Under the authority of the Head of EU Representative Office, the Associate Manager is responsible for coordinating the Banks wide-ranging relations with the EU institutions and other related stakeholders in Brussels, with a particular focus on policy monitoring in selected areas, coordination of briefings, support for internal and external communications activities and other outreach tasks. The Associate Manager will also organise and support the engagement of senior EBRD management with the EU institutions and other stakeholders in Brussels.
Within the Partnerships and Policy Vice Presidency, and as part of the Donor Co-Financing Team, the objective of the EBRDs Brussels Office is to act as a focal point, centre of expertise for the Bank on EU affairs, operational facilitator and representative office which enables the EBRD to deepen its engagement with the European Institutions and the many related organizations present in Brussels.
The Banks relationship with the EU has several dimensions: the EU is a shareholder in the Bank, it is the Banks biggest donor, a co-financier, and also a driver of policy and legislation in countries of operation (directly in some and indirectly in others) and with direct impact on the Banks activities (e.g. capital markets legislation and Treasury operations). It is for this reason that the Bank has opened a small office in Brussels the Brussels office team is an integral part of the Donor Co-Financing team, reporting to the Brussels based Head of office.
The Brussels office forms part of the Donor Co-Financing (DCF) department, whose overall objective it is to promote strong partnerships between the EBRD and external donor organisations providing grant or concessional co-financing resources. This is achieved through structured strategic alignment between the donor community and the Bank and active engagement with partners of the Bank, and effective and efficient management and use of donor funds. EBRDs partnerships with donors are a crucial component of the Banks business, and its use of grants and donor resources have grown in scale and complexity over time, including support to the Banks investments as well as for advisory services, capacity building and policy dialogue. At present, DCF raise in the order of €350m of new donor funds per year in addition to managing the Banks net income allocation. The EU is the Banks largest donor and has contributed a third of all grant resources received by the Bank since its start.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
The Associate Manager will work under the guidance and supervision of the Head of EU Representative Office and will:
- Liaise with relevant EBRD departments to ensure appropriate information flow and coordination across different teams on the various strands of engagement;
- Establish and maintain relevant working-level contacts for relationship maintenance and information gathering with operational interlocutors within and around the EU institutions, notably with other relevant financial institutions, Brussels-based think tanks, research institutes, foundations, and NGOs;
- Take a leading role in designing, preparing and delivering communication events and products, both for internal and external audiences, notably to improve the understanding of the Bank and increase EBRD visibility in and around the EU institutions, but also to foster better awareness and more effective engagement with the EU within the Bank. The Associate Manager is the main liaison of the Brussels office with the EBRD Communications department.
- Organise structured visits for senior EBRD officials to Brussels and for senior EU officials to EBRD HQ. Contribute to and help coordinate high quality briefings. Ensure follow up. Shared responsibility for logistical support for visits;
- Identify opportunities and organise representation of the Bank at the appropriate level in key EU events and policy discussions, including from the Brussels Office;
- Monitor and analyse institutional, policy and operational developments in the EU institutions in a number of agreed areas of relevance to the Banks policies, operations and countries of operation. Inform relevant colleagues and act as a resource on selected EU policies and institutions across the Bank. Support colleagues in ensuring an effective EBRD response.
- Support internal reflection, new ideas, prepare papers and contribute to work on identification of opportunities to deepen and strengthen the Banks engagement with the EU institutions;
- Support the Head of Office as needed to represent the Bank at working level in discussions with the EU institutions, accurately representing the Banks mandate, operations, areas of comparative advantage and complementarity, and engagement/collaboration with the EU institutions.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- A degree from a leading university and a post-graduate degree in a relevant field, such as finance, economics, international relations, international development, etc.
- 3- 5 years of relevant professional work experience, preferably in a multilateral development organisation or international finance institution or similar.
- Strong working familiarity with both EU institutions and EU policy-making processes, and good knowledge of EU external relations policies.
- Familiarity with EBRDs region of operations an advantage
- Experience in designing and organising communication events. Evidence of strong communications (written and verbal) and coordination skills.
- Strong policy research and analytical skills, and an ability to convey complex messages succinctly and clearly.
- Excellent interpersonal skills. Strong partnership skills.
- Excellent organisational skills and ability to juggle a large number of tasks.
- Good working level of French.
Diversity is one of the Banks core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.