Job Title: Policy Officer, Industry Engagement and EU Policies
Organisation: European Defence Agency (EDA)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Closing Date: 19 February 2021
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Not Stated
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
Under the supervision of the Head of Industry Strategy and EU Policies (ISP) Unit, the Policy Officer Industry Engagement and EU Policies focuses, as part of an integrated team, on addressing Industry matters and wider EU policies and their impact on defence, including developing policies and related actions and on monitoring their implementation and outcome.
Role and Responsibilities
pursuing coherence with and assessing wider EU policies and their implication for defence with a view to developing synergies, bringing defence specificities to the attention of EU policies’ stakeholders; supporting the implementation of such policies (including REACH Regulation) in the defence domain;
identifying and implementing any useful measures for strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base) EDTIB and creating an internationally competitive European Defence Equipment Market (EDEM), without prejudice to the competences of the EC in this field; developing strategies, policies, initiatives and instruments for fostering cost-effectiveness and efficiency, as well as cooperation between Member States, in effective defence procurement, aiming to improve the effectiveness of military expenditure;
contributing to the implementation of EDA policy on industry engagement. This includes building effective relations and exchange of information with relevant industrial entities within specific areas of expertise (e.g. Air/Land/Naval/CIS), in support of the Agency's main capability development and research prioritisation processes, Key Strategic Activities (KSAs), and the Agency’s activities in the framework of wider EU Policies impacting defence (e.g. REACH Regulation, defence procurement and transfer directives). It also entails providing input based on the specific area of expertise in other EDA and EU-level policy instruments/mechanisms which may involve industry-related elements (e.g. PESCO, CARD, EDF).
drafting of speeches, briefings, policy papers for EDA management;
ensuring close relations with relevant stakeholders (among others participating Member States, the European Commission, EU institutions, competent EU agencies and bodies and industry);
leading and managing the allocated ISE work strands, in cooperation with the other ISE staff members, Agency directorates, Member States and external bodies;
taking on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
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 a 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 (SECRET UE/EU SECRET), 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.
at least 5 years knowledge/experience of the European Defence Equipment Market and the European Defence Industry;
experience in defence procurement (especially cooperative procurements) either from the governmental or the industrial side;
familiarity with the defence international environment (especially CSDP);
knowledge of the European Union rules, regulations, initiatives and projects affecting the European Defence Equipment Market and the European defence industry;
experience in working in the defence international environment and familiarity with the international defence business;
a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
experience of supporting organisational and process change;
experience of moderating/chairing meetings and workshops;
an excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
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