Security Inspector (Transport)

ESA - EFTA Surveillance Authority
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 31

Position description

The EFTA Surveillance Authority

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 450 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs staff members of 19 nationalities. ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Job Reference 22/2022

Role Description

ESA is recruiting a part-time (0.5 full time equivalent 20 hours per week on average) Security Inspector to join its Internal Market Affairs Directorate (IMA), to work in the field of transport.

IMA is responsible for monitoring the EEA EFTA States to ensure that they comply with their obligations in the field of internal market law. The successful candidate will be assigned responsibility for security inspections in the area of aviation, in particular, monitoring the implementation of the EEA rules on aviation security in Norway and Iceland.

For this position, in light of the make-up of the team and operational needs, we are looking for an experienced Aviation Security Inspector, with at least 3 to 5 years’ experience from the public and/or private sector. Experience with security inspections is essential and those carried out in an international context would be advantageous.

Tasks will include preparation and conducting of security inspections in airports and associated entities, as well as the drafting of reports from such inspections. The successful candidate will be asked to take a lead role in aviation security inspections and should be able to carry out the relevant tasks independently from an early stage. Participation in some of the ESA’s maritime security inspections may also be requested, depending on the successful candidate’s past experience and interests.

Depending on the overall needs of ESA, the responsibilities may be extended to cover other general or specific issues relating to the field of transport law.

The following are essential

  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant professional experience in inspection or audits in the field of aviation security, from the public or private sector;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (ESA’s working language), including drafting ability;
  • Excellent organisational, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Initiative and the ability to work both independently and in a team in an international environment;
  • Ability to travel, primarily to the EEA EFTA States, depending on the tasks assigned;
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance at EU level ‘Secret’, which will be commissioned by ESA for the selected candidate.

The following are desirable

  • Experience of security inspections carried out in an international context;
  • Relevant professional experience involving the EU institutions, relevant national authorities or administrations;
  • Knowledge of Norwegian or Icelandic.


This position will be filled in accordance with ESA’s policy on Recruitment available at:

This part-time position is placed at grade A4 of ESA’s salary scale, the precise step being determined depending on the relevant experience of the successful candidate, with a likely starting salary of between €50,000 and €52,500 per annum (0.5 fte amounts). Depending on personal situation and family status, additional allowances and benefits may apply. Tax conditions are favourable.

Type and duration of appointment: fixed-term contract of three years, renewable for a further three years if desirable and in the interest of ESA. Candidates must be nationals of the States party to the EEA Agreement (EU + EEA EFTA) at the point of application and the time of any offer being made.

ESA actively seeks to promote a healthy work/life balance and a working environment allowing its staff members to develop their professional skills and interests. In so far as the specific tasks assigned to this position allow this, in view also of the classified nature of relevant information, regular teleworking may be possible.


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