EEA Job Vacancy


EEA Job Vacancy Published 14 Jan 2015
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Project Manager - Biodiversity indicators - Contract Agent (FG IV)

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 biodiversity indicators and assessments 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 Union bodies. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement inEurope’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.


Under the responsibility of the Head of the Biodiversity Group, reporting to the Head of Natural Systems and Vulnerability Programme, the Project Manager will coordinate the development of indicators to assess progress towards the global and EU biodiversity targets (2020 and beyond), liaise with other indicator initiatives both at EEA and global level and on gathering evidence for a broad range of ecosystem assessments.

The work will be conducted within the EEA management framework, and at the EEA Biodiversity, Agriculture and Forests group and involving the Agency’s European Topic Centre for Biological Diversity (ETC-BD). Both the group and the ETC hold the maintenance of priority datasets, secure broad data management within the European Data Centre for biodiversity, produce and manage  information structured in dedicated on-line information systems (BISE, CHM-BD), indicators (e.g. SEBI) and assessments (e.g. SOER, Biodiversity Baseline). As data supplier and receptor EEA cooperates with many European and international partners to this effect (European Commission, member countries, UNEP-WCMC, Council of Europe, CBD, GBIF, IPBES, etc.).

Particular focus will, on the one hand, be on strategically defining the process of biodiversity indicators development in the context of post-SEBI 2010 (Streamlining European Biodiversity Indicators 2010) process, identifying key knowledge gaps and emerging issues, both research and sector oriented (in particular agriculture and forests) as well as securing gathering of relevant data and consolidating EEA participation and visibility in relevant European and global processes and initiatives; and, on the other hand, on contributing to inter-linkages between biodiversity and other strategic themes and topics (e.g. grassland, freshwater, marine ecosystems, land cover/use change, climate change, food security, resource efficiency).

The successful candidate is highly professional, creative and motivated by environmental matters at large, has very good technical skills on biodiversity information and knowledge processes, analytical competences and good abilities to network and conduct cooperation activities.

The position will entail the following tasks:

  • Support the strategic developments of EEA indicator-based assessments activities, focusing on the biodiversity and ecosystems related topics in state-of-the-environment reporting that combines scientific soundness and policy- relevant analysis;
  • Secure the management and development of EEA related biodiversity indicator factsheets (SEBI and Core Set Indicators) liaising with the data and information handlers and linking to the EEA Indicator Management System and corporate communication;
  • Connect and organise relevant expertise in: biodiversity indicators and ecosystems assessments across EEA programmes and groups; within EIONET and partner networks, in particular, bridging ETC-BD activities in the field and corresponding packages of work within its annual Action Plan; and with EEA member and associated countries;
  • Support the development of other indicators under the responsibility of the Biodiversity Group, in particular Agri-Environmental Indicators;
  • Develop and maintain cooperation, mainly in relation to above, with the EU institutions (i.e. relevant Directorates General of the European Commission, Eurostat) and other European organisations and projects that can contribute with data and information both to the EEA indicators and to EEA major reports (including SOER) to ensure policy relevance of EEA activities;
  • Actively follow-up a number of global and regional organisations and networks, in particular Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO), the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and others as appropriate, consolidating EEA participation and visibility in relevant global and regional initiatives contributing to the role of EEA in relation to the implementation of Global and EU policies in the area of Biodiversity;
  • Support broader outreach activities by harvesting diverse contributions and projects across EEA into the Biodiversity Information System for Europe (BISE) within the Common Implementation Framework being set for the EU Biodiversity Strategy and reaching out to broader indicator and ecosystem assessment communities and networks;
  • Prepare and revise reports, papers and other documents interlinking with other colleagues in the Biodiversity group, across NSV groups and across EEA programmes;
  • Organise regular information exchanges, meetings and workshops on indicators, to exploit, in cooperation with others, relevant policy analyses and ecosystems assessments projects requiring and feeding EEA results and objectives;
  • Represent EEA in relevant meetings and conferences to foster information exchange and knowledge sharing in the relevant fields; initiate relevant procurement procedures (incl. preparation of  terms of reference), ensure follow-up of the project’s implementation, performance of contractors and partners (objectives, outputs and deadlines) as well as supervision of, and advice to contractors and other EEA and ETC staff.


