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European Defence Agency (EDA) hiring: Project Officer PESCO – Data and Reports.
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).
2. THE AGENCY’S WAY OF WORKING
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.
3. THE CAPABILITY, ARMAMENT AND PLANNING DIRECTORATE (CAP)
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
The Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) is a Treaty-based framework and process to deepen defence cooperation amongst EU Member States who are capable and willing to do so. The aim is to jointly develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.
The European Defence Agency (EDA) and the EEAS, including the EU Military Staff, working together, provide a Secretariat function for PESCO, with a single point of contact for the participating Member States (pMS).
Under the supervision of the Head of Unit PESCO, within the Capability, Armament and Planning (CAP) Directorate, the jobholder will contribute to the following activities:
develop and maintain a detailed and global understanding of PESCO mechanisms and of the linkages between PESCO activities and other defence cooperative activities (incl. CARD and EDIDP);
develop and manage a permanently updated PESCO reporting system designed to provide in a timely manner relevant information about PESCO activity to the stakeholders involved;
keep the PESCO related data, information and overview up to date, including by making best use of data gathered in the CARD context;
oversee and moderate the Classified and Unclassified PESCO Common Workspaces;
liaise with PESCO Project coordinating Member States;
liaise closely with the European External Action Service, including the EU Military Staff to achieve efficiently the PESCO Secretariat functions;
contribute to the annual report of the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy with accurate and validated data of pMS’ contribution to capabilities, projects and the implementation of national plans;
contribute to support EDIDP/EDF related activity within EDA;
develop relevant cross unit and cross directorate links within EDA;
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.
5. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
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
The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:
a thorough understanding of Capability Development areas including, at least, one of the following domains: Land, Maritime, Air, Information (including Cyber and Space);
experience in defence planning (concepts, defence plans, requirements development, capability development, capability projects) at national Ministry of Defence (MoD) level and/or in international environment;
experience in data management and the development of progress reports;
a very good knowledge of written and spoken English;
an understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions.
All staff must be able to fit into the Agency’s way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for these posts include:
proven ability to work in a team;
strong results-orientation and motivation;
genuine commitment to the Agency’s objectives;
good communication skills.
The following will be considered an advantage:
a good understanding of intergovernmental cooperative mechanisms;
a working experience in a multinational defence environment.
6. INDEPENDENCE AND DECLARATION OF INTEREST
The Project Officer PESCO – Data and Reports 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.
7. APPOINTMENT AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The Project Officer PESCO – Data and Reports will be appointed by the Chief Executive.
Secondment will be as a member of the Seconded National Expert staff of the Agency for a three-year period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA SNE Rules. The successful candidate will be seconded as AD11 equivalent.
Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Project Officer PESCO – Data and Reports at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2021, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a secondment 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 secondment to the Agency.
8. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
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.
Closing date for applications: 18/02/2020