Team Leader – “Supporting Democracy – A Citizen Organisations Programme” (f/m)

Position Title: Team Leader – “Supporting Democracy – A Citizen Organisations Programme” (f/m)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: November 2016/December 2016

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

“Supporting Democracy – A Citizen Organisations Programme” (SD) is an on-going Technical Assistance Project designed to respond to European Union Delegations (EUDELs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that need expertise in democracy support. The SD Project started in April 2015 for an overall duration of 3 years and is run by a consortium led by SOFRECO, together with Democracy Reporting International (DRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

The project works as a helpdesk designed to provide in-country or remote expertise promoting the active role of civil society within the democratic cycle. It primarily targets the pilot EUDELs selected for the implementation of the EU Agenda for Action on Democracy Support.

The project team is based in Brussels and is led by two experts (a Team Leader and a Democracy Expert) supported by an Administration/Finance Officer.

The consortium is currently recruiting a Team Leader available from November 2016/December 2016 on a full-time basis until the end of the project (overall duration of 17-18 months based in Brussels).

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Strategic guidance and overall responsibility for the project (coordination and supervision of activities, liaising with stakeholders, reporting, etc.);
  • The overall planning and coordination of all project activities: preparation of the reports, missions in the countries covered by the project, training programmes, etc.;
  • Mobilisation of the short-term experts and supervision of their assignments (including identification of the profiles of the experts) and provision of the backstopping for experts deployed  in the field;
  • S/he will herself/himself provide the expert assistance to the EU Delegations in the countries covered by the project;
  • Acting as the focal point of the project for day-to-day contact and correspondence with the EU Project Manager and local stakeholders;
  • Maintaining full regular communication and contact with consortium’s members regarding all aspects of project planning and implementation.

Qualifications and skills:

  • University degree in economics, law, political science, international relations, international development or relevant, directly related to the discipline. This requirement can be replaced by 5 years of relevant general professional experience in addition to the minimum general professional experience in the fields of democracy/governance/human rights support requirement detailed below.
  • Fluency spoken and written in English and working knowledge of French is required. Knowledge of Spanish and other languages spoken in target countries would be an advantage[1].

General professional experience:

  • Ten (10) years of professional experience in the fields of democracy/governance/human rights support (but minimum of 15 years without relevant University degree), of which minimum four (4) years in democracy support in development cooperation/external relations.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working full-time in developing countries.

Specific professional experience:

  •  At least three (3) years of experience with delivering capacity development programmes (including a successful track-record of providing practical training support, development of training contents and training delivery)
  • At least three (3) years of experience working with civil society organisations in third countries.
  • Proven track-record of working with community based organisations will be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to coordinate complex projects and lead a team,
  • Proven knowledge of EU aid delivery modalities.

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Moreover, DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, travel health insurance, vocational training for every employee and working in a multicultural team in the heart of Berlin, where everybody is on first name terms with each other.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV and references) to [email protected]. Please include “Team Leader – Supporting Democracy” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity.

Closing date for applications: 10 November 2016. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.


[1] First generation countries covered by project: Benin, Bolivia, Ghana, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, and Solomon Islands

Second generation countries covered by project: Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Paraguay, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, East Timor and Fiji.

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