The Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) is a service of the European Commission working alongside the European External Action Service (EEAS) to support EU foreign policy priorities globally. It does so through different financing instruments such as the Partnership Instrument (PI), promoting the external dimension of EU internal policies and supporting political partnerships of the EU with like-minded countries on areas of mutual interest, and the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), supporting security and peace-building initiatives in partner countries.
This vacancy is for a newly established post within the FPI Regional Team – Asia&Pacific, which operates from the EU Delegation to Thailand, in Bangkok. The Regional Team was established in 2017 and consists of 13 staff, divided in an operational section, where this post will be based, and a finance and contract cell.
The Regional Team collaborates with EU Delegations and relevant actors in the Asia-Pacific region, with FPI Headquarters and other services in Brussels to conceptualise elaborate and implement international cooperation actions funded under the PI and the IcSP.
- Excellent ability to think analytically and innovatively
- Good capability for converting ideas into practical results
- Good project management skills
- Knowledge of the existing EC procedures and guidelines would be an asset
Within the FPI Regional Team for Asia&Pacific, he/she will contribute to the full Project Cycle Management, and in particular to the strategic planning and implementation of the actions of the Partnership Instrument (PI) in support of the EU’s foreign policy objectives (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/fpi/what-we-do/partnership_instrument_en.htm).
When needed, he/she will also be requested to support FPI action in Asia/Pacific under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP)
This is a regional post covering the Asia/Pacific region. Frequent missions in the region are an integral part of the assignment.
The work will involve close cooperation with the European Commission line Directorates General (DGs), the European External Action Service, the EU Delegations in the region, and the EU Member States representations.
FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
- Identification of PI/ICSP projects and Policy Coordination
- In the geographical region of responsibility, follow closely the policy developments and windows of opportunity in order to identify proactively the scope for new or additional PI interventions (or ICSP as needed);
- Contribute to the shaping of the overall EU policy in a given geographic and thematic scope, in close cooperation with EEAS geographic services, EU Delegations and line DGs through proactive participation in related meetings, and contribution to related briefings and other documents;
- Where appropriate, engage with other services to help define and plan the overall EU intervention and avoid possible overlapping;
- Advise the Head of Delegation on opportunities of use of existing PI projects for political leverage and activities;
- Carry out missions in the region as needed.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- He/she must hold a University Degree in a relevant field to the assignment (e.g. international relations, political and social sciences, economics, business administration, science studies, etc.).
- He/she must have a substantial understanding of the political context in Asia and/or South East Asia.
- Knowledge of geo-political aspects related to the Asia/EU relations is an asset.
- A University post-graduate degree is an asset.
- He/she must have at least 3 years of working experience in a field relevant to the work of FPI (e.g. public diplomacy, economic diplomacy, international relations, trade and business cooperation political and policy dialogues, environment/climate/energy, security etc.) and proven project management experience throughout the project management cycle
- Knowledge of EU rules and functioning are valuable assets. Working experience in or with Asia/Southeast Asia is an essential requirement
As indicated on the “Basic Information” sheet
- Computer literate (and knowledge of commonly used programmes such as Word, Excel, MS Project, PowerPoint, etc.)
- Capabilities to perform the technical evaluation of proposals and workplans including for the following aspects: policy, technology, socio-cultural issues, institutions, economic and financial issues, contract management and sustainability
- Capable of producing high quality results within often tight deadlines
- Familiarity with gender issues and with environmental issues
- Excellent command of English is an essential requirement (written and spoken)
For details on how to apply, please follow the following link.