JOB OFFER – Project Manager – Deadline for applications: 15 Feb. 2021

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 in the field of public administration;
  • Civilian crisis management (CCM).

The Programme aims at contributing to the reinforcement of the public administrations of Belgium’s key partner countries by strengthening the competences of their diplomats and civil servants. To this end, the Programme develops and manages strategic partnerships with a strong political dimension.

The main activities of the Programme are to organise specialised and “tailor made” training sessions in Belgium and in partner countries, to manage professional internships in Belgian public services, to advise and assist its local partners such as Ecoles Nationales d’Administration, and finally to train all Belgian candidates for CCM missions and provide a strategic contribution on CCM in both Belgian and European fora.

A rapidly growing team, the Education & Training Programme is currently seeking a full-time Project manager, starting 1st of March 2021 for an initial duration of 1 year extendable.



  1. Developing and managing strategic partnerships and training sessions for civil servants of partner countries (in-country)

The Project manager will be responsible for the identification and management of new partnership opportunities and developing capacity-building projects in priority countries for Belgian development cooperation (Enabel) and other stakeholders. He/she will:

  • Conduct identification and evaluation missions in these countries (approx. 2x/year, depending on the project) in an autonomous way;
  • Write strong and sharp analysis which can constitute the basis for intervention proposals, adjustments of ongoing activities or end-term evaluations;
  • Set up subsidy requests (narrative and financial elements);
  • Once funding is secured, be responsible for the implementation of the partnership, potentially with the support of a Trainee project assistant (intern).


  1. Conception and organisation of 2-week training sessions for foreign diplomats (in Belgium)

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


  1. Administrative and communication support tasks
  • When implementing projects and partnerships, the Project manager will also be responsible for administrative (logistics) and budgeting aspects (narrative and financial reports), potentially with the support of a Trainee project assistant (intern).
  • He/she will also be expected to promote and communicate (or supervise the communication) of the projects on different platforms (website, social networks).




  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant domain (political science, international relations, law, European affairs, development cooperation);
  • Good understanding of Project Cycle Management;
  • Understanding of diplomatic functions;
  • Excellent knowledge of French and English, both written and oral (knowledge of Dutch is an asset).



  • 5 years of professional experience, including 3 years in project development and implementation in the area of development cooperation;
  • Experience in project management in the field of international relations / European affairs / development cooperation;
  • Experience in writing subsidy requests, tender proposals and project applications;
  • Experience with project management software and tools is an asset.



  • Strong analytical thinking and writing;
  • Team-player with strong inter-cultural competencies;
  • Capacity to develop smooth collaboration with external partners;
  • Ability to deliver results within tight time frames, manage multiple assignments and track progress on several processes simultaneously;
  • Resistance to stress;
  • Ready to travel to difficult countries;
  • Ability to empower, train and supervise Trainees;
  • IT-savvy (Microsoft suite, Outlook);
  • Capacity to use online training and meeting platforms (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, etc.).



  • 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.



Considering the current Covid-19 pandemic, tasks and missions described above might be affected. This goes specifically for the conduct of field missions (depending on travel restrictions), the conduct of the trainings (online or face-to-face), and the work organisation (presence in the workplace). The Egmont Institute follows the guidelines of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To apply, a CV and a motivation letter compiled in a PDF file should be addressed to Ms Julie Godin, Director, Education & Training Programme, and sent by e-mail to M. Kris Pellegrims,, by February 15th, 2021 mentioning in the subject line “Project manager – Education & Training Programme”.