The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising an open competition with a view to recruiting a contract agent to work as Project Manager – GMES Land monitoring technical implementation 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.
GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is the European initiative to establish a European earth observation capacity and is Europe’s main contribution to GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems). GMES will create information services supporting public and private services for environment and security. Services for land, marine, emergency response, and atmosphere are currently in pilot phase, with a climate change service foreseen in the near future.
An initial operational framework for GMES is set up by Regulation (911/2010) on the European Earth observation programme (GMES) and its initial operations (2011-2013). The Regulation provides for the creation of a GMES programme, associated governance frameworks, and the operational (ie not research – based) implementation of some elements of GMES, including an initial operational land service.
EEA has been identified as the organisation that should coordinate GMES in-situ and undertake the technical coordination of the implementation of the GMES land service. The implementation of this land service builds on the successful experience by EEA and Eionet with GMES land precursor services 2006-2009, especially Image2006, Corine change layer 2000-2006, and soil sealing. The primary objective of GMES is to meet user needs, thus scope of the land service focuses on priorities defined from consultation with user communities since 2005. The service will consist of four main components that will ensure the continued and improved delivery of key environmental information resources for these user communities. EEA work will focus on delivery of the European and local components.
Under the responsibility of the Head of SES Shared Environmental Information System Support Programme, the Project Manager shall coordinate the implementation of GMES land service from a technical basis, setting up and arranging implementation of production processes as well as quality assurance and validation procedures to ensure delivery of the required products and reports within the boundary conditions of GMES land service budgets, capacities and time constraints.
The position will entail the following tasks:
- Supporting definition of user requirements, product specifications as well as user uptake of GMES land services;
- Design and implementation of production process as well as quality assurance and validation routines for GMES land service production including also quality assurance on interface to service inputs;
- Preparing technical specifications and guidance on validation and quality assurance;
- Ensuring necessary in-situ data requirements and coordinating with countries the access to ancillary and reference data;
- Ensuring quality assurance/quality control of deliverables from service providers;
- Ensuring that the required results are produced within the specific constraints of quality, time and cost;
- Supervising work assigned to contractors and staff for quality control and quality assurance;
- Project planning as well as implementing project procedures and communication to ensure efficient delivery of outsourced tasks;
- Preparation of estimates of resource needs, monitoring of costs, timescales and resources used, control and approval of invoices (contract management).
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 of at least 3 years, plus 1 year of appropriate professional experience;
b) A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience after achieving the qualification 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 (corresponding to level B.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages CEFR;
- Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
- Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.
Candidates should assess carefully and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the conditions for admission laid down in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the areas mentioned under “Job description”;
- Extensive technical experience in delivery of land use or land cover projects;
- Extensive experience of use and handling of remote sensing data;
- Experience or knowledge of production of Corine land cover or Urban Atlas or earth observation biodiversity related data;
- Structured project management skills, including contract management and quality assurance;
- Highly IT literate (Office software and web tools, GIS, image processing);
- Good oral and written communication skills;
- Good knowledge of English;
- Good organisational and interpersonal skills.
- Professional experience in one of the fast-track or pilot GMES services;
- Professional experience with statistical validation methods;
- Experience of organising in-situ data (reference and ancilliary) access;
- Experience of working with Eionet or similar international networks.
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 period of three years with the possibility of being renewed once for the same period.
Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation period of 9 months.
The basic monthly salary of a Contract Agent before any deductions or allowances, on 1 July 2010 amounts to:
Function Group IV, grade 13 (step 1) EUR 3,145.45
Function Group IV, grade 14 (step 1) EUR 3,558.90
Function Group IV, grade 16 (step 1) EUR 4,555.99
To this basic salary a weighting factor is to be added (34.1%) for Denmark from 1 July 2010. The salaries of Contract Agents are subject to a community tax deducted at source. They are exempt from national tax.
In addition to their basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, in particular an expatriation or foreign residence allowance, and family allowances, including household allowance, dependent child allowance, pre-school allowance and an education allowance.
Please note that recruitment is done in the first or second step of the indicated grade, depending on the duration of the acquired professional experience.
Under certain circumstances, in particular where staff members are obliged to change their place of residence in order to take up employment, the Agency may also reimburse various expenses incurred on recruitment, notably removal expenses.
