16 feb

Working for the Province of Limburg

Working together, Limburg can achieve more!

Welcome to the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (EMR), where crossing borders is part of everyday life. When you work in the EMR, you can start the day in Maastricht (The Netherlands), move on to business meetings in Liège (Belgium), and end the day in the beautiful old centre of Aachen (Germany). Every day, the region’s more than four million inhabitants appreciate its borderless combination of vibrant cities, world-class research, rich cultural heritage, and unspoilt nature.

Since 1991, cross-border cooperation projects between the Belgian, German, and Dutch partner regions have received support from Interreg. The fifth period of the programme covers the entire territory of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and a number neighbouring regions in Belgium and the Netherlands. The European Union and its programme partners (Member States, regions) have made a total of EUR 140 million in public funding available for joint action in the areas of innovation, the economy, social inclusion, education, and territorial development.

The Province of Limburg has been designated the Management Authority (MA) and Certification Authority (CA) for the new Interreg V-A programme for the Maas Rhine Euroregion. This means that the province is responsible for managing this cross-border programme, which runs until 2024.

Within the EMR team, the Province of Limburg has a vacancy, for the duration of the programme, for a

Programme Manager (MA), 1.0 FTE

vacancy number 2018EMR01

We are looking for

an experienced, committed, and creative programme manager who is enthusiastic about contributing to the success and further development of the Interreg V-A EMR programme. A good understanding and practical experience of managing European territorial cooperation programmes and/or projects is a prerequisite for candidates for this vacancy.

As programme manager you have advanced communicative and organisational skills, you are a true team worker, and you operate well in an intercultural environment. Accuracy, flexibility, and a results-oriented approach help you to handle a wide range of tasks without compromising the high quality of your work. At the same time, these tasks must be carried out in an independent and timely manner, with a focus on efficiency and of course a results-oriented approach.

You will

advise on fulfilment of the role of the Management Authority (MA) within the assigned programme by:

advising and supporting the authorities and management of the Province of Limburg as regards the MA policy to be developed;

drawing up the annual summary;

implementing decisions or amendments relating to the Cooperation Programme that have already been approved by the Monitoring Committee (supervision);

coordination of work relating to evaluation of the programme;

preparing, following up, and attending meetings of the bodies involved in the administrative and decision-making procedures for projects;

collaborate closely with the Joint Secretariat to:

assist the Province of Limburg as the Managing Authority and the Monitoring Committee in the performance of their respective functions;

ensure the provision of information to potential beneficiaries regarding funding opportunities in the context of cooperation programmes and assist beneficiaries in the implementation of operations;

be responsible for the cooperation programme in accordance with the principle of sound financial management by:

issuing instructions, implementing management, and monitoring whether the results envisaged by the programme are achieved;

arranging for the development of and managing an efficient electronic monitoring and management system for the programme;

supporting the Monitoring Committee for the programme and providing it with all the information it needs to carry out its tasks (in particular information on progress towards achieving the objectives of the cooperation programme, financial data, and data on indicators and milestones);

submitting annual reports and a final report to the European Commission after approval by the Monitoring Committee;

ensuring that a particular operation falls within the scope of the fund concerned and can be allocated to a category of support defined in the priority/priorities for the cooperation programme;

adopting effective and proportionate fraud prevention measures based on the identified risks;

establishing procedures to ensure that all documents relating to expenditure and audits that are necessary to ensure an adequate audit trail are updated in accordance with established preconditions, legislation, and regulations;

drawing up a management statement and an annual summary.

We require (mandatory requirements)

a university degree (or comparable qualification) in the socio-economic field;

demonstrable experience of managing programmes or projects;

a thorough command (written and spoken) of one of the languages of the Euroregion (French, German, Dutch) and fluency in English (C1 level);

understanding of administrative-political relations and developments;

demonstrable advisory skills, ability to maintain contact with project partners, and negotiating skills           

strong analytical skills and the ability to properly structure and present complex issues;

intrinsic motivation and a positive attitude towards changes and challenges;

well-developed communication, presentation, discussion moderation, and teamwork skills;

commitment, accuracy, and reliability.

We require (valuable additional qualifications)

a minimum of 10 years’ professional experience, of which 5 years with European programmes;

theoretical and practical knowledge regarding one or more of the thematic priorities selected by the programme (innovation, SME support/sustainability, social inclusion, education, labour market, territorial development);

experience as moderator of multilateral processes with stakeholders;

experience in financial management, the use of simplified cost options (SCOs), and/or management of state aid;

experience of the above tasks;

experience of advising and guiding applicants;

capacity to work under stress.

We offer

An interesting position based on 1 FTE, job scale 11. The maximum gross monthly salary in job scale 11 is EUR  4696.60, based on a 36-hour working week. Placement in job scale 11 is dependent on age, education, and experience.

The Province of Limburg offers excellent fringe benefits, such as the Individual Choice Budget of approximately 21%. This includes a holiday allowance (8%) and a systematic year-end bonus (8.3%). You decide when you want each particular component to be paid, on top of your monthly salary. This allows you to make monthly active choices that fit your individual needs and thus influence your monthly income.

Are you interested?

Then we would like to receive your application before 1 March next. Please e-mail your application to personeel@prvlimburg.nl for the attention of the Provincial Executive, Personnel and Organisation Department, [College van Gedeputeerde Staten, Personeel en Organisatie], stating vacancy number 2018EMR01.

If you would first like to know more, please contact Mark Vos, EMR coordinator, on  +31 (0)6 466 247 92.

Other information

This vacancy is being published simultaneously both internally and externally.

Redeployment candidates from the Province of Limburg have priority.

Employees of the Province of Limburg and the municipalities of Heerlen, Maastricht and Sittard-Geleen are regarded by each other’s organisations as internal candidates. Employees of these organisations are therefore free to respond on internal vacancies in any of these four organisations. The applicants all have the same status of internal candidate.

The selection procedure will first be completed with the redeployment candidates and the internal candidates. If the internal selection procedure does not identify a suitable candidate, the selection procedure involving the external candidates will commence.

The first selection round will take place on 13 and 14 March 2018.

The second selection round will take place on 20 March 20018

The selection procedure may involve an assessment.