He/she will be responsible for and demonstrate leadership in developing, managing and implementing EFA’s project programme. In addition, he/she will in 2014 support the Director in implementing EFA membership strategy. The EFA project programme includes EU and EFA projects that focus on asthma, allergy and COPD and range from collaboration in very technical scientific research, policy-oriented healthcare system change and patient centred action, thus permitting valuable experience for project implementation.
In 2014 the EFA’s project programme is composed of three EFA Projects (Capacity Building Project, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Project & Allergy Awareness Project) and four EU Projects (U-BIOPRED, MeDALL, AirPROM and EARIP), where EFA is a partner.
The Project Manager/Officer’s, main tasks include but are not limited to:
- Developing and implementing EFA project programme,
- Liaising with EFA’s members and external stakeholders to ensure participation for EFA project deliverables and events,
- Developing EFA’s role within current EU projects with consortium partners, proactively identifying and fulfilling EFA’s deliverables while maintaining regular participation in EU project activities (including teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, etc.),
- Lead development and evaluation of EU project proposals on behalf of EFA and develop EFA’s role in them in collaboration with colleagues at the EFA secretariat,
- Management of all EFA and EU project budgets in cooperation with the EFA Financial Manager and the EFA Project and Fundraising Manager,
- Act as supervisor for the EFA Projects Assistant,
- Participation in events and workshops of relevance to EFA’s programme representing EFA’s interests in patient advocacy and present/participate as a senior speaker externally upon request,
- Develop and update the EFA Membership Strategy in cooperation with the EFA Director,
- Procuring external services for fulfilling project needs including the organisation of both internal EFA meetings and external events where applicable for both EFA and EU projects (including Membership activities for the remainder of 2014).
As part of a small team, you will work closely with our policy team, communications officer and have access to vast network of stakeholders.
You should have the following experience and qualities:
- A minimum of 2 years of experience in EU project development and management,
- Perfect working proficiency in English,
- Interest in allergy and respiratory diseases (specifically asthma, COPD) and patient centred healthcare system change in general and in patients’ representation in particular,
- Excellent writing and communications skills,
- Strong external public speaking and presentation skills,
- Expertise using Microsoft Office applications and Windows 8,
- Good social skills, a keen sense of responsibility and initiative,
- Ability to multitask, plan and prioritise a complex and diverse workload,
- Willingness to work in a small multinational team,
- Availability for occasional evening/weekend work as well as travel.
- Degree in management, public health, European studies, political science or a related field
- Work experience using Word Press content management system and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In),
- Previous experience in a non-governmental organisation,
- An understanding of EU institutions and processes,
- Fluency in several EFA member languages
- Advanced understanding of patient rights and public health issues
- Familiarity with medical research methodologies and processes
He/she will receive a standard Belgian contract, including benefits, for the duration of 1,5 years (renewable) with the job title and a competitive salary matching the successful candidate’s experience and expertise. Consideration will only be given to candidates matching the profile requirements.