(Senior) Civil Society Officer

  • Competitive
  • Luxembourg
  • Contract, Full time
  • European Investment Bank.
  • 15 Aug 17

As part of the Corporate Responsibility (CR) department, and in particular the team responsible to manage EIB stakeholder relations, the Civil Society Officer in the Stakeholder Engagement, Transparency and Civil Society Division will contribute to further widen and deepen the Bank’s engagement in a number of environmental and social areas, within the strategy of pursuing best practices and continuous improvement in the area of corporate responsibility/sustainability. The area of engagement focuses on environmental, social and governance issues at large. It covers the sustainability dimension of the organization as the key subject matter of engagement.

The EIB, the European Union’s bank, is seeking to recruit for its General Secretariat (SG) - Corporate Responsibility Department (CR) - Civil Society Division (CS), at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:

(Senior) Civil Society Officer

 

This is a full time position at level 5/6

The term of this contract will be 4 years

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.

Purpose

As part of the Corporate Responsibility (CR) department, and in particular the team responsible to manage EIB stakeholder relations, the Civil Society Officer in the Stakeholder Engagement, Transparency and Civil Society Division will contribute to further widen and deepen the Bank’s engagement in a number of environmental and social areas, within the strategy of pursuing best practices and continuous improvement in the area of corporate responsibility/sustainability.  The area of engagement focuses on environmental, social and governance issues at large.  It covers the sustainability dimension of the organization as the key subject matter of engagement. 

Operating network

The Civil Society Officer reports to the Head of the Division, liaising also with the officers in the division and in the department. S/he works in frequent and close contacts with associations, federations, think tanks, academia, NGOs, networks and wider civil society stakeholders. Internally, s/he works in close relation with other Directorates (Public Affairs Brussels Office, OPs, PJ, JU, Complaints Mechanism etc.).

Accountabilities

  • Contributes to the management and development of a constructive relation with stakeholders, wider civil society
  • Coordinates and manages requests for information from NGOs and other CSOs as well as from external stakeholders
  • Liaises with other Directorates in order to defend the Bank's interests and values when dealing with stakeholders, the wider Civil Society
  • Furthers the Banks engagement in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, with related, specialized stakeholders
  • Engages with stakeholders in ESG matters, especially through the continuous development and management of the E&S e-learning tool, in close coordination with related directorates and in tandem with dedicated members in the division.
  • In charge of the dialogue with specialized organisations for the assigned area activities (mainly NGOs, think tanks, also networks or federations)
  • Prepares several (both external and internal) documents and notes in the context of Civil Society relations (answer to requests, etc.)
  • Formulates strategic recommendations in his/her area of responsibility
  • Follows-up and reports on latest developments in Corporate Responsibility and sustainable development regulations and standards, reporting, measurement and disclosure issues

 

 

Qualifications

  • University degree, preferably in environmental and/or social sciences, development economics, human sciences, possibly in economics, public or international relations
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Very good understanding of corporate responsibility
  • Very good understanding of the civil society/not for profit sector
  • Direct experience of sustainability issues and best practice in measuring, reporting
  • Understanding of, experience in ESG in finance
  • Knowledge of key actors within the sustainability and corporate responsibility landscape
  • Very good knowledge of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development Issues
  • Experience in online knowledge sharing, e-learning
  • Good understanding of the Bank's mission and business framework
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or French (*) and a good command of the other
  • Knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage
  • Track record of creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Ability to generate new approaches and create possibilities in situations that had looked bleak

Competencies

  • 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 behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting  with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.

 

(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages

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