Head of the Corporate Affairs Unit (AD 9)

EUROJUST - European Union

 Head of the Corporate Affairs Unit (AD 9)

Reference: 18/EJ/12

EUROJUST - European Union's Judicial Cooperation Unit

The Hague, Netherlands

Deadline for applications: 07/01/2019
Type and duration of contract: Temporary Agent AD 9; Up to 5 years, with possibility of renewal
Function group and grade: AD9
Security clearance level: EU Secret
Monthly basic salary: €7714.25

About Eurojust

Eurojust is the EU judicial cooperation body. Through its unique expertise, Eurojust supports, strengthens and improves the coordination of investigations and prosecutions among the competent judicial authorities of EU Member States in the fight against serious and organised cross-border crime.

Eurojust is facing an exciting time of considerable change, including the adoption of a new EU Regulation governing Eurojust, a rising caseload including increasingly complex cases and a recent move to modern, custom-built premises in the heart of the International Zone of the Hague.

Eurojust seeks to recruit dynamic, flexible, highly qualified staff to support its mission.

More information on the mission and mandate of Eurojust is available on its website: www.eurojust.europa.eu.

The position

Eurojust is launching a selection procedure to establish a reserve list and fill one vacant post in the position of Head of the Corporate Affairs Unit (AD 9).

The Corporate Affairs Unit is responsible for developing and implementing Eurojust’s strategy on corporate affairs and overseeing lobbying activities with Eurojust’s stakeholders. The Unit supports the meetings of Eurojust’s governing bodies and provides legal and policy advice on institutional matters.

The Head of the Corporate Affairs Unit will report to the Administrative Director.

1. Key accountabilities

The successful candidate will perform the following activities:

  • Supervise and coordinate the provision of advice on institutional matters falling under the remit of the Unit;
  • Coordinate the organisation of and support meetings of Eurojust’s governing bodies and follow up to ensure that decisions are implemented;
  • Ensure adequate follow up of relevant legislative and policy developments at EU and international level and provide strategic advice to Eurojust’s governing bodies on the impact of such developments;
  • Build strategic partnerships and ensure effective lobbying and liaison with EU institutions and other stakeholders;
  • Represent Eurojust in EU Working Parties and external meetings and report on the results to the AD and the College;
  • Support the College and the Administrative Director in the negotiation and conclusion of agreements with third States and international organisations;
  • Lead, motivate and manage staff in the Corporate Affairs Unit;
  • Establish clear priorities, action plans and Key Performance Indicators for the Unit and monitor results against agreed goals;
  • Act as an authorising officer and oversee the effective management of budgets and contracts according to the principles of sound financial management.

2. Eligibility criteria

The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for application:

1. General requirements

The applicant must:

  • Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union;
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed 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; and
  • Have a thorough knowledge (C1) of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge (B2) of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties.

2. Minimum qualifications and professional experience

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more and, after having obtained the diploma, at least 12 years of appropriate professional experience;


A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is at least three years and, after having obtained the diploma, at least 13 years of appropriate professional experience.

3. Selection process

1. Shortlisting

The Selection Board will assess all eligible applications on the basis of the following criteria:

Required experience and knowledge

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Administrative or EU Law, Public Administration, Political Science or similar;
  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the areas mentioned under “key accountabilities”;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a management position;
  • Proven lobbying experience, preferably in an EU setting;
  • Knowledge of the legal and institutional framework Eurojust operates in, in particular cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs;
  • Fluency (C1) in English, as this is the vehicular language of Eurojust.


  • Experience in an EU public environment and/or governing bodies;
  • Experience in policy drafting and/or legal research;
  • Previous experience advising on issues related to the EU legal framework.

2. Interview and written test

Following this assessment, the highest ranking candidates will be invited for an interview and written test, during which the following competencies will be evaluated:

  • Technical competencies related to the position;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and be persuasive towards internal and external stakeholders;
  • Highly developed diplomatic skills and an ability to deal with sensitive issues at the highest administrative and political levels;
  • Ability to make timely decisions and set priorities;
  • Vision and capacity to advise on and implement organisational strategies;
  • Strong sense of accountability;
  • Ability to lead and motivate multidisciplinary teams.

On the day of the interview, applicants must bring copies of all the supporting documents concerning their educational qualifications and employment record.

Following the interview and written test, the Selection Board will make a proposal to the Administrative Director on the establishment of a reserve list of suitable candidates, which will be valid until 31 December 2021. Inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

4. Contractual conditions

The Administrative Director will appoint the successful applicant as a member of the temporary staff pursuant to Article 2(f) of the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union, for a period of up to five years. The contract may be renewed.

Temporary staff are required to serve a probationary period of nine months.

For further information on contractual and working conditions, please refer to the EU Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union and CEOS.

The required level of security clearance for this post is EU SECRET.

5. Submission of applications

You must submit your application through eRecruitment. Eurojust does not accept applications submitted by any other means.

All sections of the application must be completed in English. In order to be considered, applications must be received by 23:59:59 CET on the closing date. We advise you to submit your application well ahead of the deadline, in order to avoid potential problems due to heavy traffic on the website.

Please consult the Applicant Guidelines for instructions on completing your application.

You will receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt of your application. Please note that all correspondence will take place by email, so please ensure that the email address associated with your applicant account is correct and that you check your email regularly.

Eurojust applies a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination in accordance with Article 1(d) of the Staff Regulations. Employment at Eurojust is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system, but Eurojust strives to recruit a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members.

To further enhance the diversity of its workforce, Eurojust particularly encourages applications from male candidates.

Information about selection procedures at Eurojust and application guidelines can be found here: http://www.eurojust.europa.eu/careers/Pages/recruitment-process.aspx.

6. Request for review

If a candidate is found ineligible, or is not invited for an interview, he/she may submit a request for reconsideration, quoting the reference number of the vacancy. More details on the request for review procedure can be found here.

Please note that the Selection Board’s work and deliberations are confidential and that any contact, direct or indirect, with its members is forbidden.

7. Protection of personal data

Eurojust will ensure that applicants’ personal data are processed as required by all applicable data protection regulations and, in particular, with the rules on the protection and processing of personal data at Eurojust (OJ C 68/1, 19.3.2005).

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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