Chair of EIOPA

EIOPA - European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

Chair of EIOPA

EIOPA - European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) is an independent European Union Authority established on 1 January 2011 by Regulation (EU) No. 1094/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010.

EIOPA is at the heart of insurance and occupational pensions in the EU. Our mission, among other things, is to contribute to a sound, effective and consistent level of regulation and supervision of insurance and occupational pensions sectors in Europe, and to promote transparency, simplicity and fairness in the market for consumer financial products or services across the internal market for the benefit of EU citizens. Through our activities we help protect insurance policyholders, pension scheme members, customers and consumers and other beneficiaries. We furthermore play a key role in supporting the stability of the financial system, transparency of financial markets and products, and we contribute to strengthening coordination among financial supervisors at the international level.

EIOPA is part of the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) which includes the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).

Further information on EIOPA is available on EIOPA's website:

For its offices in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, EIOPA is inviting applications for a position as


We propose

The position of Chairperson of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA). The Chairperson is a full- time independent professional, member of EIOPA staff, based in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). He/she will be accountable to the EIOPA Board of Supervisors and will report to the Board of Supervisors on an on-going basis on the development of the EIOPA activities.

The Chairperson's term of office shall be five years and may be extended once.


Main responsibilities

More specifically, the Chairperson will be responsible for the tasks laid down in the Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010, and in particular:

  • Acting as the head and representative of EIOPA;
  • Chairing the meetings of the Board of Supervisors and the Management Board;
  • Ensuring the achievement of EIOPA objectives;
  • Fulfilling certain clearly defined tasks and decisions of EIOPA Board of Supervisors;
  • Participating in hearings before the European Parliament on the performance of EIOPA, making a statement before the European Parliament and answering questions put by it.


1. Eligibility Criteria

Applicants will be considered for the pre-selection phase on the basis of the following formal eligibility criteria (to be fulfilled by the closing date for applications):

1.1. General

  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
  • Be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws on military service;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union;
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

1.2 Specific

1.2.1 Qualifications

  1. 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
  2. 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 (this one year's professional experience cannot be included in the post graduate professional experience required below).

1.2.2 Professional experience

  • To qualify for the position a candidate must have at least 15 years of proven professional experience, after completing the education as mentioned under 1.2.1., of which at least five years must have been acquired at a high level in the areas covered by EIOPA.

1.2.3 Knowledge of languages

  • For working purposes, as English is the working language of EIOPA, an excellent knowledge of the English language, both written and spoken, is required.

1.2.4 Age limit

  • To qualify for the position the candidate must be able to complete the full five-year mandate before reaching retirement age. For temporary staff of the European Union, retirement age is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66.

2. Selection Criteria

In addition to the above, the following selection criteria will be used:

  • Thorough knowledge of the sectors of relevance for the activities of EIOPA and proven expertise in these areas;
  • Proven experience in financial regulation and/or supervision at national, European or international level of relevance to the activities of EIOPA;
  • Very good understanding of the EU institutions and EU decision- making process, European and international activities of relevance to the activities of EIOPA;
  • Excellent knowledge of the European political and legal environment and proven negotiation experiences at European and international level;
  • Experience in directing an organisation with significant tasks and objectives and steering that organisation to the achievement of its objectives.

Applications will be assessed based on the Eligibility and Selection criteria specified in parts 1 and 2.

For this position, the candidates are expected to fulfil the following competencies to be assessed during interviews:

  • Proven capacity to take decisions at strategic and political level;
  • Excellent networking abilities, communication and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to deal and negotiate with high level legislative, governmental representatives as well as stakeholders and financial industry representative within and outside the EU;
  • Strong sense of responsibility, initiative and self-motivation.


As a European Union Authority, EIOPA applies a policy of equal opportunities and takes care to avoid any form of discrimination in its recruitment procedures.


