CEMR - Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Administrative Assistant

CEMR - Council of European Municipalities and Regions

Brussels, Belgium

About the CEMR

The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the European umbrella organisation of local and regional government, representing over 50 national associations from 41 countries. Our EU-policy work consists in influencing the European legislative and policy-making process, to ensure that the interests of local and regional government, and of the citizens they represent, are fully taken into account. To complement our policy work, CEMR engages in projects that address relevant issues for the respective policy objectives. For further information about CEMR and our work, please visit our website at

Objective of the project

The objective of this EU project is to organise dialogues at local and regional levels on cohesion policy and its future in eight EU Member States. It will be an opportunity to discuss with local and regional governments and other stakeholders the added value of EU Cohesion policy and to obtain ideas for a reformed future EU structural and Investment Funds policy.

Upon finalisation of the contractual issues with the Commission, we are looking for Administrative Assistant for this project for a contract until the end of October 2018.

Fixed term contract until October 2018.
Full-time employment.

Job purpose

The administrative assistant will be responsible for all logistic, administrative and financial issues regarding the project.

Duties and responsibilities

  • This position will be the link between the project, the partners and CEMR regarding all financial aspects of the project;
  • Support in administrative and financial follow up of the project;
  • Ensure payments to partners for activities undertaken as part of the project;
  • Keep abreast with relevant EC administrative and financial guidelines for the project and support the project team and partners in compliance with it;
  • Budget, expenses and timesheets follow up: by partners, by activities, global; preparation of internal tools for follow up;
  • Verification of partners and participants receipts and expenses according to the EU rules and regulations;
  • Assistance in the final report for the Commission with the senior accountant;
  • Filing of all documents according to CEMR rules;
  • Any other tasks as may be required by the supervisor.


  • Experience of at least 3-5 years in Office Administration and Secretarial functions; ideally a work experience in the administration of EU projects would be welcome;
  • Ideally a degree in business administration;
  • Very good language skills in English and French (oral and written);
  • Solid organisational skills and proven record of organising meetings and events;
  • Experience of working in an intercultural and multinational environment;
  • Interpersonal skills;
  • Autonomous and pro-active working style;
  • Capable to handle deadlines and stressful situations;
  • Personable and playing a positive, constructive role in the organisation and the team.

Main terms and conditions of employment

The full terms and conditions will be set out in a contract made on the basis of Belgian law with the successful candidate. The following summarises some of the main points:


CEMR Secretariat is located at Square de Meeûs 1, 1000 Brussels.


The proposed contract will start as soon as possible and until 31st October 2018.


The annual gross salary for this position will be according to experience and qualifications of the successful candidates.

Hours of work

The job is for 38 hours per week (5 days), with normal office hours being from 9:00 to 18:00 (from Mondays to Thursdays); 9:00-16:00 (on Fridays). Some flexibility in working hours will be required.


Employees are entitled to 25 days of paid holidays per year, in addition to public holidays, as well as a week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

How to apply for this position

In order to apply for this position, please send us, no later than 27 August 2017, the following documents, Please make sure to draft one of the two documents mentioned above in English and the other in French.

  • A cover letter (maximum two pages), in English or French, explaining why you are interested in this position, how you correspond to the skills and competences required, and if appointed, what would be your personal contribution to the position and team;
  • A curriculum vitae, in English or French, including employment history (with net salary), secondary/higher education, professional qualifications, any additional training or volunteer work and the contact details of two references.

Please send your application by email to mentioning in the subject line the title of the position.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and written test in September in Brussels.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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