Project Officer Defence Data Analysis
EDA - European Defence Agency
Type of post: Contractual Agent
Function group: IV
Management of staff: N.A.
Indicative starting date: 16 October 2018
Level of Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET
Closing date for applications: 4 December 2017
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 the 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: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.
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 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 DIRECTORATE COOPERATION PLANNING AND SUPPORT
The Cooperation Planning & Support (CPS) Directorate focuses on the early identification of requirements at European level and the through-life aspect of capabilities. The directorate is responsible for capability planning through the Capability Development Plan (CDP), the Cooperative Programme Database (CODABA) and the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), and Pooling & Sharing including the Code of Conduct. It is also responsible for critical enablers to support defence cooperation and enhance interoperability: military airworthiness, standardisation and certification, test and evaluation and education and training. In addition, the directorate provides support to CSDP military and civilian operations and missions and EU Battlegroups, at the request of their Member States.
The CPS Directorate also supports the Member States in identifying operational and financial consequences, as well as opportunities, that SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research programme) may bring to European air forces and facilitates the coordination of military views in this context. In this context, the directorate acts as the military interface for the EU institutions (e.g. European Commission/DG MOVE, EASA), as well as other SESAR related bodies (e.g. SESAR Deployment Manager, SESAR Joint Undertaking), on SES (Single European Sky) related issues.
In the wider context of military aviation, the CPS Directorate supports the Member States in their efforts to enable RPAS integration in non-segregated airspace and in harmonizing military aviation safety issues.
Under the supervision of the Head of Unit Cooperation Planning the Project Officer Defence Data Analysis will:
- lead and manage the Government Defence Data workstrand, and ensure close relations with EDA’s stakeholders in the field (e.g. pMS, EU institutions, industry and academia);
- manage the entire defence data collection cycle on an annual basis, including the preparation of questionnaires and related documentation, and gather, validate, process and analyse participating Member States’ defence data;
- lead and coordinate the Defence Data Experts network and organize meetings and workshops;
- prepare defence data publications and website material;
- prepare other statistical material and analysis in support of EDA’s senior management, and according to the needs and requirements of the Agency and its stakeholders;
- maintain, operate and further develop the defence statistics database, including the development of the Defence Data module in EDA’s Collaborative Database (CODABA) and its contribution to the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) process;
- cooperate with and provide analytical support to all EDA Directorates on defence data related issues;
- 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
a. Conditions for eligibility
- be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
- be entitled to his/her full rights as citizen;
- have completed any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
- produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
- be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
- have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
- have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
- hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate ' (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.);
- have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.
b. Essential selection criteria:
The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:
- experience in processing statistical data and providing statistical analysis;
- proficiency in use of statistical software (thorough knowledge of Excel is a minimum requirement);
- experience in coordinating multinational networks;
- proficiency in the use of graphics, charts and other statistics presentational tools (knowledge of Power Point is a minimum requirement);
- proficiency in IT management tools (as user);
- excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:
- ability to work in a team and independently in his/her area of responsibility;
- ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
- results-orientation and strong motivation;
- flexibility and innovativeness;
- genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives;
- accuracy and dependability;
- negotiating and communication skills;
- administrative and organisational skills;
- analytical and drafting skills.
The following will be considered an advantage:
- familiarity with the structure of national budgets, including defence budgets of at least one of the participating Member States;
- familiarity with the international defence environment (especially CSDP);
- experience in capability development.
6. INDEPENDENCE AND DECLARATION OF INTEREST
The Project Officer Defence Data Analysis 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 Defence Data Analysis 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 group IV.
The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 3353,84 € 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://www.eda.europa.eu/jobs/WorkingatEDA.
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 an Agency’s Medical Adviser.
Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Project Officer Defence Data Analysis at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2018, 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.
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.
9. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
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 committee will be appointed. Please note that the selection committee's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.
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 email@example.com.
10. DATA PROTECTION
Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible pre-selection 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.