The selection procedure will include the following:

  1. A Pre-Selection Committee will be established for this pre- selection process. All the eligible candidates invited to pre- selection interviews shall be informed on the composition of the Pre-Selection Committee in the invitation to the pre-selection interview;
  2. The Pre-Selection Committee will analyse application documents (curriculum vitae and motivation letter) of applicants with reference to the eligibility and selection criteria and will draw up a list of up to ten candidates based on their merits and criteria set above. The candidates included in this list will be invited by the Pre-Selection Committee to the pre-selection interviews;
  3. Following the pre-selection interviews, the Pre-Selection Committee will submit a pre-shortlist of up to six most suitable candidates and an assessment report to EIOPA Board of Supervisors;
  4. The up to six pre-shortlisted candidates will then be invited to give a presentation on a pre-defined topic and will be interviewed by EIOPA Board of Supervisors. The presentations and the interviews will take place on the same day. The topic of the presentation will be communicated in the invitation to presentation and interview with EIOPA Board of Supervisors;
  5. The European Council will take a decision on the appointment of the Chairperson, after confirmation by the European Parliament;
  6. Candidates may be required to undergo further interviews and/or tests in addition to those indicated above;
  7. This call for applications is the basis for the establishment of the shortlist. Inclusion on the shortlist is no guarantee of appointment. Applicants should note that the shortlist may be public, once it has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors;
  8. In accordance with Articles 11 and 11a of the Staff Regulations (SR) and Article 11 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS) the successful candidates to be included in the pre-shortlist will be required to make a declaration of the conflict of interest before the interview by the Board of Supervisors. In particular, the pre-shortlisted candidates will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make a declaration in respect of any interests which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence which will be examined in accordance with EIOPA's Ethics framework. Each applicant must confirm, in his/her declaration submitted with his/her application, his/her willingness to be compliant in case of s/he will be the successful candidate.

Please note that the Pre-Selection Committee's work and deliberations are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is strictly forbidden. Any contact made by the candidates or third parties in order to influence the members of the Pre-Selection Committee in relation to the selection constitutes grounds for disqualification from the selection procedure.


1. Contract type, duration and starting date

The successful candidate will be appointed as a temporary agent 2 (a) on a fixed-term contract of five years with a probation period of nine months and the possibility of extension as provided for in Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010.

The Chairperson term is five years and may be extended once by the Council, acting on a proposal from the Board of Supervisors and with the assistance of the Commission, and taking into account the Board of Supervisors' evaluation.

The envisaged starting date is 1 March 2021.

2. Function group and grade

The successful candidate shall be appointed as a temporary agent 2 (a) at grade AD 15. The estimated monthly basic salary is from € 17,493.

The details of the whole remuneration package are provided in Articles 62 - 70 and Annex VII to the Staff Regulations. For more information, please refer to Careers page of EIOPA:

3. Summary of the conditions of employment

  • Salaries are exempted from national tax; instead a Union tax at source is paid;
  • The correction coefficient applicable to the remuneration of officials and other servants under Article 64 of the Staff Regulations for Berlin, Germany shall apply;
  • Depending on the individual family situation and the place of origin, staff members may be entitled to the following: expatriation allowance (16% of the basic salary), household allowance, dependent child allowance, education allowance, installation allowance and reimbursement of removal costs, initial temporary daily subsistence allowance, and other benefits;
  • Annual leave entitlement - two days per calendar month plus additional days for age, grade, and 2.5 days of supplementary home leave granted to staff entitled to the expatriation allowance or foreign residence allowance;
  • EU Pension Scheme (after 10 years of service);
  • EU Joint Sickness and Insurance Scheme, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance;
  • Travel insurance when travelling on missions.

4. Rights and obligations

Candidates are informed that, if they are appointed as EIOPA's Chairperson, they shall comply with the ethical standards provided in Title II of the SR, including rules on independence, integrity and conflict of interests whilst on employment and after leaving EIOPA.

The Chairperson shall carry out his/her duties and conduct himself/herself solely with the interests of the Union in mind and independently of any interests, which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.

