Delegation of the European Union to South Africa

Vacancy - Project officer Ref No. 57913

14/12/2017 - 13:37
Local agents

The European Union Delegation to the Republic of South Africa based in Pretoria is looking for:

Project Officer

The EU Delegation to South Africa intends to fill  2 vacant positions in the near future.

Please see below / attached the vacancy notifications.

Interested persons are invited to submit applications bearing in mind that the EU Delegation of South Africa reserves the right to remove or modify these job offers.


We are

The European Union (EU) is an economic and political partnership between 28 European countries. It plays an important role in international affairs through diplomacy, trade, development aid and working with global organisations. Abroad, the EU is represented through more than 140 diplomatic representations, known also as EU Delegations, which have a similar function to those of an embassy.

The EU Delegation to Republic of South Africa strengthens the Strategic Partnership between the European Union (EU) and South Africa (SA) by advancing political, economic and trade relations and development cooperation, in accordance with the EU's values and interests and through effective coordination with the EU's Member States.


We offer

We offer a post of Project Officer . Under this post, the recruited person will be attributed functions depending on the needs of the Delegation. Upon recruitment, the successful candidate will occupy a specific job function as Project Officer – this job function may be changed in accordance with the needs of the Delegation. Under this job function the successful candidate will serve as support staff to contribute to the definition, implementation and monitoring of EU Delegation-managed and/or headquarters-managed projects/programmes in the area of governance under the supervision and responsibility of the relevant head of section.

The staff member is expected to provide technical expertise to the Delegation in terms of policy analysis and project cycle management including appraisal, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of projects primarily in the field of governance.


More specifically, the staff member's responsibilities include:

  • Follow-up and review the policy debate at international and national level, sector trends, sector institutional framework, government sector programmes, current support activities undertaken by the international community and identify gaps, roles and positions for the EU in its dialogue with country stakeholders.
  • Initiate and participate in the identification and all subsequent stages of project formulation and preparation of new activities to be supported in the relevant sub-sector(s).
  • Monitor the implementation of EU-funded programmes inter alia by reviewing and approving Performance Indicators, Programme Estimates and reports and by carrying out field visits as appropriate.
  • Participate as evaluator in grant evaluation committees, incl. in sectors beyond his/her main Area of Activity.
  • Review and approve all technical aspects of supporting documentation before payment.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on Results Oriented Monitoring, manage reviews and evaluations and collaborate in audits and their follow-up.
  • Ensure that implementing agencies properly follow EU regulations and procedures for the implementation of the projects.
  • Use of EU electronic databases for the financing and contractual management of contracts including encoding of entries, operational initiation, documentation of transactions and data quality check.
  • Report on activities in the sectors and on project implementation.
  • Represent the EU Delegation in Project Steering Committee meetings and other dialogue fora relevant for the sector.
  • Promote and ensure better co-ordination between development partners and other stakeholders including Non State Actors.
  • Ensure mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues, notably gender, in all programs and activities under her/his responsibility.
  • Contribute to visibility of EU-SA cooperation and monitor compliance.


In the performance of the above-mentioned duties the Project Officer will work closely with the other members of the Delegation, in particular those of the Cooperation Section. 

Expected thematic focus will include local governance and decentralisation, public administration reform.

The Project Officer may be required, according to the evolution of the Delegation's portfolio of projects, workload and her/his thematic expertise, to perform the functions and tasks described above for other sub-sectors, including civil society, human rights, education, gender, sustainable social and economic development including job creation.


Place of Employment:             EU Delegation in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Working Hours:                        37,5 hours/week

Local Agent Position:               Group I

Monthly Basic Brut Salary:      ZAR 54,727.00

Indefinite contract subject to a successful probationary period.

We offer a competitive position in an international environment. Benefits, such as 13th salary, additional pension scheme and medical insurance, are offered to employees and their families under certain conditions.


We look for

Qualifications:  School leaving certificate (matriculation) and University Degree (at least Bachelors level) in Social sciences, Political sciences, Economics, or Public administration.

Professional experience:  At least three years of relevant job experience in relation to the described post.


  • Ability to work as part of a team in a multi-cultural environment; capable of productive interaction with other donors, civil society and the South African authorities;
  • Good understanding of the socio-economic challenges and the political environment in South Africa. Good knowledge of project cycle management in development cooperation. Experience and/or academic background in the abovementioned sectors.
  • Excellent analytical skills are required for reporting on and assessment of policies relevant to the above mentioned sectors and development projects.  Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritise and to make sound judgements; 
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral).
  • Initiative, pro-active, energetic, capacity for independent work without constant supervision; team-worker.
  • Fully computer literate.

Languages:  Excellent command of spoken and written English; other indigenous (South) African languages, as well as French, are an advantage.


How to apply

Please send your application and supporting documents to Head of Administration, P O Box 945, Groenkloof, Pretoria 0027, or by Fax: (012) 460 9923 or E-mail to:  The package should quote Ref. No. 57913 and include a short cover letter, together with the European Commission's standard CV obtainable from our website: or

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a job interview and a written test.

Deadline for submissions

Friday, 2 February 2018 by 18:00 hours local time.           


The Delegation will not supply additional information or discuss the selection procedure by telephone: please address any queries concerning this procedure to



All applicants who are not South African citizens must have the required work and/or residency permits to be eligible for consideration.

Correspondence will only be conducted with short-listed candidates.

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