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CIHEAM Zaragoza is looking for a Junior EU Project Manager to manage a portfolio of project related tasks in the agro-food area.

19 December 2019

Within the framework of its European and International Projects portfolio, the IAMZ is looking for a Junior EU Project Manager to manage a portfolio of project related tasks in the agro-food area.

CIHEAM Zaragoza is looking for a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a minimum of 3 years work experience who is able to work in a competitive international environment, managing EU projects and preparing submissions for funding opportunities in the food, agriculture and related areas. Working under the supervision of the Director for Innovation and International Projects and working with various colleagues from several departments at CIHEAM Zaragoza, the project manager will be responsible for the following tasks:

>Managing the day to day IAMZ activities relating to a H2020 European Project:

- Managing organisational activities related to an EU H2020 project on sustainable cultural tourism;
- Setting up appropriate governance and organisational mechanisms at the local level to carry out activities foreseen in the project which will involve liaison with local authorities, tendering of services to implement the established activities and overseeing implementation of the EU project at the local level;
- Managing logistical, financial, budgetary, EC reporting and other organisational activities related to the project through the appropriate EU platforms;
- Implementing communications activities related to the project (website and social media development, stakeholder listings, press, publications and practice abstracts, video and multi-media, campaign development, conferences and workshops);
- Assisting in the implementation of specific tourism activities foreseen in the project (e.g. databases, apps, dashboard and prediction mechanisms) and international liaison with the
project coordinator, other partners, etc. on the implementation of activities foreseen in the project.

>Other EU and International Project activities:

- Drafting and assisting in preparing proposals (cost estimates, programming, logistics planning and general drafting) for H2020 Research funding submissions in agriculture, food and related areas;
- Providing support (as above) in the preparation of PRIMA project proposals in the areas of agriculture, food and related areas;
- Drafting of project proposals and identifying funding opportunities for research and cooperation work in other national; European and international projects, as appropriate.BTSF related activities:
- Preparing competitive bids and tender submissions for the European Commission Food Safety Training Programme – BTSF submissions.
- Drafting proposals, preparing full administrative dossiers and coordinating inputs from experts to the academic programmes.
- Sourcing tutors and developing networks of experts to take part in the above BTSF project proposals;
- Developing budget proposals, budget calculations, cost estimates and financial submissions, as part of the above BTSF activity. A strong finance and administrative background would be an asset.
- Responsibility for final BTSF submission in a structured and organized way well in advance of the appropriate deadlines.
NB: Prior knowledge of BTSF is not a prerequisite but experience in applying for national or EU funding programmes or competitive processes would be considered an asset.

>The candidate must have demonstrated experience in a number of the following areas:

- Preparing project submissions and/or project proposals for EU and national funding opportunities either in the agro-food or regional development area or demonstrated success in another thematic area, such as health, technology, etc.;
- Implementing and managing national and EU/International co/operation projects;
- Highly developed drafting skills in English (official language of submission for the above tendering procedures and the language used for implementing the H2020 project):
- Bidding for competitive processes and obtaining funding from donor organisations;
- Working across teams and as part of international consortiums on developing joint proposals;
- Experience working with delegated responsibilities but reporting regularly back to their supervisor and team members;
- Participating in European and International networks or experience working in EU/International organisations.

>The following specific skills are sought:

- English language (Minimum C1 level both drafting and spoken);
- Very good working knowledge of Spanish (minimum C1). French as well as other languages would be an asset;
- Advanced higher degree or first degree in an agro-food, regional development or tourism related area or similar;
- Good knowledge of the EU/International institutions;
- Proficient Excel, budget and planning tools user, in addition to standard word processing and other basic computer skills, with diagrams being an asset.

We are looking for a person who has a structured approach to their work and who is pro-active, takes initiative, is an out-going person with a can-do attitude who has demonstrated measurable success in previous roles in achieving key targets and goals. The Junior project manager should also have strong interpersonal and communications skills, as a part of the work will involve sourcing and convincing leading experts to join consortia and take part in proposals. The Junior project manager should be ready and available to travel, mainly in Spain and Europe but also globally. The place of work will be CIHEAM Zaragoza, Campus of Aula Dei, Montañana, Zaragoza.

Specific Conditions:

Please note that shortlisted candidates selected for interview for this contract may be expected to sit in advance a short English drafting exercise, complete a practical test and demonstrate a proficient user level of Excel budgets.

Applications are to be sent before midnight on 19th January 2020 in English to CIHEAM Zaragoza ( with the reference “Junior EU Project Manager” in the subject line, preferably in Europass format accompanied by a one page motivation letter. Please desist from applying if you do not have a strong set of “Specific skills” as indicated above.

Proposed duration: 6 months with possibility of extension up to a maximum of 42 months. Extension beyond this period will depend on the development of the project portfolio at CIHEAM Zaragoza and available resources.

Remuneration: Dependent on experience.