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EDA - European Defence Agency

Project Officer Standardisation

EDA - European Defence Agency

Brussels, Belgium

Type of post: Temporary agent post
Grade: AD11
Management of staff: N.A.
Indicative starting date: 16 September 2018
Level of Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2017

The selection of candidates will follow the EDA Staff Recruitment Procedure. Candidates must apply for this post via the EDA website http://www.eda.europa.eu - vacancies. Please note that to make an EDA on-line application you will need to create your EDA profile using a valid e-mail address and a password.

1. BACKGROUND

The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency.

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels.

The main task of the EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union's defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.

2. THE DIRECTORATE COOPERATION PLANNING AND SUPPORT

The Cooperation Planning & Support (CPS) Directorate focuses on the early identification of requirements at European level and the through-life aspect of capabilities. The directorate is responsible for capability planning through the Capability Development Plan and the Cooperative Programme Database, and Pooling & Sharing including the Code of Conduct. It is also responsible for key enablers to support defence cooperation and enhance interoperability: military airworthiness, standardisation and certification, and education and training. In addition, the directorate provides support to CSDP military and civilian operations and missions and EU Battlegroups, at the request of their Member States.

The CPS Directorate also supports the Member States in identifying operational and financial consequences, as well as opportunities, that SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research programme) may bring to European air forces and facilitates the coordination of military views in this context. The directorate also acts as the military interface for the EU institutions (e.g. European Commission/DG MOVE, EASA), as well as other SESAR related bodies (e.g. SESAR Deployment Manager, SESAR Joint Undertaking), on SES (Single European Sky) related issues.

In the wider context of military aviation, the CPS Directorate supports the Member States in their efforts to operate RPAS in non- segregated airspace and in harmonizing military aviation safety issues.

3. DUTIES

Under the direction of the Head of the Airworthiness, Standardisation & Certification unit, the Project Officer Standardisation will:

  • develop and maintain the European Defence Standardisation Strategy and conduct implementing activities in accordance with defined Strategic Lines of Action;
  • monitor and analyse European Defence standardisation activities and requirements;
  • ensure the coordination with key players, including the European Commission, SJU, ESOs and SDOs (EUROCAE, etc.), as well as NATO, ASD, NDIA’s and relevant industrial partners;
  • provide the necessary inputs to the Material Standardisation Group (MSG) and manage actions agreed in this forum;
  • develop and maintain the MSG Standardisation management plan;
  • monitor and support the implementation of a fully developed Project Standardisation Management Plan in EDA and manage the deriving standardisation outcome;
  • develop and maintain the roadmap for European dual use standardisation in close cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and Member States, with an initial focus on SES/SESAR and RPAS ATI;
  • manage and maintain the European Defence Standardisation Tools EDSTAR and EDSIS, and ensure the integration of relevant standards into EDSTAR;
  • ensure EDA standardisation specific contributions to meetings, conferences, training and other relevant standardisation fora;
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

Duties may evolve according to development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management.

4. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

a. Conditions for eligibility:

(1) General

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate’ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.);
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

b. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • knowledge/experience of Defence material standardisation;
  • knowledge of the European standardisation organisations and their roles and responsibilities;
  • knowledge of the European defence cooperation structures, including OCCAR;
  • familiarity with program and project specific demands on standardisation;
  • experience in project management;
  • experience in chairing meetings;
  • a very good knowledge of English;
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes.

(2) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • team-working skills;
  • good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills;
  • flexibility, innovativeness, tact with a strong sense of duty and responsibility;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • accuracy and dependability;
  • ability to adapt to a quickly changing working environment;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.

c. Desirable

  • familiarity with the international defence environment (especially CSDP, NATO).

5. APPOINTMENT AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The Project Officer Standardisation will be appointed by the Chief Executive, upon recommendation of the Chairman of the Selection Committee.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as AD11.

Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance certificate before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of the contract.

Candidates are advised that part of the recruitment process includes medical analyses and physical check-up with an Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Project Officer Standardisation at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2018, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a post in the EDA according to their competences in relation to the specific requirements of the vacant post.

Inclusion on the reserve list does not imply any entitlement of employment in the Agency.

6. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight. Candidates are reminded that the on-line application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline.

When applying, candidates from Ministries of Defence or other governmental entities are encouraged to inform their national administration.

A selection committee will be appointed. Please note that the selection committee's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.

If recruited, you will be requested to supply documentary evidence in support of the statements that you make for this application. Do not send any supporting or supplementary information until you have been asked to do so by the Agency.

Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile.

For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to recruitment@eda.europa.eu.

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