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European Fisheries Control Agency

Head of Unit B - Capacity Building

Reference number: 
Closing date: 
Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
Selection closed
Contract type: 
Temporary Agent
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The Agency follows the personnel policy of the Staff Regulations applicable to European Institutions and Bodies. The successful candidates will be offered a post on the basis of the Staff Regulations applicable at the moment of contract signature.

The EFCA is organising selection procedures with a view to drawing up a reserve list with up to 10 candidates for the following position:






The Agency will welcome applications from highly motivated candidates to participate in the development of EFCA.

Candidates are recruited on the condition they have full rights as a citizen. Candidates must have fulfilled any obligations imposed on them by laws concerning military service and meet the character requirements for the duties involved.

The EFCA has an independent and separate recruitment process from other EU institutions or other EU agencies.

In its recruitment, the EFCA only considers applications relating to positions which have been advertised, which means that unsolicited applications are not processed, with a view to maintain equal treatment of applicants. If a candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities to the Executive Director of the EFCA.

1. Conditions of employment

The successful applicants will be appointed as Temporary Staff members of EFCA, according to the provisions of Article 2, Title I of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Communities (CEOS).

The successful candidates will be recruited in the grade mentioned in the title of the offered position.

Recruitment follows the rules and practices of EU Institutions and bodies and successful candidates are offered:

- three-year renewable contracts as Temporary Agent.

The place of employment is Vigo, Spain.

2. General conditions for applications

Candidates may apply only where meeting the following criteria for consideration of their application:

A. Conditions

You must be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union or of Iceland or Norway.

You must be entitled to your full rights as a citizen.

You must have fulfilled the obligations imposed on you by the laws concerning military service.

You must meet the character requirements relating to the position you apply for.

You must submit a completed application for each post applied for.

Candidates may apply in any of the official languages of the European Union, but it would be helpful to apply in English in order to facilitate the selection process, when the Agency follows a practise of using English as working language. However candidates are also requested to state their educational qualifications and positions held in the language of origin.

The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and accepts applications without discrimination on the grounds of age, race, political and/or religious beliefs, sex or sexual orientation, marital and/or family status and regardless any kind of disability.

If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to submit supporting documents to prove the information provided in your application.

B. Submission of applications

Each application shall contain the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae in European format (that can be obtained at the following address,
  • A duly completed and signed declaration of honour ( ~87 Kb),
  • A motivation letter of 2 pages maximum including a clear mention of the post applied for and of your address for correspondence and for invitation to interview.

These three documents should be sent by electronic mail only to:

Please mention in the subject line your last name followed by the position reference:

Please, note that only complete applications containing the above mentioned documents and information required will be taken into account.

Deadline for sending your application is: 08 September 2013

3. Selection procedure

A. Selection

A selection board is set up for the selection procedure. The principle of confidentiality is enshrined in Article 6 of Annex III to the Staff Regulations, which states that the proceedings of the selection board must be secret. It works in two ways: first, it imposes obligations to ensure equal treatment for candidates; and second, it seeks to protect the selection board to ensure that its decisions are totally impartial.

The selection board adheres strictly to the conditions of admissions laid down in the publication notice when deciding whether or not candidates are to be admitted. Candidates admitted to a previous selection procedure will not be automatically eligible.

Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the selection board, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.

Should the selection board discover at any stage in the procedure that the candidate does not meet one or more of the general or special conditions for admission to the selection procedure or that the information on the application form does not correspond with the supporting documents, the candidate will be disqualified.

The selection board decides on those candidates who are admitted to the selection procedure in accordance with the requirements as specified in the publication notice. The applications of the candidates admitted to the selection procedure are reviewed and the selection board decides on those candidates who are invited to attend for interview. The interviewees will be asked to undergo a written test consisting of some/all of the following components: general aptitudes and language abilities to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties, knowledge on European integration, the institutions and the Agency and specific competencies with reference to the profile. Following the interviews, a reserve list of suitable candidates will be set up.

B. Reserve list and recruitment

Each candidate will be informed by letter whether or not he/she has been placed on the reserve list. The validity of the reserve list is up to 2 years from the date of the letter informing the candidate and may be extended. Therefore candidates whose name will be put on a reserve list could be offered a contract during this period of time. Candidates should note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. The recruitment procedure is as follows: as and when funds become available, candidates on the reserve list will be considered and the reserve list will be drawn on to fill vacancies. If a letter of intention is issued, the candidate must undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved and the candidate must provide original or certified copies of all relevant documents.

It should be noted that under the present Staff Regulations the retirement age for staff is:

  • either automatically at the age of 65 years;
  • or, at the staff member’s own request, at the age of 63 years or where the staff member is between 55 and 63 years of age and satisfies, as specified in the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, the requirements for immediate payment of a pension.

These above conditions may change in light of revision to the Staff Regulations. The Agency employs Temporary Agents in accordance with the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities, on 3 years' contracts with the possibility of extension for 3 further years and the possibility of a second extension which would convert these contracts into indefinite contracts.
Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation period of 6 months.

C. Pay and welfare benefits

The pay of staff members consists of a basic salary, to be weighted to compensate the Vigo cost of living and of additional allowances and deductions.

• Basic Salary: There is a basic salary scale for each grade, divided into a number of steps. Staff members progress automatically to the next step every two years until they reach the top of the scale for that grade. The basic monthly starting salary for the first step is 10.324,20 Euro and for the second step 10.758,04 Euro (figures in Euro valid as of 1 January 2011 do not include any allowances).

