Job Title: Project Officer Cyber Education, Training and Exercises
Organisation: The European Defence Agency
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Closing Date: 28 May 2021
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Ter
Working Pattern: Not Stated
Sponsors international candidates? Be nationals of a participating Member State or falling within the provisions of the second paragraph of Article 1 of Council Decision (EU) 2016/1352 of 4 August 2016;
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 team-working; to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal; and to operate without the need for detailed direction.
Role and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Head of Unit Information Superiority, the Project Officer Cyber Education, Training and Exercises (ETE) is responsible for the following activities:
contribute to keeping the Strategic Context Case (SCC) Cyber Responsive Operations on Cyber ETE topics updated;
develop proposals to meet the Cyber Defence (CD) ETE and human factors objectives defined in the Capability Development Plan, the Strategic Context Case (SCC) Cyber Responsive Operations and other EU Cyber Defence/Security Policy documents (e.g. EU Cyber Security Strategy, EU Cyber Defence Policy Framework);
assess the CD ETE and human factors implications of any EU initiative (e.g. European Defence Action Plan, EU Global Strategy, PESCO, CARD);
proactively follow national and multinational cyber defence capability development (particularly national and multinational CD ETE and human factors/personnel initiatives) to identify capability gaps and develop common and harmonised military Cyber ETE requirements;
foster the generation of cyber defence ETE and human factors related collaborative projects in accordance with the SCC Cyber Responsive Operations including the harmonisation of cyber ETE capability requirements and assist participating Member States (pMS) in developing the related capabilities, to shape the European capability landscape towards more coherence, prepare and support their implementation, including as a Project Manager upon request;
support Member States by managing ongoing and future projects in the cyber domain;
propose initiatives and projects, in close connection with participating Member States of the EDA (pMS) through the Project Team (PT) Cyber Defence and other EDA fora as appropriate, to address ETE and human factors related issues;
support the PT Cyber Defence and the Programme Manager Cyber Defence on CD ETE and personnel related initiatives, workshops and seminars to meet objectives within the EDA cyber defence Programme;
prepare calls and tenders in light of planned and emerging funding budgets;
develop and manage cyber defence ETE related studies and other projects resourced from EDA’s operational budget, managing external vendors/contractors as appropriate;
liaise and cooperate with other EU actors on cyber defence ETE, especially the EU Cyber Defence Education, Training and Exercise Platform of the European Defence College;
provide input and support to PESCO projects in the area of cyber defence ETE and human factors, in coordination with the PESCO unit;
provide input and support to European defence industrial development programme (EDIDP)/European Defence Fund (EDF) projects in the area of cyber defence ETE and human factors, in coordination with the EDA EDIDP/EDF cross-directorate Task Force;
contribute the cyber ETE related input to the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) and analyse the CARD results with respect to cyber ETE, in coordination with the Cooperate Planning Unit (CPU) and cross-directorate;
contribute the cyber defence ETE and human factors related input to the annual review of the EDA budget plan (3-Year Planning Framework);
establish close relationships with communities of experts in Cyber Defence ETE, including through the exploitation of the EDA’s Collaborative Platform, being able to manage the safe exchange of information in respect of the Agency’s roles in this domain;
take on additional tasks as required 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.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
In accordance with the Rules applicable to national experts and military staff on secondment to the European Defence Agency (2004/677/EC), Seconded National Experts are seconded to the Agency while remaining in the service of their national employer and continue being paid their national salary by that employer.
Therefore, to be considered in the selection process, candidates for SNE posts must be sponsored by their national authorities. Confirmation is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Agency as far as possible by the closing date for the receipt of applications and in any case before a decision is taken by EDA on the candidate to be selected for a secondment.
The Rules are available on the EDA website http://www.eda.europa.eu - vacancies.
To qualify for secondment to the Agency, experts shall:
have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before their secondment;
remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of secondment and continue to be paid by that employer;
have at least three years' full-time experience in defence, administrative, scientific, technical, operational, advisory or supervisory functions relevant to the performance of the duties assigned to them. Before the secondment, the employer shall supply the Agency with a statement of the expert's employment covering the previous 12 months;
be nationals of a participating Member State or falling within the provisions of the second paragraph of Article 1 of Council Decision (EU) 2016/1352 of 4 August 2016;
have a thorough knowledge of one official language of one of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages for the performance of their duties.
The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:
experience in the key responsibilities mentioned in the duties section, notably multinational defence planning and capability development;
general experience of ETE and human factors/personnel planning;
knowledge and experience in the field of cyber defence and related areas;
knowledge and experience of the Cyber Defence and/or ETE in the international environment;
knowledge of Information Security and Information Technology;
a project/programme management experience;
a very good knowledge of English.
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 elaborate and manage large projects and programmes;
diplomatic stance and ability to work in teams in an international environment;
good leadership and management skills;
results-orientation, and strong motivation;
flexibility and innovativeness;
genuine commitment to the Agency's vision, values and objectives;
appropriate knowledge of English;
strong conceptual, compositional, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
The following will be considered an advantage:
knowledge of the CSDP Capability Development Mechanism;
a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
experience of working in a multinational environment;
a project/programme management qualification;
former position within national security agency and/or in the security department of a large entity.
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.
In order to be considered in the selection process, candidates for SNE posts must be sponsored by their national authorities. Confirmation is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Agency as far as possible by the closing date for the receipt of applications and in any case before a decision is taken by EDA on the candidate to be selected for a secondment.
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.
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