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Project Officer Energy Support


Opening date
European Defence Agency
  • EDA - European Defence Agency
Vacancy Type
  • Public
Type of Contract
  • Contract Staff
  • FG IV
  • 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 of at least three years attested by a diploma or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

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.

It should be noted that due to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 31/01/2020, candidates from the United Kingdom who do not hold the nationality of another participating EU Member State, are not eligible.

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:…

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 environmental sciences, social/political science, public/business administration, or other relevant domain;
  • at least two (2) years of relevant professional experience;
  • familiarity with the EU institutions, bodies and communities/structures relating to energy and climate change, as well as knowledge of the EU policies (i.e. European Green Deal, energy-related directives, etc.) and processes in the fields of defence, sustainable energy and climate change;
  • knowledge in the use of graphics, charts and other statistics presentational aspects (knowledge of MS PowerPoint and Excel being minimum requirements);
  • relevant experience in operating databases and software management, including in a SharePoint environment;
  • track record of delivering successful business outcomes (e.g. data management, events, deliverables of projects etc.) both individually and as part of a team;
  • experience in supporting the management of EU-funded projects (e.g. Horizon Europe, LIFE) and related administrative processes (including expert reimbursements);
  • a very good knowledge of written and spoken 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:

  • strong sense of duty and responsibility;
  • ability to work in a multicultural team;
  • results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • excellent organisational and drafting skills;
  • good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills;
  • ability to adapt to a quickly changing working environment;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.


The following will be considered an advantage:

  • familiarity with the defence environment (especially, Common Security and Defence Policy - CSDP) and the EU defence community, including government, industry, institutes and academia;
  • knowledge of energy aspects and challenges in the defence sector;
  • familiarity with the energy-related activities of the European Commission;
  • familiarity with the operational and technical aspects of energy, including research, innovation and technology;
  • familiarity with circular economy related technologies and policies;
  • hold a (recognised) project management qualification.

Why we are consulting

We are looking for a Project Officer Energy Support.

The Project Officer Energy Support will contribute to the effective organisation and implementation of the activities of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS).

Under the supervision of the Director Research, Technology & Innovation (RTI) and the Head of Unit EU-funded Defence Research, the jobholder will contribute to the following activities:

  • work as part of the CF SEDSS management and administrative team;
  • assess and evaluate wider EU policies and developments in the field of climate change and energy as well as their implications on the defence and security sectors related to the activity of the CF SEDSS;
  • support and, when needed, replace the Project Officer Energy – Project Manager of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sector (CF SEDSS);
  • contribute to the drafting and reviewing of the project’s deliverables, reports, presentations, policies and press releases;
  • support and, when needed, replace the Project Assistant Energy;
  • collaborate with and support the Project Assistant Energy in the follow up and management of administrative, organisational and logistic aspects of the project (including event organisation (conferences, meetings, video conferences), reimbursement of expenses, etc.);
  • support the work and tasks of the CF SEDSS working groups in terms of content, administrative and organisational
  • collaborate and liaise with representatives and experts from EU Member States, third parties, industry, research institutes, academia and relevant EU and other institutions and bodies dealing with sustainable energy and climate change;
  • gather, review, integrate and revise information derived from publicly available sources;
  • conduct database content management by integrating and reviewing inputs from the ministries of defence and other stakeholders;
  • support database users in accessing information (i.e. EDA Collaboration Platform workspaces);
  • support the management of the CF SEDSS website ( and the provision of the CF SEDSS inputs in the EDA's Project and Portfolio Management platform;
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

The position involves regular travel within the EU. Duties may evolve depending on the development of the EDA's structure and activities and decisions of EDA management.

Respond to the consultation

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight. Candidates are reminded that the on-line application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline.

When applying, candidates from Ministries of Defence or other governmental entities are encouraged to inform their national administration.

A selection panel will be appointed. Please note that the selection panel's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.

Each application will be screened based on the requirements of the job profile stated in the vacancy notice. The most suitable applicants will be called for an interview and a written test. Candidates may also be requested to take part in an assessment centre, participating in a number of individual and group activities related to the competences required for the post.

If recruited, you will be requested to supply documentary evidence in support of the statements that you make for this application. Do not send any supporting or supplementary information until you have been asked to do so by the Agency.

Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile. For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to recruitmentateda [dot] europa [dot] eu (recruitment[at]eda[dot]europa[dot]eu).

Additional information

The Project Officer Energy Support will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the contractual 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 Contract Agent, Function Group IV.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of 4.102,30€ 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 Project Officer Energy Support 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 Project Officer Energy Support 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: