Assistant to the Secretary General

  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 02

Position description

The European Federation of National Engineering Associations - FEANI is a federation of professional engineers that unites all the national engineering associations from 33 European countries. FEANI represents the interests of over 6 million professional engineers in Europe, while striving for a single voice for the engineering profession in Europe and wants to affirm and develop the professional identity of engineers.

Due to the expanded workload of the Secretary General, the position of Assistant to the Secretary General is vacant as from 1 April 2019 onwards. FEANI seeks to employ a highly motivated, dynamic and results-driven person, ideally with some prior professional clerical experience.

The position requires the ability to understand complex business and political issues combined with strategic thinking and highly-developed networking, association management and communications skills. Experience in the administration of EU-funded projects is definitely an asset.

Tasks of the Assistant to the Secretary General

The Assistant to the Secretary General will be responsible for the day-to-day business and administrative tasks in accordance with the instructions of the Secretary General.

Day-to-day business includes in particular:

  • The management of the Secretariat in Brussels with responsibility for meeting preparations, organization, attendance and follow-up;
  • Strategic networking at high level with European partners and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Representation of FEANI in day-to-day dealings with the network of 33 national members;
  • Participation at European Commission and Parliamentary hearings, seminars or workshops;
  • Facilitating the Secretary General’s meetings with decision makers such as DG reps, high ranking EU-officials and influential MEPs;
  • Preparation and implementation of decisions by the Executive Board and the Secretary General;
  • Preparation and participation of/in meetings of the General Assembly and FEANI Working Groups following consultation and agreement with the Secretary General.

The requirements of the applicant

As Assistant to the Secretary General we wish to appoint a candidate with above-average motivation and commitment, who is interested in a longer-term cooperation. We regard the ability to work individually, in a confident and convincing manner as well as with negotiating power and diplomatic skills, as a major prerequisite.

As an applicant you should satisfy the following:

  • Proven capacity to take ownership and demonstrate responsibility for the work done;
  • Have a relevant university master’s degree;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French (other languages are a plus);
  • Good interpersonal skills, flexibility and reliability;
  • Some years of experience in the area of organization and external relations, and preferably in the representation of an association at national and/or EU/international level;
  • Have a deep knowledge of the organisation, procedures, policies, programs, procurement and grants from the European Commission;
  • Have strong social skills and be perseverant;
  • Be willing and flexible to travel throughout Europe;
  • Be willing to reside in Brussels or surroundings.


Contract: full time, limited contract of 1 year to start with, extension possible.
Date of assignment: no later than 1 April 2019
Salary: Competitive package (incl. lunch vouchers, GSM, travel indemnities and -insurance) according to experience and qualifications)

Application instructions

Please attach your CV, a current photograph and a motivation letter (max 1 page), all in a single pdf file in English.

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