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Project Officer Maritime Programmes

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European Defence Agency (EDA) hiring: Project Officer Maritime Programmes


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 Capability, Armament & Planning Directorate (CAP) proposes collaborative opportunities in support of EU capability development priorities. The Directorate is responsible for capability development planning, based on analysis of military requirements conducted together with Member States within the Capability Development Plan (CDP).

The Directorate coordinates in-house the implementation of the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), for which the Agency provides the secretariat, establishing a regularly updated overview of the European defence capability landscape.

The CAP Directorate implements EDA’s secretariat functions to the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), together with the European External Action Service, including the EU Military Staff. Within the PESCO secretariat, the Directorate coordinates EDA’s assessment of PESCO project proposals from the capability perspective, as well as the National Implementation Plans of PESCO participating Member States, and supports PESCO project implementation.

Based on coordinating the results of CDP, CARD and PESCO, the Directorate plans and prepares activities tailored to Member States’ needs. These activities span from advice and roadmaps to collaborative capability development projects, including the support to Member States in upstream EDIDP/EDF.

The CAP Directorate comprises six Units with the following key areas of activity:

  • Air Domain Unit: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Air-to-Air Refueling, Airlift
  • Cooperation Planning Unit: CDP, CARD, Defence Data
  • Land and Logistics Unit: Land platforms, Counter-IED, Personnel Recovery, Military Mobility, Logistics, Medical Support
  • Information Superiority Unit: Communication & Information Systems, Surveillance & Reconnaissance, Space, Cyber Defence
  • Maritime Unit: Maritime Surveillance, Mine Counter Measures, naval training, harbor protection
  • PESCO Unit: PESCO secretariat and support to project development


Under the supervision of the Head of Unit Maritime Domain, the jobholder will be responsible for/contribute to the following activities:

  • coordinate activities in the field of maritime capability programmes across all maritime EU capability priorities: Naval Manoeuvrability and Underwater Control;
  • oversee the preparation phase of future programmes in the maritime domain such as Mine Warfare, Force protection, Unmanned Maritime Systems (Air, surface, sub-surface), and cutting-edge maritime capability;
  • provide the interface with OCCAR in relation to maritime programmes such as the Maritime Mine Counter Measure (MMCM);
  • contribute to the development and update of the Strategic Context Cases (SCCs) to implement the EU Capability Development Priorities;
  • implement the SCCs in the maritime domain along the agreed avenues of approach, including by providing tailored advice to pMS as well as contributing to generate collaborative capability development projects;
  • contribute, as appropriate, to the assessment of PESCO project proposals and to the assessment of EDIDP and EDF related project proposals upon Member States’ request;
  • contribute to the preparation of CARD bilateral visits;
  • coordinate with relevant CAP Tech moderators on R&T activities in the maritime domain;
  • evaluate existing European maritime projects and promote cooperation;
  • analyse input from the Member States regarding the Collaborative Database and identify possible new areas for maritime capability development and armaments co-operation;
  • coordinate with ISE to analyse the naval industry market;
  • organize subject matter experts seminars;
  • 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.


In accordance with the Rules applicable to national experts and military staff on secondment to the European Defence Agency (2004/677/EC), Seconded National Experts are seconded to the Agency while remaining in the service of their national employer and continuing to be paid their national salary by that employer. Therefore, in order to be considered in the selection process, candidates for an SNE post must be sponsored by their national authorities. Confirmation is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Agency as far as possible by the closing date for the receipt of applications, and in any case not later than the recruitment date. The Rules are available on the EDA website http://www.eda.europa.eu – vacancies.

a. Conditions for secondment

To qualify for secondment to the Agency, experts shall:

  • have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before their secondment;
  • remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of secondment and continue to be paid by that employer;
  • have at least three years’ full-time experience in defence, administrative, scientific, technical, operational, advisory or supervisory functions relevant to the performance of the duties assigned to them. Before the secondment, the employer shall supply the Agency with a statement of the expert’s employment covering the previous 12 months;
  • be nationals of a participating Member State or falling within the provisions of the second paragraph of Article 1 of Council Decision (EU) 2016/1352 of 4 August 2016;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one official language of one of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages for the performance of their duties.

b. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

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

  • knowledge/experience of capability development and preparation and conduct of projects/programmes/studies;
  • familiarity with national and multinational defence planning;
  • thorough understanding and professional experience of the challenges related to CSDP operations and missions; and the competence necessary to propose and champion effective short, medium and long-term solutions in the field of multinational capability development;
  • knowledge of and experience in armaments co-operation, in a European context;
  • knowledge of and experience in maritime armament programmes;
  • familiarity with the international defence environment (including the EU and CSDP);
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes in multinational defence planning and/or armaments cooperation;
  • experience in organisational and process change;
  • naval/maritime background, preferably with engineering experience;
  • very good knowledge of written and spoken English.

(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:

  • genuine commitment to the Agency’s objectives;
  • ability to work in a team;
  • good leadership and organisational skills;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • strong conceptual, compositional, interpersonal, and analytical skills;
  • good communication skills.

c. Desirable

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • university degree in engineering with a specialisation on naval platform, naval combat systems, maritime communication or underwater warfare;
  • hold a (recognised) Project Management qualification.

Closing date for applications: 20/01/2020.

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