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Terms of reference – Technical Project Coordinator

 

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), independent regional economic policy think tank based in Barcelona is hiring a Technical Project Coordinator to coordinate technical work (including research, transfer and advocacy) performed under EMEA’s projects. 

About Us:

EMEA serves as a leading independent and innovative economic policy research institution and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in Mediterranean with an opening door to Africa with the aim to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration and prosperity. It strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean in view of the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world. Striving to contribute to the rethinking of the region in view of reform processes in the political, economic and social agendas of Mediterranean countries post financial crisis and Arab spring, EMEA develops new scientific concepts, initiatives and projects promoting sustainability, inclusiveness, regional economic integration and prosperity.

Our projects:

EMEA is lead and partner in several EU-funded projects (EuropeAid, Horizon 2020, ENI CBC, Interreg MED). The candidate sought will be mainly working on projects focused on supporting entrepreneurship initiatives in the EU neighborhood (South and East Mediterranean countries). 

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • To coordinate project teams, regularly follow-up on the progress of work implemented by both EMEA researchers, external experts and project staff assigned by partner organisations as indicated in the actions plans;
  • Coordinate the implementation of project events and workshops by ensuring that the organisation meets the highest quality standards;
  • Organise coordination and follow-up meetings with EMEA staff, Work package Leaders and project staff assigned by partner organisations;
  • Coordinate the Quality Assurance process of project deliverables, reports and other documentation;
  • Ensure regular monitoring of project progress and make sure deadlines are met by project staff;
  • Elaborate and implement risk assessment and mitigation strategy for projects;
  • Work in close collaboration with EMEA Researcher and external experts to perform specific mapping activities in project countries;
  • Review and approve project narrative and financial reports;
  • Coordinate the administrative and financial management of EMEA project in close collaboration with the Project Manager;
  • Liaise with project partners, the contracting authority, target groups and other stakeholders at EU and local levels;
  • Coordinate and review dissemination strategies and actions in close collaboration with the Communications Officer;
  • Collaborate with EMEA Project Manager in any other tasks assigned by the Supervisor; 
  • Report to the president of EMEA on the projects implementation.
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Qualifications and competences required:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (Economics, Business Management, Project Management, International Relations, etc.);
  • At least 5 years of experience in managing EU-funded or other international research and/or cooperation projects;
  • Proven experience in coordinating project teams (preferably with EU-funded projects);
  • Familiarity with EU funding programmes and rules;
  • Proficiency in English (C1 level) and good knowledge of French (B2 level);
  • Team player, strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, autonomy and sense of responsibility, strong time management skills;
  • Previous experience with one or more thematic fields relevant for the Euro-Mediterranean integration and/or EU-Africa Partnership will be an asset;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and travel abroad if required;
  • Willingness to learn and general interest in Euro-Mediterranean affairs and/or EU-Africa Partnership;
  • EU Citizen with right to work in Spain.

Qualifications and competences desired: 

  • PhD in a relevant field;
  • Good knowledge of the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI);
  • Experience with blue economy/green economy projects;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of business support mechanisms;
  • Good knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

Compensation:

The salary will be in accordance with the qualifications and the previous experience of the selected candidate. 

Conditions:

The successful candidate must hold a valid work and residence permit in Spain. 

This is a two-year full-time contract, renewable with six months probation period.  

Location:

Barcelona, Spain

More information:

Further questions/enquiries regarding the position can be e-mailed to info@euromed-economists.org 

Application and deadline

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/). Both documents should be emailed to info@euromed-economists.org with “Technical Project Coordinator Application – First Name and Last Name” in the subject line 07 August 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample on the topic of their choice.

Starting date: 1 September 2020

Terms of reference – Researcher

 

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), independent regional economic policy think tank based in Barcelona, is recruiting a Researcher to implement data collection, mapping and analysis in different sectors of the economy such as the cultural and creative industry (CCI), the blue/green economy, the digital economy and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the EU and its Neighborhood under EMEA’s projects. 

