Expression of interest for the role of the Programme Leader

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Department of International Development Cooperation Projects


APPLICATION DEADLINE | 20th of May 2024.

SECTOR | Education.

OPPORTUNITY TYPE | EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT until 30 November 2026 with the possibility of extension until 30 November 2027.

REMUNERATION | 4000-5000 EUR per month depending on your competencies and experience (including all employment related taxes).

EXPECTED STARTING DATE | June 2024 (as soon as possible upon the agreement).

ORGANISATION | Central Project Management Agency (CPMA)/ Centrinė projektų valdymo agentūra (CPVA), Lithuania.

DUTY LOCATION | Remote and Vilnius, Lithuania.

CONTACT POINT | Please send your CV and Motivation Letter to . Be kindly informed that only the shortlisted candidates will be conducted to take part in the selection competition. We guarantee confidentiality.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME: We are looking for a Programme Leader to work with EU-funded “Advanced Learning and Training (SALT)” Action covering three Projects EU-SALT I, SALT II and SALT III. The Acton is implemented within the framework of the “EU4Belarus: Reinforcing Resilience and Democratisation” programme. The purpose of this programme is to promote mobility and people-to-people contacts for Belarusian youth, academics and professionals to benefit from access to higher education and opportunities for lifelong-learning compliant with the EU standards and values.

THE AREA IN WHICH YOU WILL SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND IMPROVE: leading the implementation of development cooperation programmes financed by the European Union.

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION AND YOUR FUTURE TEAM: CPVA team is professional, ambitious, friendly and unafraid of challenges, works with partners from European Union (hereinafter referred to as the EU) Member States and EU Partner Countries, shares accumulated experience and adopts international development cooperation practices, constantly looks for opportunities to improve and apply innovative solutions in its activities.

In terms of international development cooperation, CPVA contributes to important reforms taking place in Partner Countries of the EU. Through the implemented projects, we aim to share good experience of the EU countries to the countries of the Eastern Partnership, those preparing to join the European Union, and other countries. We are currently implementing more than 10 large programmes in different countries in areas such as justice, internal affairs, economic development, education, environmental protection, transport, health and social security and others. CPVA has been working in the field of development cooperation for more than 18 years and is a recognised international level expert team.


Programme Leader will lead a team of experts and implementation of the EU-funded “Advanced Learning and Training” Action. The key tasks of the Programme Leader will include:

Main functions, tasks and responsibilities:

  • Overall management of smooth implementation and coherence of all the three Projects (EU-SALT I, SALT II and SALT III) (hereinafter – Action)
  • Representation of the Action with key stakeholders and partners
  • Representation of the Action in strategic European Commission, Clearing House, Member States Contact Points, EU Member States, European Humanities University and other meetings
  • Networking with other relevant institutions
  • Strategic partnership and coordination with the Clearing House
  • Putting strong efforts to manage the smooth communication inside the Action, and solving issues that may arise
  • Ensuring strategic project communication and visibility
  • Ensuring cooperation with other ongoing projects in the field
  • Responsible for overall Action reporting and organising Steering Committee meetings
  • Participation in preparation of grant schemes
  • Working closely with the core team and horizontal administration team in order to organise backstopping and financial management work needed for smooth implementation of Activities
  • Follow-up and ensuring Contribution agreement procedures, coordinate administrative and financial management, outputs of the Action
  • Organising and close coordination and support work of the core team and horizontal team
  • Organising and quality control of contractual and financial procedures (reporting, direct grants and action grants procedures for call for proposal, service contracts, grant agreements, budgets, audits) according to the EC, Lithuanian laws and CPVA rules
  • Monitor and mitigate risks related to implementation of Contributions Agreement
  • Participate in external evaluations of the Action and external audits, if any


  • University degree in the fields related to the Programme (project management, education, other)
  • Minimum 10 years of general professional experience
  • At least 5 years of experience in the Programme management, preferably in the areas of youth, education, human capital development, scholarship and fellowship schemes, university management
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in working in high education field would be an asset
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in senior management positions would be an asset
  • Proven experience in policy formulation, strategy setting, research, strong analytical skills
  • C1 Level of English
  • B2/C1 knowledge of Russian

Previous experience would help you to complete tasks more easily and will be considered as an asset:

  • Experience of at least 3 years working in or with EU or other donor projects
  • Good understanding of Belarusian, Lithuanian and EU high education system

We expect you to be receptive to new information, strategically oriented, independent, responsible, able to mobilise team, communicative, helpful and excellent at consulting.

Your future place of work is S. Konarskio str. 13, Vilnius, Lithuania with partly remote work possibility.

WHY CPVA? We offer you a meaningful job that will contribute to the prosperity of Belarus people, flexible and modern working conditions, the opportunity to grow and develop and learn from some of the best professionals in the field, a wonderful team, a modern organisational culture and many other things.

DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES: CPVA embraces diversity and respects human rights in all areas of its work. Discrimination of any kind including based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or culture is not accepted. Personnel shall respect equal rights of individuals and strive to create an atmosphere where people’s differences are accepted and valued.

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION: responding to this Expression of Interest for Communication Officer position, you give consent to process your personal data. Please note that your data will be stored on the central server of CPVA. Please find more information by visiting the following website: All information received will be stored on CPVA’s secure servers, which are not accessible from the public website for third parties. The purpose of processing the data you submit is to manage each expressed interest in a view of a possible pre-selection at the Agency. The lawfulness of the processing personal data is based on Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

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