GOPA Worldwide Consultants is looking for a Project Manager (m/d/f) for the EU-funded Framework Contract (FWC) Lot 3 for “Trade and Market Access” at our headquarters in Bad Homburg.

EU trade policy operates in a global trading environment that is evolving constantly. An increasing number of developments present challenges to the rules-based, multilateral trading system. In response to this changing international trading environment, and in accordance with EU foreign policy, the European Commission presented a new trade and investment strategy in October 2015.

In this context, the Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) launched the Framework Contract (FWC) “Policy Support Facility for the Implementation of EU Foreign Policy”. Working very closely together with the European External Action Service (EEAS), the Directorate-Generals (DGs) at the European Commission (EC), and EU delegations (EUDs), the FPI promotes the external dimension of EU internal policies – and thus contributes towards shaping global change. Essentially, this means defending the EU's interests in countries that have either already graduated from official development assistance (ODA), or are about to do so.

The objective of the FWC is to provide – through individual assignments, defined and contracted through specific contracts – expertise that can be mobilised at short notice. GOPA is awarded the contract under the FWC to provide the appropriate internal technical skills and resources in the area of trade and market access.

As Project Manager you will be responsible for the set-up and day-to-day management of our internal Key Account Unit – EU-Frameworks Lot 2&3, equipped with experienced staff (FWC Management and Support Team) in recruiting and elaborating technical and financial proposals in line with EU procedures.


Mission to accomplish: your tasks

  • You are the first point of contact on all contractual and procedural topics of FWC implementation
  • You are responsible for the successful participation in tenders launched under the Lot 3 of the FWC
  • You are responsible for all outputs required under the specific contracts and all reports on the FWC implementation
  • You supervise and steer internal staff (recruitment and support team)
  • You establish an internal feedback mechanism to feed relevant information to GOPA and B&S Europe
  • You support technical backstopping, including regular reporting on technical and financial status
  • You are responsible for administration and logistics of all activities of the Key Account Unit – EU-Framework Lot 3
  • You negotiate with high-profile experts
  • You establish relevant internal and external networks with experts, resource persons and stakeholders for successful performance in the FWC


Where your heart is: your profile

  • A university degree in the field of International Relations, Trade & Investment, Economics, Law or related areas relevant for Lot 3
  • Professional experience in  development cooperation
  • Experience in the field of acquisition and implementation of EU-funded service contracts
  • Preferably experience with the management of EU-funded framework contracts
  • Sound knowledge of EU rules, guidelines and tendering procedures, preferably specific experience in framework contracts
  • Fluency in English and preferably also in French
  • Background in trade and / or economic development
  • A self-starter personality


Our offer

  • The opportunity to focus on your area of expertise
  • Technical work in a small, dynamic team
  • Short communication and decision paths, and a living "open-door" culture at all levels
  • Continuous investment in your further development
  • A free job ticket
  • Job bike
  • Our own canteen
  • The means to further your professional development with us and, in future, to responsibly develop and supervise special topic areas or tasks


Placing people at the heart of development: GOPA Consultants

Implementing diverse projects in transition and developing countries and thus contributing to a “better tomorrow” is our business. With a turnover of EUR 70 million and 150 permanent staff members we, GOPA Consultants, are one of the leading consulting companies in the field of International Cooperation. For more than 50 years, we have been successfully implementing projects on behalf of national and international institutions; for example, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the European Union (EU). Topics are manifold, ranging from the improvement of education for the young, through public administration reform and the support of democratisation, to measures of climate change adaptation.

GOPA Consultants
- Personnel -
Hindenburgring 18
61348 Bad Homburg
personnel@gopa.de