ICT Officer - Project Manager

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02 May 2019

 

Vacancy for a post of ICT Officer - Project Manager (Contract Agent, FG IV) in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

REF.: EASO/2019/CA/005

Publication: External

Title of function:  ICT Officer - Project Manager

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 organisation chart of EASO can be consulted in the EASO Work Programme on EASO website (www.easo.europa.eu).

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

2. We propose

The overall purpose of the Project Manager is to provide Project Management capacity to EASO ICT in the Projects and Contracts Sector of the ICT Unit. The ICT Officer will be responsible to assist the Projects and Contracts Sector in ensuring the successful completion of organisation wide projects and for scheduling the IT work through the proper channels. As this is a vacancy designed for bridging the gap between IT and the EASO users and stakeholders, the Project Manager is required to deliver the work with a high level of professionalism and attention to user and detail. The scope of the work should encompass all of EASO actors and stakeholders.

He/she will work under the direct supervision and report to the Head of Projects and Contracts Sector in the ICT Unit as regards the day-to-day activities. The Project Manager will be responsible for:

  1. Provide organisational support to the planning and implementing of project activities where ICT is involved;
  1. Independently manage IT projects over the full project lifecycle, from initiation to closure;
  1. Conduct problem assessment and requirements gathering through business analysis to establish project deliverables to EASO stakeholders;
  1. Manage the day-to-day operational and tactical project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, scope and ensure   compliance   of   all   project-related   activities with   EASO’s rules and standards;
  1. Evaluate deliveries from external contractors;
  1. Understand, assess and manage risks and issues related to the project;
  1. Design and conduct user acceptance testing;
  1. Draft presentations, provide statistics and periodical reports on the ongoing projects;
  1. Act as bridge between ICT service delivery and ICT application lifecycle management in order to obtain a greater efficiency in time to deliver;
  1. Support and implement quality control key performance indicators;
  1. Provide Project Management training for internal and external stakeholders and contribute to improving EASOs project management processes and standards;
  1. Perform any other tasks as required by the Head of Unit.

3. We look for

A) Eligibility criteria

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

  1. A level of education that corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma[2];
  1. Be nationals of one of the Member States of the European Union or Norway;
  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].

B) Selection criteria

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

Essential

  1. At least 3 years of proven professional experience in managing projects over the full project lifecycle;
  1. At least 3 years of proven professional experience in formulating requirements’ specifications through business analysis;
  1. Experience in managing outsourced IT developments, preferably in an international context;
  1. Experience in performing systems analysis and cooperate in designing integration solutions for different technologies.

Advantageous

  1. Experience in working in an EU Agency or in an International Organization;
  1. Holding a Project Management related certification;
  1. Experience in working with Microsoft Project Server and/or the Atlassian suite of applications;
  1. Understanding and knowledge of code development methodologies;
  1. Experience in maintaining or developing MS SharePoint / .NET applications;
  1. Professional experience in Quality Assurance roles, demonstrated expertise in QA testing standards and processes.

Evaluation during interviewing process

If selected for interview, candidates may also be assessed in the interview on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines on multiple tasks;
  1. Good communication skills and well developed interpersonal skills;
  1. Strong service-oriented attitude and flexibility;
  1. Knowledge of the mission and organization of EASO.

Excellent written and oral command of English, as well as ability to use electronic office equipment and applications (word processing, spread sheets, presentations, electronic communication, internet etc.) are essential. Candidates will also be assessed on the above through a written test.

4.    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 that assessment, the best ranked candidates may be invited for a written competency test and an interview, which will be held 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 Union (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 short list 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 2019 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 Union.

5. 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.

6. Conditions of employment

The Contract 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 Contract Agent pursuant to Article 3a of the CEOS for a period of 3 years which may be renewed. The Contract Agent post in question will be placed in group FG IV.

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

The pay for a Contract Agent FG IV (grade 13, step 1) consists of a basic salary of EUR 3,462.02 weighted by the correction coefficient (for Malta currently 90.2%) supplemented with various allowances, where appropriate, such as expatriation and family allowances. The salaries of staff members are subject to a European Union tax deducted at source. Staff members are exempt from national tax on salary and are members of the European Union social security and pension schemes.

For further information on working conditions of Contract Agents 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).

7. Application Procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates shall:

  • Use and duly complete the official application form provided on the EASO website[5].  The application must be completed in English, and all parts must be completed in full;
  • The subject of the e-mail should include the reference of this vacancy, followed by the candidate's surname.

Incomplete applications will be disqualified and treated as non-eligible.  Candidates who use the same application to apply for more than one post will also be disqualified.

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 2 May 2019 at 13:00h (Brussels time). EASO will disregard any application received after that 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. 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.

8. 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 (EU) 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) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/ECText with EEA relevance.

9. Appeal Procedures

Pursuant to Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European 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 of the European Union, 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:

Court of Justice of the European Union

Rue du Fort Niedergrünewald

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 of the European Union 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 recognised 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 recognised 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 proof of a non-existent criminal record.

[4]  Before the appointment, the successful candidate shall be medically examined by one of the institutions' medical officers which will enable EASO to ensure that he/she fulfils the requirement stated in Article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Union.

[5] In case there are discrepancies between the different linguistic versions, the English version should be taken as the correct version

 

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