Head of Unit Maritime Domain

EDA - European Defence Agency

Head of Unit Maritime Domain

EDA - European Defence Agency

Brussels, Belgium

Directorate: Capability, Armament and Planning Directorate (CAP)
Contract type: Temporary agent
Group: N.A.
Grade: AD12
Indicative starting date: 01/09/2021
Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET
Management of staff: Yes
Closing date for applications: 31/08/2020

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 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. The Corporate Services Directorate (CSD) and three operational directorates: Industry, Synergies and Enablers (ISE); Capability, Armament & Planning (CAP); Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI).


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 teamworking; 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 direction of the Capability, Armament and Planning Director, the Head of Unit Maritime Domain is responsible for the following activities:

  • lead, manage and motivate the maritime domain unit including by improving relevant skills and knowledge, and apply the cross-unit and cross-directorate way of working;
  • contribute effectively to the Agency’s major tasks in prioritization, promotion of collaborative projects in capability development and facilitate towards the EU Commission and EU Agencies for the maritime domain;
  • apply and contribute with his/her unit to further develop capability development tools, in particular the EU Capability Development Plan (CDP) Priorities, Strategic Context Cases (SCC), Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) results and Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) commitments; this entails:
    • contribute to the update and review of the Capability Development Plan (CDP) through in-depth analysis of future trends in the Maritime Domain - considering specifically new developments trends in the Armaments and Research areas;
    • keep the SCC Naval Manoeuvrability and Underwater Control updated and use them as the key tool to agree on work programmes with participating Member States (pMS) to be taken forward within the EDA;
    • support the CARD process in all its phases, including through contributing to the preparation of CARD bilateral visits in close cooperation with the Cooperation Planning Unit and using the findings to develop tailored advice and support to pMS requirements and recalibrate conceptual documents (SCC);
    • support the PESCO process through subject matter expertise, contributing to the assessment of National Implementation Plans (NIPs) as appropriate and, to the assessment of PESCO project proposals in close coordination with the PESCO Unit;
    • contribute to the assessment of European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP) and European Defence Fund (EDF) related project proposals upon Member States’ request.
  • contribute to the further development of capabilities, including identifying, promoting and proposing collaborative projects within his area of responsibility; this entails:
    • supervise and coordinate related Project Teams (PTs) and Ad Hoc Working Groups;
    • generate and steer Category B Projects for his area of responsibility, including the harmonization of capability requirements;
    • define the specification of outsourced studies, activities and capability evaluations;
    • ensure the correct submission of documentation in support of Steering Board decisions on maritime matters;
    • coordinate with other Heads of Unit to ensure coherence in capability development work (both requirements- and research-based);
    • coordinate with other Directorates in order to set up appropriate EDA teams to enable specific cross-cutting/transversal project work;
    • promote appropriate links with participating Member States, the EU Military Committee and relevant European Agencies.
  • represent EDA in conferences and seminars, as speaker or participant and thus develop a broader understanding beyond the remit of the Maritime domain unit;
  • support the EDA’s policy and media units in preparatory work for meetings of the Top-Management of EDA and for press releases;
  • take on additional duties as requested in the interest of the service.

Duties may evolve depending on the development of the EDA's structure and activities, and decisions of EDA management.


To be considered eligible to take part in this selection procedure, on the closing date for the submission of applications candidates must satisfy all the eligibility criteria as specified below:

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled 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 (extract from the “judicial record” or certificate of good conduct will be requested prior to recruitment);
  • 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 the 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 attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

Only diplomas that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are the subject of equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration. In the latter case, the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment reserves the right to request proof of such equivalence.


A. Essential

(1) Professional

From a maritime/navy background, the candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • knowledge of/experience in defence planning, capability development and preparation of projects/programmes;
  • track record of delivering successful business outcomes in defence planning and defence capability development, including project management;
  • broad experience in the maritime domain, preferably as an active duty naval military officer in senior positions;
  • experience in working at higher Military Staff/HQs or Ministry of Defence level;
  • a thorough understanding and a professional experience of the challenges related to intervention and protection in the maritime domain in crisis management operations;
  • familiarity with the international defence and security environment (especially in a CSDP context, inter-agency aspects);
  • understanding of the EDA’s main tasks, roles and functions;
  • a sound practical management experience;
  • a 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:

  • ability to work in a team as a team leader and manager, including by working cross unit and cross directorate as well as by promoting and improving skills and expertise of his team;
  • ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
  • good leadership and management skills;
  • results orientation, and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives;
  • good communication skills;
  • strong conceptual, compositional, interpersonal, and analytical skills.

B. Desirable

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • a minimum of 15 years of professional experience acquired after the award of the qualification;
  • experience as a Desk Officer or Branch Head in a national Ministry of Defence;
  • experience as a Commanding Officer in the Navy;
  • experience in the international environment of the European Union, NATO, OSCE or UN;
  • experience in missions or operations either in NATO or EU.


The Head of Unit Maritime Domain 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.


The Head of Unit Maritime Domain will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period. Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent, grade AD12.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 11.590,57€ 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://eda.europa.eu/jobs/what-we-offer.

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 the Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Head of Unit Maritime Domain at the EDA.

This list will be 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 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.


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.


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 panel will be appointed. Please note that the selection panel's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden. Each application will be screened based on the requirements of the job profile stated in the vacancy notice. The most suitable applicants will be called for an interview and a written test. 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 recruitment@eda.europa.eu.

Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) 45/2001 and Decision No. 1247/2002/EC.

The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible preselection 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.

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