Delegation of the European Union to Colombia

ECHO Regional Office (RO) for Colombia and South America, based in Bogotá D.C., is looking for a Programme Assistant.

30/04/2020 - 22:08
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The European Commission’s Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is in charge of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world and aims to better coordination and disaster response inside and outside Europe. DG ECHO is based on the principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. Every decision ECHO takes must be in accordance with these four principles which are at the heart of the European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid .

Minimum requirements:
Education: A relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience at national or international level in supporting programmes/ project operations, including 2 years of experience with an NGO, donor or national/ international organisation
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and Standards
  • Good knowledge of international NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system
  • Good knowledge of Colombia’s humanitarian context & situation.
  • Excellent command of Office Software package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Internet explorer, Outlook)
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Information Management skills will be an asset

Languages: Excellent command of English and Spanish (oral and written)

Job description: The incumbent serves as Programme Assistant in ECHO Regional Office. The job is based in Bogotá D.C. and carries out activities to contribute to the delivery of an effective humanitarian response.

The job holder contributes to the assessments, monitoring and evaluations of projects, as well as to the analysis of the humanitarian context in the area of coverage (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela).

S/he prepares reports on the humanitarian situation in the country/region, including any political, economic and security events relevant to the analysis of the humanitarian situation in the country/region.
Travel is required (both domestic and international).

This position is open to nationals and other residents of Colombia with valid work and residence permits.
DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity,
maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and development opportunities.
As a reference, the base salary offered to a person with 5-year experience (the minimum required for the post) is COP 6.237.390 and it could be higher based on the years of relevant professional work experience supported by a work certificate from previous employers. i.e. with 10 years of work experience the salary would be COP 6.606.650

ECHO employees observe a Code of Conduct published on:

Contracts will be ruled under the Colombia´s labour legislation.

How to apply, interested candidates should send:

 a cover letter (maximum of 1 page) setting out the candidate’s motivation and suitability for the position;
 a detailed Curriculum Vitae in English (maximum of 3 pages) in the Europass CV Template only which can be found at ;
 academic and employment certificates certified true copy by the applicant;
 name, position and contact number/details (telephone, e-mail) of three references, one of them being from the last employer;
 a copy of the valid work and residence permit to live and work in Colombia (in case of non-Colombian).

TO the e-mail address with the subject "ECHO-VACANCY Programme Assistant BOG". Applications must be received no later than May 1 st , 2020.

Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Any kind of influence during the application process will disqualify the candidate