Officer Standardisation - Internal Market Division

Officer Standardisation - Internal Market Division

VA 16/2023

EFTA Secretariat

Brussels, Belgium

Do you want to be a part of an ambitious international organisation working for the promotion of free trade and economic integration? The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) offers the opportunity for a motivated and highly skilled professional to join the Internal Market Division in Brussels.

EFTA is an intergovernmental organisation working for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States; Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Luxemburg. The Headquarters in Geneva services the EFTA Council and provides services for policy development, negotiations and implementation of free trade and cooperation agreements with countries outside the European Union. The Brussels office supports the management of the EEA Agreement and assists the Member States in the elaboration of input to EU decision-making. EFTA’s Luxembourg office contributes to the development of the European Statistical system.

Division: Internal Market Division
Category/Level: A4
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed term three years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date: 1 December 2023
Job Reference: VA 16/2023

Role Description

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to take on the challenging post of an officer responsible for, standardisation, conformity assessment and marking, harmonisation of technical regulations as well as relevant Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) issues. The successful applicant will contribute to the policymaking at European level and will represent EFTA in the European and international dialogues in the relevant areas.

The post entails keeping an overview and engage in several policy fields to facilitate cooperation between the relevant experts and representatives from the EU, European standardisation and accreditation organisations and EFTA. The officer has the role as secretary to the EFTA TBT Committee that reports directly to the EFTA Council. The successful candidate will coordinate and assist the EFTA States in policy development at European level as well as analyse and communicate new relevant EU policy or legislation and developments within the European standardisation and accreditation organisations. Building networks with a variety of organisations and representatives of various levels, is an important part of the post. The successful candidate will represent EFTA at General Assemblies and other meetings in the European Standardisation Organisations (CEN, CENELEC and ETSI) and in European Accreditation. The post also includes responsibility for the administration of grant agreements. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, mostly within Europe.

The candidate must be willing to take on other tasks as required, e.g. facilitate the integration of new legislation into the EEA Agreement by ensuring the co-ordination and support services to the relevant EFTA working groups and expert groups.

Essential Skills

  • Relevant university degree, minimum master's level;
  • Top notch interpersonal skills, enthusiastic, highly motivated and able to take initiative;
  • Ability to draft texts, analytical reports and policy papers concisely and clearly in English;
  • Self-reliance, autonomy and a proactive approach;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Ability to cooperate closely and constructively in an international team;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Working knowledge of at least one of the EFTA languages.

Ideal Skills

  • Knowledge of the EU institutions, policies and procedures;
  • Good knowledge of the European Standardisation System;
  • Relevant and work experience in a national administration, international organisation and/or related private sector activity;
  • Experience in standardisation, accreditation and related matters;
  • Good knowledge of the EEA Agreement.

Employment Terms

EFTA has a dynamic and diverse work environment with the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Here you will be part of an organisation based on professionalism, cooperation, trust, responsibility and respect.

EFTA also offers:

  • International career and learning opportunities;
  • An inclusive environment with high regard for cultural differences;
  • Competitive benefit package.

Grade: A4
Annual salary: EUR 108,329

Appointments are normally made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

EFTA is an international organisation, and the salaries and related payments are normally exempt from income taxation by the EFTA Member States and in the host states of the EFTA duty stations. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

This position is open to nationals of all the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). Applicants must apply via the EFTA e-recruitment tool. Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

For further information on this post, please contact:

On substance:

Ms Marit Schage Andria, Director of IMD Internal Market Division,, tel. +32 2 28 61 740

On process:

Ms Inga Hanna Gudmundsdottir, Head of HR,, tel. +32 2 286 17 06
Technical issues: HR Support,

Deadline for applications: Sunday 18 June 2023

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