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Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum


Opening date
European Defence Agency
  • EDA - European Defence Agency
Vacancy Type
  • Public
Type of Contract
  • Temporary Staff
  • AD10
  • Brussels, Belgium

Target audience

To be considered eligible to take part in this selection procedure, on the closing date for the submission of applications candidates must satisfy all the eligibility criteria as specified below:

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties (extract from the “judicial record” or certificate of good conduct will be requested prior to recruitment);
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge (minimum level C1 oral and written) of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge (minimum level B2 oral and written) of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (SECRET UE/EU SECRET), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate;
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four 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 one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College; or where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

Only diplomas that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are the subject of equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration. In the latter case, the authority authorised to conclude contracts of employment reserves the right to request proof of such equivalence.

For diplomas awarded in non-EU countries, a NARIC recognition is required:

Qualifications/diplomas awarded until 31/12/2020 in the United Kingdom are accepted without further recognition. For diplomas awarded after this date (from 01/01/2021), a NARIC recognition is required.

For native English speakers, your ability to communicate in another EU language will be tested during the selection process. To assess your foreign language levels, see:…


A. Essential

Only applications meeting all essential selection criteria will be assessed.

(1) Professional

Candidates will be required to demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • a University degree (or equivalent academic degree) in a field relevant to the post;
  • at least eight (8) years of relevant professional experience acquired after the award of the qualification required as a condition of eligibility;
  • a thorough understanding and professional experience of the challenges related to electromagnetic spectrum operations and effective command, control and communications, and the competence necessary to propose and champion effective short- and long-term solutions;
  • excellent knowledge of communications and networking systems (Satellite Communications, strategic and tactical communications and datalinks, radio and wire) and their frequency requirements;
  • excellent knowledge of Frequency Spectrum Management related issues like applications, procedures, organisations, and national and international decision making;
  • good knowledge of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Radio Regulations and Allocations;
  • knowledge of common information and data processing systems and related hardware and software, and familiarity with automated information system architecture design;
  • knowledge of/experience in capability development and interoperability requirements;
  • a good understanding of EDA’s main tasks and functions, and familiarity with the international defence environment (especially CSDP) and with the European institutions;
  • excellent command of written and oral English.

(2) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • ability to work in a team and independently in his/her area of responsibility;
  • ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
  • reliability and capacity to work under pressure with little supervision;
  • good communication and organisational skills;
  • strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.

B. Desirable

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • hold a (recognised) project management qualification;
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
  • experience of leading organisational and process change.

Why we are consulting

We are looking for a Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum.

Under the supervision of the Head of Unit Information Superiority, the jobholder will have duties both as Programme Manager on Satellite Communications and as Project Officer on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations. The jobholder will be involved in/responsible for/contribute to the following activities:

  • prepare, review, define and implement the relevant Capability Development Priorities, objectives, and timelines, in close cooperation with operational directorates and under the supervision of the Head of Unit; 
  • draft, in conjunction with Member states’ representatives, and when required update the Priority Implementation Roadmaps;
  • undertake relevant activities as outlined in the Priority Implementation Roadmaps;
  • implement the EU Capability Development priorities by identifying, collecting, analysing and harmonizing capability requirements, promoting and proposing collaborative projects within his/her/their area of responsibility;
  • provide input into relevant strategies and policies that may emanate from within the Agency, or addressed to the Agency, and provide views and analysis at a strategic level of documents when requested in relation to his/her/their area of responsibility;
  • coordinate relevant aspects of work related to the Agency’s Three-Year Planning Framework in relation to his/her/their area of responsibility; 
  • provide support to top management and support the preparation, and the conduct, of meetings with Member States’ representatives and other institutions.

As Programme Manager on Satellite Communications:

  • develop the future orientation of SATCOM activities from a capability development prospect, operating with a cross-unit and cross-directorate approach and providing regular reports when required to inform the Agency’s management; 
  • analyse and evaluate continuously the performance of the projects making up the SATCOM programme, their coherence with pMS orientations, the visibility on the results given to the pMS and, if needed, identify corrective actions;
  • manage SATCOM programme work strands, recommending additions, adaptations or closure of specific work strands and develop further ones as necessary;
  • liaise with stakeholders regarding SATCOM activities including with the European Commission, the European Space Agency and, where appropriate, other relevant institutions and bodies;
  • gain/maintain a technical, legal and operational knowledge of the military and civilian Satcom matters;
  • support of (or chair) the relevant working groups on Satellite Communications;
  • manage contracting processes for outsourced activities;
  • develop, manage and animate collaboration opportunities on satellite communication and their implementation;
  • participate in conferences, seminars, and other similar activities within his/her/their subject matter area.

As Project Officer on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations:

  • develop the future orientation of Radio Spectrum and Electromagnetic Warfare (EW) activities framed under EMSO from a capability development prospect, operating with a cross-unit and cross-directorate approach and providing regular reports when required to inform the Agency’s management; 
  • develop a future perspective for the area of Radio Spectrum, including support of (or chairing) the relevant working groups on radio spectrum; 
  • manage existing projects related to Radio Spectrum; 
  • manage contracting processes for outsourced activities, with particular reference to the framework contract on supporting activities related to radio spectrum management for the European defence community mostly in support of pMS preparation process of World Radio Conference (WRC) preparation and EC mandate on radio spectrum matters; 
  • develop, manage and animate collaborative opportunities on radio spectrum and EW; 
  • maintain a high-level of operational knowledge of the evolution of the radio spectrum regulatory framework; 
  • coordinate with other Project Officers in the Agency to raise awareness of any particular radio spectrum implications in the portfolio of projects/programmes carried out by the Agency; 
  • maintain the appropriate links with participating Member States, relevant EU Council bodies, EU Commission and other external bodies; 
  • participate in conferences, seminars, and other similar activities within his/her subject matter area.

Duties could evolve according to the development of the EDA's structure and activities, and decisions of the EDA management.

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Additional information

The Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period. Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent, grade AD10.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 10.211,93€ supplemented with various allowances, including as applicable expatriation or family allowances. The successful candidate will be graded on entry into service according to the length of his/her professional experience. Salaries are exempted from national tax, instead an Agency tax at source is paid. For further information on working conditions please refer to:

Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance certificate before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of the contract.

Candidates are advised that part of the recruitment process includes medical analyses and physical check-up with the Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establish a reserve list for the post of Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum at EDA. This list will be valid until 31/12/2025, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a post in EDA according to their competences in relation to the specific requirements of the vacant post. Inclusion on the reserve list does not imply any entitlement of employment in the Agency.


The Programme Manager Satellite Communications & Project Officer Radio Spectrum will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the Agency’s interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.


EDA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.


Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) 45/2001 and Decision No. 1247/2002/EC.

The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible pre-selection and recruitment at EDA. More information on personal data protection in relation to selection and recruitment can be found on the EDA website: