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Vacancy: Junior policy officer in blended finance for development

Junior policy officer in blended finance for development (40 hours/week)

Are you interested in the role of international and local development finance institutions and in mobilising private finance for inclusive and sustainable development? Do you have experience in blended finance and other modalities to leverage private finance for sustainable development, including green finance? We are looking for a junior policy officer to work on blended finance for development in Maastricht.

Who are we?

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is a leading independent ‘think tank that wants to make policies in Europe and Africa work for inclusive and sustainable development. We have two offices: in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium).

Our more than 60 staff members from over 25 countries worldwide provide independent research, advice and practical support to policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Europe, Africa and beyond. Our focus is on EU foreign policy and policies related to conflict, migration, governance, sustainable food systems, regional integration, business, finance and trade.

About our work on blended finance for development

The blended finance for development work falls under our Economic and Agricultural Transformation programme, which wants to help African and European institutions accomplish strategies for sustainable economic and agricultural transformation in Africa.

The work of the Blended Finance for Development team is centered around the key issues of leveraging private finance for sustainable and inclusive economic transformation and development in low-income countries. We put great emphasis on reform dynamics in developing countries, in particular Africa, and on the European financial architecture for external investment, in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Special attention is also given to the role of development finance institutions (DFI) in mobilising finance for agriculture and green finance to tackle climate mitigation and adaptation.

What will you be doing?

As a junior policy officer on blended finance for development, you will help us:

• Conduct research and analysis.
• Communicate the findings of our research and analysis.
• Organise policy dialogue events.
• Build, expand and maintain our strategic networks and partnerships.
• Develop funding proposals.

You are based in our Maastricht office and will report to the head of the Trade, Investment and Finance Programme.

Who are we looking for?

Our ideal candidate:

• Has a Master’s degree in (Development) Economics or Finance.
• Has at least two year of relevant work experience.
• Is familiar with and has keen interest in development issues, and particularly blended (green) finance for sustainable development.
• Is willing to carry out detailed research and to develop a solid understanding of related issues.
• Has 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).
• Has good communication skills, including social media.
• Has an excellent command of English and preferably also French (speaking and writing).
• Has good organisational skills, commitment to quality and team spirit and ability to work under pressure, tight time constraint and conflicting demands.
• Has a good understanding of gender and how gender mainstreaming can be brought to policy-oriented research is desirable.
• Has the ability to operate as a team player in a multicultural environment.
• Has an entrepreneurial attitude.

What do we offer you?

• A one-year contract for 40 hours a week.
• A salary ranging between €37,853 and €45,718 gross per year, including holiday allowance and end of year allowance – depending on experience.
• A generous package of 47 leave days.
• A pension plan, relocation support and a bike scheme.
• A lot of room to grow and learn.
• A home in an international and dynamic organisation, based in one of the most beautiful buildings of Maastricht.
• An opportunity to travel within Europe and to Africa.
• Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home.

More information

If you would like to receive more information about the position or working at ECDPM, please get in touch with Karen Gielen via or +31 (0)433 502 937.

For more information about ECDPM and our areas of work, please have a look at our website.

How to apply?

If you are interested in the position, please send us the completed application form in English before Thursday 28 February 2019 by midnight.

You can address your application to Karen Gielen at The subject line of your application should read: ‘Application junior policy blended finance for development‘. We will not take into account incomplete or late applications.

Interviews and a written exercise will take place early March. The preferred starting date for the position is 1 May 2019.

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