About Us:

EMEA serves as a leading independent and innovative economic policy research institution and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in Mediterranean with an opening door to Africa with the aim to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration and prosperity. It strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean in view of the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world. Striving to contribute to the rethinking of the region in view of reform processes in the political, economic and social agendas of Mediterranean countries post financial crisis and Arab spring, EMEA develops new scientific concepts, initiatives and projects promoting sustainability, inclusiveness, regional economic integration and prosperity.

Our projects:

EMEA leads and is partner in several EU-funded projects (EuropeAid, Horizon 2020, ENI CBC, Interreg MED). The candidate sought will be contributing to projects focused on supporting entrepreneurship initiatives in the EU neighborhood (South and East Mediterranean and other regions). In this regard, the research role is to collect, map and prepare a throughout analysis on the entrepreneurship ecosystem focusing on young people and women and different sectors (i.e. cultural and creative industry, blue economy, green economy, digital economy etc.). 

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • To collect quantitative and qualitative data, perform literature review (incl. relevant studies, publications, data, statistics, policies, strategies, legal framework documents, etc.), market research and territorial analysis of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in eight Southern Neighbourhood Countries of the European Union: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia with a focus on several sectors such as CCI, blue/green/digital/social economy.
  • To participate in Experts Teams working group meetings and coordinate in close collaboration with the EMEA’s Technical Experts Groups;
  • To provide templates and structured input forms to the technical Experts;
  • To participate in stakeholder consultation workshops and meetings;
  • To ensure that other activities implemented in the projects are aligned with the ongoing research and participate actively in project meetings;
  • To assist and work in close collaboration with the Technical Project Coordinator and/or other EMEA Researchers in collecting, analysing data and summarising findings;
  • To provide assistance to the scientific coordination of EMEA’s ongoing initiatives and projects;
  • To participate in international research teams working on specific priority issues in terms of the Euro-Mediterranean affairs, EU-Africa Partnership, Entrepreneurship, social economy, blue/green/digital economy and CCI;
  • To prepare deliverables, reports, summaries, analyses and other documents; 
  • To  cooperate with and to support the Project Managers and EMEA President when required.
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Qualifications and competences required:

  • PhD in a relevant field (Economics, Management, Political Sciences, International Relations, or similar) with good knowledge on Euro-Mediterranean affairs, in particular socio-economic development, private sector and entrepreneurship.
  • Experience with data collection and analysis combined with an excellent command of Excel and Stata.
  • Familiarity with qualitative methods (i.e. questionnaires, stakeholder interviews, summarizing results of primary data collection exercises)
  • Ability to conduct empirical analyses on selected topics.
  • Excellent command of English (C1), both orally and in writing.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to conduct literature reviews. 
  • Good knowledge (B2) of at least one of the following languages: French, Arabic. 
  • Team player, strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, autonomy and sense of responsibility, strong time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and travel abroad if required.

Qualifications and competences desired:

  • Good knowledge of the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI);
  • Experience with blue economy/green economy projects.

Compensation:

The salary will be in accordance with the qualifications and the previous experience of the selected candidate. 

Conditions:

This is a two-year full-time contract, with a six-month probation period. The selected candidate must hold a valid work permit in Spain and in the European Union.

Location:

Barcelona, Spain. 

More information:

Further questions/enquiries regarding the position can be e-mailed to info@euromed-economists.org 

Application and deadline

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/). Both documents should be emailed to info@euromed-economists.org with “Researcher Application – First Name and Last Name” in the subject line by 07 August, 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample on the topic of their choice.

Starting date: ASAP.

Terms of reference – Experts Members for EMEA Technical Experts Group (TEG) on the Cultural and Creative Industry in the South and East Mediterranean Countries

 

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), independent regional economic policy think tank based in Barcelona, is recruiting Experts to form the Technical Expert Group (TEG) on CCI in the Mediterranean which aim is to support the performance of the mapping exercise on the cultural and creative industry (CCI) and entrepreneurship and educational ecosystems in selected countries in the Southern Neighborhood Countries of the European Union (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) under EMEA’s projects. The TEG Group will include experts from these countries with knowledge on entrepreneurship, business development and CCI.

