The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.
We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to fill a vacancy for a Civil Society Officer in the FMO’s Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit within the Programmes Department.
In the 2009-2014 funding period the grants allocated €1.8 billion to 148 programmes under which approximately 7000 projects were carried out. The programmes and projects under this funding period are now drawing to a close. The allocation for the new funding period (2014-2021) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors in the period 2014-2021 are:
Support to civil society is a key priority within the EEA and Norway Grants, which are funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Support for civil society is provided through the Active Citizens Fund (ACF) in the 15 Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).
The ACF contributes to the overall objectives of the EEA and Norway Grants, to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Beneficiary and Donor States. The objective of the ACF is to strengthen civil society and active citizenship, and to empower vulnerable groups. The areas of support are:
The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising 18 nationalities. Our values are: professionalism; cooperation; and trust, responsibility and respect. More information can be found on our website at: https://eeagrants.org/.
The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and nationals of the member states of the European Union.
Division: Financial Mechanism Office
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed-term three years (renewable once if in the interest of the FMO)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Reference: VA 14/2018
The Sector Officer, Civil Society will be Programme Manager for several ACF programmes. S/he will oversee programme development and programme implementation and will advise FMO management and the Donors on issues related to civil society. S/he reports to the Head of Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit. The position involves travel.
Relevant University degree, Master’s level.
Relevant work experience in the area of civil society, as well as public administration or international organisations. Experience in programme/project management and facilitation of partnerships. Experience with policies and priorities in this area in the Donor and Beneficiary States. Experience in working with civil society in the Beneficiary States is considered an asset.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO). Knowledge of another EFTA/EU language is an asset.
Annual starting salary: EUR 92,050
Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the FMO wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.
We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.
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