Medior Project Advisor Development Cooperation – Infrastructure
Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)
Den Haag
5 dagen geleden

The position involves the assessment of project proposals and the development and management of projects under the infrastructure development programs implemented by the International Development Department.

The field of work includes policy / development cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate) with the relevant topics and themes :

  • Spearheads water, SRHR / gender, food security and climate.
  • Private Sector Development.
  • International Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Developing countries, with specific attention to fragile states / regions.
  • Infrastructure.
  • As a project advisor you will be a member of one of the three Regional Teams of the Infrastructure Team / Business Unit Public Sector : (1) Asia, LatAm & Eastern Europe, (2) North & Western Africa & The Middle East, or (3) South & East Africa.

    A project advisor can also work across the Regional Teams. Candidates with a profile which fits multiple regions are more than welcome to apply.

    In this position you will be involved in the following activities :

  • Assess project applications and comprehensive proposals submitted by the applicants.
  • Oversee the proper implementation of projects.
  • Maintain intensive contacts with government agencies in the countries concerned, embassies, relevant International financial institutions and donors, as well as companies, consultants, contractors, knowledge institutes and / or NGOs that carry out or contribute to the projects.
  • Visit different countries on a regular basis and monitor the implementation of the projects on-site (depending on the COVID-situation).
  • Perform tasks in support of the unit's processes and policy.
  • Contribute to further program’s development and policy interaction. This could include (contributing to) answering policy questions and questions from the Lower House, and preparing substantive reports on OS programs and regulations -the latter is all in Dutch-.
  • You have completed an academic education in the field of development studies, international trade, engineering, business or development economics, or a similar field relevant for this position.
  • Sector-specific knowledge or experience in one of the following fields, preferably in a development cooperation context, is an asset : water infrastructure, civil engineering, agriculture / food security, international development economics, and / or healthcare.
  • You have at least two years (for a more Junior position, incl traineeships) or 4 to 5 years (for Medior position)of demonstrable experience in the following areas :

  • Working with (international) companies and governments.
  • Development cooperation, especially in or with developing countries and on the cutting edge of private sector development.
  • International tendering, export financing and / or international project financing of (public) infrastructure projects.
  • You have experience in assessing knowledge-intensive project proposals from and for developing countries.
  • You have good analytic skills and context sensitivity, which enable you to estimate the feasibility of actions and / or decisions.
  • Languages

  • For Dutch native speakers :
  • you have an excellent command of English (equal to C1 / C2 according to the CEFR levels, see The CEFR Levels ( and preferably a proven working knowledge (preferably B2 or C1) of a third language relevant for a position in some regions (in particular French, Spanish and / or Portuguese).

  • For non-native Dutch speakers :
  • next to English, you have a good understanding of the Dutch language (at least B1, and the willingness to improve Dutch orally and in writing)you have a proven working knowledge (preferably B2 or C1) of a third language relevant for a position in some regions (in particular French, Spanish and / or Portuguese).

    Soft skills

  • In contact at various levels with companies, local governments and embassies, you take into account different needs, interests and cultures.
  • You recognize wishes, needs and complaints, and develop solutions.
  • You recognize political break-down situations in time, and you are able to bridge conflicts of interest.
  • You are flexibly deployable on various programs and countries within the department.
  • You are willing and able to travel to developing countries.
  • Level and region

    We seek candidates with profiles and skills matching the requirements for the three aforementioned regions. Also, (more junior) candidates with less than 4 years of professional experience, but with a high match on other relevant requirements are welcome to apply for these positions.

    In addition of the above general requirements, there are also specific requirements for the different regions :

  • If you also deal with projects in Francophone African countries, you have an excellent command of French (B2 or C1). Moreover, you are willing to travel to LDC’s such as Chad, Mali, Niger, or Burkina Faso.
  • If you also deal with projects in LatAm, you have an excellent command of Spanish (B2 or C1).
  • For all regions : you have worked in or for companies, organizations or governments in the region and / or you are sensitive to multicultural communication for working in the region.
  • Within scale 11, the salary will be adjusted according to your experience (e.g. Junior vs Medior).

  • Salaris niveau schaal 11
  • Maand salaris Min €3.279 Max. €5.039 (bruto)
  • Dienst verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd
  • Contract duur 1 jaar met mogelijkheid tot verlengen
  • Minimaal aantal uren per week 32
  • Maximaal aantal uren per week 36
  • Naast het salaris ontvang je een Individueel Keuzebudget (IKB). Het IKB bestaat uit geld (16,37% van je bruto jaarsalaris) en tijd.

    Met het IKB maak jij de keuzes die bij jou passen en kun je een deel van je arbeidsvoorwaarden zelf samenstellen. Je kunt er bijvoorbeeld voor kiezen om een deel van je maandinkomen te laten uitbetalen wanneer jij dat wenst.

    Ook kun je dit budget omzetten in verlof en andersom of besteden aan fiscaal vriendelijke doelen. De Rijksoverheid hecht sterk aan persoonlijke groei en loopbaanontwikkeling en biedt daarvoor tal van mogelijkheden.

    Tot de secundaire arbeidsvoorwaarden behoren onder meer verschillende studiefaciliteiten, bedrijfsfitness, volledige vergoeding van je OV-reiskosten woon-werkverkeer en gedeeltelijk betaald ouderschapsverlof.

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