Closing Date : 2020-02-03
Duty Station : Brussels, Belgium
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Organization: ChildFund Alliance
Country: Belgium
Closing date: 03 Feb 2020

About ChildFund Alliance

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child-focused development organizations working in over 60 countries to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. We work with more than 14 million children and their families to overcome poverty and the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential.

The Alliance creates opportunities for joint initiatives.It improves the effectivenessof programs for children, increases efficiencyand extends the reach and influenceof ChildFund Alliance members by enhancing their individual and collective strengths. The Alliance builds on more than 80 years of its members experience in working to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

The ChildFund Alliance Secretariat oversees the day-to-day operations of the Alliance and works with Alliance members to establish operating standards, adopt common policies and coordinate advocacy strategies. The Secretariat has two offices: a headquarters in New York, and an EU office located in Brussels. The Institutional Partnership Advisor will operate out of the Alliance Secretariat s EU office in Brussels.

ChildFund Alliance EU Office

The ChildFund Alliance EU Office was established in 2014 to strengthen cooperation with European Union institutions. It has two broad strategic goals: 1) to advocate for policies, programs and funding opportunities to promote children rights, and 2) to engage with key EU institutions and enhance partnerships between the members of ChildFund Alliance and the EU.

The Position

The Institutional Partnership Advisor reports to the Director of ChildFund Alliance EU Office and is a key contributor to the implementation and success of the ChildFund EU strategy. Working closely with the Alliance members programme and business development staff, the Institutional Partnership Advisor directly contributes to building opportunities and strategically positioning ChildFund Alliance to maximize EU funding for the programs and initiatives of Alliance members.

Role and responsibilities

The role of the ChildFund Alliance Institutional Partnership Advisor is to maintain and further develop funding and partnership relations with EU institutions and to bolster ChildFund Alliance member engagement with the EU.

The Institutional Partnership Advisor undertakes the following responsibilities:

Proactively analyse EU funding trends and donors priorities, including EU funding instruments and donors requirements

Identify relevant EU funding opportunities, gather intelligence, inform Alliance members in a timely manner and track results

Initiate and enhance collaboration with and between Alliance members on EU funding matters, including: Providing technical and strategic advice on the development of member submissions, improving quality and ensuring compliance; Promoting and supporting the engagement of ChildFund country offices with EU institutions and contributing to the development and monitoring of their engagement strategies; Identifying opportunities for developing members capacity, including contributing to the development and implementation of relevant tools and activities

Develop and maintain liaison with donors and identify opportunities for donor advocacy

Represent ChildFund Alliance in meetings, notably with the European institutions

Participate actively in European NGOs platforms on matters concerning EU funding

Support the preparation and coordination of meetings and events

Experience and skills

In-depth understanding of the EU external action grant procedures and regulations, acquired by 7+ years of professional experience in the international development sector

Proven track record building partnerships with institutional donors, including submitting funding proposals, implementing projects and reporting (narrative and financial) against commitments

A thorough understanding of current discourse on approaches to project management, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment in international development

Significant experience in capacity development, learning processes and knowledge management

Excellent communication skills and fluency in written and spoken English is essential; conversational Spanish is also desired

Strong networking skills, the ability to effectively interact with a multiplicity of stakeholders including senior leaders

Highly skilled at proactively identifying existing opportunities and activities or creating new ones

Excellent team and interpersonal skills appropriate for working effectively in a multi-cultural and fast-paced environment

Ability to take initiative, but also collaborate with colleagues

Ability to prioritize tasks with limited supervision and to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines

How to apply:

Submit a CV and cover letter (in English) explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to Ms. Catherine Lalonde ( by 3 February 2020. Please note that candidates must have the right to work in Belgium. Only finalists will be contacted.

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