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Assistant Project Officer

European Federation of Geologists


We have a new opportunity for an entry-level Assistant Project Officer to join the EFG Secretariat team, based in Brussels.

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    Who We’re Looking For

    You’ll be someone who is a quick learner, ready to take up a challenge, adaptable and happy to work across three crucial areas of our operations:

    Operations – Project management – Communication

    As a natural team-player, you will thrive in being part of a friendly, multicultural and excellence-driven team working on international projects, displaying skill in dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds

    With an intrinsic curiosity for the natural sciences, you’ll be excited to join an organisation working on some of the most critical issues to society, at the heart of sustainably supplying the world with the resources it needs and protecting its citizens from natural hazards that threaten our continent. You’ll enjoy working with organisations in Brussels and across Europe, helping us deliver the value of geoscience and by working on a rich range of activities that enable us to support the associations and professionals we represent.

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      What You’ll Bring to the Role

      • Strong organisational instinct:
        • A naturalteam-player looking to be part of a friendly, high performance operation
        • Ability to work under tight deadlines & attention to detail
        • The flexibility and creativity required to work in a multicultural environment
      • Analytical & problem-solving skills:
        • Initiative to identify issues & seek help finding constructive solutions
        • Capacity to record, synthesise & structure information
        • Readiness to delve into the details of projects to seek answer
      • An effective communicator:
        • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English essential
        • Working fluency in another major European language beneficial
        • Confidence in presenting results to an audience in person and onlineOnline & tech skills:
      • Adept in using office software tools for writing, analysis
        • Able to help with social media outreach, content creation & publication
      • Enthusiasm for current hot topics & awareness of functioning of the EU institutions:
        • Interest in the energy transition, Green Deal, professional concerns to scientists
        • A demonstrable curiosity or experience in earth or related natural sciences
        • Any previous experience in support of EU-funded projects would be a strong asset
      • A university degree ineither:
        • European Affairs or equivalent
        • Geoscienceor related natural sciences

      A Summary of What the Role Involves


      • Engaging with our federation memberassociations
      • Handling enquires regarding our EurGeol professional title
      • Supporting organisation of internal & external meetings
      • Assisting our Office Manager with administration priorities
      • Contributing to operational improvement efforts


      • Ensuring timely delivery of project deliverables
      • Liaising with consortium partners on progress/issues
      • Financial monitoring & reporting
      • Building of knowledge bases & datasets
      • Participation in consortium meetings
      • Support for new proposals


      • Preparing short articles and posts and helping disseminate them online
      • Maintaining EFG’s contact database


      About Us

      The European Federation of Geologists was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the continent’s professional geoscience associations.This we accomplish through promoting excellence in the application of geology, ensuring competent and ethical practice and raising public awareness of its importance to society.

      Our principal aims are to:

      • Contribute to a safer and more sustainable use of the natural environment
      • Protect and inform the public from natural hazards and promote resilience

      We now count 27 members from across Europe in the federation and we work across six broad strategic areas:

      Our Members – Communication – Network – Expert Panels – Professionalism – Projects

      Examples of our recent EU-funded projects:

      CROWDTHERMAL - Developing geothermal projects via alternative financing schemes

      ENGIE - Empowering girls to become the geoscientists of tomorrow

      INFACT - Innovative, Non-Invasive & Fully Acceptable EU Mineral Exploration Technologies

      INTERMIN - International Network of Raw Materials Training Centres

      ROBOMINERS – Developing resilient bio-inspired modular robotic miners

      UNEXMIN – An Autonomous Underwater Explorer for Flooded Mines

      How & Where You’ll Work

      EFG’s officesare inthe heart ofBrussels’EuropeanQuarter, just 100m from the European Parliament’s iconic Paul HenriSpaak buildingandopposite the renowned Museum of Natural Sciences, home of the famousBernissart Iguanodondinosaurcollection.

      Normal office hours are Monday to Friday, 09:00hto 17:30h.

      The right candidate will ideally be based in Brussels, we will however consider options to work from home.

      Staff will occasionally be required to conduct work outside the standard office hours, but will receive equivalent time in lieu.

      Being an international and intrinsically European organisation, travel is a major part of our activity and the opportunity will likely exist to attend EU project and member association-related events.

      Only applicants with the right to reside and work within the European Union will be considered. Please note EFG will not be in a position to sponsor working visas for non-eligible candidates.

      The primary working language of EFG is English, although other European languages are used among our team, as appropriate.

      The start date will be during the third Quarter of 2021.

      What We Can Offer

      This is a full-time fixed-term contract of one year. The gross salary is commensurate with experience.


      How to Apply

      Please send a cover letter stating why you would be suitable for this role and a CV by email to our Office Manager, Pierangelo Bianco, with subject line:“Application for the position of Assistant Project Officer”. Please note we will evaluate your suitability for supervising a project and your ability to communicate effectively in English during the selection procedure. Deadline for applications: Midnight Brussels time 7 July 2021.

      Interviews are planned to be conductedstarting from the second half of July.

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