Finance and Control Officer - FMO - VA 17/2019

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Finance and Control Officer - FMO - VA 17/2019

EFTA - European Free Trade Association

Brussels, Belgium

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for two highly motivated and qualified candidates to fill two vacancies for Finance and Control Officers in the FMO’s Finance and Control Unit within the Administration and Compliance Department.

The overall objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. Some programmes, for example in the areas of energy, innovation as well as Civil Society, are operated by the FMO. The Grants are implemented in line with the principles of Results-Based Management.

The allocation for the current funding period (2014-2021) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors are:

  • Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
  • Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
  • Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
  • Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
  • Justice and Home Affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 75 employees comprising around 15 nationalities. Our values are:

  • Professionalism;
  • Cooperation;
  • Trust, responsibility and respect.

More information can be found on our website at:

The positions are open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and to nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

Division: Financial Mechanism Office
Category/Level: A4
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed-term three years (renewable once if in the interest of the FMO)
Start Date: May-June 2019
Job Reference: VA 17/2019


The Financial officers are part of the Finance and Control unit. The unit comprises approx. 8 members of staff.

The Unit provides financial, grant management and control expertise and support in all aspects of programme management cycle of the EEA and Norway Grants and in financial procedures of the FMO. It supports the whole FMO and work closely with the Beneficiary States for the development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and closure of the programmes.

The Financial officers report to the Head of Finance and Control.

Responsibilities and tasks of the Finance and Control unit

  • Contribute with financial and control expertise to programmes design, grant management, contracting, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes;
  • Liaise with and provide the Beneficiary State authorities with financial and control guidance and assistance on programme implementation and grant management;
  • Contribute to the development of the financial management and control culture within the FMO and with external stakeholders;
  • Where relevant, draft procedural notes or manuals;
  • Where needed, attend and/or facilitate workshops on financial management and control in the FMO or in Beneficiary States; occasional oversee travels will be required;
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of the financial reporting systems in the FMO;
  • Verify and approve financial reports and request for payments;
  • Oversee or contribute to the daily accounting of the grants;
  • Coordinate (or contribute to) audit activities;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk strategy, including the assessment of programme risks;
  • Draft various reports and analysis;
  • Contribute to the development of the Finance and Control team by sharing experience and expertise.


  • Relevant University/higher education degree, minimum master’s level.


  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in grant management, financial management, audit or internal control;
  • Experience in working in or with public administration or international organisations;
  • Experience in working in a regulated framework is considered as an asset;
  • Experience in working with EU structural funds is considered as an asset;
  • Experience in audit of projects, internal control, risk management, fraud prevention and public procurement is an asset.


  • Knowledge in grant management processes, financial management, control, risk management and budgeting;
  • Knowledge of accounting and audit standards and practice – recognized qualification in accounting or audit is an asset;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the financial monitoring of the publicly funded programmes/projects.


  • Ability to analyse financial data;
  • Ability to communicate in writing and verbally financial and control related issues in a clear and constructive manner;
  • Result-oriented approach, and a proactive and cooperative outlook;
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure;
  • Team spirit and flexibility;
  • Ability to appreciate and follow priorities;
  • High degree of organizational skills; and
  • Comprehensive IT-skills, including very good knowledge of Excel and basic knowledge of accounting systems.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO);
  • Knowledge of another EFTA/EU language is an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 93,799.92

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: 10 March 2019.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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