Team Leader (m/f) – EU Alumni Engagement Initiative

Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 9 May 2018

Job Description

Field of activity

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service enterprise for development cooperation with international operations and global experience. Owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, the organisation operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in the countries we operate in. The organisation’s business area - GIZ International Services - is the vehicle for offering GIZ’s services to international clients.

GIZ International Services is shortlisted for an EU - funded project: EU alumni engagement initiative

The overall objective of the action is as follows:

To support the achievement of EU Foreign Policy objectives by strengthening the EU’s ability to engage meaningfully with different audiences and stakeholders in third countries through more effective long-term Public Diplomacy involving beneficiaries of EU programmes with the objective of giving them the opportunity to become potential future partners and, by doing so, facilitate future cooperation with the EU.

Specific objectives include:

The purposes of this contract are as follows:

  1. To enhance the quality and consistency of EU’s capacity to engage with beneficiaries of EU programmes through the organisation of regular activities across the world (in coordination with EU delegations). These activities will be tailored to the specific subgroups of beneficiaries of the programmes listed above.
  2. To facilitate the management of communities of alumni and beneficiaries of EU programmes run by HQ and EU Delegations through the creation of a common online database including relationship management tools (customer relationship management [CMR] or similar software) allowing HQ and EU Delegations to input, collect and manage information on beneficiaries (in line with existing EU and international data protection legislations) and tailor engagement opportunities on the basis of individuals’ interests and location. This must also allow for follow-up engagement opportunities (e.g. questionnaire post-event, future invitations to similar events for participants).
  3. To facilitate the networking among alumni and beneficiaries of EU initiatives and allow them to update the information included in the above-mentioned relationship management tool and database through an online platform fully integrated with/connected to existing social media platforms where conversations and engagement will be continued.
  4. To increase the coherence of EU Public Diplomacy by connecting and building on existing initiatives and facilitate the implementation of a more joined-up approach to public diplomacy, as stated in the EU Global Strategy. When appropriate, it should also be possible to include other stakeholders’ initiatives (e.g. Member States, cultural institutes, universities, international alumni networks).

Your tasks

  • The Team Leader shall ensure the successful implementation of the project and coordinate its various elements. He / She shall be responsible for the general assessment exercise, with the obligation of collecting all the required information at the start of the mission and to ensure quality of reports/deliverables throughout the duration of the contract.

Your profile

  • Key expert 1: Team Leader - Project Manager and senior expert in the management and animation of large communities (online and offline) and in the management of projects with technological content (maximum 440 person days).

Qualification and skills

  • Advanced university degree (Master degree) or equivalent in public diplomacy, public relations, management, communication, marketing or a related discipline relevant for this contract;
  • Proven strong public speaking and presentation skills acquired in at least 2 projects/assignments;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the European Union and its Institutions as well as EU procedures acquired in at least 2 projects/assignments;

General professional Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ post-graduate experience in public diplomacy/advocacy including experience in community management, organisation of international events/activities as well as other international cultural relations activities with i.a. the EU, EU Member States, third countries, international organisations, NGOs, think tanks, cultural institutes, universities;
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience as a team leader in an international environment.

Specific professional experience

  • Minimum 7 years of post-graduate experience in project management, including coordination, overseeing project delivery and quality control for projects of a similar size and international coverage as this contract;
  • Minimum 1-year experience in supervising creation and/or maintenance of web platforms, social media communications and other IT tools relevant for this contract.

Assignment period

The period of implementation of the contract will be 24 months starting the third quarter of 2018.

To facilitate short-term practical arrangements relating to possible deployments of experts on very short notice as well as the need for regular meetings and briefing/debriefing sessions with the Contracting Authority and/or relevant services in the EEAS and the EC, the operational base for the project shall be in Brussels.

Other information

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GIZ would like to improve the share of disabled employees, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

If we caught your interest, we are looking forward to your application until 15.06.2018.

About the Organization

Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German Development Service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German Technical Cooperation) and Inwent – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe. Making development effective Our partners want to take responsibility for achieving their own long-term development goals. We support them by offering demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development. We apply a holistic and value-based approach to ensure the participation of all stakeholders. In doing so, we are always guided by our concept of sustainable development. We take account of political, economic, social and ecological dimensions as we support our partners at local, regional, national and international level in negotiating solutions in the broader social context. This is how we drive development. GIZ operates in many fields, including economic development and employment; governance and democracy; security, reconstruction, peace building and civil conflict transformation; food security, health and basic education; and environmental protection, resource conservation and climate change mitigation. We also provide management and logistical services to help our partners perform their development tasks. In crises we carry out refugee and emergency aid programmes. As part of our development services, we also second technical advisors to partner countries. We advise our clients and partners on drawing up plans and strategies, place integrated experts and returning experts in partner countries, and promote networking and dialogue among international cooperation actors. Capacity building for partner-country experts is a key component of our services, and we offer our programme participants diverse opportunities to use the contacts they have made. We also give young people a chance to gain professional experience around the world – exchange programmes for young professionals lay the foundations for successful careers in national and international markets. Who we work for Most of our activities are commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries – in particular the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research – as well as German federal states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients both in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. We work closely with the private sector and promote results-oriented interaction between the development and foreign trade sectors. Our considerable experience with alliances in partner countries and in Germany is a key factor for successful international cooperation, not only in the business, academic and cultural spheres but also in civil society. The company at a glance GIZ operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. In Germany we maintain a presence in nearly all the federal states. Our registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. GIZ employs approximately 17,000 staff members worldwide, more than 60 % of whom are local personnel. In addition, there are 1,135 technical advisors, 750 integrated and 324 returning experts, 700 local experts in partner organisations and 850 ‘weltwärts’ volunteers. With an estimated turnover of EUR 1.9 billion as at December 2010, GIZ can look to the future with confidence.

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