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We are hiring staff in the frame of the project “Saraj and Lebane together for green tourism—GREENTOUR.”. This is an 18-month cross-border project funded by the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Serbia-North Macedonia 2016-2020 under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) allocations for 2018, 2019, and 2020 (Reference: EuropeAid/173818/ID/ACT/Multi). Project Partners, besides the leader, the Municipality of Saraj (North Macedonia), are the Municipality of Lebane (Serbia) and the CSO’s ZIP Institute (Skopje, North Macedonia). The overall objective of this project is to improve the tourism industry and develop joint sustainable tourism products and destinations in Saraj and Lebane. Specific Objective: (1) Touristic offer, products, and destinations increased; (2) visibility of cultural, historical, and natural resources and selected destinations furthered”.

The project intends to achieve the following intermediate outcomes:
● Public tourism infrastructure are improved in terms of upgrading of facilities for environment
friendly touristic activities, pollution reduction and sustainable development
● The tourist offers from Saraj and Lebane are increasing in terms of common natural and cultural
heritage and values.”
Target groups
● About 40 Tourist organizations, tourist agencies and representatives from the Local self-government related to tourism (municipal administration, tourist organizations, public utilities)
companies) who will strengthen their capacities and competencies for the management of
tourist goods from Skopje and Jablanica district
● 100 business entities (with about 400 employees), small producers and employees in hospitality
sector sector In Saraj and Lebane.
Final beneficiaries
● About 220,000 tourists annually visit the region of southern Serbia (Devil ‘s town, Sijarinska).
Banja, Vlasinsko Lake, Radan Mountain, Prolom Banja, City of Nis, City of Leskovac)
● About 380.000 tourists who annually visit Skopje region ∙ Public officers and public employees of
the Municipality of Saraj and Municipality of Lebane.
The intervention logic has been conceived to promote effective cross-border cooperation between the
co-applicants located on the two municipalities Saraj and Lebane, this is first intended and valued as the
main tourist attraction in North Macedonia and target area in CBC programme. The project will
act as unique under the coordination of the Project Manager and along the joint decision procedures
envisaged within the project. The Project also has to consider the following cross-cutting issues:
∙ Gender equality and promotion of equal opportunities;
∙ Protection and promotion of ethnic minority rights;
∙ Democratic standards, anti-discriminatory practices and good governance
∙ Protection of environment and preservation of natural resources and biodiversity; ∙
Integration of persons with physical and mental disabilities (accessible tourism).
Open Position
Project Manager (1 position for period of 16 months, -80%)
Note:The staff member will be hired by ZIP Institute (Skopje, North Macedonia) and thus should be able to
work in Republic of North Macedonia.
Start date/project duration: 27th July 2023 -27th January 2025 (18 months)
Project Manager (hired by ZIP Institute, R. of North Macedonia)
Detailed description
The project manager will be the person in charge of the management of the whole CBC action. This is a part-time position (80% of the time) and his/her role includes planning and coordination of CBC activities as
as well as joint financial management and joint reporting. He will be the head of the CBC Operative
Committee and will report directly to the CBC Steering Committee.
The main responsibilities of the Project Manager include, but are not limited to:
● Planning and coordination of the CBC activities
● Coordination of the Project staff under the project from both countries (North Macedonia)
● and Serbia)
● Perform duties in full compliance with donor’s regulations and rules, the municipality’s policies and
standard operating procedures, including internal controls;
● Review and verify financial transactions, activities, and documentation;
● Draft narrative reports and supervise the financial expenditure under the project;
● Communicate with CBC Operative Committee’s members, CBC Steering Committee and municipal
staff and other relevant stakeholders
Required Qualifications
● University degree, preferably in management, and/or relevant working experience
● At least 5 years of experience in managing projects (working on infrastructure projects and/or a
regional experience will be considered an asset);
● Good knowledge of EU Project Management rules, procurement and regulations gained while
working on at least one (1) EU-funded project;
● Good public relations skills;
● Excellent oral and written communication in Macedonian and Serbian;
● Excellent oral and written English language communication skills;
● Advanced computer skills, especially MS Excel and MS Word, internet browsing and e-mail
communication;
Accountability and Working Relationships
● Accountable to the Municipality of Saraj, CBC Operative Committee and CBC Steering
Committee;
● Works closely with all members of the Project Team;
Competences
● Great attention to details, precision and accuracy in performing tasks
● Proactive, creative, solution-oriented person
● Good time management skills
● Flexibility and adaptability of the work challenges
● Ability to meet deadlines, work on own initiative and consult where appropriate
● Teamwork
● Availability and willingness to travel
● Highly motivated self-starter
● Intercultural sensitivity and awareness are a must

Application process:
Candidates can apply by submitting a one-page cover letter stating why they are interested in this position.
what they would bring to the role and how they fit the person’s specification. This letter should be submitted
with a CV greentour@zipinstitute.mk by 16:00 hrs. October 3rd, with “Project Manager” in the subject
line.
The selection process is conducted in two phases and in multiple languages. The first is CV and cover letter
assessment. The selection panel is made up of 3 members of the project partners. The final decision will be made on August 7, 2023 and the selected
Staff members will be expected to start on August 9, 2023.