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:
A Selection Committee is set up for the selection procedure. It consists of members designated by the Appointing Authority and the Staff Committee. The Selection Committee is bound by the principle of confidentiality as enshrined in Article 6 of Annex III to the Staff Regulations. This works in two ways: first, it imposes obligations to ensure equal treatment for candidates; and second, it seeks to protect the Selection Committee to ensure that its decisions are totally impartial.
The Selection Committee adheres strictly to the conditions of admission laid down in the vacancy notice when deciding whether or not candidates are eligible. Candidates admitted to a previous selection procedure will not automatically be eligible. Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the Selection Committee, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.
Should the Selection Committee discover at any stage in the procedure that the candidate does not meet one or more of the general or special conditions for admission to the selection procedure, the candidate will be disqualified.
The Selection Committee decides on those candidates who are admitted to the selection procedure in accordance with the requirements as specified under eligibility criteria. The applications of the candidates admitted to the selection procedure are reviewed to establish whether or not they show evidence of all requirements as specified under selection criteria. The Selection Committee will invite for an interview the candidates they deem best qualified. The interview will be held in English and the candidate’s knowledge of other languages will also be assessed during the interview. Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to undergo a technical, written and/or oral test in the area of expertise required for the post. The test and the interview will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark) where the Agency has its seat and where the place of employment is.
At the end of the interviews the Selection Committee will submit the list of suitable candidates to the Appointing Authority who will decide on the appointment of the successful candidate and the establishment of a reserve list for the post advertised or similar posts that may become available. This usually follows from follow-up recruitment interviews conducted by the Appointing Authority with the suitable candidates. 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 2012 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 a police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record;
- 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 applicant 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. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.
Personal data shall be processed solely for the purposes of this selection procedure.
The applicant shall have the right of access to his/her personal data and the right to rectify or update any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete at any time during the application procedure. The right to rectify can only be exercised up to the closing date for submission of applications. However, inaccurate identification data may be rectified at any time during and after the application procedure. Any request for access or rectification of personal data shall be addressed in writing to the Human Management Resource Group at the address: European Environment Agency, Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark, or at the e-mail address: email@example.com.
The applicant can, upon request, be provided with their evaluation results at all stages of the selection procedure. The request must be submitted to the Human Management Resource Group at the address: European Environment Agency, Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark, or at the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Agency does not make public the names of successful candidates on reserve lists. However, it is possible that, for the purposes of recruitment and related planning purposes, members of the Agency’s senior management team may have access to reserve lists and in specific cases, to the application of a candidate.
Should the applicant have any queries concerning the processing of his/her personal data, s/he shall address them to the European Environment Agency at the following e-mail address:
Applicants are entitled to have recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor (http://www.edps.europa.eu; EDPS@edps.europa.eu) if they consider that their rights under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 have been infringed as a result of the processing of their personal data by the EEA.
EEA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of gender, colour, racial, social or ethnic origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation, marital status or family situation, or any other status. Staff is recruited on the broadest possible geographical basis from among nationals of all EEA member countries.
Interested candidates must apply by filling in electronically the application form below.
Please note that the address indicated on the form will be used as the location for travel for candidates invited to an interview.
To the application form must be attached:
- The European CV below duly filled in
- A letter of motivation
NB: Failure to submit any of the required documents will lead to exclusion from the procedure.
Closing date for application: Monday 08 August 2011 at 12.00 (Central European Time)
Applications sent after this date will be rejected.
Please ensure that you observe the following:
1. Remember to take time zones into consideration when sending your application.
2. Remember to fill in the application form below.
3. Include a CV using the Europass template attached and a letter of motivation.
4. Ensure to specify in your 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.
5. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic reply.
6. It is your responsibility to keep the automatic reply message as proof of submission of your application.
7. Should you not receive an automatic reply message, please submit your application again.
8. 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.
9. You 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:
A candidate who feels that a mistake has been made regarding eligibility may ask to have his/her application reconsidered by sending, within 10 calendar days of the date of notification, a request for review, quoting the number of the selection procedure concerned to the Chairperson of the Selection Committee at the following address: European Environment Agency, Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark, or electronically at the e-mail address: email@example.com.
The Selection Committee will reconsider the application and notify the candidate of its decision within 15 working days of receipt of the request for review.
If a candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities, at the following address:
European Environment Agency
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
The complaint must be lodged within 3 months. The time limit for initiating this type of procedure starts to run from the time the candidate is notified of the act adversely affecting him/her.
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: