The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising an open competition with a view to recruiting a contract agent to work as project manager within the area of environmental economics and policies and further with a view to establishing a reserve list.
The EEA is an agency of the European Union (EU) and one of the decentralised Community bodies. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.
Reporting to the Head of Programme for Integrated Environmental Assessments, and to the Head of the relevant group inside this programme, the Project Manager shall be responsible for supporting major assessments with economic analysis relevant to the environmental policy priorities of the European Union.
Duties will include the assessment of the environmental, health, ecological and social impacts of economic activities e.g. of the industrial, energy, transport, household and food/agricultural sectors; and of the same range of impacts from environmental policy measures.
The suitable candidate will adopt a comprehensive, integrated and pluralistic approach to the analysis of environmental problems and policy solutions, an approach that will be characterized by systems perspectives, an appreciation of the broad physical and biological contexts, and a focus on long-term sustainable development. Emphasis will also be given to financial, behavioral and ethical issues.
The position will entail the following tasks:
- Lead on the area of Ecological Tax Reform including empirical assessments, analyses of existing policies, and identification of future options;
- Lead on monitoring, analyses and assessments of the use of economic/market-based instruments for environmental purposes, in particular taxation, subsidies, and tradable permits, liability regimes, as well as analyses and assessments of their interaction with regulatory and informational measures;
- Support EEA activities on greening the European economy through analysis of the potential across the different sectors that can deliver most benefits;
- Support analyses and critical assessments of relevant methodologies and their use by decision-makers on for example, cost-benefit, multi-criteria, and cost-effectiveness analyses, impact assessments, and, retrospective and prospective approaches to extended and social CBA;
- Support analyses of the relationship of environmental performance, social performance and economic performance across the EU;
- Support assessments of methods for valuing non-market goods and services and the development of value transfer techniques;
- Liaise with the European Commission, OECD, UNEP and the EEA’s network Eionet as appropriate in carrying out the above tasks.
Candidates applying must satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for the submission of applications:
a) Successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned (eg. environmental economics, ecological economics, political science), where the normal duration of university education is 4 years or more OR successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned (eg. environmental economics, ecological economics, political science), where the normal duration of university education is 3 years, plus 1 year of professional experience;
b) A minimum of 9 years of relevant professional experience after achieving the degree set out above.
In addition, in order to be eligible a candidate must:
- Be a national of one of the member countries of the EEA (Member States of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey);
- Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service;
- Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the EEA member countries and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties pertaining to the post;
- Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
- Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.
- Proven experience of delivering analyses in the European policy context that is relevant to some or all of the tasks above;
- Proven ability to work and deliver quality outcomes as part of inter-disciplinary teams;
- Good knowledge of written and spoken English;
- Ability to prioritise work and manage his/her responsibilities;
- Good organisational and interpersonal skills;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Excellent knowledge of the main MS Office Software, namely Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Published examples of analysis that have made a direct contribution to influencing decision-making processes either at the local, regional, national or European levels;
- Academic and work experience that supports an ability to work on inter-disciplinary analysis.
The successful candidate will be offered a Contract Agent contract in accordance with Article 3a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities. The duration of the contract will be for a limited time period not exceeding three years, with the possibility of being renewed once for the same period.
The basic monthly salary of a Contract Agent before any deductions or allowances, on 1 July 2008 amounts to:
Function Group IV, grade 14 (step 1) EUR 3,428.49
Function Group IV, grade 16 (step 1) EUR 4,389.04
To this basic salary a weighting factor is to be added (39.4%) for Denmark from 1 July 2008. The salaries of Contract Agents are subject to a community tax deducted at source. They are exempt from national tax.
The place of work will be Copenhagen, Denmark.
It is brought to the particular attention of candidates that the provisions of Articles 11 to 26 of the Staff Regulations, concerning the rights and obligations of officials, shall apply by analogy to Contract Agents. These rules specify that:
"An official shall carry out his duties and conduct himself solely with the interests of the Communities in mind; he shall neither seek nor take instructions from any government, authority, organization or person outside his institution. He shall carry out the duties assigned to him objectively, impartially and in keeping with his duty of loyalty to the Communities.
An official shall not without the permission of the appointing authority accept from any government or from any other source outside the institution to which he belongs any honour, decoration, favour, gift or payment of any kind whatever, except for services rendered either before his appointment or during special leave for military or other national service and in respect of such service."
For further information on the Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities see:
Eligibility of candidates will be assessed according to compliance with all eligibility criteria by the closing date for the submission of applications.
Eligible candidates whose application shows evidence of all required competences and skills listed under “Selection criteria” may be invited for an interview, which will be held for the most part in English. Pre-selected candidates will be asked to undergo a written test in the area of expertise required for the post.
The list of suitable candidates is submitted to the Appointing Authority who decides on the appointment of the successful candidate and the establishment of a reserve list for the post advertised. Candidates shall note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget.
The reserve list for this post will be valid until 31 December 2010 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority.
Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate will be asked:
- to provide original or certified copies of all relevant documents proving his/her eligibility, including an extract from his/her police file;
- to undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.
Personal data protection:
Any personal data provided by the User shall be processed pursuant to European Regulation related to personal data protection, in particular Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movements of such data. It shall be processed solely for the purposes of the performance, management and follow-up of information requested by the User. The User shall have the right of access to his personal data and the right to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. Should the User have any queries concerning the processing of his personal data, he shall address them to the European Environment Agency.
EEA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age or sexual orientation. Staff is recruited on the broadest possible geographical basis from among nationals of all EEA member countries.
Interested candidates must apply by filling in the application form below. To the application form must be attached:
- The Europass CV below duly filled in;
- A letter of motivation; and
- The eligibility and selection criteria grid below duly filled in.
NB: Failure to submit any of the required documents will lead to exclusion from the procedure.
Closing date for application: Monday 06 July 2009, at 12.00 (Central European Time)
Applications sent after this date will be rejected.
Please ensure that you observe the following:
- Remember to take time zones into consideration when sending your application.
- Include both a CV using the Europass template attached above and a letter of motivation.
- Ensure to specify in CV exact starting and end dates of professional experiences (date/month/year) as well as percentage of work activity in case the experience is not full time.
- Include the duly filled in eligibility and selection criteria grid.
- Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic reply.
- It is your responsibility to keep the automatic reply message as proof of submission of your application.
- Should you not receive an automatic reply message, please submit your application again.
- Please do not leave it until the last minute to submit your application. Experience has shown that the system can become overloaded as the deadline for applications approaches and you may find it difficult to submit your application in time.
- Candidates may apply in any of the official languages of the European Union but the use of English is encouraged to facilitate the selection process.
Request for review:
Candidates who have not been admitted to the selection procedure will be notified by letter. The candidate may ask to have her/his application reconsidered by sending a request for review to the Chairperson of the Selection Committee at the address indicated on the letter within 21 calendar days from the date of the letter of notification.
Interested candidates must apply by filling in the application form below. To the application form must be attached:
The template CV below duly filled in, and
Template Europass CV
Instructions for Europass CV
- A letter of motivation
E-mail (Questions only): should you have any questions, please use this email:
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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