About Us:

EMEA serves as a leading independent and innovative economic policy research institution and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in Mediterranean with an opening door to Africa with the aim to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration and prosperity. It strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean in view of the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world. Striving to contribute to the rethinking of the region in view of reform processes in the political, economic and social agendas of Mediterranean countries post financial crisis and Arab spring, EMEA develops new scientific concepts, initiatives and projects promoting sustainability, inclusiveness, regional economic integration and prosperity.

Our projects:

EMEA is leading and partner in several EU-funded projects co-funded under EuropeAid, Horizon 2020, ENI CBC, Interreg MED. The candidates sought will be contributing to projects focused on supporting entrepreneurship initiatives in the Southern shore of the Mediterranean. In this regard, EMEA’s role is to map and prepare the technical framework and throughout analysis on the entrepreneurship and educational ecosystem focusing on young people and women and different sectors (i.e. cultural and creative industry, blue economy, green economy, etc.).

Tasks and responsibilities of the Expert members of TEG-CCI:

  • To provide inputs upon request by EMEA’s researcher for the mapping by completing and submitting national reports;
  • To participate and provide expertise to the Experts Team working group meetings;
  • To conduct interviews and consultations with local stakeholders in one or more of the following Southern Neighborhood Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia and complete template s and provide written inputs to the EMEA’s researcher responsible for the mapping;
  • To participate to the TEG-CCI meetings;
  • To ensure outreach at local levels in the target Southern Neighborhood Countries.
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Qualifications and competences required:

  • Master’s degree (Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Finance, Business Administration, or equivalent);

  • At least 5 years of experience with data collection, stakeholder consultation processes, outreach and surveying;
  • Demonstrated experience in business management support, consultation and entrepreneurship support;
  • Knowledge on the target countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia);

  • High-level written and verbal communication skills;

  • Excellent command of English (C1), both orally and in writing;

  • Good knowledge (B2) of at least one of the following languages: French, Arabic;

  • Team player, strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, autonomy and sense of responsibility and respect of deadlines, strong time management skills.

Qualifications and competences desired:

  • PhD in a relevant field (economics, business administration, management and equivalent);
  • Good knowledge of the Cultural and Creative Industry (CCI);

  • Good knowledge of international intellectual property standards is an asset;

  • Experience with blue economy/green economy projects.

Compensation:

Performing the tasks and responsibilities of the Expert contract is estimated to require a fixed number of days/and a lump sum per Expert per country. The rates are defined according to the experience of the selected Experts and based on the number of countries covered by the Experts.

Conditions:

The successful candidates must be able to sign an expert contract in the European Union.

Location:

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

More information:

Further questions/enquiries regarding the position can be e-mailed to info@euromed-economists.org

Application and deadline:

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/). Both documents should be emailed to info@euromed-economists.org with “Mapping expert Application – First Name and Last Name” in the subject line by 07 August 2020.

Starting date: ASAP.

EMEA is looking for a First Level Controller for the Interreg MED Renewable Energy project

 

Objective: European Territorial Cooperation

Programme: Interreg Med Cooperation Programme

Project title: Capitalisation of the RES projects in the MED area

Project Acronym: Renewable Energy

Project reference number: REF. MED_6159-2_HP-RE

Beneficiary: Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA)

Estimated budget: 4.500 EUR (+ VAT)

Project contract duration: 15.05.2020 – 30.06.2022

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

It is a horizontal project implemented under the framework of the Interreg MED Program. The project poses as a challenge the capitalization of the results generated by the community of modular projects for the promotion of renewable energies within the same Interreg MED program. The objective is to promote the transfer of knowledge of the results obtained from 2016 to 2019 and promote their incorporation in energy transition policies in the European Mediterranean Regions.

The activities of the Interreg Med Renewable Energy project will also involve entities and potential actors in the different MED territories to exploit and give rise to transnational cooperation.

EMEA, as a beneficiary, must submit a financial report on the action financed under the grant contract, which complies with the conditions stipulated in that contract and which can be reconciled with its accounting system. EMEA, as a beneficiary, must provide adequate and sufficient financial and non-financial information in support of the financial report.

