EDA - European Defence Agency

IT Developer

EDA - European Defence Agency

Brussels, Belgium

Directorate: Corporate Services Directorate
Contract type: Contract agent
Group: IV
Grade: N.A.
Indicative starting date: 01/02/2020
Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET
Management of staff: N.A.
Closing date for applications: 29/11/2019

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.


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 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: Industry, Synergies and Enablers (ISE); Capability, Armament & Planning (CAP); Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) and the Corporate Services Directorate (CSD).


The Agency is an “outward-facing” organisation, constantly interacting with its shareholders, the participating Member States, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders. It works in an integrated way, with multi-disciplinary teams representing all of the Agency’s functional areas, to realise its objectives. Its business processes are flexible and oriented towards achieving results.

Staff at all levels need to demonstrate the corresponding qualities of commitment, flexibility, innovation, and team-working; to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal; and to operate without the need for detailed direction.


The Corporate Services Directorate (CSD) provides critical business support to EDA operations by delivering high-quality corporate services under 5 dedicated units, namely: Human Resources; Procurement and Contract Management; Finance; IT and Information Management together with Security and Infrastructure Management. Additionally, the EDA Legal Team provides legal, data protection and institutional advice and checks to its management relating to the fulfilment of Agency objectives. The EDA Programme Manager and Corporate Projects Officer provides a leadership role in, and a focal point for, good practice in Project, Programme and Risk Management.

CSD processes are geared towards efficient and optimal use of resources, leveraging good practice and technological solutions while ensuring sound financial management, transparency and accountability; outward focus and commitment to continuous improvement are the hallmarks of CSD.


EDA systems working with EU unclassified information are built around Microsoft Office 365 (M365E5 package) together with a number of modern cloud-based cyber defence, security and device management solutions (FireEye, Cisco). This is complemented by cloud-based environments in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. There are no servers or data on premises. Business applications are built on SharePoint Online or in .NET. The IT unit provides extensive support to the development and continuous maintenance of business applications used by 4000+ users in the EU member states. The development itself is largely outsourced. EDA has its own Identity and Access Management system which is managed by the IT Unit.

Under the supervision of the Head of the IT Unit, the IT Developer contributes to ensuring the necessary support of the Communications and Information Systems of the Agency.

In particular he/she will be responsible for/contribute to the following activities:

  • applications development;
  • administration of user environment;
  • web development and administration;
  • the organisation and/or the follow-up of projects in any of the above-mentioned areas;
  • the maintenance of a large number of in-house applications;
  • the organisation and/or the follow-up of operational services in any of the above-mentioned areas (with or without outsourcing part of the work) including the development and refinement of user requirements;
  • 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.


a. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has good knowledge of a large part of the following products and technologies used at EDA, listed in the order of relevance and importance:

  • Standard Microsoft development tools (e.g. Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Visual Code);
  • .NET Framework core 2.2 (or newer) JavaScript framework – Angular, React, Progress KendoUI;
  • .NET Framework core 2.2 (or newer) MVC, Bootstrap, jQuery + Ajax;
  • MS SQL Server 2014 or more recent;
  • Azure SQL database as a service (DBaaS);
  • Azure DevOps Services (Continuous Delivery/Continuous Integration);
  • Azure Kubernetes Services;
  • Azure Active Directory including B2B extension;
  • Azure Search, Elastic Search;
  • Entity Framework - Code First;
  • Identity Server 4;
  • Thorough knowledge of web applications’ security;
  • Proven experience in user support for the development of business requirements;
  • Very good knowledge of English.

For reasons related to the Agency’s operational requirements, candidates should be available at short notice for the job.

(2) Personal

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

  • ability to work in a team;
  • excellent customer orientation;
  • ability to communicate clearly and effectively with non-IT internal stakeholders;
  • open mindedness and ability to learn quickly;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives;
  • very good communication skills.

b. Desirable

  • Professional certifications and trainings by Microsoft and AWS related to applications development;
  • Knowledge of Office 365, SharePoint Online and Power BI;
  • Experience with project management (Agile, SCRUM) and business requirements analysis.


The IT Developer will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the Agency’s interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.


The IT Developer will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the contractual 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 Contract Agent, Function Group FGIV.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 3.462,02€ supplemented with various allowances, including as applicable expatriation or family allowances. The successful candidate will be graded on entry into service according to the length of his/her professional experience. Salaries are exempted from national tax, instead an Agency tax at source is paid.

For further information on working conditions please refer to: https://eda.europa.eu/jobs/what-we-offer.

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 the Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of IT Developer at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2020, 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.


The EDA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.


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 panel will be appointed. Please note that the selection panel's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden. Each application will be screened based on the requirements of the job profile stated in the vacancy notice. The most suitable applicants will be called for an interview and a written test. 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.


Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) 45/2001 and Decision No. 1247/2002/EC.

The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible preselection and recruitment at EDA. More information on personal data protection in relation to selection and recruitment can be found on the EDA website: http://www.eda.europa.eu/jobs/dataprotection.

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