France consultant

SEEK Development lead consultant in France in support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Time investment: Approx. 10 days/month 

Location: Paris 

 

About SEEK 


SEEK Development is a consulting group based in Berlin, Germany, dedicated to supporting and shaping human development globally. The group provides support to leading institutions in global development in the areas of strategy and policy, organizational evaluation and development, knowledge generation, and advocacy. 

SEEK Development is looking for an outstanding candidate to lead our work in France for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). We advise BMGF on a range of strategic issues and manage a network of consultants to support the Foundation’s advocacy and policy work globally. The consultant will report into SEEK Development’s Berlin office and directly support the Foundation’s government relations lead for France. 

 

Overview of tasks 

 

  1. Targeted intelligence and updates 

  • Provide targeted intelligence and updates on political and budgetary developments (incl. attending and debriefing on conferences/meetings), including close tracking 
  • Enable access to political and budget documents from government and ministries 
  • Provide support in preparing briefs & monthly updates 
  1. Relationships and networks 

  • Identify and ensure access to decision-makers, influencers and other stakeholders as necessary  
  • Support relationship management, incl. dialogue with government 
  • Coordinate planning and projects with stakeholders, incl. government, parliament, influencers 
  • Prepare and provide support for foundation leadership/staff visits 
  1. Strategic analysis and advice 

  • Provide policy analysis and identify potential implications for the foundation  
  • Advice on opportunities for foundation engagement   
  • Provide thought partnership and strategic sparring 
  • Support strategic development, execution plans and risk mitigation for the foundation’s engagement 

 

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in international or European relations, economics, development studies, social sciences, public health or a related field 
  • Minimum of five years of relevant work experience 
  • Strong networks within the French government and/or parliament; excellent understanding of actors and decision-making processes relating to international development with special focus on global health and agriculture 
  • Exceptional diplomatic and interpersonal skills, and ability to build relationships quickly 
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills 
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to prepare compelling presentations; oral and written fluency in English  
  • Ability to think strategically and problem-solve in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to self-manage: working independently and proactively managing areas of responsibility with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations 

 

To apply

To apply, please send CV and cover letter with the subject line “France Consultant” at your earliest convenience to recruiting@seekdevelopment.org.  We are reviewing CVs on a rolling basis.