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Senior Officer - Sustainable and Innovation Procurement

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Germany (South) - Europe
Town/City Freiburg
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 15/07/2022
Company Name ICLEI European Secretariat
Contact Name ICLEI European Secretariat
Telephone 49-761-36892-0
Email jobs.europe@iclei.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Job title: Senior Officer - Sustainable and Innovation Procurement

Start date: October 2022
Duration: 2 years (with a view to extending)

Location: Freiburg, Germany

Deadline for application: 15 July 2022

(Interviews will be conducted virtually)

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is looking for someone to develop our
sustainable and innovation procurement work across Europe.

ICLEI is a global network of more than 2500 local and regional governments committed
to sustainable urban development. Active in over 125 countries, we influence sustainability

policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular

development. At the European Secretariat, we have a team of over 100 people from over 20

countries representing different backgrounds, knowledge and experience. ICLEI’s European

Secretariat, is based in Freiburg, Germany with offices in Brussels and Berlin.

Working with ICLEI is an opportunity to work alongside some of the leading policy-makers,
practitioners, politicians, and researchers in the field of sustainable and innovation

procurement. ICLEI has been at the forefront of the sustainable, circular, and innovation

procurement topic globally for 26 years. We support implementation, raising awareness,

developing new approaches, capacity building and encouraging policy developments at the

European and international level. In recent years, our work has expanded to cover the topic

of circular economy.

We offer a friendly work environment, flexible working hours, international travel and training
opportunities as well as a supportive approach to development. ICLEI is committed to

providing an inclusive and supportive working environment and is a family friendly certified

organisation with equal opportunities. We also strive to provide a good work-life balance.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Develop and implement European projects and initiatives that improve the knowledge
and skills of public sector procurers wanting to implement sustainable and innovation

procurement practices by:

Facilitating networking, knowledge sharing and best practice exchange;
Writing guidance;
Developing case studies;
Undertaking research.
Coordinate small to medium sized projects and ensure they are delivered to a high
standard within time and budget.

Develop and issue clearly defined tasks to personnel (including project partners),
ensuring they are agreed, acted upon, tracked and managed to the successful

required outcomes.

Prepare detailed estimates of project timescales, cost and resource requirements
and ensure effective controlling of time and costs.

Promote and demonstrate the value of sustainable and innovation procurement at
meetings, workshops and conferences.

Undertake effective liaison and relationship building and pro-actively develop and
maintain partnerships and joint working with a variety of organisations, institutions and

partners on the topics of sustainable and innovation procurement at a European and

international level.

Undertaking advocacy work to encourage policy developments that advance sustainable
and innovation procurement at the European and international level.

Design creative workshops and conferences that encourage people to participate, learn
and network.

Research funding opportunities, develop and write project proposals.

Skills and qualifications:

A degree in a relevant subject such as environmental sciences, international
development, public procurement, economics or other appropriate qualification.

Relevant working experience in the application of sustainable and innovation
procurement in the public sector.

Interest and ability to work on a variety of topics linked to sustainable and
innovation procurement.

Ability to be well organised, prioritise tasks and produce good quality work within tight
time constraints.

Ability to work in a team and independently.
A very good command of English (reading, writing and speaking). Additional European
language(s) an asset.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, e.g. drafting reports and
delivering presentations.

Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of external organisations.
Confident user of all Microsoft Office applications.


Experience or knowledge of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP).
Experience of working on international and European projects.
Up-to-date knowledge of procurement legislation including EU regulations
for public procurement.


Limited 2 year contract with a view to extending.
Corridor contract 80-100% with a gross salary according to Project Officer in ICLEI’s
salary grid (indicative: EUR 52.800 to 55.200 per annum for 100%).

Place of work: ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany (our preference) or ICLEI
Brussels representation office, Belgium, subject to negotiation.

Workings hours: 40 h/week, six weeks of paid leave per annum.
Working language: English.
Readiness for frequent international travel.
Applicants must – due to legal reasons – hold EU citizenship or valid EU residence
permit and a valid German work permit. Applications not meeting these conditions

can unfortunately not be considered.

Deadline for application:15 July 2022

Please apply in writing, including a CV and letter of motivation to

Be aware that applications are reviewed continuously upon arrival; therefore application as

soon as possible is advisable.

For more information about ICLEI visit:


ICLEI Europe’s Equal Opportunity and Employment Policy

ICLEI Europe’s hiring policy is geared to ensure that the organisation hires employees

without regard to their race, colour, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, marital

status, socio-economic background or sexual orientation. ICLEI’s policy is that applicants for

employment and career progression are considered solely on the basis of their qualifications

and competencies.


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