Call for Expression of Interest for the establishment of a list of Independent Individual External Experts to provide Expertise to the EEAcademy

Call For Interest Published 31 May 2019
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1.  The EEAcademy

On 31/05/2019 the Agency published a Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) in the Official journal in order to establish a database of independent external experts.

The European Environment Agency established the EEAcademy to encompass capacity-building and educational activities in knowledge areas where policy needs are evolving and where the EEA/Eionet experience and competences need further development to meet new challenges. The EEAcademy is conceived as a learning hub for EEA staff and our Eionet) partners, together with the EEA's Scientific Committee and EU institutional partners, interested in developing competences on environmental sustainability issues at European and international levels. At its core, the EEAcademy seeks to preserve and nurture a unique body of existing organisational knowledge as well as experiment with new learning approaches in support of continuous knowledge innovation.

2. Aim and scope of this call

The aim of this Call for Expression of Interest (CEI) is to establish a list of independent individual external experts who could be called upon to provide support to the European Environment Agency and in particular to the EEacademy for the following tasks: .

  • Participate in EEAcademy activities as a lecturer, trainer or member of the faculty;
  • Provide expertise in the areas listed below (see “areas of technical expertise”);
  • Independently prepare materials to support educational activities related to those topics;
  • Participate in working groups, attend meetings, provide advice or develop guidance documents.


The list of external experts will be divided into the areas of expertise as defined below. Applicants may apply for more than one area of expertise and shall clearly indicate in their application how their background expertise and past experience is relevant for each selected area. 

-            Systemic Challenges

-            Sustainability Transitions / Transformations

-            Integrated Assessments

-            Knowledge Innovation

-            Co-creation and transdisciplinarity

-            Systems Thinking

-            Design Thinking

-            Foresight

-            Behavioural insights

-            Policy governance

-            Precautionary principle

-            Planetary boundaries

-            Late lessons approach

-            Creative thinking

-            Sustainability & Global trends for sustainability

-            Sustainable Development Goals

-            Science Communication & Stakeholder Management

-            Quality of evidence and post-normal science

-            Environmental monitoring

-            Environmental policies


 3. How to apply

Individuals, meeting the requirements set below, are invited to submit an application if they want to be considered for inclusion in the list. Experts may indicate multiple areas of technical expertise. Applicants should indicate clearly in their applications the area or areas of expertise they are applying for. Interested parties may submit an application at any time prior to the last three months of validity of the list.

Please note that inclusion in the database entails no obligation on the part of the Agency to assign specific tasks to the experts and/or to award a contract.

In order to be selected and to be included in the list of experts, candidates shall:

  • Hold a university degree relevant to at least of one the area(s) of expertise they apply for;
  • Have at least five years of relevant professional experience in the area(s) of expertise they apply for; 
  • Have a very good written and oral knowledge of the English language.

Please consult the Specifications and all Annexes for detailed information on the scope of the call, overview of the procedure, minimum requirements, application process and conditions for appointment. All the files are accessible from the download box at the top of the page.


Please note the following important points in preparing the application (please fill in annex 1):

  • Applicants should provide all details / include all information requested in the application.
  • Applicants should indicate clearly in their applications the area or areas of expertise they are applying for.
  • Applicants should justify/describe how they fulfil the minimum criteria such as 5 years of relevant work experience per each area they are applying for. As evidence, one or more projects/activities and assignments relevant to the scope of area shall be provided.
  • Applicants must provide duly completed curriculum vitae in EU CV format available at:
  • Applicants must confirm in their application that they are not in any of the situations listed in section 2.3.2.
  • Applicants must confirm that they fulfil selection criteria as established in section 2.3.3 and upon request will provide necessary supporting documents.
  • It is strictly required that applications are submitted in the requested format and include all information/documentation necessary to enable the Agency to assess them. Failure to respect these requirements will constitute a formal error and may result in the rejection of the application.
  • Before contract assignment the Agency may request a telephone interview in order to establish a first contact with the expert and/or assess / verify any information provided in the application.

4.  Data Protection

The personal data you provide for the purpose of your application to the EEAcademy expert pool, is processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018.

Experts shall have the right of access to their personal data and the right to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. Should the expert have any queries regarding the processing of his/her personal data, he shall address them to the Data Protection Officer of EEA at

Your personal data may be registered in the Early Detection and Exclusion System (EDES) if you are in one of the situations mentioned in Article 136 of the Financial Regulation.

For more information, see the Privacy Statement on:

A list of experts (name and subject of the tasks executed) who have concluded a contract following the procedure set out in this document shall be published on the website of the EEA. If an expert has concluded a contract of more than 15 000 EUR, the name, the locality (region of origin), amount, and subject of the contract shall be published on the website of the EEA no later than 30 June of the year following contract award.


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