Making policies work

Policy Officer on Private finance and business development for the Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in Maastricht, The Netherlands, is looking for an entrepreneurial professional to join its Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme and contribute to the Centre’s policy analysis, dialogue, networking and independent knowledge brokerage.

ECDPM wants to recruit a bright, motivated and flexible candidate who is excited at the prospect of working in a dynamic and fast pace ‘think and do’ tank. To be the ideal candidate:

  1. You have an economics or finance degree.
  2. You have at least four years of experience related to development finance and private sector development, in particular on mobilising/leveraging private finance, the role of international and local development finance institutions, aid for trade and public-private dialogue and cooperation. An understanding of political economy analysis would be a plus.
  3. You are fluent in English and preferably in French too.
  4. You have an interest and ability to facilitate and engage in policy processes and pragmatic analysis.
  5. You have the capacity to work independently and to operate as a team player.
  6. Working in an international multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment with a continued requirement for high quality delivery under pressure energises and motivates you.

More details on required competencies and experience can be found below.


ECDPM activities


ECDPM is a “think and do tank”. Our main goal is to broker effective partnerships between the European Union and low income countries, especially Africa. ECDPM promotes inclusive and sustainable forms of development and cooperates with public and private sector organisations to better manage international relations. In a non-partisan way, the centre supports the reform of policies and institutions in both Europe and low income countries. ECDPM boasts an extensive network of relations there, including multilateral institutions, international centres of excellence and a broad range of state and non-state organisations.

ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme overall aim is to facilitate and inform a process of change and economic reforms in the countries and regions of Africa, favouring a sustainable economic transformation, industrialisation, integration and financing agenda as set down by African actors themselves. The programme seeks to contribute to a more inclusive, better informed policy dialogue between the public and private sector on economic transformation dynamics at the local, national, regional, continental and international levels. Our work is centred around the key issues of trade and regional integration, private sector for development, extractive resources and linkages, innovative financing for development and domestic resource mobilisation and industrialisation. We put great emphasis on the governance and political economy of reforms, including public-private relations and financing instruments, accountability and legitimacy, in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).


Job description


The selected candidate will be expected to contribute to the work of ECDPM’s Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme.

She/he will be required to:

  • Strongly contribute to the work of the Centre on economic transformation, in particular related to mobilising private finance for development and private sector development, through the conduct of targeted pieces of research and presenting the findings in an accessible way (e.g. Discussion Papers, Briefing Notes, articles, blogs);
  • Attend and represent ECDPM and the programme at relevant events;
  • Contribute to outreach activities in order to increase the visibility of ECDPM’s work, particularly related to leveraging private sector finance, investment and engagement for sustainable development;
  • Support the conceptualisation and organisation of (policy dialogue) events related to economic transformation;
  • Contribute to building, expanding and maintaining relevant all-centre strategic networks and partnerships;
  • Assist in identifying new funding opportunities, to develop new funding proposals, and to secure funds for assigned projects and/or policy facilitation activities.

Required competencies and experience

  • Masters degree in Economics, Finance or Development Economics;
  • At least four years of relevant experience and keen interest in development issues, and particularly private sector contribution to sustainable and inclusive development; good understanding of the EU’s relations with Africa and of political economy analysis is an advantage;
  • Willingness to carry out detailed practical research and to develop a solid understanding of related issues;
  • Excellent writing, editing, analytical and synthesis skills, including the ability to structure arguments and present options to policy makers in a non-partisan way (stakeholder focus);
  • Good communication skills, including social media;
  • Excellent command of English and preferably also French (speaking and writing);
  • Good organisational skills, commitment to quality and team spirit and ability to work under pressure, tight time constraint and conflicting demands;
  • Good understanding of gender and how gender mainstreaming can be brought to policy oriented research is desirable;
  • Ability to operate as a team player in a multicultural environment;
  • Entrepreneurial attitude.

The Policy Officer is a full team member of the programme and reports to the Head of Programme or another member of ECDPM Programme Management depending on specific projects. Taking into account specific personal qualities and experience, and in accordance with the needs of the ECDPM’s other programmes, other activities may be assigned to her or his portfolio as well.


Conditions


ECDPM offers a motivational and inspirational working environment, your entrepreneurial personality is highly appreciated and you create your own success within the position and the Centre. This post is based in the Maastricht office of ECDPM with frequent travel to Brussels, and some international travel.

Our primary conditions are based on the Dutch BBRA scaling. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and responsibilities. We offer a generous package of secondary employee benefits.


Application process


Applicants should fill in the application form that can be found at www.ecdpm.org/jobs, under vacancies. Applications should be submitted electronically to the email address kg@ecdpm.org, to the attn. of Ms. Karen Gielen, Corporate Officer Human Resources as soon as possible (deadline Wednesday May 23, 2018 COB.)

Please enter: “Application for Policy Officer Economic Transformation” in the subject line. Late and incomplete applications without an application form (e.g just a CV) will not be taken into consideration.

More information on ECDPM, its strategy and programmes can be found at www.ecdpm.org.

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