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Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
London, United Kingdom
Madrid, Spain
JOB #R2302067

Managing Consultant - Employment and Social Policy

Managing Consultant - Employment and Social Policy

About ICF

ICF is a consultancy firm with offices in the UK, Belgium, US and worldwide. At ICF, we help governments, public agencies and international institutions solve complex problems and improve the quality of life of people around the world.  We offer critical insight, rigorous analytical techniques and implementation support to deliver innovative solutions and thought-provoking analyses for our clients.

Today, ICF is a global consulting services company with over 7,000 full- and part-time employees, but we are not your typical consultants. Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

About the team:

We are growing and to support our growth we are looking for experienced Managers to join our Policy Implementation and Programmes practice to take over and/or support the management of large programmes. The practice provides technical assistance, networking and other implementation services to EU institutions, particularly the European Commission, as well as organisations in the UK. Our current portfolio of projects includes technical coordination and programme support to the main Directorates-General of the Commission, spanning Mutual Learning Services for employment and social inclusion (including the Public Employment Services network), support services to the ESF+ Programme,  the Equavet Secretariat, the European Migration Network (EMN), the Platform Tackling Undeclared Work, the European Centre of Expertise on labour market policy and labour law; as well as training services and working under the DG REFORM framework contract – to name a few.

About the role:

The person will, depending on their experience and our portfolio of contracts:

  • Support the management / directly oversee the day-to-day management of specific activities or strands of work within programmes, reporting to relevant Contract Managers and Contract Directors; or
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of one or several programmes, reporting to relevant Contract Directors.

Depending on their experience, the person could be expected to:

  • Support / manage the day-to-day implementation of European programmes or parts of such programmes, covering both the content and organisational aspects
  • Plan and manage the work of large, multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Set up and manage formal and informal networks of government officials, experts, subcontractors and other stakeholders
  • Set-up, monitor and manage large and complex budgets, with an understanding of different cost models
  • Oversee risk management and contractual compliance in line with ICF systems, clients’ terms and other requirements, setting up/managing PMOs on larger projects
  • Prepare key written outputs, such as contractual reports, methodological concepts and frameworks, visionary papers, analytical/evaluative pieces and other pivotal documents for the client
  • Oversee and quality assure written outputs produced by other team members and experts, such as event reports, toolkits, guidance notes, background papers, good practice fiches, evaluations, ad-hoc studies, etc.
  • Oversee and quality assure key activities and deliverables, including the:
    • Organisation of meetings and events, ranging from small workshops and study visits, through to large-scale seminars and conferences
    • Management of networks, working groups and other collaborative structures
    • Management of helpdesk and secretariat services
    • Communications aspects of programmes, such as websites, portals/ repositories, newsletters, graphic work of publications, etc.
    • Management of other activities relevant to each programme
  • Develop, implement and continuously improve tools, systems and procedures for effective programme management, as well as coordination across the wider team and business
  • Chair and facilitate external meetings and events, with an understanding of group dynamics and participation
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to internal and external audiences
  • Contribute to business development through capture of key opportunities and proposal-writing
  • Take on the line management, training, development and mentoring of staff
  • Undertake other management tasks, as needed

These are positions that come with responsibilities, and we are therefore seeking individuals with at least between 7-10+ years’ professional experience. This experience must cover relevant policy areas, with a priority placed on European employment and social policy, social inclusion vocational education and training. Other policy areas are of interest, such as migration and asylum, European Structural Funds, health, regional economic development, enterprise and SMEs. Any experience should also be underpinned by strong project / programme management skills, ideally backed up by relevant training and / or certifications.

Required experience:

  • 7-10 + years of professional experience, ideally backed up by relevant training and / or certifications, such as Prince 2, PMP, PMI, etc.
  • Experience in managing multi-national and multi-disciplinary teams of more than 5+ people
  • Experience of managing European networks, working groups and other collaborative structures
  • Experience in quality control of delivered services, client orientation and project conflict resolution experience
  • Experience in the coordination of internal / external experts at various levels to ensure tasks are completed to time and to budget
  • Experience/knowledge of PMOs
  • Knowledge of communications methods and tools in the context of disseminating outputs
  • Experience in leading or contributing to capture and proposal-writing to win new work
  • Knowledge of the European market

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to self-organise, prioritise and manage/ work with multiple work strands and teams in parallel under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • High level of ability and confidence to perform tasks with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet client and organisational priorities and needs
  • Strong commitment to and interest in the above-mentioned policy areas
  • Sound research and business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information
  • Excellent communication skills, including experience with presenting key methodologies and concepts to clients
  • Excellent verbal, written, analytical and presentation skills in English - additional European languages an advantage
  • Commitment to the progression and development of junior research / other staff
  • Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as clients and sub-contractors
  • Ability to work within multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams spread across several countries
  • Willingness to travel within Europe, as required
  • Entrepreneurial talent to identify and realise new opportunities, as well as new innovations / approaches that will improve efficiency

Ready to apply?

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and a CV.

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are committed to creating a culture where we embrace our differences in ideas and identities. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. Learn more about what we do and our commitment to inclusion

Brussels, Belgium (BE75)

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Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

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