of this action is to facilitate the EU’s support to third parties engaged in inclusive peace mediation and dialogue processes at the international, regional or local levels, by inter alia providing technical assistance and training, and organising meetings and seminars.

Required profile:

Key expert 1: Team Leader/Project Manager (full time – approx. 600 days)


  1. manage and coordinate the implementation of the contract.
  2. main contact point to the Contracting Authority for operational (including identifying, mobilising and liaising with non-key experts) issues.
  3. liaise and report to the Contracting Authority on a regular basis on the activities and will facilitate a fruitful and open dialogue between the stakeholders involved (EU actors, partner country authorities, civil society etc.).
  4. support and supervise the preparation, implementation, and conclusion of assignments undertaken together with, or by, Non-Key experts, and the production of outputs related to specific assignments.
  5. her/his work-time will be spent between the “operational base” in Brussels and missions in the field.

The indicative number of missions outside the EU undertaken by the Key expert shall be between two and five per year

Qualifications and skills

  1. Master’s Degree or equivalent diploma in Public Administration, Political and/or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations or other relevant discipline;
  2. In absence of Master’s Degree, relevant professional experience of at least 5 years to be added to the required general professional experience;
  3. Excellent oral communication and drafting skills in English and very good oral communication and drafting skills in French;
  4. Excellent project management skills;
  5. Experience in dealing with sensitive files and interacting with high level interlocutors.

General professional experience

  1. A minimum of 7 years post-graduate experience in the field of mediation and peacebuilding or conflict prevention;
  2. A minimum of 5 years of fieldwork experience in developing and/or fragile countries, including interacting with international and regional organisations and with civil society;
  3. Experience in working with (or in cooperation with) EU institutions will be considered an asset, in particular on peace mediation and dialogue or related processes in at least 2 projects.

Specific professional experience

  1. Work experience in programming in the field of peace mediation and dialogue gained in at least 2 projects.

About the Organization

Transtec puts an emphasis on development processes, acting as a virtuous circle to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Working with local actors and the international community, we deliver quality, context-driven development solutions across the intervention cycle - breaking poverty and building prosperous stable communities.

We are committed to making a difference by ensuring that aid effectiveness constitutes the single and most important focus in our interventions. This is achieved by incorporating Quality Assurance mechanisms at each phase of project and programme implementation and ensuring compliance with requested standards and expected results. In doing so, we build on our 30 years of Knowledge Management maintained by our personnel, projects, programmes and experiences.

We hence provide a full range of high level technical services in project and programme design and management, framework contracts, long term agreements management and cutting edge monitoring and evaluation solutions to multilateral partner organisations including the European Investment Bank, the United Nations (UNDEF, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, UNDP), the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and national official development agencies including the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), the French Agency for Development (AFD), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCA).

We are constantly searching for innovative and creative solutions that will support our interventions.

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