Head of Countries of Origin and Transit Sector (AD8)

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28 May 2018

 

Vacancy for a post of Head of Countries of Origin and Transit (CTS) Sector
(Temporary Agent, AD 8) in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

REF.: EASO/2018/TA/005

                                                       

Publication: External

Title of function: Head of Countries of Origin and Transit (CTS) Sector

  1. We are

The European Asylum Support Office (hereinafter referred to as "EASO"), established by Regulation 439/2010[1], strengthens European Union (EU) Member States’ practical cooperation on asylum, enhances the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and supports Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

Specifically, EASO focuses on three main tasks:

  1. Supporting practical cooperation among Member States on asylum mainly through training, quality activities, country of origin information (COI), statistics and analysis, specialized expert networks, practical cooperation workshops, thematic support on unaccompanied minors, trafficking in human beings and gender;
  1. Supporting Member States under particular pressure through emergency support, including the deployment of asylum support teams to assist EU Member States in managing asylum applications and in putting in place appropriate reception facilities;
  1. Contributing to the implementation of the CEAS by collecting and exchanging information on best practices, drawing up an annual report on the asylum situation in the EU covering the whole asylum procedure in EU Member States and adopting technical documents, on the implementation of the new EU asylum acquis.

The headquarters of EASO are located at the Valletta Harbour (Malta).

  1. We propose

The Head of Countries of Origin and Transit (CTS) Sector will be working in the Information and Analysis Unit (IAU) and will be the senior officer responsible for the country of origin and transit information functions, focusing therefore on following tasks:

  1. Leading the production of EASO COI reports, queries and other products, using both Member State capacity through EASO’s COI network approach and in-house research capacity:
  • Coordinating EASO COI Networks and network activities (incl. meetings, conferences);
  • Coordinate all production, updating and review processes;
  • Coordinate the development of research methodologies and joint drafting tools;
  • Coordinating the EASO COI Query system;
     
  1. Overseeing, in consultation with the Asylum Support Unit, the production of Country Guidance notes and related analyses, providing guidance to Member States on how to process applications from specific countries of origin based on EASO COI and horizontal guidance;
  1. Overseeing the further development of EASO’s COI Portal and the gradual transfer of the MedCOI project, providing information on the availability and accessibility of medical treatment in countries of origin, to EASO;
  1. Liaising with other European and international institutions and representing the Agency in a wide range of fora;
  1. Making strategic proposals on new COI-related products, innovative approaches and methodologies;
  2. Organising and coordinating the work of a growing team of staff members dedicated to COI research and country guidance, and ensuring the setting and meeting of deadlines.
     
  1. We look for
     
  1. Eligibility criteria

Candidates will be considered eligible for selection on the basis of the following formal criteria to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:

  1. Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma[2] and, after having obtained the university diploma, at least 8 years of appropriate professional experience or
    a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, and, after having obtained the university diploma, at least 9 years of appropriate professional experience;
  1. Be nationals of one of the Member States of the European Union, Norway or Switzerland;
  1. Be entitled to their full rights as citizens;
  1. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed on them by the laws on military service;
  1. Possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties pertaining to the post;
  1. Meet the character requirements for the duties involved[3];
  1. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post[4].
     
  1.  Selection criteria

If the eligibility criteria set out in section A) Eligibility criteria are met, the candidates’ applications will be evaluated on the basis of the selection criteria below. The most suitable candidates will be invited to an interview.

Essential

  1. Proven expert knowledge of COI research methodologies, tools and databases;
  1. Proven professional experience drafting and/or reviewing reports in English;
  1. In-depth proven knowledge of asylum decision practices, preferably gained from practical experience in international protection status determination;
  1. Proven professional experience of project management and managing, coordinating and supervising COI project teams.

Advantageous

  1. Proven professional experience in drafting strategic papers, policy papers and background memos, preferably in the field of international protection;
  1. Proven professional experience in organising and leading meetings/conferences, preferably in a European/international context;
  1. Proven professional experience in coordinating multi-stakeholder cooperation.

Evaluation during interviewing process

Candidates invited to the interviewing process (interview and written test) will be assessed on the following criteria that are essential to the post:

  1. Excellent written and oral command of English;
  1. The ability to use electronic office equipment and applications (word processing, spread sheets, presentations, electronic communication, internet, etc.)

During the interviewing process candidates may also be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of the mission and organisation of EASO and EU JHA sphere;
  1. Excellent planning and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work and deliver under pressure;
  1. Capacity to manage and co-ordinate several processes simultaneously;
  1. Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team in a multicultural and multilingual environment;
  1. Very good analytical capabilities and problem-solving skills.
     
  1. Selection and appointment

The Regulation which provides the legal basis for EASO was adopted in May 2010 (Official Journal of the European Union L 132 of 29.5.2010).

Eligibility of candidates will be assessed by a Selection Committee according to compliance with all eligibility criteria by the closing date for the submission of applications.

The applications of the eligible candidates will also be assessed against the selection criteria. Following this assessment, the best ranking candidates may be invited for a written competency test and an interview, which will be held for the most part in English.

