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European Defence Agency (EDA) hiring: Project Officer Medical.


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 Land and Logistics, the Project Officer Medical is responsible for the following activities:

  • contribute to capability development to improve Member States’ capabilities; the work entails, in particular, conceptual work, doctrinal as well as training and exercise aspects, technical and technological developments and operational activities. Deal with aspects of the comprehensive approach in creating synergies between military and civilian capability development for CSDP missions and operations;
  • participate in the definition of capability requirements and contributing to the development of the Capability Development Priorities;
  • contribute to the development and update of the Strategic Context Cases (SCCs) to implement the EU Capability Development Priorities;
  • contribute, as appropriate, to the assessment of PESCO project proposals and to the assessment of EU Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and European Defence Fund (EDF) related project proposals upon Member States’ request;
  • manage the Project Team Medical and related Ad-Hoc Working Groups like Multinational Medical Evacuation Training, organize meetings and workshops, handle the related EDA Collaboration Platform workspaces;
  • support ad hoc projects, which are in Member States’ interest, facilitating and running B projects like Multinational Medical Modular Unit;
  • monitor the activities in the field of R&T and Armaments in a transversal, cross-Directorate approach and continue working in close relationship with the responsible Project Officers;
  • maintain the appropriate links with participating Member States and relevant other interested parties like the Council General Secretariat, the European External Action Service, the EU Commission and Agencies as well as the NATO;
  • represent the Agency during conferences and 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, preferably an active duty officer in a military medical service, will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • a thorough understanding and professional experience of the challenges in CSDP operations and missions, and the competence necessary to propose and champion effective short, medium and long-term solutions related to medical support in operations;
  • military medical background, preferably with strategic and conceptual assignments and significant operational experience;
  • knowledge/experience of capability development and preparation and conduct of projects/programmes/studies;
  • familiarity with the international environment of defence in general and especially with CSDP;
  • an understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions;
  • a proven experience in at least one of the following domains: operational medical planning; military medical logistics; healthcare management;
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
  • a very good knowledge of 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:

  • strong conceptual, compositional and analytical skills;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • ability to work in team and independently in his/her area of responsibility;
  • ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
  • good leadership and organisational skills;
  • results-orientation, and strong motivation;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency’s objectives.

c. Desirable

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • an international experience in military medical support;
  • a University degree in Medicine or other Healthcare professions;
  • experience in defence planning.

Closing date for applications: 20/01/2020.

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