EFTA Surveillance Authority 

Competition & State Aid Officers

EFTA Surveillance Authority

Brussels, Belgium

Job Reference 14A/2017

The Authority

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

The Authority is based in Brussels and operates independently of the EFTA States. It currently employs 70 staff members of 16 nationalities. The Authority is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Role Description

The Authority is recruiting an Officer to join its Competition and State Aid Directorate (CSA). Additional qualified candidates will also be considered for vacancies foreseen in the Directorate over the next 12-18 months.

CSA, a multi-disciplinary team comprising both economists and lawyers, enforces the competition and state aid rules of the EEA Agreement. These rules largely mirror the competition rules in the EU, both with regard to antitrust and state aid control. In the field of competition, the bigger share of CSA’s work is focused on cases of abuse of dominance. In state aid, CSA’s portfolio is broad and diverse.

The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for assessing state aid and/or competition cases. Tasks include examination of complaints and notifications, drafting of decisions, and legal opinions on the effects of state aid and/or anti-competitive market behaviour.

We are looking for well qualified lawyers with extensive experience within the field of competition and/or state aid law. Ideally the successful candidate will have worked with competition and/or state aid matters within an EU institution, a national competition authority, a national administration or an international organisation. Knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of one of the EEA EFTA States would be an advantage.

The following are essential:

  • University degree in law, or recognised equivalent qualification in law;
  • Solid knowledge of the legal framework of the EEA/EU;
  • Expert knowledge in EEA/EU competition and/or state aid law;
  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (the working language of the Authority);
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment.

And of the following would be advantageous:

  • Postgraduate degree in EU law;
  • Professional experience with competition and/or state aid matters from an EU institution, a national competition authority or administration or an international organisation;
  • Knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of one of the EEA EFTA States;
  • Good working knowledge of Icelandic and/or Norwegian.


The position is placed at grade A4 of the Authority’s salary scale, the precise step being determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a likely starting salary of between €90 000 and €97 000 per annum. Depending on personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax conditions are favourable. Overview of conditions at:

Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of the Authority. This may in particular be a suitable position for national civil servants seeking to broaden their horizons in the context of a detachment or temporary leave of absence.

The Authority actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment allowing its staff members to develop their individual skills and interests, both in a professional and personal context.

Applicants must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU 28 + EEA EFTA 3).

Application process

  • All applications must be made online at:;
  • Deadline for applications: 29 October 2017;
  • Interviews: November 2017;
  • Start date: March 2018 or earlier if possible.

Another advertisement (Reference 14B/2017) seeking candidates with specific knowledge of the language, legal system, economy and national administration of Norway has also been launched alongside this vacancy announcement. ESA will handle applications from both advertisements at the same time. You should only submit one application for the most relevant vacancy. The most suitable candidate for the current and any future vacancies may be selected from either advertisement, depending on the needs of ESA at that time.

Applications submitted in response to this vacancy notice may also be taken into account for the purpose of filling other vacancies arising for similar posts within the Authority.

Questions regarding the post may be addressed to Gjermund Mathisen, Director CSA, on +32 (0)2 286 1860/

Questions regarding the recruitment process may be addressed to Kathryn Bryan, Senior HR Officer on +32 (0)2 286 1832/

*This recruitment will be carried out in accordance with the Policy & Procedure on Recruitment, Appointment, Renewal and Prolongation which will be adopted in due course.

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