Three Interreg Experts in the Area of Finances
INTERACT Office Valencia - Vicerectorat d'Investigació
Vacancy announcement under the Interact III 2014-2020 programme1
Interact Office Valencia is looking for three Interreg experts in the area of finance who are interested in and driven by the strategic developments of the programming period 2014-2020, in particular with a focus on harmonisation, simplification, SME`s involvement and State Aide solutions. This is a perfect opportunity for finance experts who would like to drive the change management process in the Interreg community towards these new trends.
We believe that we can offer an exciting career development opportunities, good work-life balance conditions promoted by the housing institution, great location of the city of Valencia with very good quality of life, great international team and a competitive salary package. For the selected candidates, who will sign the contract, we will cover the reasonable justified re-allocation expenses of up to 3.400€ upon presentation invoices2.
1. About the Programme
The Interact Programme facilitates the exchange of expertise, experience and good practice within the Interreg Programmes; i.e., European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Objective, as well as other cooperation initiatives. Its wide geographic scope covers 28 EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland and neighbouring countries. Interact is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and by national contributions by participating countries.
The coordination framework and implementation structure of the Programme is based on a decentralised model involving a central Managing Authority/Interact Secretariat located in Bratislava (Slovakia) and four Interact Offices located in Turku (Finland), Viborg (Denmark), Vienna (Austria) and Valencia (Spain).
Full details regarding the aims, objectives, coordination framework and operational strategy for the Programme can be found in the Interact III Cooperation Programme, available to download at www.interact-eu.net.
Experts and facilitators of Interact services, will support exchange across Interreg programmes on financial management implementation, control, audit and risk management. These positions will also imply involvement in other financial aspects of Interreg programmes in collaboration with other Interact team members. A thorough understanding and expertise of European financial regulatory requirements is expected together with the ability to present complex information clearly and concisely. Experts in addressing Interreg programmes within the scope of responsibility:
- Experts in advocating and facilitating change in financial management practices;
- Experts in delivering innovative services so as to facilitate achievable and simplified application of financial rules;
- Specialists in programme and project financial life cycle implementation.
2.1. Key tasks
- Analyse Interreg programmes needs and feedback from Interact target groups and stakeholders with a special focus on the South of Europe;
- Provide support to programme management authorities and other relevant stakeholders on financial management;
- Develop content for Interact products addressing specific thematic needs of Interreg stakeholders on financial issues;
- Develop and deliver events including advisory services, trainings, workshops, meetings, etc. (concept development, organisation, management, moderation, reporting and follow-up);
- Promote events and other activities/tools through the Interact website, newsletter and other channels;
- Assist in the development and implementation of overall strategy and long-term planning in collaboration within Interact;
- Liaise with various stakeholders including European Institutions;
- Identify and brief experts and other contributors;
- Travel frequently around Europe for the above listed purposes.
2.2.1. Minimum eligibility requirements
- Master degree (or equivalent) in relevant fields of study3;
- Fluency in English (C1 equivalent4);
- Applicants must have Spanish nationality or nationality of a member country or any of the states in which, by virtue of international treaties established by the European Union and ratified by Spain, are applicable to the free movement of workers under the terms of this legislation as defined in the European Union Treaty. In this latter case, applicants must provide the receipt of having applied for the EU residence card if they are selected in the application process;
- Likewise, applicants with a different nationality from the aforementioned may apply if they meet all the requirements in the current legislation. The individual who is granted the position must provide proof of the work permit and the residence permit.
2.2.2. Prioritised professional skills/assets (for the short list)
Years of professional experience in financial management of Interreg/ETC programmes
Max points 3
Years of relevant professional experience in financial management of EU Structural and Investment Funds (non-Interreg/ETC)5
Max points 2
Relevant professional trainings supported by certificates
Max points 0.5
Max points 0.5
2.2.3. Additional skills/assets
- In-depth knowledge and understanding of Interreg programmes and their projects, including management challenges;
- Specialist knowledge of the financial management life cycle of Interreg programmes and projects;
- Extensive knowledge and understanding of EU Regional Policy and regulations;
- Strong experience in training and moderating workshops, organizing training events and development of training materials, e-learning;
- Understanding of knowledge transfer processes and systems;
- Excellent understanding of Interact and its framework and related work experience;
- Expert knowledge in: public procurement, management verifications, management and control systems, audit, State Aid;
- Experience from a public administration from the South of Europe;
- Knowledge of other EU languages, especially South European;
- Expert in advocating and facilitating change in financial management procedures and network management;
- Strong skills for assessing needs, planning and prioritising;
- Sound knowledge on quality management;
- Strong skills for intercultural communication and direction;
- Strong sense of initiative and personal responsibility;
- Ability to work independently and under pressure;
- Team spirit and flexibility;
- Excellent writing, communication, presentation skills;
- Advanced computer literacy.
