July 24, 2020

EU Networking and Relations Building Officer

  • Position:EU Networking and Relations Building Officer
  • Location:Brussels, Belgium
  • Application Deadline:07th of August 2020
  • Duration: One year starting 1 September 2020 with a possibility for extension
  • Start Date:Asap

The successful person will represent SPARK at EU institutions promoting our work and liaising with EU institutions, notably the EU commission, permanent representative missions to the EU, the European parliament as well as opinion leaders and think tanks He/she will be responsible for identifying public funding streams (mainly European funding), and assist with writing and submitting proposals. The staff member will be responsible for promoting the aims of our organization and assist in the dissemination of lessons learned from SPARK programmes and ensuring policy implications of SPARK programming are discussed with the relevant Brussels based stakeholders. The above will lead to increasing SPARK visibility among development organisations in Brussels.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities and tasks include:

  • Contribute to developing SPARK’s funding strategy and identifying new funding opportunities;
  • Liaise with other SPARK colleagues to develop project ideas and proposals; coordinate researchers and partners contributions to projects; coordinate with SPARK’s Communication Team for the dissemination of project results (e.g. publications, events);
  • Create, foster and maintain good relationships with partners and funding authorities in Brussels;


Requirements and Skills

  • Full understanding of, and personal existing network of EU institutions in Brussels;
  • At least 4 years working at a senior level dealing with EU-institutions in Brussels.
  • Track record in fundraising in the non-profit sector, in the Brussels environment;
  • Knowledge of European funding programmes and tendering; sound knowledge of the European Programme Management.
  • Having worked as an assistant to a member of the European Parliament is highly desirable;
  • Excellent networking and information analysis skills
  • Excellent presentation skills and the ability to work independently. The position requires results-oriented approach.
  • Inter-personal and communication skills in a multinational context;
  • Excellent drafting skills, including on economic subjects. Good knowledge of project development.
  • Excellent communication skills in English: verbal and written; knowledge of other EU languages is an asset.


SPARK Offers

  • Salary based on 40 hours per week (the exact amount determined by the years of your relevant working experience)
  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  • Full or part time contract, depending on the agreement with the employee


How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV on until 7th of August 2020.  Please only apply if you are eligible to work in the EU.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply at all we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.



SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organization with 100+ staff members, in more than 11 offices around the world.  SPARK aims to spend as much as possible on our projects. Therefore SPARK has a low cost policy in place resulting in salaries below market standard.