As a beneficiary, EMEA accepts to give full access to its personnel, accounting system, underlying documentation and accounts to the First Level Controller in order to carry out the procedures contemplated in this commitment.

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DUTIES OF THE FIRST LEVEL CONTROLLER:

The First Level Controller must perform formal checks on partner expenditures declared during the project implementation each time before submitting a Payment claim. The First Level Controller ensures to the Managing Authority, the Certifying Authority and, most importantly, to the project itself, that costs claimed for reimbursement by the ERDF / IPA Interreg MED Programme are justified and that their payment is requested by Lead Partners in accordance with the legal and financial provisions of the Subsidy Contract, the Interreg MED Programme rules and EU and national provisions. First level control also gives to the “beneficiaries” (a term that refers to both the Lead Partner and the project partners), the guarantee that project accounts comply with the above-mentioned obligations and with legal and financial obligations of each structure contributing to the co-financing of the operation, in accordance with its legal situation and the valid legislation in the concerned State.

The First Level Controller is responsible for verifying that all activities and expenditures have been incurred in compliance with Programme, national and EU rules on eligibility of expenditure.

The First Level Controller must verify that:

  1. a) Expenditure is in line with European, Interreg MED Programme and national eligibility rules and complies with conditions for support of the project and payment as outlined in the Subsidy Contract;
  2. b) Expenditure was actually paid with the exception of costs related to depreciations and « simplified cost options »;
  3. c) Expenditure was incurred and paid (with the exceptions above under point b) within the eligible time period of the project and was not previously reported;
  4. d) Payment of staff costs is proven on the basis of payslips or documents of equivalent probative value;
  5. e) Expenditure based on « simplified cost options » (if any) is correctly calculated and the calculation method used is appropriate;
  6. f) Expenditure reimbursed on the basis of eligible costs actually incurred is either properly recorded in a separate accounting system or has an adequate accounting code allocated. The expenditures reported under SCO are recorded in the programme monitoring tool. The necessary audit trail exists and is available for inspection;
  7. g) Expenditure in currency other than Euro was converted using the correct exchange rate;
  8. h) Relevant EU/ national/ institutional and Interreg MED Programme public procurement rules were observed;
  9. i) EU and Programme publicity rules were observed;
  10. j) Co-financed products, services and works were actually delivered;
  11. k) Expenditure is related to activities in line with the consolidated application form and the Subsidy Contract.
  12. l) The beneficiary received external national public counterparts corresponding to validated expenditures.

Competences required:

The controller should have prior experience of control of projects co-financed by the EU.

The controller is required to be independent from the controlled structure and qualified to carry out the control of project’s expenditure.

The First Level Controller needs to have a proven experience and track record showing that he/she is capable of performing the task of controlling project expenditure co-financed under the Interreg MED Programme which goes beyond classical checks on accounts: it also involves a judgment on the compliance with ERDF, national and Programme rules. The controller is therefore expected to have a profound knowledge of controlling project expenditure under the Structural Funds regulations as well as a good knowledge of English or French (considering that all Programme documents and reports are in one of the two Programme languages).

TIMEFRAME FOR THE FLC VERIFICATIONS:

The FLC should be performed at the end of each reporting period before validation of the project payment claim by the Lead Partner. A calendar to be respected for the submission of the payment claims is included at the end of the call.

After the submission of the expenditures for control, the FLC has three months to perform this control.

In practice:

  1. EMEA will enter its expenditure in the Interreg MED Programme reporting platform (Synergie-CTE) as a first step.
  2. The First Level Controller must be available at the end of each reporting period in order to perform the control without delay.
  3. The First Level Controller must have the availability to ensure smooth exchanges with EMEA in order to speed up the control.
  4. Every six months EMEA will ask the First Level Controller to execute as soon as possible the control on project expenditures also including a timeframe for exchanges and clarifications with the FLC.
  5. The First Level Control declaration is issued and signed by the controller and sent to EMEA without delay. 

