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Principal Adviser (G7 and G20 Sustainable Development Agendas)

European Union Commission


Brussels, Belgium


Not stated


Until filled

Friday, September 29, 2023







Participating Members

We are 

The mission of the Directorate-General for International Partnerships (DG INTPA) is to contribute to sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, to peace and to the protection of human rights, through international partnerships that uphold and promote European values and interests. 


  • has a leading role in formulating EU policies in the area of international cooperation and building partnerships with countries and international organisation across the globe, 

  • works hand in hand with the Commission services to ensure that the external dimension of EU policies strengthens its action in the world, 

  • closely coordinates with Member States under a strong Team Europe approach to support the EU’s global agenda, 

  • bases its actions on international law and multilateralism and is at the forefront of the European Union’s efforts to implement global commitments, notably the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, 

  • is responsible, either on its own or together with the European External Action Service, for the multiannual programming and implementation of the EU's external instruments, 

  • implements its policies and programmes through European Union Delegations in partner countries and international organisations. For this purpose, it defines, establishes and runs the management, supervision, support and control systems required to ensure the highest levels of regularity, quality, impact and visibility for the programmes implemented. 

We propose 

A new function of Principal Adviser responsible for the follow-up of the G7 and G20 sustainable development agendas. 

The Principal Adviser will support the Director-General with strategic thinking and advice related to the development track of the G7 and G20 agendas. S/he will ensure coherence within DG INTPA, and will coordinate with the Secretariat-General, other Commission DGs, the EEAS, and with Member States as appropriate, under a Team Europe approach. 

We look for (selection criteria) 

Candidates should have: 

Personal qualities 

  • A strategic mind-set, sound political judgement and strong analytical skills, demonstrating a well-developed ability to generate innovative and creative ideas and to present clear, coherent and realistic action plans; 

  • Excellent negotiating, communication and coordination skills, the ability to discuss effectively with internal and external stakeholders at a high level, including solid experience in coordinating and/or negotiating at inter-institutional and/or international level; 

  • Ability to set priorities and to take decisions. 

Specialist skills and experience 

  • Very good knowledge and expertise of the European Union's internal and external policies and the European Union institutions; 

  • Excellent understanding of the European Union's financial instruments for external action and their implementing modalities ; 

  • Very good knowledge of the structure and organisation of the Directorate-General, including the role and specificities of the network of EU Delegations; 

  • Knowledge of and experience in budgetary, financial and horizontal management issues; 

Advisory skills 

  • proven experience and well-established capacity in providing expert advice and issuing opinions at senior level; 

  • excellent political judgement and understanding of a complex global political environment, in particular the G7/G20 group dynamic and the EU’s role; 

  • Proven experience in formulating, driving forward and implementing efficient and effective policies or legislation; 

Candidates must (eligibility requirements) 

Candidates will only be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal requirements to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications: 

  • Nationality: candidates must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union. 

  • University degree or diploma: candidates must have: 

    • either a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is 4 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 1 year when the normal period of university education is at least 3 years (this one year's professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate professional experience required below). 

  • Professional experience: candidates must have at least 15 years postgraduate professional experience 1 at a level to which the qualifications referred to above give admission. 

  • Advisory experience: at least 5 years of the post-graduate professional experience must have been gained in a high–level advisory function2. 

  • Languages: candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union3 and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these official languages. Selection panels will verify during the interview(s) whether candidates comply with the requirement of a satisfactory knowledge of another official EU language. This may include (part of) the interview being conducted in this other language. 

  • Age limit: candidates must not have reached regular retirement age, which for officials of the European Union is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66 years (see Article 52 lit (a) of the Staff Regulations 4). 

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Posted Date:

Sep 9, 2023


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