As part of the team responsible to manage EIB stakeholder relations, its transparency policy, respond to public information requests, and relations with civil society organisations (CSOs), the Civil Society Officer will contribute to further widen and deepen the Bank’s engagement in a number of assigned areas, including responding to information requests, within the strategy of pursuing best practices and continuous improvement in the area of corporate responsibility. 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 Officer reports to the Deputy Head of Division, and to the Head of the Civil Society Division, liaising also with the members of the division and 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.
- Contribution to a constructive relation with stakeholders, wider civil society
- Organisation of engagement events and meetings with stakeholders, as well as public consultations
- Handle requests for information from the public, NGOs and other CSOs as well as from external stakeholders and including those enquiries arriving at the Infodesk in line with the EIB Group Transparency Policy
- Transparency Policy in charge of the dialogue with stakeholders, wider civil society
- Liaises with other Directorates in order to defend the Bank’s interests and values when dealing with stakeholders
- Drafts several (both external and internal) documents and reports in the context our stakeholder engagement and Transparency Policy
- Follow-up and report on latest developments and best practice on transparency and sustainability issues
- In charge of the dialogue with Civil Society Organisations for the assigned area of Civil Society activities
- Liaises with other Directorates (Ops and PJ notably) in order to defend the Bank’s interests and values when dealing with stakeholders, wider civil society
- Drafts several (both external and internal) documents and notes in the context of Civil Society relations (answer to requests, etc.)
- University degree, preferably in economics, international relations, legal or social sciences, media/communications, public relations, environmental sciences, or development economics
- At least 3 years of relevant professional experience
- Very good understanding of Corporate Responsibility
- Very good understanding of the Civil Society sector, NGOs
- Very good understanding of transparency, disclosure matters
- Preferably experience in the area of ESG (environmental, social, governance matters) / sustainability within a finance, banking context
- Good understanding of the Bank’s mission and business framework
- Knowledge of EU policies on transparency, disclosure issues
- Preferably experience with civil society organizations
- Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and a good knowledge of French (*)
- Knowledge of other EU languages 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 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