Project Manager vacancy

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Purpose of the job

Working side-by-side with the European Programme Manager, the Peatlands Policy Officer and the Senior Policy Officer on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, the Project Manager will act as the main Wetlands International Europe’s contact person within each consortium, and will ensure the overall management of the project activities Wetlands International Europe is part of in the following projects:
• REWET: REstoration of WETlands to minimise emissions and maximise carbon uptake – a strategy for long-term climate mitigation.
• WATERLANDS: Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people, and wilderness.
• WETHORIZONS: Upgrading knowledge and solutions to fast-track wetland restoration across Europe.
• ALFA WETLANDS: Wetland restoration for the future.
• Myriad: Multi-hazard and sYstemic framework for enhancing Risk-Informed Management and Decision-making in the E.U.

Responsibilities and tasks

Project cycle management

Working with the European Programme Manager, Financial Controller, Project officer and Project assistant, responsible for:
• Effective leadership in terms of technical and financial implementation ensuring we meet obligations under the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement.
• Generating timely, complete and accurate financial and technical project reporting and submitting them to lead partners.
• Identifying proactively (potential) financial and technical bottlenecks and risks within projects and taking appropriate action.
• With the support of the Financial controller, monitor financial flows within projects.

Strategy and Resource Development

Working with the Senior Policy officer on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, the Peatlands Policy officer and Programme Head Climate-Smart Land-use, responsible for:
• Monitoring and identifying relevant issues and trends from the projects and translating these into ideas and opportunities for the organization and its running projects in line with Wetlands International Europe’s strategy for 2020-2030.
• Providing technical advice and input into other programme areas as requested.
• Supporting the European Programme Manager in project development and participating in project proposal teams.

Communications and networking

Working with the Peatlands policy officer, Senior policy officer Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Communications officer, responsible for:
• Representing Wetlands International in relevant fora and events.
• Communicating and advocating for Wetlands International’s work and achievements.
• Supporting policy and advocacy activities as part of the different projects.
• Running collaborative processes with internal and external stakeholders required in projects.
• Support the development of strategic communications together with the Peatlands Policy officer of project outcomes to internal and external stakeholders.

Working relations

INSIDE Wetlands International Europe:
The Project Manager will work under the supervision of the European Programme Manager. Daily, you will work most closely with the Peatlands Policy Officer, but also with the Senior Policy Officer on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction. You will also receive support from the Financial controller, Project officer and Project Assistant.

OUTSIDE Wetlands International Europe:
You will collaborate closely with the Peatlands’ stream team at the Global Office of Wetlands International. Other key relations to nurture will be with project partners and members of Wetlands International Europe.

Your Profile

You will have solid project management skills and experience, married with enthusiasm for and knowledge of safeguarding and restoring Peatlands.

You will have an environmental or biological science degree (or equivalent natural resources science), with technical knowledge of wetlands, preferably on peatland functionality and management.

You will be passionate about making healthy wetlands and in particular peatlands integral and indispensable parts of resilient landscapes for society, climate and nature. This will be underpinned by a clear vision and understanding of how to do this, working together with civil society, government and the private sector. A practical understanding of holistic, multi-stakeholder landscape and peatland management and related approaches and mechanisms such as co-creation, governance and community livelihoods to help ensure the safeguarding and restoration of wetlands and their communities is key.

You will have proven skills and experience in the management of environmental projects and partnerships to deliver impact and change on the ground while creating the conditions to catalyze change at scale. You will have experience of working across different cultural environments and have the language skills to enable this, with particular strength in English. You will believe in the importance of partnerships and network organizations to deliver meaningful and sustainable impact on the ground and have experience of this. Managing relationships sensitively and knowing how to support, coach and manoeuvre in these often-complex working environments will be part and parcel of how you work.

You will preferably have a good practical understanding of European environmental policy and wider global environmental policy.

You will help us develop and deliver large and ambitious projects, programmes and initiatives that place wetland and in particular peatland management at the centre of socio-economic development and climate change response. You will be an integral part of the network’s inter-office Peatlands team and be able to couple strategy, technical skills and project management experience with a strong teamwork ethic.

Essential education and experience

  • MSc degree (or higher) in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. biology, geography, environmental science/management).
  • Training in project management (especially in European projects) will be an asset.
  • At least five years of relevant experience in the administrative and financial management of European or international projects, in special Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects.
  • Experience working with non-governmental organisations.
    Very good experience in grant coordination and reporting.

Core competencies

  • An excellent command of written and spoken English (the communication language within the consortiums). Working knowledge of German will be an asset.
  • Strong communication skills and a high level of initiative.
  • Very good MS Office and other IT user skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to travel and work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to propose solutions to problems and critical issues that might arise during the projects.
  • Planning and Organizing – Adapts to large, complex and/or frequent changes. Ability to get things done under pressure (result-oriented) while maintaining oversight and planning.
  • Accuracy – Consistently delivers work of a high standard of quality, precision and according to standards, procedures, rules, regulations and expectations.
  • Analytical Thinking – Adopts a systems perspective, assessing and balancing vast amounts of diverse information on the varied systems and subsystems that comprise and affect the working environment.
  • Organizational and Environmental Awareness – Demonstrates broad understanding of the social and economic context within which the organization operates.
  • Teamwork – Facilitates collaboration across the organization and with other organizations to achieve a common goal.

Other Aspects

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

The Association applies the same terms and conditions of employment as the Wetlands International Foundation.

Job Offer

Full-time job (maximum of 32 to 36 hours per week).

  • Competitive salary, dependent on experience.
  • Contract duration: Until the end of 2025 with the possibility of renewal if funds are available.
  • Location: The selected applicant will have to be based in the Netherlands or Belgium. Only candidates willing to relocate or with work permits in these countries will be eligible.
  • Start date: a.s.a.p

Applications should include a cover letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position and a detailed CV. Applications should be sent by email to [email protected] marking your application with “Project Manager” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: November 18, 2022 – Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be processed upon receipt.

About Wetlands International – European Association

Established in September 2013, Wetlands International Europe (registered in the Netherlands as Vereniging Wetlands International European Association) is the single network organisation in Europe bringing together 10 NGOs whose shared mission is to inspire and mobilise society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature. Our ambition for the period 2020-2030 is to upscale action to safeguard and restore wetlands, collaborating with multiple partners and mobilising a wide range of actors to transform whole landscapes and sectors. Our access to cutting-edge science, combined with our understanding of EU policies, the on-ground experience from our members, partners and their networks, in addition to our global network, makes us a credible and effective advocate for improving European policies and practices.

We operate with a growing Secretariat of 16 people, being our key priority to raise the voice of our members in Europe, share knowledge, improve policies and build capacities among stakeholders. For more information, please consult https://europe.wetlands.org/

Our peatlands’ programme goal is to scale up restoration, and the application of sustainable peatland management practices. This programme is implemented in collaboration with our members and global network, and it has a twin-track approach whereby advocacy actions and the delivery of restoration practices on the ground go hand-in-hand. We emphasize facilitating partnerships and developing the knowledge and decision-making infrastructure needed to place peatlands high in the European political agendas.

We are a project-driven organisation, funded by several large and small donors, and as part of our Peatlands programme, we are looking for a Project Manager to lead the implementation of different EU-funded Horizon projects that have recently started and will help achieve our programme ambitions.