The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture Secretariat is looking for a Project Manager

The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture is an international governmental organization supporting the cultural and creative sector (CCS). Since 2010, the NDPC has served as a regional focal point, connecting policymakers, experts, and practitioners in the field. NDPC’s mission is to strengthen the strategic role of CCS in sustainable development across the region. Currently, the activity area covers 10 countries, and the Secretariat’s office is situated in Riga, Latvia.

We are offering a position for a Project Manager to lead the NDPC partnership in two large-scale Interreg Baltic Sea Region funded projects: “BSR Cultural Pearls” and “Creative Circular Cities” (see below for information about the projects).

The Project Manager’s position is temporary for a set period of time. The project manager will be employed on a contract basis until April 2025.

The monthly gross salary ranges from 1900.00 EUR to 2000.00 EUR, depending on experience. The remuneration package includes health insurance after the probationary period.

We can offer a meaningful work context with high standards of expertise, a stable salary, and attractive working conditions. The selected Project Manager will be welcomed by a small, friendly, open-minded, and supportive team who believe in work-life balance, empowering employees, and encouraging initiative in the workplace. We offer a hybrid working model where we strive for the best possible balance between home and office work.

The main responsibilities of the Project Manager are:

  • Full responsibility for the NDPC partnership within the BSR Cultural Pearls and Creative Circular Cities projects, including their management and administration aligned with both the secretariat’s and the funder’s standards (guided by the projects’ lead partners);
  • NDPC projects’ budget planning for all project periods and financial management;
  • Development and management of a detailed project schedule, plan, and reporting;
  • Securing co-financing for the projects;
  • Fulfilling and developing the NDPC tasks and responsibilities as defined in the application form;
  • Facilitation, planning, production, and reporting of NDPC project activities, in close collaboration with the project partners;
  • Production of NDPC-led project-related meetings and events;
  • Collaboration with the project lead partners, project consortium, and other project stakeholders;
  • Organizing procurement procedures for additional expertise needed for the NDPC-led project activities and leading the work of outsourced experts;
  • Supporting the communication manager in project communications;
  • Managing all project-related communication with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia;
  • Supervising NDPC procurement processes related to both projects.

The candidate should have:

  1. Higher education degree in a related field (e.g. EU project management, Sociology and management of culture, Intercultural relations);
  2. Work experience (2+ years) with international project administration and management in an EU-level project (Interreg, Creative Europe, Horizon, etc.);
  3. Ability to process large amounts of information, think analytically, and work creatively, with attention to detail, in a dynamic manner with the NDPC team;
  4. Excellent command of professional English (both oral and written) and strong communication skills;
  5. Strong financial management and planning skills with a high attention to detail;
  6. Effective presentation skills and a solution-oriented mindset;
  7. Proficiency in digital skills within the Office 365 environment;
  8. Experience and knowledge of trends within the cultural and creative sector are advantageous.
  9. Rights to legally work in Latvia (work permit in Latvia).

The NDPC highlights the candidate’s ability to take independent responsibility, show initiative, and work proactively and flexibly as part of the team. Preferably, the candidate has working experience in collaborations with public entities as well as third sector organizations, and an interest in regional cooperation in the Northern European area. The work may involve some travel to the project partner countries.

The NDPC is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes qualified candidates from all religious, ethnic, and social backgrounds.

Please send your concise CV in English and a letter of motivation (maximum 1 A4 page in length as a PDF) to explain why you are applying for the position, and how your experience and expertise align with the requirements. Send the documents by September 11, 2023, at 23:59 to with the subject “Project Manager”. Applications without both a CV AND a letter of motivation will not be considered. Selected candidates will be interviewed online or on-site during the period of September 18-22 and may be asked to complete a brief written assignment related to project content.

For further information about the position:  

Krista Petäjäjärvi, Acting Head of the Secretariat

Info about the projects:

The BSR Cultural Pearls project:  aims to strengthen social resilience in Baltic Sea Region municipalities, towns and cities by harnessing the potential of local assets of culture and creativity.  The project contains several key components, including a repository of good practices on increasing social resilience through culture, and a social resilience Guidebook containing tools specifically designed to help municipalities develop a social resilience action plan, peer-learning programme and Awards. Read more about the BSR Cultural Pearls project here.

Creative Circular Cities or Circular Places CCC (CCC) –  the project initiates a transnational co-creation process, in which 6 demo cities will jointly develop & test Creative and Cultural Sector and Industry – driven approaches for an integrated circular transition. More information about the project follows later in 2023.