Detail of the vacancy notice

Reference: COR/AD5-AD11/7/23
Directorate: Directorate C, Legislative Work 2
Function Group: AD
Management: No
Deadline: 17/03/2023 12:00
Job Title: Two posts of Policy Officer for Cohesion Policy
Unit/Service: Unit C.1 – Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget (COTER)
Grade: AD5-AD11
Location: Brussels


Your job and responsibilities

​We are looking for two Policy Officers for Cohesion Policy. As a Policy Officer, you will be responsible for following the main policy priority of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), supporting members in this field, engaging with a multitude of stakeholders, reaching out to other EU institutions and thinking creatively about how to achieve CoR objectives.

Together with other colleagues, you will be in charge of analysing all political developments in the field of cohesion policy, including the European Structural and Investment Funds, urban policy and housing, outermost regions, European territorial cooperation (Interreg), and macro-regional strategies. Your task will be to actively contribute to developing proposals for cohesion policy legislation.

For this, you will also closely follow the work of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. It will be expected that you are aware of all relevant decisions taken and prepared by the co-legislators.

In addition, you will lead the work of the CoR in relation to the institution's contacts with the OECD and with the Urban Development Group (UDG) of the Member States. You will be preparing high-level events of the CoR, such as the joint meeting of the COTER commission with the REGI committee of the European Parliament.

You will be working closely with members of the CoR, but also with Member States of the EU and staff of other EU institutions. You will be providing members in the CoR with written and oral assistance (preparing basic files, briefing notes, organisation of events, voting lists, draft reports, etc.). You will be helping to organise the work of the COTER commission by providing the information needed to draft agendas, notes for the chair, minutes, etc. You will be carrying out procedural tasks, thereby ensuring compliance with the relevant provisions of the Rules of Procedure and Treaty/Treaties, checking consistency with existing models, etc. You will be fostering contact between CoR members and other EU institutions, and with other relevant stakeholders. You will be taking part in expert groups on behalf of the CoR and interinstitutional working groups.

Are you the talent we are looking for?

  • You have a university degree in an area related to the nature of the duties to be performed;
  • ​You have a solid knowledge of cohesion policy and, more specifically, EU urban and regional policies. Practical experience with the preparation and implementation of cohesion policy programmes, in particular at local or regional level, would be an asset. Specific knowledge of and experience with the ESF+ would be another asset;
  • You have an excellent analytical capacity and a high degree of accuracy and reliability in conducting data analyses;
  • You possess a proven capacity to lead projects and implement them individually, in coordination with external and internal partners;
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills in order to communicate efficiently and fluently with internal and external stakeholders;
  • You have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and a satisfactory knowledge of another of the EU's official languages. For functional reasons, a very good command of English is required. A good level of other EU languages would be an asset;
  • You have a good command of IT applications and tools (Outlook, Excel, Word, SharePoint, etc.);
  • You have a confirmed capacity to work on different issues simultaneously, to deal with a high workload and to deliver quality work under often tight deadlines;
  • You have a good team spirit while being capable of working autonomously.
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