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EU Business Development Advisor – ActionAid International, Brussels, Belgium

EU Business Development Advisor – ActionAid International, Brussels, Belgium

Contract duration: Fixed Term [Contract ends 31 August 2024]Entry Salary: Grade D, €52,988.24 per annum plus benefits
Closing Date: 31 July 2023

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the job location at the time of appointment.

About ActionAid

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice. We want to see a just, fair and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. So we work to achieve social justice and gender equality, and to eradicate poverty.

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Our strategy is to build international momentum for social, economic and environmental justice, driven by people living in poverty and exclusion.

In practice, this means working closely with people living in poverty and exclusion, civil society organisations, social movements and supporters. Together, we deliver grassroots programmes, provide emergency relief and campaign for things such as women’s economic rights, tax justice and climate justice.

Our work falls into four broad areas: womenpolitics and economicsland and climate, and emergencies. We have a particular focus on women’s rights; it’s a thread that runs through all our work.

ActionAid was founded as a charity in 1972. In the 1990s, we adopted a human rights-based approach to development. In 2003, we established the ActionAid International federation. Our head office is in Johannesburg, South Africa. We also have hubs in Asia, the Americas and Europe.

This is our international website, where we share inspiring stories from around the federation, bold thought-leadership and practical tools that catalyse change. You can visit any of our websites to find out more about the work of ActionAid offices around the world, and how you can get involved. We also have a Global Leadership Team, comprising some staff from ActionAid International, and a number of country directors from around the world. You can learn more about this team here.

We believe in the power in people. If we can support people to know, claim and defend their rights, the world will be a fairer place.

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The project’s objectives are structured around ActionAid’s 4S framework for education financing, emphasizing the need to ensure that:

  • Governments take actions to increase the size of national budgets by raising fair tax
  • Governments take actions to increase the share of funds allocated to and spent on free, quality, inclusive public education
  • Public education policies, systems and expenditure are sensitive to the rights of girls and marginalised children
  • A strong active movement of community and civil society structures effectively scrutinise education budgets and expenditure and hold governments to account for the provision of free, quality, inclusive public education especially for girls and marginalised children.

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The Role: EU Business Development Advisor – ActionAid International, Brussels, Belgium

As an integral part of the EU funding team, supports AAI members to increase institutional income from EU development cooperation and humanitarian funding (via DG ECHO, DG INTPA, DG NEAR and, where relevant, European Member States). The EU BDA will keep up to date on EU development and humanitarian funding trends, priorities, and modalities. They will participate in the AA ECHO Delegation led by AA European Affiliates on behalf of AAI and will support representation of AA in key partnership spaces, including contributing in relevant civil society networks in Brussels in collaboration with AA members (e.g. CONCORD).

The EU BDA will provide support to proposals under the EU funding team’s INTPA portfolio and support the coordination of the portfolio. The EU BDA will play a wider business development role for the Europe & Americas regions in the provision of business development support for donors that have no affiliate owner in the region and in assessing regional capacity and trends for fundraising. The rough split of focus will be humanitarian (20%) and development funding (80%). This role sits in the Institutional Funding – EU team.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Three or more years’ experience in business development, proposal development and grant management requirements in an NGO or development agency;
  • A proven track record in managing and writing successful fundraising proposals for institutional donors such as EU, ECHO, FCDO and UN with ability to provide clear guidance on donor requirements and procedures to other staff;
  • Comprehensive understanding and knowledge of EU Funding opportunities and EU proposal requirements, standards, and criteria;
  • Excellent written communication skills, able to convey projects in a clear, engaging way, excellent verbal communication skills, able to engage and promote dialogue between a range of stakeholders;
  • Highly accurate with strong attention to detail when handling information, able to review a high volume of information quickly;
  • and accurately, taking responsibility for its quality;
  • Good experience in developing proposal log frames and budget preparations;
  • Driven to actively improve proposal development, by learning from experience and identifying new opportunities;
  • Proven facilitation, training, and capacity building skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation & influential, written, and verbal communication skills to work effectively and manage relationships at all levels in a multi-cultural environment, often at a distance;
  • Ability to think and work proactively and creatively, prioritising own workload under pressure or when faced with competing demands and work with minimal supervision;
  • Excellent organisational awareness and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural context/environment, engage in social justice activism/advocacy and demonstrate innovative practices;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication + knowledge of French, Spanish or Portuguese.

You should also have strong commitment to ActionAid’s values and ethos, including ActionAid’s feminist leadership principles.

What we offer:

ActionAid is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive workplace where we recognise a job well done, encourage close collaboration and sharing power, and where safeguarding standards and feminist leadership are exemplified everywhere. At ActionAid, you can look forward to a fair compensation package and a flexible working environment, including:

  • A workplace that embraces intersectional feminist principles;
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption pay.

How to apply: EU Business Development Advisor – ActionAid International, Brussels, Belgium

Please click on the “apply now” button to start the application process:

Applications close on 31 July 2023 by 11:59 GMT. Please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter, clearly explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile. Early applications are encouraged. Interviews will be held in the week commencing 31 July 2023.

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Please check your application and make sure you meet all the essential criteria listed in the person specification in the Job Description. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria. If you do not meet at least all the essential criteria, please do not apply as we only consider candidates if they meet the essential criteria listed on the job description. We will only consider candidates who have the right to work in the specified locations.

Due to high volumes of applications received, we can only correspond with short listed applicants. Should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

ActionAid International will not consider unsolicited candidates from recruitment agencies. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

About us:

ActionAid is a global federation working for a world free from poverty and injustice.

ActionAid International welcomes applications from all sections of the community and promotes diversity.

Our commitment to safeguarding:

ActionAid is committed to recruiting candidates who promote ActionAid’s SHEA and Safeguarding policies and values.

ActionAid will only recruit candidate who are committed to SHEA and Safeguarding and ActionAid’s values, thereby helping to create safer working cultures. As a deterrence measure ActionAid is also committed to deterring candidates who are intending to cause harm from joining ActionAid.

GDPR Privacy notice:

ActionAid International collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants as part of any recruitment process. ActionAid International is committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data and to meeting our data protection obligations. Please visit our website https://actionaid.org/privacy-and-cookies or click the link Privacy notices to view our GDPR Privacy notice.

Candidates will require the right to work in the job location at the time of appointment.

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