Grant Officer

European Defence Agency
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 09

Position description

Vacancy notice: EDA/2016/C025a
(Agency’s Contract Staff)
Post: C025a - Grant Officer
Type of post: Contract agent post
Function group: FGIV
Management of staff: N.A.
Indicative starting date: 1 July 2017
Level of Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET

Recruitment will be as a member of the contractual staff of the Agency for a three-years and a half period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as FGIV.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Policy Officer at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2018, 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 the 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.

Closing date for applications 6 April 2017.

The selection of candidates will follow the EDA Staff Recruitment Procedure. Candidates must apply for this post via the EDA website - vacancies. Please note that to make an EDA on-line application you will need to create your EDA profile using a valid e-mail address and a password.


The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency.

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels.

The main task of the EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union's defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.


The Corporate Services Directorate manages the human resources, finance, legal, procurement and contract activities, as well as information technology, infrastructure and security, and corporate projects to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of EDA.


Under the supervision of the Head of Unit of the Procurement and Contract Unit, the jobholder will be responsible for/contribute to the following activities:

  • Ensure analysis of files in view of timely preparation of grant agreements to be concluded in the frame of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research;
  • Ensure constant monitoring, administrative and legal follow-up of the grant agreements for both the Preparatory Action on Defence Research and the Pilot Project on Defence Research;
  • Verify the legal structure and financial capacity of consortia;
  • Ensure compliance with applicable rules;
  • Adapt and update internal procedure to reflect most efficient & best practices;
  • Maintain good contact with stakeholders;
  • Provide timely reporting to HoU;
  • Take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

Duties may evolve depending on the development of the EDA's structure and activities, and decisions of EDA management.


a. Conditions for eligibility


  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have completed any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge 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 (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), 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.

b. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • A thorough understanding, acquired by at least 5 years of professional experience, of the challenges and complexity related to grant lifecycle procedure (from A to Z);
  • A thorough understanding of the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, in particular Title VI on grants.
  • Knowledge of FP7/H2020 Rules and related IT Tools;
  • Understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions;
  • A very good knowledge of English.

For reasons related to the Agency’s operational requirements, candidates should be available at short notice for the job.

(2) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency way of working. Other important attributes 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;
  • Results-orientation and strong motivation;
  • Flexibility and innovativeness;
  • Genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives;
  • Strong conceptual, compositional, interpersonal, and analytical skills;
  • Being computer-literate.

Application instructions

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