The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Projects Directorate (PJ) - Innovation and Competitiveness Department (INCO) – Digitalisation & Small Businesses (DIGIBUS) - based in its Headquarters in Luxembourg, an (Senior) Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Sector Advisor. This is a full time position at grade 5/6
The term of this contract will be 4 years;
Panel interviews are anticipated for mid-SEPTEMBER
The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.
The Projects Directorate (PJ) provides advice and independent opinions to the EIB's decision makers on the quality and risks of investment projects. It plays an important role in advising promoters on the development and implementation of projects either directly or through external consultants. PJ is also involved in policy formulation for the EIB to respond to EU policies.
The (Senior) ICT Sector Advisor, internally referred to as (Senior) Sector Economist, will join the Digital Economy Division, which supports the Bank's lending operations and actively develops the Bank's strategy with a specific focus on the Internet/IT and Telecom sector.
You will provide technical advisory support to promoters with a view to deliver technically sound and bankable investment projects. Requests for this technical advisory support may be originated from other parts of the Bank .
The (Senior) ICT Sector Advisor will also assess, within multi-disciplinary teams, the technical viability and environmental sustainability of projects in accordance with the EIB's procedures. Upon approval of these projects, you will also have an active role in the technical monitoring of the project until its completion.
You will report to the Head of Division and work alongside experienced sector experts (Engineers/Technical Experts, Economists, Environmental and Social experts), who work together in multi-disciplinary project teams, and in close contact with the other EIB operational services such as the lending and legal department.
The (Senior) ICT Sector Advisor will appraise potential promoters in setting up projects by providing advice on the full range of the technical, commercial and economic/financial aspects related to ICT projects and companies. The candidate will focus on the potential of the digital technologies with a strong focus on the Internet / IT and Telecom infrastructure and applications but also its deployment in other sectors such as the industry and the services sectors.
You will be expected to assist the clients on the main issues and challenges of digital technologies. More specifically, you will:
Provide support to weak project sponsors in how to develop, setup and prepare new ICT investment projects / programmes in order to qualify for the Bank's financing.
Support and monitor the implementation of feasibility studies for investments. This involves assisting clients and other Bank services to ensure implementation progress, including setting up and advising Project Implementation/Monitoring Units with the help of external consultants.
Broader sector investigations, such as gap analysis, strategic (upstream) support which may be provided.
Cooperate closely with other teams across the Bank such as Advisory, Lending and Risk Management depending on the type and source of the work.
Source new project proposals.
Serve as interface with the European Commission, in particular with staff at DG Connect, for updates on relevant sector initiatives and policies
Track the evolution of the sector, including active representation at selected sectorial events, and liaise closely with EU institutions and international organizations on digital policy/sector questions.
University degree in a relevant field such as Economics, Business Administration or a similar related discipline
A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience including market research and investment appraisal, gained within a corporate, consultancy, research institute or financial institution
Must have experience in at least one segment of the ICT industry
Professional experience in more than one segment and country would be an advantage.
Knowledge of state-of-the-art financial analysis and modelling, including recent quantitative methods of risk analysis
A formal qualification (e.g. Systems architect, Software Engineering) would be desirable but not essential
Experience with project finance operations would be an advantage.
Excellent knowledge of English and French (*). Working knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage
Find out more about EIB core competencies here: https://www.eib.org/en/about/careers/careers-competencies/index-test
(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages
We are an equal opportunity employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. As such, we promote the inclusion of suitably qualified and experienced staff without regard to their gender, age, racial or ethnic origin, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, or disability (*).
By applying for this position you acknowledge the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of the Information of the EIB Group. In case of selection for the position you agree to comply with all measures (policies, controls, document classification and management) implemented by the EIB Group to prevent unauthorized disclosure of any information or any damage to the EIB Group reputation.
Deadline for applications: Friday, 14th August 2020
(*). We particularly welcome applications from women and persons with disabilities.