Job Title: Project Officer, Emerging Land Technologies
Organisation: European Defence Agency (EDA)
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Closing Date: 15 January 2021
Salary: Not Stated
Contract Type: Fixed Term, Secondment
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Yes
The Research, Technology & Innovation Directorate (RTI) promotes and supports defence research at EU level. Based on the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), developed together with the Member States, the Directorate coordinates and plans joint research activities and the study of technical solutions to meet future operational needs.
The RTI Directorate provides support to Member States and to the European Commission for the Preparatory Action for defence research, including its implementation, and the research dimension of the European Defence Fund. The RTI directorate also ensures the promotion of innovation in defence and the exploitation of synergies at EU level with civil research in dual-use technology fields.
The RTI Directorate comprises two Units and an RTI Coordination Team, with the following key tasks:
The EU-funded Defence Research Unit: upstream, implementing and downstream support linked to defence research activities funded by the EU budget under delegation by the European Commission
The Technology & Innovation Unit: facilitating the work of the Capability Technology Groups (CapTechs), the Energy & Environment Working Group; development and management of ad hoc research activities based on sectoral Strategic Research Agendas
The RTI Coordination Team: coordination of the RTI Directorate’s contributions to EDA’s transversal activities (such as CDP, CARD, PESCO, and KSA); overview of the Agency’s research portfolio; provision of outlook for research activities and technology watch.
Role and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the Director RTI and the Head of the Technology and Innovation Unit, the jobholder will contribute to the following activities:
support the Project Officer Land Systems on managing the CapTech Ground Systems (Land) and related electronic fora on the EDA Collaborative Platform and the Project and Portfolio Management platform;
coordinate the input from LAND Captech for to the further development of the Capability Development Plan (CDP) and Strategic Context Cases (SCC) in order to define capability-led priorities and projects with R&T initiatives;
coordinate and/or support land-related defence research activities under the European Commission (Preparatory Action on Defence Research and its follow-on programme);
coordinate the input from LAND Captech for Key Strategic Activities;
coordinate technology watch and foresight activities in the assigned area of responsibility;
contribute to improving the linkage between capability development and the system-related R&T activities;
promote, support and manage research projects, including contracting, monitoring and evaluation activities under the responsibility of the RTI Directorate;
prepare, launch and follow the tenders and contracts related to studies assigned to him/her in support of CapTech Land activities;
define and organise experts’ ad-hoc meetings and workshops to prepare projects or programmes assigned to him/her;
represent the Agency in security and defence-related conferences, seminars and workshops;
take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.
Duties may evolve according to development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:
engineering or information technologies university studies and a broad scientific culture;
familiarity with the defence international environment and the EU defence R&T community including both governments, industry, institutes and academia;
specific background knowledge in the area of Land Systems in the Security & Defence context, with focus on technologies for autonomy/autonomous systems;
knowledge and experience in defence European and international R&T collaboration and a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
experience in organisation and chairing of meetings and workshops;
a very good knowledge of written and spoken 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 work in a team and independently in his/her area of responsibility;
ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills;
flexibility, innovativeness, tact with a strong sense of duty and responsibility;
results-orientation and strong motivation;
accuracy and dependability;
ability to adapt to a quickly changing working environment;
genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.
The following will be considered an advantage:
familiarity with the defence international environment (especially CSDP);
knowledge of European Defence Technological and Industrial Base;
hold a (recognised) project management qualification.