Application closing date: 21 March 2019
The EIB, the European Union’s bank, is seeking to recruit for its General Secretariat Directorate (SG) – Advisory Services Department (AS) – European PPP Expertise Centre Division (EPEC), at its headquarters in Luxembourg, a:
(Senior) PPP Adviser
This is a full time position at grade 5/6
The term of this contract will be 4 years
Panel interviews are anticipated for mid-April.
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.
The European Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Expertise Centre (EPEC) is an initiative of the European Investment Bank (EIB), involving EU Member States, Candidate States and other specified states, as well as the European Commission (EC). EPEC is a membership-based expertise network and an integral part of the EIB’s Advisory Services. Its Members are typically central government bodies with responsibility for the oversight of PPP policies and programmes. This is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to be an integral part of a pan-EU strategic policy and upstream project PPP advisory service of the EIB.
As a (Senior) PPP Adviser in EPEC, you will join a team of specialists that provide PPP institutional, policy and upstream project-related advisory services to its Members, the activities of the Bank and the implementation of EU policies and programmes with regard to PPPs and complex infrastructure. You will also contribute to the identification and delivery of topical PPP thematic-studies and, where appropriate, work alongside and support EPEC’s membership network. EPEC’s expertise can accessed through its Membership, directly by European public bodies and also through the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH), one of supporting pillars of the Investment Plan for Europe, which is also part of the EIB’s Advisory Services.
External: EPEC is an outward-facing team, responding to and interacting with a number of external parties, including EPEC Members and related public sector bodies, public sector entities and procuring authorities seeking PPP advice (including through EIAH), as well as different EC bodies.
Internal: As an adviser you will report to the Head of EPEC and will work with the existing team of PPP advisers and support staff. As an integral part of the EIB’s Advisory Services, close cooperation with different parts of the Bank is critical to the continued success of EPEC and to the delivery of advisory assignments.
- Participate fully in the development and implementation of EPEC work’s programme
- Contribute to the identification, prioritisation and design/scoping of new advisory assignments consistent with EPEC’s overall role and its contribution to the EIAH initiative
- Lead and/or contribute to the effective delivery of advisory assignments, interacting with public sector clients throughout the assignment period
- Contribute to the development of EPEC’s PPP-thematic studies and its Member network activities
- Establish/maintain relationships with EPEC’s Members and PPP stakeholders in relevant countries
- Liaise effectively with other Advisory Services (including EIAH), the Bank’s sector specialists and lending departments, contributing to an integrated approach to delivering advisory assignments
- Represent EPEC at high level meetings, conferences and other events
- Where appropriate, define externally delivered consultancy assignments, appoint consultants and oversee the delivery of consultancy assignment objectives and deliverables
- At least five years of relevant professional experience, including exposure to financial, economic, technical and legal aspects of PPPs operating in a commercially oriented project environment
- Sound knowledge of PPPs in a European context, with in-depth PPP knowledge/experience of one or more sectors and/or at least two EU countries
- Experience advising public sector clients on PPP policy and programmes and PPP projects during their preparation and/or early procurement phase
- University degree(s) in a relevant field, such as Finance, Economics, Law, Engineering or Business Administration
- Experience/knowledge of blended (with EU funds) PPP projects, including the requirements and procedures for securing EU grants and/or blending PPPs with financial instruments would be an advantage
- Demonstrable skills and experience in strategic thinking, analysis and problem solving
- Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with clients, partners, senior management and wider team members
- Ability to manage a mixed portfolio of work and to deliver to tight (including self-imposed) deadlines
- Excellent written and oral/presentational English is essential, a good command of French* and/or other EU languages would be an advantage
- Proficiency in MS Office Tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- 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
We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*).