The EBRD is a multilateral development bank operating in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Turkey, Mongolia, and in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. Its mandate is to support the transition towards open market-oriented economies in its countries of operation committed to the goals of multi-party democracy, pluralism and market economics.
The Bank’s relationship with the European Union institutions is multi-faceted, extremely wide-ranging and intensive. The EU is a shareholder in the Bank and the Bank’s biggest donor. In addition, the EU institutions are drivers of policy and legislation in many EBRD countries of operation, engaging in extensive policy dialogue across a number of sectors with these countries. Some EU policy or legislative decisions can also have a direct impact on the Bank’s activities. As a result, many different departments and teams across the Bank are engaged in dialogue with EU counterparts.
Such extensive operational relations require support in a number of different ways. First, Bank staff need support in navigating an increasingly complex institutional landscape in the EU institutions. Second, they require timely and accurate intelligence on EU policy and operational developments of relevance to the Bank and its countries of operation, and analysis of such policy developments for the Bank’s activities. In a number of cases, the Bank also needs strong representation in Brussels.
To respond to these needs, the EBRD has a small Operational Coordination Office in Brussels, which is an integral part of the External Policy Coordination in the Bank’s Vice Presidency Policy.
The current position is for a maternity cover, as a part-time analyst responsible for supporting the coordination of operational relations with the European Union institutions, the EBRD Operational Coordination Office in Brussels.
Key Responsibilities and Deliverables
- Regular/daily monitoring of developments in EU policy areas of relevance to EBRD operations and its countries of operation, and disseminating short reports and alerts. Analysis of the implications of such developments for the Bank and reporting to relevant teams.
This will require monitoring of press reports, papers and other materials produced by EU-focused think tanks and NGOs, as well as policy papers and legal documentation produced by the EU institutions.
- Contact point for regular information dissemination activities including a regular calendar of events (gathering information on events and participation), a regular newsletter and coordinating information for the EBRD intranet when required.
- Supporting teams across the Bank in their engagement with the EU institutions. This requires engaging with teams to understand their business needs, helping them to identify the appropriate interlocutors in the EU institutions, and organising visits and events in collaboration with these teams. The analyst would share coverage of teams and respective topics of interest to the Bank with the other team member in the office, depending on respective skills, interests and business needs.
- Advising colleagues of events and policy discussions of interest to the Bank, and organising participation as needed. Accompanying colleagues and attending such events, as appropriate.
- Organising trips for senior EBRD officials to Brussels, including logistical support and the preparation of briefing materials.
- The analyst will manage and further extend a network of contacts across the institutions, in think tanks, NGOs, and with the press.
- Supporting the organisation of Brussels-based events to increase the visibility of the EBRD.
Closing date for applications: 13 May 2014