Eurocities is the network of more than 200 cities in 38 countries, representing 130 million people, working together to ensure a good quality of life for all.
You greet your neighbour as you leave home on your way to do work that is meaningful and decently paid. The air is clean and free of honking car horns. Using the free public wifi, you see that today the public square is a local artisans’ and farmers’ market. Your phone polls you on a few quick ideas that the local administration wants to try. You truly feel like you are a part of the city, and, as such, a part of Europe.
This is the future that European cities have been working to build through Eurocities since 1986. We help cities inspire each other. When a crisis hits, the urgency of local coordination and information sharing is starkly obvious – but with longer-burning issues like climate change, social equality and a vibrant economy this ‘glocal’ approach is no less essential.
That’s why we work with over 200 of Europe’s largest cities to improve the lives of over 130 million residents across 38 countries. That’s the ‘cities’ part of ‘Eurocities’. Hundreds of cities have already committed to getting carbon emissions down to zero, welcoming migrants and refugees, and governing through dialogue with their residents.
Local governments work on the ground with citizens and residents, and are essential partners for turning EU policies and ambitions into reality. As such, cities must be included directly in European decision making and should be in direct receipt of European funds. That’s the ‘Euro’ part of ‘Eurocities.’ So Eurocities, Europe plus cities, equals a better future for all.
About the Role
Eurocities, the network of major European cities, is recruiting a project coordinator to work in the field of digital to work on our new project, Go Li.EU.
The candidate would start in mid-September 2022.
Eurocities is a dynamic and international team. 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.
What You're Gonna Do
As project coordinator, you will be responsible for leading on the implementation of the Governance of the Living-in.EU Community (Go Li.EU) project, funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme.
The Living-in.EU project will support and accelerate the European way of digital transformation by coordinating and further enhancing strong multi-level governance cooperation in the EU to develop, (re-)use and share trustworthy solutions, technology and standards.
To make this possible Go Li.EU will ensure effective governance and growth of the Living-in.EU community, to include all ecosystem players, ensuring cooperation among them and with other EU initiatives.
To achieve that, Go Li.EU sets the following objectives:
- Manage the Living-in.EU community, including supporting all its subgroups’ activities towards the achievements of the commitments, while promoting the widest dissemination of knowledge and results
- Enlarge the community, specifically the number of signatories and supporters and create the conditions to keep them actively involved. This would also include building a close collaboration with existing and upcoming EU initiatives (e.g. 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities Mission/NetZeroCities project, Covenant of Mayors, Intelligent Cities Challenge, etc.)
- Ensure the increase uptake and upscale of cross-domain interoperable digital solutions developing further the technical and capacity building conditions;
- Organise the supply side around a joint vision compatible with Living-in.EU principles for the provision of Local Digital Twins solutions in Europe
- Measure the results of Go Li.EU and the impact of the living-in.EU initiative at local, regional, national and European level.
You will work as part of the digital transformation team at the Eurocities’ Brussels office. In this role, you will:
- Lead on the Go Li.EU project
- General management of the project, including budget management and monitoring
- Work planning and monitoring for the full partner consortium
- Liaising with the European Commission and project partners
- Delivering project tasks
- Overseeing and preparing technical reports and cost statements
- Work in partnership with the rest of the consortium
- Deliver project activities such as: support and animate the subgroups’ activities, increase the membership, establish synergies with other initiatives and projects, manage the community of signatories and supporters, knowledge sharing events, awareness raising and dissemination of results, further development of the - Living-in.EU platform
- Organise high-level events and steering board meetings
- Draft technical and financial reports
In addition, you will be:
- Ensuring coordination with the Eurocities Digital Forum policy work and working groups/task force activities, in view of exploiting and upscale their results
- Cooperating with the other Eurocities Forums in cross-cutting areas such as environment and energy, mobility and transport, economic development/procurement, governance, accessibility and inclusion and more
- Establishing concrete cooperation activities with the relevant projects and initiatives in which Eurocities is involved (including exploit and upscale their results) such as NetZeroCities, Covenant of Mayors, Big Buyers initiative, Citimeasure, UserCentricities… in view of exploiting and upscale their results and grow the Living-in.EU community
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 five years’ relevant work experience
- Experience in EU-funded project management, ideally in a lead partner position
- In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of digital policies at EU level within the scope of the project
- Experience in coordinating and working with multiple stakeholders at EU and local level
- Experience in knowledge-transfer
- Experience in event organisation
- Fluent in English, and able to write clear and concise reports in English
- Good networking abilities and interpersonal skills within an international environment
- Excellent relationship management, negotiating, coordination, and communications skills
- Experience in working with regional, local and city governments or public sector partners
- Other languages
- Experience translating project work into policy recommendations
- Experience writing project proposals
- Experience in policy work
- Experience in writing policy recommendations and publications
- We are looking for candidates who fulfil most of these criteria, but do not hesitate to apply if you think that you could be a good fit for the position.
What We Offer
- An open-ended contract, linked to the project (4 years)
- A full-time employment contract, 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
- 3000 € – 3.800 € 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 point by point 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 COB on 17 July 2022 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at [email protected]
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘project coordinator Go Li.EU’ in the subject line.
Interviews will be held in person on 25 July 2022.
Unfortunately, it seems like this job is not available for international candidates. Unless you’re eligible for a work visa otherwise, please double-check with the company.