The EIB, the European Union's bank, is offering a secondment opportunity within its Mandate Management Department – Trust Fund and Blending Division, based at its headquarters in Luxembourg
Secondment Opportunity: (Associate) Mandate Officer, Blending non-EU Unit
This is a secondment opportunity to work at the EIB under the Bank’s FEMIP Secondment Programme (1 year, with possibility to be extended for a maximum of 2 years)
The Programme, set up with the support of the EIB’s FEMIP Trust Fund (FTF), is only open to nationals of the Mediterranean Partner Countries that have entered into a Framework Agreement with the EIB (Algeria, Egypt, Gaza/West Bank, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia) and who work in Ministries, Central Banks, other public sector organisations or private sector entities.
More information on the Programme can be found at:
The main purpose of the Trust Funds and Blending Division is to support the Bank’s lending and investment activities related to grant and concessional financing from Third Parties, in particular from the European Commission and EU Member States.
The Mandate Officer will be responsible for attracting third party concessional financing; supporting operational Divisions in the implementation of grant instruments (inter alia Investment Grants, Technical Assistance and Financial Instruments); and reporting on the use of the grants to third party financiers.
The successful candidate(s) will work in a team and will report to the Head of the Blending non-EU Unit, under the authority of the Head of Division.
Internal contacts : Permanent interaction within the Division and Department, and across the Operations Directorate, particularly with the geographical operational Divisions, as well as with other services of the Bank, such as the Consultants Procurement & Contract Management Unit (ASD/CPCM), Legal Services (JU), Projects Directorate (PJ) and others, as needed.
External contacts: Frequent contact with institutional counterparts such as the European Commission, European External Action Service, the EU Member States and other International Financial Institutions (IFIs).
The Secondee will carry out tasks related to all of the Unit’s responsibilities and share information and experience with other members of the Unit in order to enlarge the knowledge and competencies of the team. The post may involve some travel, including representation of the EIB in meetings with European Commission, co-financiers, donors etc. S/he will assist in preparing, managing and following-up activities in the context of the regional Blending mechanisms, in particular:
Contribute to management the pipelines and work on proposals on topics of critical importance to NIF South and Blending Mechanism
Assess the viability of project proposals in the framework of NIF and Blending facilities, measure their proper financial value added and assist in the process of monitoring and result assessment
Advise (Assist) operational teams in the use of blending instruments (Investment Grants, Technical Assistance, Financial Instruments)
Support operational Divisions during the preparation of grant applications/proposals for third party financing and ensure quality control
Participate at meetings of the Governance bodies in Brussels and bilateral meetings with the European Commission
Discuss the specification of requirements under Delegation Agreements with the European Commission and support operational teams in the negotiations of Grant Agreements with EIB clients
Monitor the implementation of the Delegation Agreements and ensure timely reporting
Develop and support close working relationship between EIB and EC, EU Delegations and other Financing Partners active in the region
Help with preparing Drafts of Annual Reports and other documents and reports for senior management and general use
Contribute to the strengthening of the coordination and collaboration with the European Commission, IFIs, bilateral agencies and beneficiary countries
Contribute to horizontal tasks
University degree preferably in Economics, Finance, Law, Engineering or a Business related subject
At least 3 years’ relevant professional experience in lending environment; implementing loan or grant financed operations/advisory/procurement/technical assistance
Knowledge of EU policies, and the political and operational framework in which the Bank operates is considered as an advantage
Knowledge of financial analysis as well as proven experience in project finance or technical assistance operations would be a considerable advantage
Knowledge of quantitative techniques and standard computer tools
Good knowledge of English and/or French and a good command of the other. Knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage.
Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals
Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes
Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behavior with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules
Appointment will be made on the basis of a Secondment Agreement between the EIB and the Secondee’s current employer. Only candidates endorsed by their employer will be successful.
During the recruitment procedure the EIB will request the candidates to provide an endorsement letter from their employer signed by the authorised employer representative.
Preferably the letter would be attached as the last page to the CV with the application.
The Employer Endorsement Letter should
a) certify the current position held by the candidate,
b) confirm the employer’s agreement in principle with the Programme and support the secondee’s candidacy,
c) confirm that the secondee would stay on the payroll of the employer and
d) confirm the return of the secondee to his position after the secondment is completed. Applications from self-employed candidates will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be retained for interview. The hiring division may suggest that certain candidates pass a written test and/or a second interview to assess their expertise.