The European Union Delegation to The Gambia is looking for: Project Officer
The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 27 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.
The EU Delegation to The Gambia is the official Embassy of the European Union accredited to The Gambia, and is headed by a resident Ambassador. It is at this moment comprised of around 25 staff, including some 15 expatriates, and is located in Fajara. The development cooperation activities of the Delegation are managed by around 10 Programme/Project officers under the supervision of the Head of Cooperation Section.
We offer a post of Project Officer (Local Agent Function Group 1). Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation. Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as Project Officer – this job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Delegation. The post concerns a Local Agent position as a Project Officer to the Cooperation section. The Project officer in Energy and Climate Change contributes to the definition, formulation and implementation of policies and initiatives concerning energy and in particular renewable energy, as well as adaptation and mitigation measures aimed at reducing the impact of climate change in particular with view to energy. This purpose will encompass advising on and managing, under the supervision of the Ambassador/Head of Delegation, the Head of Cooperation and in close collaboration with the other programme/project officers of the Delegation in The Gambia, the implementation of EU projects and programs of development assistance and of financial and technical cooperation with the Gambia (or regional projects) in the field of energy and in particular renewable energy, as well as adaptation and mitigation measures aimed at reducing the impact of climate change in particular with view to energy. The Project officer will monitor, report on and contribute, when appropriate, to policy development in relation to energy and in particular renewable energy, as well as adaptation and mitigation measures aimed at reducing the impact of climate change in particular with view to energy. The project officer will work very closely with the other Programme/Project officers of the Delegation that he/she may have to back up and substitute in case of absence, as well as with the Finance, Contract and Audit section. The project officer will interact closely with Gambian officials, other development partners, as well as civil society and private sector.
The working hours are 37h30/week, from Monday to Friday. The salary ranges between from GMD62,867.00 to GMD121,356.00 per month, depending on well documented previous professional experience related to the post and time in the service.
The project officer will regularly go on mission upcountry to visit projects, which could entail absences from home. He/she could also be called for missions/trainings abroad, also entailing absences from home.
We offer a competitive position in an international environment. Benefits, such as additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions.
- Medically fit to perform the required duties;
- Enjoys civil rights and permits for employment under local law;
- Has a perfect fluency in English.
- Holds a University Master’s degree in Engineering, energy planning or equivalent;
- Has at least three years of relevant professional experience in the thematic related to the post in the country or in the region;
- Has proven experience in designing/managing projects preferably specifically on energy and climate change
- Is fluent in English, both oral and written is mandatory, including a perfect orthography and grammar.
- The applicant should master Microsoft Office, word, excel, powerpoint, internet browsing.
The following will be considered an asset:
- A specialisation (PhD or equivalent) in the area relevant to the scope of the post is an asset;
- Experience in sector analysis; identification or formulation of development programmes or development strategic document is an asset;
- Experience in climate-change related matters will be an asset;
- Thorough knowledge of the policies and regulatory aspects related to energy and climate change in The Gambia is desirable;
- Previous experience with a development agency or a Diplomatic Representation is an asset;
- Good knowledge of international development cooperation issues (specific experience with EU development projects) is an asset;
- Understanding of French is an asset;
How to apply
Candidates interested in these positions should send their applications accompanied by testimonials from previous employers, photocopies of academic and professional qualifications with detailed curriculum vitae (CV) and motivation letter, addressed to:
Head of Administration (HOA) ,
EU Delegation to The Gambia
Atlantic Road 74 (Fajara)
The envelop should clearly mention ”Vacancy – Project Officer – Energy and Climate Change 295044 ”
or by e-mail to: DELEGATION-GAMBIA-HOA@eeas.europa.eu
stating ”Vacancy – Project Officer – Energy and Climate Change 295044 ” in the subject line.
Closing date to receive applications is 4th January 2022 by 12:00 a.m. (Gambia time).
After the deadline for applications, the applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee set up for this purpose. The Selection Committee will prepare a short-list of candidates who are considered to be the most suitable for the post on the basis of a preliminary assessment of the information provided in their application letter and the supporting documents. The short-listed candidates will be invited to an assessment phase which may include an interview if necessary – during this phase, the Selection Committee will assess the suitability of the candidates for the post. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
The candidates who have not been short-listed will not be contacted individually; however, the Delegation will inform the remaining candidates once the recruitment procedure has been completed and that a candidate has (or has not) been recruited.