The interview will consist of the following components:

  • General aptitude and language abilities to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties in accordance with Article 12.2(e) of the Conditions of Employment of other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS);
  • Specific competences with reference to the applicants' profiles in line with the selection criteria of the present Vacancy Notice.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to bring with them originals and copies of the documents listed below:

  • A document proving their citizenship (e.g. passport);
  • Certificates attesting their educational and professional qualifications, in particular those giving access to the profile in question;
  • Documentary evidence of their professional experience after the date on which the candidate obtained the qualification giving access to the profile in question, clearly indicating the starting and finishing dates, whether full or part time, and the nature of the duties carried out.

The Selection Committee will propose a shortlist of successful candidates to the Appointing Authority, who will decide on the appointment of the successful candidate and the establishment of a reserve list for the post advertised. Candidates shall note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget.

The reserve list for this post will be valid until 31 December 2018 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority.

Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate will be asked to undergo a compulsory medical examination by one of the institutions' medical officers in order that EASO may be satisfied that he/she fulfils the requirement of Article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

  1. Equal Opportunities

EASO applies an equal opportunities policy and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

  1. Conditions of employment

The Temporary Agent will be appointed by the Executive Director, upon recommendation of the Selection Committee, following the selection procedure.

He/she will be recruited as a temporary agent pursuant to Article 2(f) of the CEOS for a period of 5 years which may be renewed. The temporary agent post in question will be placed in group AD 8.

Successful candidates who are recruited will undergo an initial probation period of nine months.

The pay for a Temporary Agent, AD 8 (step 1) consists of a basic salary of 6,818.11 € weighted by the correction coefficient (for Malta currently 86.50%) supplemented with various allowances, including family allowances. The salaries of staff members are subject to a Community tax deducted at source. Staff members are exempt from national tax on salary and are members of the Community social security and pension schemes.

For further information on working conditions of temporary staff please refer to CEOS: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:1962R0031:20140101:EN:PDF

The place of employment is Valletta Harbour (Malta).

  1. Application Procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates shall apply electronically via the EASO Website, in the section called Vacancies. They should enter the EASO application tool, create their profile and fill in all the required fields before submitting their application. The application must be completed in English, and all parts must be completed in full.

The system will not allow to submit any application after the date and time mentioned below.

Incomplete applications will be disqualified and treated as non-eligible.

Please note that the selection process may take several months.

In order to facilitate the selection process, all correspondence to candidates concerning this vacancy will be in English.

Under no circumstances should candidates approach the Selection Committee, directly or indirectly, concerning this recruitment. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to disqualify any candidate who disregards this instruction.

Closing date:

The closing date for submission of the applications is 28 May 2018 at 13:00h (Brussels time). EASO will disregard any application received after this date and time.

Applicants are strongly advised not to wait until the last day to submit their applications, since heavy internet traffic or a fault with the internet connection could lead to difficulties in submission. The EASO cannot be held responsible for any delay due to such difficulties.

If at any stage in the procedure it is established that any of the information provided by a candidate is incorrect, the candidate in question will be disqualified.

  1. Data Protection

The purpose of processing of the data submitted by the candidate is to manage the application(s) of the candidate in view of a possible selection and recruitment at EASO.

EASO does not make public the names of successful candidates on reserve lists. However, it is possible that, for the purposes of recruitment and related planning purposes, members of the EASO management team may have access to reserve lists and, in specific cases, to the application form of a candidate (without supporting documents, which are kept in confidence by the personnel department). Application files of non-recruited candidates are kept for two years from the expiry date of the reserve list after which time they are destroyed.

The personal information requested will be processed in line with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

  1. Appeal Procedures

Pursuant to Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the Union, a candidate may submit a complaint against an act affecting him/her adversely. The complaint must be lodged within 3 months from the date of notification to the following address:

The Executive Director
European Asylum Support Office
MTC Block A, Winemakers Wharf, Grand Harbour Valletta, MRS 1917
Malta

Should the complaint be rejected, pursuant to Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, a candidate may request judicial review of the act. The appeal must be lodged within 3 months from the date of notification to the following address:

European Union  Civil Service Tribunal
Boulevard Konrad Adenauer
L-2925 Luxembourg
Luxembourg

If you believe that there was maladministration, you may lodge a complaint to the European Ombudsman within two years of the date when you became aware of the facts on which the complaint is based (see http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu ), or write to:

European Ombudsman
1, Avenue du President Robert Schuman -BP 403
F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex
France

Please note that complaints to the European Ombudsman do not have the effect of suspending the period mentioned in Articles 90 and 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants for lodging complaints or submitting an appeal pursuant to Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.


[1] Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 (OJ L 132, 25.5.2010, p.11).

[2] Only diplomas issued by EU Member State authorities and diplomas recognized as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State bodies are accepted. If the main studies took place outside the European Union, the candidate’s qualification must have been recognized by a body delegated officially for the purpose by one of the European Union Member States (such as a national Ministry of Education) and a document attesting so must be submitted if you have been invited for an interview. This will enable the selection board to assess accurately the level of the qualifications.

[3] Before the appointment, the successful candidate shall be asked to provide an extract from their police file.

[4] Before the appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by one of the institutions'
medical officers in order that EASO may be satisfied that he/she fulfils the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

 

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