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 plusIceland,Liechtenstein,Norway,SwitzerlandandTurkey);
  • 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 (please check the European language levels);
  • 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.



  • Relevant knowledge in the field of biodiversity information and ecosystem assessment, including expertise on analysing biodiversity issues and the connected policies through indicators frameworks;
  • Proven abilities to have run policy-relevant evaluations in complex settings;
  • Experience in multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary work and projects, including in the area of agriculture and/or forests across organisations and countries in the EU and beyond;
  • Excellent networking, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; proven skills in communicating scientific knowledge to broader audiences;
  • Ability to prioritise work and manage his/her responsibilities;
  • Very good organisational skills;
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English.


  • A good knowledge of European governance related to environmental policies, particularly in the fields of nature protection, biodiversity and ecosystems assessments as well as sector-related (agriculture and forests);
  • Knowledge of data management tools (Arc-info, Oracle, open source tools etc.).


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 Union. The duration of the contract will be for a limited period of four years with the possibility of being renewed once for up to the same period.

Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation period of 9 months.

Please note that recruitment is done in the first step of the grade within Function Group IV to which the successful candidate qualifies, depending on the duration of the acquired professional experience.

For information on salary, please see information published under Contract Agents.

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 Temporary Agents. These rules specify that:

“An official shall carry out his duties and conduct himself solely with the interests of the Union 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 Union.

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.

Before recruiting an official, the appointing authority shall examine whether the candidate has any personal interest such as to impair his independence or any other conflict of interest. To that end, the candidate, using a specific form, shall inform the appointing authority of any actual or potential conflict of interest. In such cases, the appointing authority shall take this into account in a duly reasoned opinion. If necessary, the appointing authority shall take the measures referred to in Article 11a(2).”

For further information on the Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union see: Staff Regulations


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 up to a maximum of 10 candidates that 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 written test in the area of expertise required for the post. The test and the interview will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark) where the EEA 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 2016 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.


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 Union 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:

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:

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 (; 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.

For further detailed information please refer to the privacy statement available on the EEA website at the following address: (Annex 1 to selection procedure for TA and CA – HR1).


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

Application documents

NB: Failure to submit any of the required documents will lead to exclusion from the procedure.

Closing date for application: Monday 16 February 2015, 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 check whether the e-mail has been filtered by the spam filter set up on your e-mail account. Please re-submit your application if this is not the case, or contact Human Resources on the e-mail address indicated at the end of this vacancy notice.
  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. Applications not submitted in time cannot be considered valid.
  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.


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:   

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 and Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union, at the following address:

Executive Director

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.

If the complaint is rejected the candidate may bring a case under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union before:

The European Union Civil Service Tribunal

Postal address:
L – 2925 Luxembourg

Please note that the Appointing Authority does not have the power to amend the decisions of a Selection Committee. The Court has consistently held that the wide discretion enjoyed by the Selection Committee is not subject to review by the Court unless rules which govern the proceedings of Selection Committee have been infringed.

It is also possible to complain to the European Ombudsman pursuant to Article 228(1) of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the regulations and the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, published in Official Journal of the European Union L 113 of 4 May 1994:

European Ombudsman

1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman – CS 30403
F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex

Please note that complaints made to the Ombudsman have no suspensive effect on the period laid down in Article 90(2) and 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union for lodging, respectively, a complaint or an appeal with the European Union Civil Service Tribunal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Application form

Interested candidates must apply by filling in the application form below. To the application form must be attached:

E-mail (Questions only): should you have any questions, please use this email:


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