EU​ ​Consultant

PWYP - Publish What You Pay

EU​ ​Consultant

PWYP - Publish What You Pay

Brussels, Belgium

Term: Up​ ​to​ ​100​ ​days
Timing: January​ ​2018​ ​to​ ​February​ ​2019

Background

Publish​ ​What​ ​You​ ​Pay​ ​(PWYP)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​global​ ​membership-based​ ​coalition​ ​of​ ​civil​ ​society​ ​organisations  (CSOs)​ ​in​ ​over​ ​forty​ ​countries​ ​across​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​PWYP​ ​works​ ​to​ ​reduce​ ​poverty,​ ​combat​ ​corruption  and​ ​protect​ ​basic​ ​human​ ​rights;​ ​and​ ​promotes​ ​economically,​ ​socially​ ​and​ ​environmentally  sustainable​ ​development​ ​through​ ​the​ ​transparent​ ​and​ ​equitable​ ​management​ ​of​ ​the​ ​oil,​ ​gas​ ​and  mining​ ​(extractive)​ ​sectors.​ ​PWYP​ ​engages​ ​at​ ​all​ ​stages​ ​of​ ​the​ ​extractive​ ​sector​ ​value​ ​chain​ ​to  support​ ​research​ ​and​ ​promote​ ​training,​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​access​ ​to​ ​information​ ​by​ ​citizens.

Since​ ​2010,​ ​the​ ​introduction​ ​of​ ​mandatory​ ​payment​ ​disclosures​ ​legislation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​EU,​ ​Norway,​ ​US  and​ ​Canada​ ​have​ ​been​ ​major​ ​successes​ ​of​ ​the​ ​PWYP​ ​campaign.​ ​This​ ​legislation​ ​requires​ ​oil,​ ​gas​ ​and  mining​ ​companies​ ​listed​ ​on​ ​stock​ ​exchanges​ ​in​ ​the​ ​jurisdictions​ ​listed​ ​above​ ​to​ ​disclose​ ​the  payments​ ​they​ ​make​ ​to​ ​governments​ ​(including​ ​royalties,​ ​fees,​ ​etc.)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​countries​ ​where​ ​they  operate.​ ​Such​ ​mandatory​ ​disclosures​ ​by​ ​companies​ ​help​ ​citizens​ ​in​ ​resource-rich​ ​countries​ ​to​ ​hold  their​ ​governments​ ​to​ ​account​ ​for​ ​the​ ​deals​ ​they​ ​have​ ​reached​ ​with​ ​extractive​ ​companies,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as  for​ ​the​ ​way​ ​in​ ​which​ ​revenues​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​natural​ ​resource​ ​exploitation​ ​are​ ​managed.

With​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Commission​ ​due​ ​to​ ​review​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​Accounting​ ​and​ ​Transparency​ ​Directives​ ​by  mid-2018,​ ​PWYP​ ​is​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​a​ ​consultant​ ​who​ ​will​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​high-level​ ​advocacy​ ​to  maximise​ ​the​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​civil​ ​society’s​ ​response​ ​and​ ​engagement​ ​in​ ​that​ ​process.​ ​The​ ​consultant​ ​will  also​ ​be​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​undertaking​ ​research​ ​and​ ​mapping​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​PWYP’s​ ​EU​ ​strategy​ ​for​ ​the  coming​ ​two​ ​to​ ​three​ ​years.

A​ ​number​ ​of​ ​other​ ​organisations​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Eurodad,​ ​One,​ ​Transparency​ ​International,​ ​CONCORD,​ ​the  Open​ ​Society​ ​Foundations​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Financial​ ​Transparency​ ​Coalition​ ​have​ ​a​ ​presence​ ​in​ ​Brussels,​ ​and  have​ ​programmes​ ​related​ ​to​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​engaging​ ​with​ ​EU​ ​institutions​ ​and​ ​policies.

Objectives   

The​ ​main​ ​objectives​ ​of​ ​the​ ​position​ ​are

  • To​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​high-level​ ​advocacy​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​PWYP’s​ ​priorities​ ​among​ ​key stakeholders,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​particular​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​those​ ​priorities​ ​are​ ​integrated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​review​ ​of  the​ ​EU​ ​Accounting​ ​and​ ​Transparency​ ​Directives,​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​strengthen​ ​and​ ​improve​ ​them; 
  • To​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​opportunities​ ​and​ ​address​ ​challenges​ ​presented​ ​by​ ​the​ ​review​ ​of​ ​the  EU​ ​Accounting​ ​and​ ​Transparency​ ​Directives​ ​(2017-2018); 
  • To​ ​map,​ ​engage​ ​and​ ​coordinate​ ​key​ ​stakeholders​ ​working​ ​on​ ​extractives​ ​transparency​ ​and  open​ ​data​ ​in​ ​the​ ​EU,​ ​including​ ​policymakers​ ​in​ ​both​ ​Brussels​ ​and​ ​key​ ​Member​ ​States.   

Deliverables

Advocacy​ ​(50%​ ​of​ ​time) 

  • Identify​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​with​ ​key​ ​EU​ ​policy​ ​makers,​ ​particularly​ ​MEPs,​ ​relevant​ ​Commissioners​ ​and  relevant​ ​officials​ ​in​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​institutions,​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​PWYP’s​ ​priorities​ ​in​ ​relation​ ​to​ ​the  Accounting​ ​and​ ​Transparency​ ​Directives;
  • Monitor​ ​developments​ ​relating​ ​to​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​directives​ ​review​ ​including​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​political  intelligence​ ​and​ ​information​ ​on​ ​political​ ​processes.    

Coalition​ ​building​ ​(25%​ ​of​ ​time) 

  • Outreach​ ​to​ ​Brussels-based​ ​civil​ ​society,​ ​focusing​ ​on​ ​organisations​ ​working​ ​on​ ​transparency​ ​in  the​ ​oil,​ ​mining​ ​and​ ​gas​ ​sectors;​ ​open​ ​data;​ ​international​ ​development​ ​and​ ​human​ ​rights.​ ​Convene meetings​ ​when​ ​appropriate;
  • Map​ ​and​ ​engage​ ​key​ ​EU-focused​ ​actors​ ​working​ ​on​ ​issues​ ​significant​ ​to​ ​the​ ​extractive​ ​sector​ ​- civil​ ​society,​ ​government​ ​and​ ​industry; 
  • Coordinate​ ​a​ ​working​ ​group​ ​which​ ​focuses​ ​on​ ​building​ ​a​ ​“coalition​ ​of​ ​the​ ​willing”​ ​among​ ​civil  society​ ​actors,​ ​companies​ ​and​ ​politicians​ ​in​ ​the​ ​EU,​ ​to​ ​push​ ​for​ ​greater​ ​transparency​ ​and  accountability​ ​in​ ​the​ ​extractive​ ​sector.   

Research​ ​and​ ​communications​ ​(25%​ ​of​ ​time) 

  • Write​ ​blogs​ ​and​ ​other​ ​features​ ​to​ ​demonstrate​ ​the​ ​positive​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​mandatory​ ​disclosures;
  • Work​ ​with​ ​others​ ​across​ ​the​ ​PWYP​ ​coalition​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​public​ ​coverage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​issue;
  • Promote​ ​existing​ ​research​ ​demonstrating​ ​the​ ​need​ ​for​ ​strong​ ​mandatory​ ​disclosure​ ​laws. 

Person​ ​specification    

Experience 

  • Significant​ ​(at​ ​least​ ​seven​ ​years)​ ​experience​ ​with​ ​EU​ ​institutions,​ ​with​ ​extensive​ ​knowledge, understanding​ ​of​ ​and​ ​contacts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​European​ ​Institutions​ ​and​ ​among​ ​EU-focused​ ​civil​ ​society organisations;
  • Experience​ ​of​ ​coordinating​ ​campaigns​ ​and/or​ ​working​ ​with​ ​decentralised​ ​networks;
  • Experience​ ​drafting​ ​and​ ​coordinating​ ​formal​ ​submissions​ ​to​ ​government​ ​consultations;
  • Experience​ ​in​ ​​transparency​ ​issues​ ​and/or​ ​the​ ​extractive​ ​sector,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​particular​ ​the​ ​EU Accounting​ ​and​ ​Transparency​ ​Directives​​ ​(desirable).   

Skills​ ​and​ ​abilities 

  • Excellent​ ​communication​ ​skills,​ ​particularly​ ​written​ ​skills;
  • Ability​ ​to​ ​maintain​ ​strong​ ​relationships​ ​with​ ​stakeholders​ ​at​ ​all​ ​levels; 
  • Well-organised​ ​and​ ​efficient,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​good​ ​eye​ ​for​ ​detail;
  • Excellent​ ​interpersonal​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​empower​ ​and​ ​inspire​ ​others; 
  • Flexibility​ ​and​ ​willingness​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​new​ ​skills. 

Education​ ​and​ ​qualifications 

  • Fluency​ ​in​ ​English​ ​and​ ​French​ ​essential;
  • Fluency​ ​in​ ​other​ ​European​ ​languages​ ​an​ ​asset; 
  • Degree-level​ ​qualifications​ ​or​ ​equivalent.   

Application​ ​process 

Please​ ​send​ ​a​ ​CV​ ​and​ ​cover​ ​letter​ ​to​ ​​jroyston@publishwhatyoupay.org​​ ​by​ ​30​ ​November​ ​2017,​ ​with  ‘EU​ ​consultant’​ ​in​ ​the​ ​subject​ ​line.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​interests​ ​of​ ​time,​ ​interviews​ ​will​ ​be​ ​conducted​ ​on​ ​a​ ​rolling  basis​ ​and​ ​may​ ​be​ ​requested​ ​on​ ​short​ ​notice.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​have​ ​any​ ​questions​ ​about​ ​this​ ​position​ ​please  contact​ ​the​ ​PWYP​ ​Secretariat​ ​on​ ​+44​ ​20​ ​3096​ ​7715.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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