Temporary Agents at EFCA shall be appointed to the grade set out in the notice of the selection procedure they have passed. In accordance to Art. 32 of the Staff Regulations a Temporary Agent shall be recruited at the first step in his grade. EFCA may allow additional seniority up to a maximum of 24 months (which corresponds to one additional step above step 1) to take account of professional experience. Any duly certified professional activity connected with one of EFCA’s areas of activity shall be taken into account. Any given period may be counted only once.

Allowances: In addition to their basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, in particular an expatriation or foreign residence allowance (depending whether the candidate has left his/her Member State to take up employment with the EFCA), and family allowances (depending on personal circumstances): household allowance, dependent child allowance, preschool allowance, education allowance.

Deductions: Staff pays an EU tax at source and deductions are also made for medical insurance, pensions and unemployment insurance. Salaries are exempt from national tax.

Under certain circumstances, in particular where staff members are obliged to change their place of residence in order to take up employment, the Agency may also reimburse various expenses incurred on recruitment, notably removal expenses.

Additional information can be obtained from the web site of the EFCA. Furthermore, the following link gives you direct access to the Staff Regulations:


Please, take note that a binding commitment can only be made after verification of all conditions and will take the form of a contract signed by the Executive Director.

Please note that the selection process may take some time to be completed and that no information will be released during this period. Once a selection process has been completed, its status will be displayed on the web site of EFCA.

D. Data Protection

Please take note of the information on data protection for candidates in EFCA recruitment procedures.


4. Specific requirements and details of positions offered

 Job description

Overall purpose:

The objective of the function of the Head of Unit B – Capacity Building is to manage the Unit's work and to allocate and develop its resources in order to achieve the objectives of the work programmes and plans of the Agency and with the view to the unit's mission and its contribution to the general objectives of the EFCA.

Unit B is in charge of the assistance rendered to the Commission and Member States with respect to the harmonisation of the application of Common Fisheries Policy rules, the development, coordination and implementation of the training roadmap of inspectors and exchange of experience, and the development of control and inspection techniques as well as the acquisition and development of operational information and communication data network systems and tools and other operational equipment and services as necessary for the carrying out of the operational activities listed in the Annual Work Programme.

The unit is composed of teams of managers and experts in the areas of Data Monitoring and Networks, Training, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Pooled Capacities, Maritime Surveillance and IUU (Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing).

Function and duties:

As a member of EFCA’s middle management, the Head of Unit will manage the unit and report to the Executive Director. He or she will be responsible, in particular for:

General function and duties

  • Implementing the multiannual and annual work programme actions related to Unit B – Capacity Building;
  • Issuing guidelines for policies and actions to the unit on the basis of the mission statement and annual work programme of the EFCA;
  • Coordinating work within the unit and with other units, and represent the unit at important meetings;
  • Developing the areas of competences and ensuring the deployment and quality of services;
  • Act as the main channel for the exchange of information between senior management and the various members of the unit;
  • Being directly responsible for the management of the human resources of the unit and, its financial resources;
  • Facilitating data exchange and promoting best practises between actors involved, in particular the Commission and the Member States, in the operations under the responsibility of the Agency;
  • Reporting to the Executive Director.

Qualifications and experience required

A.         Eligibility criteria

  • 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 have 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;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience after having acquired the educational level as described above;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience of management of human resources or financial management or both;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English, together with a good knowledge of at least one other official language of the European Union.

B.         Selection criteria

I – Professional experience/knowledge related to core abilities as required for middle management functions:

  • Relevant management experience
  • General management skills, including:
    • The ability to set and revise objectives for the unit within the overall strategic framework of the Agency;
    • The ability to determine and focus on priorities and to monitor and evaluate the progress made towards achieving the objectives set, in cooperation with the members of the team;
    • The ability to choose co-workers suited to the efficient pursuit of the unit’s objectives;
    • The ability to empower members of the team while ensuring that they understand what is expected of them and how their work contributes to the unit’s objectives;
    • The ability to motivate members of the team to achieve the desired results and also to enable them to achieve their objectives and greatest potential;
  • Communication skills
    • Ability to communicate clearly and present complex subjects simply, both orally and in writing, including to the members of the team;
  • Interpersonal skills
    • Ability to deal with people effectively and courteously and to build productive and cooperative working relationships with other units and colleagues;
  • Negotiation skills
    • Ability to steer discussions and generate the best possible results without compromising productive working relationships with the other parties involved.

II – Essential

  • Very good organisational skills;
  • Competence in handling budgetary resources;
  • Familiarity with administrative, financial and oversight issues, including procurements administrative and financial circuits, and experience of them;
  • Experience in team management;
  • Experience in project management;
  • Experience in planning and monitoring activities;
  • Experience in evaluation of data sets (data collection, analysis and database structures and management);
  • Proficiency in applying ICT applications for planning, office works and communication.

III - Advantageous:

  • Knowledge of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy
  • Knowledge of the EU decision making and legislative processes and of EU legislation and policies in the field of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs;
  • Relevant working experience in EU Institutions or agencies or International organizations;
  • Knowledge of the Staff regulations and Financial regulations of EU Institutions or agencies;
  • Knowledge of further EU official languages.