Head of Water Management Division

European Investment Bank (EIB)

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The Head of Division leads, coordinates and supervises the work of the Division, consisting of a team of engineers, economists and related support staff who, within multi-disciplinary teams, assess the viability of capital investment projects and programmes in the water sector in accordance with Bank and PJ procedures. While sectorially the two water divisions that will result from the current Water Division’s split (as of 01.01.2018) would have the joint responsibility to follow general water related policy developments, the water management division would focus particularly on circular economy related aspects, innovation and industries in the water sector, while geographically it would focus on the following regions: Baltic Sea and Northern Europe, Western Europe, Central and South Eastern Europe, Eastern Neighbourhood, Asia and Latin America. The Division also comprises certain horizontal departmental functions (e.g. Procurement and Communications),

Operating Network

Reports to the Director of the ETD Department and cooperates closely with the other divisions of the Department, in particular the water security and resilience division, and with the other Bank services participating in the lending process. The Division has a large portfolio of activities both inside and outside the EU and regular contacts with counterparts (promoters, public authorities, private companies, other IFIs and international organisations).


  • Plan, organise, manage and control the activities of the division.
  • Select & manage team members; allocate responsibilities, set objectives and manage the performance and development of the division’s staff through fostering the development/coaching of team members, giving constructive feedback and perform the appraisal. Ensure they have the right competencies, objectives and motivation in order to implement the formulated strategy and policies and deliver results.
  • Ensure an effective cooperation among team members and other Bank staff, as well as the dissemination and cross fertilisation of information inside and outside the division, being supportive of change and innovation.
  • Ensure that the techno-economic assessment, monitoring, and technical assistance related aspects of projects and programmes are performed to the required quality standards. Help team members identify key issues and solve potential problems in a project’s life cycle.
  • Liaise closely with the Lending Directorates to provide assistance in the early screening of projects/programmes and help develop new lending strategies. Cooperate with other Directorates as required.
  • Liaise closely with the Commission and other relevant institutions regarding the development of water policy related aspects in close cooperation with the other water division.
  • Represent the Bank in external events and working groups when required.
  • Supervise and/or prepare policy papers
  • Contribute towards defining, managing and implementing the Department’s objectives and budgets


  • University degree (masters or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant domain, typically in engineering and/or finance/economics
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience ideally in the Water sector
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the EIB’s mission and activities, objectives, strategies, policies and processes, including the project cycle
  • In-depth understanding of relevant policies, and the political & operational framework in which the Bank operates
  • Experience in managing and coaching people, ideally in multicultural environments or international organisations (e.g. contribution to: determining team resources and skills; establishing objectives; assessing performance; delegating and supervising tasks; guiding, motivating, coaching and providing feedbac
  • Experience of tools and methods normally used within the project Directorate for assessing projects
  • Understanding of the international and EU water agenda and their importance
  • Familiarity with key themes in the sector relevant for EFSI and current policy areas – for example the industrial water sector and innovation
  • Excellent knowledge of English and/or French* and solid knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of one or more of the languages in which the Division operates would be an advantage.

EIB core competencies

  • Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  • Change Orientation: Adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes
  • Collaboration: Works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns
  • Organisational Commitment: Is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting  with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rule

EIB managerial competencies

  • Developing Others: Builds the long-term capability of others by guiding and developing them to make the most of their competence and potential, based on an accurate understanding of their true strengths and development needs
  • Strategic Thinking: Thinks about the long term organisation strategy and how to align to and implement it; comes up with useful new strategic insights
  • Team Leadership: Builds a high performing team, ensuring it is focused, motivated and inspired to achieve organisational objectives, encouraging performance excellence and addressing underperformance when required

(*) 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 rapidly build up 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.

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Deadline for applications: 2nd November 2017