3. Additional information
3.1. Contract information
Interact Office Valencia is hosted by Generalitat Valenciana, Regional Ministry of Finances and Economic Model, and housed by the University of Valencia who is the employer of Interact Office Valencia’s team.
The positions are fulltime and are based in Valencia, Spain.
The successful candidates will be employed by the University of Valencia under Spanish public labour law.
We can offer a competitive annual salary depending on experience: gross monthly salary of around €3,400 including pension and social contributions in 14 equal payments (12 equal payments plus two additional payments in June and December); in total annual gross salary of around €48,5007. Depending on personal situation the net salary will be around €2.500 in 14 payments. This salary level should be seen in the context of Valencia city, which offers a very good quality of life for relatively low costs of living.
The positions should be filled as soon as possible. The length of the contracts is in principle three years with one-year extension. Prolongation of the contracts until the end of the programming period (2023) is in principle possible, being conditional to Interact financing decisions and legal requirements.
The positions require frequent travel under short notice.
3.2. Application procedure
Applications should consist of a letter explaining your motivation for applying and suitability for the position together with a CV. The letter must contain as well your view on the main Interreg financial challenges and your potential contribution to solving them as part of Interact services. Especially candidates without Interreg experience must show that their application is based on an attempted understanding of the Interreg area and Interact role.
Your CV must contain only the data, which you can support by documents8, as the selected candidates for interviews will be asked for evidence of this information. Please clearly state the years of Interreg experience under each employment. Regarding your university education, please clearly indicate the years of study of the programme(s) taken.
All documents must be submitted in English. The application should also include an indication of possible starting date. Please use the European standard format for your CV.
Application deadline: 19 January 2017, 23:59 CET. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
Please submit your application electronically through the University system (link). For guidance on the electronic submission please visit Interact website in jobs section. After submission, please send a copy of your application to the Coordinator of IO Valencia at email@example.com.
Exceptionally, submission of hard copies9 is possible under the following address:
University of Valencia
Angeles Sanchis Polo
Av. Blasco Ibañes13, 46010 Valencia
Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview (up to 4 points) in Valencia, Spain. They will be asked to bring original evidence for the items listed in their CV. We will cover reasonable economy-class travel and accommodation costs for the interview upon presentation of invoices. Please bear in mind that only plane/train/bus ticket and hotel costs will be covered10.
No notification will be sent to candidates who have not been short-listed.
As a result of this recruitment procedure, three candidates will be selected. Before the contract can be signed these candidates must provide a certificate of English equivalent to C1 level and must homologate or at least start homologation of their Master Degree. We will support you with practical steps of these processes if you do not have these documents at the application stage.
A reserve list of further suitable applicants may be created in order to be used for future similar vacancies.
Applicant data will be managed according to the Spanish Law on Data protection. Should you have any questions regarding the steps in the process, the documents required or any other information please contact:
- Tomasz Petrykowski, Coordinator of IO Valencia (firstname.lastname@example.org or at +34 616652810).
1This is a non-certified simplified English version of the application procedure, which should be followed by non-Spanish speakers. The official version with the full list of requirements is available in Spanish and Valencian language with this link.
2A list of costs that can be covered will be available to the successful candidates.
3Non-Spanish degrees will need to be homologated by the successfull candidates. Please see below under the application procedure.
4The successfull candidates will need to present a valid certificate. Please see below under the application procedure.
5Only years of experience with sole focus on Interreg programme financial management will be given 1 point.
6We strongly encourage people with no Valencian language skills but with relevant professional experience to apply.
7Please bear in mind that in addition to this amount the employer will be paying around €13.500 in social security and pension to the Social Security system.
8Contracts, certificates, etc.
9Please make sure that the date stamp of the post office is put on the papers inside the envelope and not only on the envelop. This is an official requirement, which, if not met, will disqualify your application.
10No local transportation costs will be reimbursed. Concrete details will be provided to the short-listed candidates.