Particular attention is drawn to the fact that the person having served as EIOPA Chairperson will be bound to seek clearance from EIOPA (for two years after leaving EIOPA) before engaging in another occupational activity. If that activity is related to the work carried out during the last three years of service at EIOPA, and EIOPA is of the opinion that it could lead to a conflict with the legitimate interests of EIOPA, EIOPA can give its approval subject to any conditions it sees fit or forbid the activity for up to two years after leaving EIOPA. Activities that would put the EIOPA Chairperson in a situation of conflict of interests will not be authorised.

5. Place of employment

Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Applications including a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter, dated and signed must be submitted in English via the ''Apply'' button by 23:59 CET on 31 August 2020.

EIOPA will disregard any application received after the deadline. Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit their applications, since heavy internet traffic or fault with the internet connection could lead to difficulties in submission. EIOPA cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such difficulties.

Only complete applications will be accepted and considered. In order for the application to be considered complete candidates must send all documents dated and signed before the deadline:

1. curriculum vitae clearly indicating (among all):

  • Qualifications (please list exact dates of your academic qualifications gained);
  • Responsibilities, experience and skills gained in previous positions (please list exact dates of your work experience gained); - Nationality/Citizenship;
  • Language skills; and

2. motivation letter of no more than one page, explaining why you are interested in the post and what would be your added value you would bring to EIOPA if selected.

At this stage, please do not send supporting documents (copies of ID cards, passports, diplomas, etc.). Supporting documents must be submitted at a later stage of the procedure when requested.

Candidates should assess and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the requirements as specified in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience. These must be met by the deadline for submitting applications.

Professional experience indicated in the curriculum vitae are counted only from the time the candidate obtained the certificate or diploma required for the position and only if it is on paid basis (including study grants or internship grants). PhDs may be counted as professional experience if the candidates received a study grant or salary during the time of PhD studies. The maximum duration counted for PhD is three years provided that the PhD has been successfully concluded by the closing date for applications of the selection procedure.

Start and end dates of all previous positions and whether full time or part time work should be indicated in the curriculum vitae. Freelance or self-employed candidates must provide either a copy of the entry in the relevant trade register, or any official document (for example a tax return document) showing clearly the length of the relevant professional experience. Details of any professional experience, training, research or studies must be given on the application form. Candidates must be able to provide supporting documents clearly showing duration and nature of experience upon request.

The address indicated in the curriculum vitae will be used as the location from which the candidates invited to interviews travel.

In order to facilitate the selection process, all communication with applicants concerning this vacancy notice will be in English.


EIOPA will ensure that candidates' personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.


Candidates who consider that their interests have been prejudiced by any decision related to the selection procedure can take the following actions:

1. Request for review of the decisions taken by the Pre- Selection Committee

Within ten calendar days of the date of the letter notifying the candidate of a decision taken by the Pre-Selection Committee, he/she may submit a written request for a review of such a decision, setting out the reasons for the request, to the following e-mail address:

2. Appeals

a) The candidate may lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations within the time limits provided for (three months), at the following address:

Head of Human Resources Unit EIOPA
Selection procedure: Ref. 202016TAAD15 Westhafenplatz 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

b) The candidate can submit a judicial appeal to the General Court under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations.

For details of how to submit an appeal, please consult the website of the General Court:

3. Complaint to the European Ombudsman

It is also possible to lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman pursuant to Article 228(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the Staff Regulations and the general conditions governing the performance of the European Ombudsman's duties.

For details of how to lodge a complaint, please consult the website of the European Ombudsman:

Please note that complaints made to the European Ombudsman have no suspensive effect on the period laid down in Articles 90(2) and 91 of the Staff Regulations for lodging, respectively, a complaint or an appeal with the General Court. Furthermore, under Article 2(4) of the general conditions governing the performance of the European Ombudsman's duties, any complaint lodged with the European Ombudsman must be preceded by the appropriate administrative approaches to the institutions and bodies concerned.

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