Otvoren konkurs za novog direktora REC CO Srbija

January 26, 2017

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) provides assistance in addressing environmental challenges by promoting cooperation among key environmental stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organisations and businesses. Established in 1990 by the United States of America, Hungary and the European Commission, the REC is an international organisation, which, with its independent, non-partisan, non-advocacy, non-profit status, has become a model for open, efficient and accountable international cooperation. For more than 25 years the REC has maintained multi-stakeholder platforms and offered technical assistance to the countries of the region for fostering sustainable development, thereby contributing to the improvement of the environment, social cohesion, stability and well-being. The geographical focus of the REC’s operations is Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe and Turkey, and the EU’s Eastern Partnership and Southern Neighbourhood countries through its regional office network and its head office in Szentendre, Hungary.



The following position is open at the REC’s country office in Serbia:


Country Office Director


(Ref. no. 2017/1)



General responsibilities

The director of REC Serbia is responsible for the overall management of the office in accordance with high ethical standards, local regulations and the REC’s internal policies and procedures. The director is also responsible for providing support to overall REC fundraising and business development activities. The director reports to the executive director of the REC.


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Taking overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the country office in order to achieve the organisation’s vision, mission and objectives.
  • Managing REC Serbia, including the legal and financial management of the office and its staff, in accordance with local legislation and the REC’s internal policies.
  • Providing advisory services and/or direct support to the executive director of the REC.
  • Ensuring the financial sustainability of REC Serbia through project development and fundraising at national and international level; by establishing and maintaining good donor relations; and by developing initiatives to sell REC services on the environmental market in Serbia.
  • Developing business for REC Serbia through fundraising activities in the REC’s topic areas, and by securing new projects for the country office, country offices in neighbouring countries and the international REC network. The country office director is encouraged to seek out regional as well as national opportunities, and may be tasked with coordinating regional initiatives.
  • Providing support to the REC’s overall fundraising activities and business development by managing a strong business development team.
  • Providing advice to the REC’s regional director for South Eastern Europe (SEE) for environmental programme development in the SEE region.
  • Representing the interests of REC Serbia at national level, particularly in legal terms, and in close cooperation with the REC’s head office.
  • Ensuring visibility for REC Serbia at national and, whenever appropriate, international level.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with local organisations and networks.
  • Ensuring compliance with local legislation, REC policies and procedures, and donor regulations.
  • Maintaining relations with environmental stakeholders such as governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local authorities and the business community.
  • Positioning REC Serbia in such a way as to increase participation in projects launched in SEE countries.
  • Managing projects, including activities related to implementation, quality assurance, risk management, supervision and evaluation.
  • Developing professional knowledge of high business importance at national, regional and corporate level.


Work experience, knowledge and skill level required

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a senior management position is essential, including direct staff supervision and business development.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in financial management, including budget management and overseeing financial procedures.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in recruiting and managing staff, including the writing of job descriptions and performance monitoring.
  • More than 10 years’ work experience in the field of environment and sustainable development.
  • More than 5 years’ experience in the development and management of all aspects of complex environment-related donor-funded projects with budgets of over a million euros, from project inception to project closure.
  • Extensive experience in staff mentoring, supervision, on-the-job-training and coaching.
  • Extensive experience in writing terms of reference, and in the selection, recruitment and management of junior and senior experts.
  • Established experience in project cycle management, excellent project management/organisational skills, and experience with national and local authorities. Recognised project management trainings or qualifications (e.g. PMBoK, PRINCE2) are an advantage.
  • Excellent understanding of donor procedures and rules applicable to funding received from large institutional donors, in particular European Union external actions.
  • Extensive experience in the coordination of project teams and experts, including the coordination and preparation of project inception and interim narrative and financial reports to PSC and EU contracting authorities. 
  • Experience in project management/backstopping of at least one project with a value of over EUR 1 million.
  • Proven knowledge of the Practical Guide (PRAG) contracting procedures applying to all EU external actions financed from the EU general budget and the European Development Fund (EDF).
  • Excellent knowledge of EU external aid programme regulations, such as the DCI, ENI, IPA II, or EIDHR for actions financed from the EU budget.
  • Proven knowledge of the management of project deliverables in line with the project plan, including financial and technical reporting.
  • Proven understanding of international development cooperation principles and quality standards.
  • Experience with national and international tendering procedures, both as a lead partner and as a consortium member.
  • Extensive experience in project planning, development, management, monitoring and evaluation in Serbia and the region.
  • Sound experience in the establishment of networks and partnerships with national/regional/international institutions in the country, and in fund raising.
  • Experience in organising promotional and high-level events, meetings at political and technical level, conferences and public awareness campaigns.
  • Excellent negotiation and representation skills with a wide spectrum of environmental stakeholders.
  • Work experience in a multicultural environment.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of experts and consultants.
  • Ability to work independently and responsibly within strict timeframes and to high standards.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Serbian. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.
  • Modern office management skills, including computer literacy.
  • Availability to travel regularly within the territory of REC beneficiary countries.
  • Familiarity with the REC and its procedures is a strong asset, and the availability to start employment in March 2017 is a plus.
  • Exceptionally good analytical, appraisal and planning skills; excellent management skills; as well as facilitation, communication, drafting and reporting skills.


A university degree in a relevant area of expertise, preferably natural or environmental sciences, environmental management, economics or socio-political science.

An educational background in formal management and/or business administration is a distinct asset.

A qualification in project management or equivalent is a distinct asset.


This full-time position is based at the REC’s country office in Belgrade, Serbia. The position is for a fixed period of one year, with a possibility of extension.



Candidates should send a detailed CV and a motivation letter in English (only English-language applications will be considered) outlining their interest in the position and their personal qualifications to

The application deadline is 17:00, February 14, 2017.

Please indicate the position reference number in the subject line: 2017/1


Note: Given the large number of applications that we usually receive for each position, we regret to inform you that only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.