Calendar to be respected by the First Level Controller:

  1. Submission of the first expenditure report together with the First Level Control Certificate within two months after the end date of the controlled period on 30.06.2020
  2. Submission of the second expenditure report together with the First Level Control Certificate within two months after the end date of the controlled period on 31.12.2020
  3. Submission of the third expenditure report together with the First Level Control Certificate within two months after the end date of the controlled period on 30.06.2021
  4. Submission of the fourth expenditure report together with the First Level Control Certificate within two months after the end date of the controlled period on 31.12.2021
  5. Submission of the fifth expenditure report together with the First Level Control Certificate within two months after the end date of the controlled period on 30.06.2020

AWARD CRITERIA:

Weighting: 30% – Criterion: Financial aspects – best value for money.

Weighting: 70% – Criterion: Proven experience with auditing tasks in EU-cofinanced projects (preferably ERDF). Proven experience with performing First Level Control on Interreg MED projects is an asset.

OTHER CONDITIONS:

The estimated value of the contract for carrying out the First Level Control for the above-specified five reporting periods is 4.500 EUR (excl. VAT). For the selection of the First Level Controller, the best value for money principle will prevail even if the offer requests a different amount from the indicative budget specified in the present call. 

SELECTION PROCEDURE:

Audit firms are requested to submit an offer following the above specifications and the attached conditions by email to info@euromed-economists.org by 24 June 2020 at 17:00 CET at the latest.

The successful applicant will be notified in writing within one week after the above-specified deadline. 

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The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA) is hiring [CLOSED]

Terms of reference – Data Analyst

The Euro-Mediterranean Economists Association (EMEA), independent regional think tank based in Barcelona is hiring a Data Analyst to support and perform research activities linked to EMEA’s ongoing initiatives and projects.

About Us:

EMEA serves as a leading independent and innovative economic policy research institution and forum for debate on the political and socio-economic reforms in Mediterranean with an opening door to Africa with the aim to promote sustainability, inclusiveness, and regional economic integration and prosperity. It strives to contribute to the rethinking of the Euro-Mediterranean in view of the new dynamics of an emerging multi-polar world. Striving to contribute to the rethinking of the region in view of reform processes in the political, economic and social agendas of Mediterranean countries post financial crisis and Arab spring, EMEA develops new scientific concepts, initiatives and projects promoting sustainability, inclusiveness, regional economic integration and prosperity.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • To assist the Scientific Director and/or other EMEA Researchers in collecting, updating, organizing, analysing and managing large data files and summarising findings;
  • To provide technical expertise on data storage structures, data mining, data cleansing and visualization;
  • To prepare specific reports, summaries, analyses and contribute to EMEA deliverables;
  • To support other research activities linked to EMEA’s key research priority areas including but not limited to: socio economic sustainable development and regional integration;
  • To participate in EMEA projects meetings, events and workshops when required for completing the specific research activities;
  • To provide assistance to the scientific coordination of EMEA’s ongoing initiatives and projects.
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Qualifications and competences required:

  • Master’s degree (Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Finance, and Computer Sciences or equivalent)
  • Experience with data collection and analysis combined with an excellent command of Excel and Stata and other programming languages (SAS, Matlab, R or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated experience in methodologies and processes for managing and organising and managing large-scale databases.
  • Understanding of addressing and metadata standards.
  • High-level written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent command of English (C1), both orally and in writing.
  • Good knowledge (B2) of at least one of the following languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic.
  • Team player, strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy, autonomy and sense of responsibility, strong time management skills.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and travel abroad if required.

Qualifications and competences desired:

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Work experience as a data analyst or in related field.

Compensation:

The salary will be in accordance with the qualifications and the previous experience of the selected candidate.

Conditions:

The successful candidate must hold a valid work and residence permit in Spain.

This is a one-year full-time contract, renewable with six months probation period.

Location:

Barcelona, Spain

More information:

Further questions/enquiries regarding the position can be e-mailed to info@euromed-economists.org

Application and deadline:

Applications should include a one-page letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae in English. For the CV, please use the Europass template (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/). Both documents should be emailed to info@euromed-economists.org with “Data Analyst Application – First Name and Last Name” in the subject line by 15 February 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide a writing sample on the topic of their choice.

Starting date: 1 March 2020