EFTA - European Free Trade Association

(Senior) Sector Officer - Justice and Home Affairs (FMO) - VA 12/2017

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Brussels, Belgium

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels. The FMO reports to the three Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) through the EEA Financial Mechanism Committee (FMC) for the EEA Grants and through the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) for the Norway Grants. Our focus is on reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and strengthening bilateral relations between the Donor States and the 15 Beneficiary States.

The grant schemes in the financing period 2009-2014 are worth €1.8 billion, funding 148 programmes and over 6400 projects. The implementation of programmes and projects continues until 2017. The allocation for the new financing period 2014-2021 totals €2.8 billion. Key sectors include green business, research and innovation, social inclusion, environment, civil society, and justice and home affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a staff of approximately 60 employees comprising 18 nationalities.

This position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). We are seeking applications to fill a (Senior) Sector Officer vacancy in the Justice and Home Affairs sector.

Category/Level: A4
Division: Financial Mechanism Office
Start Date: As soon as possible
Type/Duration: of Appointment Fixed-term three years (renewable once if in the interest of the FMO)
Job Reference: VA 12/2017


The (Senior) Sector Officer provides expertise on FMO’s work within the priority sector Justice and Home Affairs. This priority sector comprises Correctional Services and Pre-trial Detention, Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System, Strengthening Rule of Law, Domestic and Gender-based Violence, International Police Cooperation and Combating Crime, and Asylum and Migration. The (Senior) Sector Officer will be working on several of these areas. The position involves travel.

The (Senior) Sector Officer will be a member of the Justice and Inclusive Growth team in the Sectors and Funds Department. S/he reports to the Head of Sector and Funds Department and receives guidance from the team Coordinator.


  • Provide policy advice to the Donors on her/his areas of responsibility;
  • Maintain close dialogue with the Donor States and the Beneficiary States regarding the Grants’ priorities and programming requirements;
  • Follow up programme reporting from the Beneficiary States and Donor Programme Partners;
  • Report to the Donors and other stakeholders on results;
  • Provide sector expertise internally at the FMO;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk management strategy;
  • Maintain overview and assess relevant developments in her/his sector in Donor States, the Beneficiary States and at the EU level and further develop her/his sector expertise;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant institutions in the Donor States and Beneficiary States; Facilitate contacts and cooperation between the Donor States and Beneficiary States;
  • Provide advice during the development and implementation of programmes;
  • Act as programme manager; and
  • Ensure the fulfilment of the administrative tasks in relation to the work.


Relevant University degree, minimum Master’s level.


Work experience in the field of Justice and Home Affairs in public administration, international organisation or programme management. For the senior officer post extensive relevant work experience would be required. Expertise in Correctional Services and Pre-trial Detention and Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Judicial System would be an asset.


  • Excellent knowledge regarding sector policies and priorities with in the sector, in particular Donor policies;
  • Excellent knowledge of EU policies and programmes in the sector;
  • Knowledge of the public sector in the donor states is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the sector in one or more of the beneficiary states is an asset;
  • Ability to draft reports and analytical papers, and ability to present complex issues clearly and convincingly;
  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiations skills;
  • Result-oriented approach, and a proactive approach;
  • Strong interpersonal abilities, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
  • Self-reliance and autonomy, but also facility for team work; and
  • Ability to multitask and to work with tight deadlines.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO).

Employment Terms

Grade: A4 (Officer)/A5 (Senior Officer).

A senior position will be considered for the right candidate.

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the FMO wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

Interested applicants should apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool:

Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

Deadline for submission of application: 12 March 2017.

For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, please go to

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