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EMN is looking for its new Programme Manager


Position Title: Programme Manager
Position Type: Indefinite contract

The EMN Programme Manager position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative and committed team working at the forefront of financial inclusion in Europe, the European Union, and EU candidate countries.  The European Microfinance Network is a network of MFIs, national networks and practitioners actively engaged in financial inclusion.   The EMN provides and coordinates a broad set of activities aimed at strengthening the capacity of its members with the ultimate purpose of reducing unemployment and supporting financial and social inclusion in Europe.  The EMN activities include research, advocacy, the ability to shape policy, capacity building and representation at several important events.  

The Program Manager (PM) is based in Brussels and is part of the EMN Secretariat. He/she reports directly to the General Manager and is responsible for the management of some of the capacity-building and networking projects supported by the network.  The PM works closely with all members of the team and has direct supervisory responsibility over some members of the team, including the project officer and intern(s). For the time being, two significant grants are foreseen to be managed by this position. Still, the scope of the PM activities could evolve throughout the contract life depending on opportunities and preferences/talents. 

The Programme Manager will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of the network’s capacity-building activities, such as peer-to-peer learning activities and dissemination of good practices and the related deliverables, training on financial and business literacy for third-party nationals and others.

These activities include defining content, searching for experts, and developing a network of consultants.  He/she will supervise the team mobilised for these deliverables and ensure quality control management and timely corrective action as required.  He/she will connect with consortium members on the production and transmission of reports, measure satisfaction from members and other constituents and represent EMN during the regular meetings. The programme manager will also supervise some members who are implementing parts of the grants-supported work programme. 

The sectors include but are not limited to financial and business literacy programs, social entrepreneurship, social finance, and microfinance.

The Program manager (PM) is a mid-to-senior-level position for a highly motivated, proactive, well-rounded person passionate about financial and social inclusion and wanting to have an impact.  The PM will be eager to learn new skills, develop and have the flexibility to work in a small team with multiple demands. 


  1. Act as a key expert on some of EMN’s multi-year projects and grants
  2. Represent EMN in consortium managing other grants
  3. Coordinate with finance officer, Deputy General Manager and other team members on financial reporting and budgeting for these projects and programs
  4. Fundraise for a new grant

Program design and representation (60%)

  • Manage operational and administrative aspects of such programs (primarily core programs) within EMN with direction from GM and DGM.  Includes key expert support in recruitment, selection, onboarding, management, follow-up efforts, and narrative reporting.  
  • Build a pipeline of experts for the programs through targeted outreach. 
  • Build work plans for the various programs
  • Ensure quality and timely implementation, pulling on various resources identified
  • Represent EMN at consortium meetings
  • Stay abreast of rules of contracting and implementation and translate them into the implementation
  • Provide ideas for content and act as a moderator on some of the events

Program coordination (20%)

  • Ensure proper budget allocation, budget review., and consistency with narrative reporting
  • Other administrative support
  • Supervise the program officer and other interns as needed. 

Essential skills:

  • At least a University Degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant field (e.g. economics, finance, law, political sciences). 
  • Working (oral and written) command of English (CEFR C1)
  • Minimum ten years of experience in the area of microfinance and social finance, training clients/beneficiaries of finance providers, managing programs and grant reporting and/or designing programs for migrants/refugees
  • Four years of professional experience in organising workshops and seminars and delivering pieces of training/presentations/teaching/coaching and webinars
  • Excellent command of Windows office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

Preferred skills:

  • French language or other EU language is seen as an advantage

Human skills:

  • Proactive, curious, positive
  • Flexible
  • Outgoing and comfortable in various types of settings
  • Enjoys negotiations and working in terms.  

We offer:

  • An attractive salary for the non-profit sector with a range of 3,000 to 4,500 monthly gross, based on the candidate’s experience;
  • five weeks of holidays; 
  • Reimbursement of monthly « STIB abonnement » (public transport pass); 
  • Lunch passes; 
  • Hospital insurance;
  • Inclusion in any organisation’s bonus plan (based on team performance);
  • Working location in the heart of Brussels with flexible, hybrid work (2 to 3 days in the office, 2 to 3 days working from home)
  • Two times a year, the possibility to work from another remote location for two weeks before or after a vacation
  • A training and development plan focused on visits to partner organisations and their clients. 

Please send your application (CV+ motivation letter) in French or English by October 7, COB, to
Interviews will start on October 17

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.