Project Manager, Horizon EUROLakes

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  • Full-time: 36 hours per week for the entire duration of the project
  • Location: The selected applicant will have to be based in the Netherlands or Belgium
  • Salary: Salary commensurate with experience

About us:

Established in September 2013, Wetlands International – European Association (Wetlands International Europe) is the single network organization in Europe bringing together NGOs whose shared mission is to inspire and mobilize 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.

Purpose of the job:

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the coordination of “EUROlakes” that will design and develop integrated and replicable landscape approaches for the protection and restoration of natural lake ecosystems, using participatory, stakeholder engagement to demonstrate multi-benefit policy solutions for freshwater ecosystems. The Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for the overall project coordination of EUROLakes, working side-by-side with the Freshwater Manager, the Head of Programmes and Project Coordinator. The PM will coordinate the consortium and facilitate the overall management in conformity with the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement. These responsibilities include a wide set of tasks related to the organisational, administrative, financial and legal management of the project.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Supervise and implement the project work plan according to the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement.
  • Communicate and coordinate with the European Commission ́s Project Officer project-related contractual documentation, activities, events, issues and mitigations.
  • Develop and implement project management tools (e.g. Quality Assurance and Risk Management Plan, procedures, guidelines, templates, collaborative platform) to coordinate exchanges within the network and facilitate communication between partners.
  • Oversee the organisation and facilitate the face-to face/virtual Project Management Team meetings (every 6 months), General Assembly (once a year), and the External Advisory Board meetings.
  • Organise and facilitate the monthly virtual meetings with WP leaders and discuss WP advancements.
  • Act as an intermediary between the project partners and the contracting authority from the European Commission.
  • Monitor the project’s progress and ensure on-time delivery of project deliverables by preparing timely and effective technical periodic and final reports to the EC and coordinating contributions from partners.
  • Ensure that all legal, contractual, financial and administrative project aspects are properly managed.
  • Coordinate the preparation, consolidation and submission of financial reports, working closely with the Financial Controller and partners, within the deadlines defined by the European Commission.
  • Work closely with the Freshwater team in scoping new funding opportunities.
  • Contribute within the Freshwater team to the development of the Freshwater Programme.

Skills and experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent.
  • A scientific background in the field of ecosystem protection and restoration would be a plus;a strong interest for the topic is required.
  • At least 5 years of experience in technical, administrative and financial management of European or international projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the communication language within the consortium).
  • Excellent skills of writing and synthesis (work plans, technical reports and other acts and management, ordinary correspondence, notes, messages, summary sheets).
  • Experience in working in a team and with communities and multiple stakeholders.
  • Excellent organisational skills, and ability to establish and maintain lasting and constructiveformal relationships.
  • Good teamwork abilities, particularly in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary context.
  • Ability to propose solutions to problems and critical issues that might arise during the project
  • Experience with multiple deadlines, planning skills and ability to prioritise on multiple tasks, services, collaborations with partners and comply with external requirements by funders, organisational rules etc.
  • Able to work independently, takes ownership of the assigned tasks and brings them forward with a solution-oriented mindset.
  • Knowledge on the PM2 methodology of the EC is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of the European Commission management rules associated with the HorizonEurope framework programme is an advantage.

How to apply:

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, Horizon EUROlakes” in the subject line.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: for submission of applications 20.05.2024. – Early applications are strongly encouraged and will be processed upon receipt.

See the ToR for more information about the position and the project: