Framework Contract Manager

Cardno Emerging Markets

Framework Contract Manager

Cardno Emerging Markets

Brussels, Belgium

Cardno Emerging Markets, Belgium s.a. is currently seeking a  Frameworks Manager/Recruitment Specialist for a full-time position in our Brussels office. We manage long-term development projects funded by the European Union to support both the public and private sectors in transition and developing economies. We specialise in technical assistance and capacity building to foster environments conducive to economic growth and poverty reduction.


Cardno brings a 40-year history of working in partnership with developing countries to deliver solutions for sustainable development. With offices in Australia, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, we investigate the causes of poverty and focus on improving the physical, economic and social infrastructure that sustains communities.

Cardno Emerging Markets, Belgium focuses on the acquisition and delivery of EU-funded development aid service contracts in the fields of trade, private sector development and agriculture/rural development. Our team of 10 permanent employees brings together, in a dynamic environment, development professionals from a variety of technical and cultural backgrounds.


To ensure: efficient management of implementation, rapid response to requests of services to be provided and active participation in offers; high and competitive quality of nominated teams; effective backstopping and support to fielded teams; quality control of outputs; good communication with the main counterparts; accurate budget monitoring; and timely administration of all the processes.

The incumbent shall provide business development and management inputs with primary focus on the following framework contracts implemented by Cardno:

  • EC SIEA FWC 2018: Lot 2 – Infrastructure, sustainable growth and jobs;
  • SADC FWC – Trade, customs and investment, Infrastructure & services and social & human development.

The incumbent shall support the implementation of:

  • EC SIEA FWC 2018: Lot 1 – Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience (dedicated input); Lot 3 – Human Rights, Democracy and Peace; and Lot 4 – Human Development and safety net, as needed;
  • Policy Support Facility for the Implementation of EU Foreign Policy - PSF 2019 Worldwide- LOT 3 - Trade and market access;
  • Other potential EC Technical Assistance contracts or Framework contracts/opportunities.

The duties and responsibilities of the role will entail in particular:

FWC management

  • Communication with partners and Contracting Authority;
  • Managing the operational procedures in place;
  • Expert searches and selection and nomination of candidates for the offers in response to the issued Requests for Services, using all various approved databases and networks as appropriate;
  • Conduct internal evaluations and selection of teams for the offers;
  • Ensure the curricula vitae of nominated consultants are correctly formatted and respond appropriately to the Request;
  • Negotiate terms and conditions with nominated consultants;
  • Ensure and quality assure the preparation and furnishing of a competitive, high-standard Organization and Methodology to be presented in offers through a combination of direct inputs and collation of technical inputs from external specialised consultants;
  • Prepare full comprehensive financial offers for submission to the Clients;
  • Mobilise consultants in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Backstop teams in the field, i.e. provision of logistic, administrative and management support and coordination;
  • Ensure that the performance of the Consultants hired by Cardno is up to the required level;
  • Carry out field missions when necessary;
  • Ensure that reports are formatted, corrected, quality controlled, and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Ensure the cost control of contracts;
  • Ensure, in liaison with accounts staff, that payment invoices under the specific assignments are prepared and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Ensure timely receipt of consultants’ invoices and follow stipulated process of invoice processing;
  • Deliver the necessary inputs for monthly reporting purposes;
  • Keeps the project information on the project management database up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate;
  • Assist with business development and tender processes for securing the new framework contracts/agreements;
  • Work efficiently as part of a bid team on the larger requests for services.


  • Contribute to corporate thinking and the strategic development of the company;
  • Assist with the preparation and presentation of strategy meetings;
  • Deputise for the Manager of the EU Frameworks Unit on framework contract issues in her absence, as needed.


The ideal candidate will possess as a minimum the following educational background and experience:

  • University degree (preferably Masters level) in a subject relevant to international development;
  • Proven levels of professional experience to correspond to the advertised role;
  • Proven track record in winning and successfully managing international development projects;
  • Possessing similar experience to the advertised role, in managing Framework contracts and/or EC-financed technical assistance assignments at procurement and implementation stages, will be considered an advantage;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced commercial environment with serial deadlines;
  • Ability to work within a team;
  • Working knowledge of EU/procedures for external aid;
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in French;
  • Excellent and demonstrable technical writing, verbal and presentation skills.

TO APPLY: Send CV and cover letter to by 31 January 2021.

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