JOB OFFER – Programme Manager – Deadline for applications: 20 January 2020

The Education & Training Programme is currently seeking a full-time Programme manager, starting 1st of February 2020 for an initial duration of 1 year extendable.

EGMONT – The Royal Institute for International Relations is an independent think-tank based in Brussels. As a platform for in-depth analysis and a forum for debate in the field of international politics, the Institute has the ambition to make a useful contribution to the policy-shaping process through its publications, conferences and seminars. Along with its research programmes, the Institute has a specialised Education & Training Programme. This Programme conducts projects in the three following areas:

  • Diplomacy and international relations;
  • Good governance and public administrations;
  • Civilian crisis management (CCM).

The objective of the Programme consists in developing and managing strategic partnerships with Belgian and foreign public administrations. Aiming at strengthening the competences of Belgian or foreign diplomats and civil servants, as well as Belgian candidates for CCM missions, these partnerships always have a strong political dimension.

The main activities of the Programme are to organise specialised and “tailor made” training sessions in Belgium or in developing countries and professional internships for foreign civil servants, to advise and assist its local partners (training structures in developing countries such as Ecole Nationale d’Administration), and finally to provide a strategic contribution on CCM in both Belgian and European fora.




First task: developing and managing strategic partnerships and training sessions (50%)

  1. Identification of partnerships opportunities (30%)

The Programme manager will have a strategic role in the development of the Programme’s activities under the guidance of the Director.

  • The Programme manager will be responsible for identifying new partnership opportunities;
  • This requires the capacity to conduct an identification mission in a developing country and the ability, on this basis, to develop new project ideas, write a solid concept note or tender proposals and secure new funds.
  1. Conception and organisation of 2-week training sessions for foreign diplomats (20%)

Following ad hoc allocation of training projects, the Programme manager will be responsible for specific training sessions organised at the request of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The repartition of the training sessions takes into account the staff members’ expertise, interests and background.


Second task: Managing the Belgian training in civilian crisis management (40%)

This task requires an understanding of the EU CSDP framework and the continuous monitoring of the main developments of CCM missions and of the training courses proposed by European institutes in order to have a strategic overview of the field. Main activities include:

  • Organising, observing and evaluating the initial training in civilian crisis management (BGT) of Belgian experts (2-week training sessions, twice a year);
  • Coordinating with the Ministries sending experts, contacting and briefing the trainers delivering the modules of the training programme;
  • Depending on the background and knowledge of the manager, an active participation in the modules can be foreseen and is encouraged;
  • Pursuing the in-depth revision and improvement process of the BGT in terms of: selection of participants; knowledge content; training experts; teaching methods; creation of an interdepartmental pool of trainers;
  • Representing the Egmont Institute at the Belgian level, at the European level (EU Council sub-working group EUCTG) and in a consortium (EUPCST).


Third task: administrative and communication support tasks (10%)

  • When executing projects, the Programme manager will also be responsible for administrative (logistics) and budgeting aspects (narrative and financial reports), with the support of Trainee project assistants and Project managers. He/she will therefore be responsible for training and supervising the Project assistants and/or Project managers working on his/her projects.
  • He/she will also be expected to promote and communicate (or supervise the communication) of the projects on different platforms (website, social networks).



  1. Knowledge:
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant domain (political science, international relations, European affairs, development cooperation);
  • Knowledge of European affairs (CFSP/CSDP);
  • Good understanding of diplomatic functions;
  • Excellent knowledge of French and English (knowledge of Dutch is an asset).


  1. Experience:
  • 3 to 5 year-experience in project/training management in the field of international relations / European affairs / development cooperation;
  • Experience within or with international and regional organisations and EU institutions is a strong asset;
  • Experience in writing tender proposals and project applications.


  1. Skills:
  • Capacity to develop smooth collaboration with external partners;
  • Team-player with strong inter-cultural competencies;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to empower & supervise Trainees/Project managers;
  • Ability to deliver results within tight time frames, manage multiple assignments and track progress on several processes simultaneously;
  • Resistance to stress;
  • Analytical thinking.



  • A renewable contract and a monthly salary in accordance with experience;
  • A multicultural and challenging working environment;
  • A great network within the Institute and with our partners;
  • Flexibility in the work organisation.


In order to apply, a CV and a motivation letter compiled in a PDF file (no more than three pages in total) should be addressed to Ms Julie Godin, Director, Education & Training Programme, and sent by e-mail to Ms Ellen Moser,,  by January 20th, 2020 mentioning in the subject line “Programme manager – Education & Training Programme”.