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20 Mar 2017
Position title: HR Director 
Unit: Human Resources
Type of contract:

Temporary Agent

(Article 2g of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, CEOS)

Grade: AD9 – AD10
(depending on qualifications and experience)
Duration of contract: Four years, renewable for a fixed period of four years. On expiry of the renewed contract, the temporary agent may be appointed as a permanent employee by decision of the EUI’s President in his capacity as Appointing Authority. Exceptionally, a permanent position may be offered on expiry of the initial four-year contract.
Place of employment: Florence, Italy
Closing date for applications: 20 March 2017 at 24:00 CET


The European University Institute (EUI) is an academic institution set up in 1972 by the then Member States of the European Union, providing doctoral training in Law, Economics, History and Civilisation and Political and Social Sciences with special reference to Europe. In addition to the departments, the Institute includes the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), which focuses on inter-disciplinary, comparative and policy research on the major issues affecting European societies, and the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies, which prepares fellows for a career in academia. The Institute also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union. The EUI is not an EU Institution or body, but an intergovernmental organisation, funded directly by the signatory states, partly by the European Commission and to some extent through external funding. The EUI provides a multinational work environment in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.


Nature of duties:

The EUI is looking for a dynamic, innovative and experienced individual to take on the responsibility for the development and implementation of human resources strategies and policies in an international environment. Leading a committed team currently consisting of nine persons, the HR Director will play a key role in enhancing the motivation, skills and professional development of staff across the Institute through appropriate policies and procedures.

More specific duties include:

  • Ensuring an effective management and development of the EUI’s Human Resources (HR), through workforce planning; recruitment, performance management, career development; and the administration of benefits and entitlements of academic and administrative staff;
  • Ensuring that the EUI fully conforms with the applicable EUI Staff Regulations and implementing rules (e.g. in the area of individual rights management);
  • Providing strategic advice and guidance on HR matters to senior management, and proposing the review and further development of policies and operational procedures;
  • Managing, developing and motivating the HR team to deliver a high-level customer service in HR in all parts of the organization;
  • Managing the EUI General Training and Development Programme;
  • Consulting and dialoguing with the Staff Committee and the Employee Union in co-ordination with the President and the Secretary General;
  • Promoting internal HR-related communication;
  • Managing the medical assistance provided to the EUI community;
  • Liaising with the EU institutions and with other EU bodies on HR related issues;
  • Maintaining and developing good working relations with the EUI Contracting States in all areas of HR;
  • Participating in statutory committees and ad-hoc working groups as required.

The HR Director will report to the President and to the Secretary General.


On the closing date for online applications, candidates must fulfil all the following general and specific conditions:

3.1 General conditions

  • Being a national of a Member State of the European Union;
  • Enjoying full rights as a citizen attested by a recent extract from judicial records and/or certificate of good conduct proving no previous conviction for a criminal or administrative offence that could call into question his/her suitability for performing the duties of the post;
  • Having fulfilled any obligations imposed by the laws on military service;
  • Being physically fit to perform the duties.

3.2 Specific conditions

3.2.1 Education (Qualifications)

  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four (4) years or more; or
  • a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one (1) year when the normal period of university education is at least three (3) years. This professional experience will be part of the diploma and will not be taken into account in the required numbers of professional experience under 3.2.2.

           3.2.2 Professional experience

By the deadline for applications, and in addition to the qualifications required above, candidates must have at least ten (10) years of professional experience gained after obtaining the diploma required under 3.2.1.

     3.2.3 Knowledge of languages

  • Main language: a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union; and
  • Second language: a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties.



  • University degree in a field relevant to this post (i.e. human resources management, public or business administration, law or related area) or an equivalent level of professional qualification in a relevant field;
  • Leadership and proven track of managing HR change projects;
  • Analytical, conceptual and operational experience of at least 10 years in one or more of the following areas: HR policy development and regulatory frameworks; talent and career management; HR administration;
  • Ability to manage a team, to motivate and develop staff, to distribute work and resources, and to promote a user-oriented culture in an HR unit;
  • Experience of managing relations with unions/works councils;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both orally and in writing, in English;
  • Proven ability to work under stress.


  • Knowledge of the Staff Regulations and implementing rules applicable to EU Institutions and Agencies, and experience in the implementation thereof;
  • Work experience in an academic or research environment;
  • Knowledge of additional EU languages.


Applications must be submitted electronically using the IUE/2/2017 online application form available at at the latest by 20/03/2017 at 24.00 Central European Time (please see also the specific guidelines under section 19 “Important information” in the application form).

Only complete applications submitted online will be accepted and considered. Applications received by e-mail, fax or post will not be considered. In order to avoid any technical constraints, we advise you to submit your application well ahead of the deadline.

The Selection Board will screen the documents of applicants with reference to the above-mentioned eligibility criteria as well as to the essential and advantageous selection criteria and will on the basis of these findings establish a shortlist.

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for the interview and tests.

Candidates will be disqualified if they:

  • do not complete the registration by the deadline;
  • do not send a complete application;
  • do not meet all the eligibility criteria on the closing date for online applications;
  • do not provide all the required supporting documents at any stage of the procedure where these are requested.

If at any stage of the procedure, it is found that any of the information given in the application is false or not evidenced by the appropriate supporting documents, the candidate will be disqualified from the competition.


Candidates who are not shortlisted will be duly notified by the Human Resources Service, once the decision on the appointed candidate has been taken by the Appointing Authority.


A limited number of candidates (no more than 7), as shortlisted by the Selection Board, will be invited for an interview and tests:

6.1  Assessment method

Short-listed candidates will be subject to

·         an interview assessing the candidate’s skills and knowledge relevant to the post. The interview may also include a presentation by the candidate;

  • other assessments, including a written test; 
  • an English language test. 

Further information about the testing process will be provided in the invitation letter.

6.2    Interview

The interview will be conducted mainly in English (knowledge of other EU languages may also be tested). Mother tongue English speakers will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of a second EU language.

Assessment on the basis of qualifications and marking of tests:

  • Marking: 0 to 20 for the assessment on the basis of qualifications;
  • Marking: 0 to 20 for the assessment/tests;
  • Marking: 0 to 10 for the language test;
  • Marking: 0 to 50 for the interview by the Selection Board.

The names of the selected candidate and, if applicable, of candidates included in the reserve list will be published on the EUI Web site:

A successful candidate may explicitly request that his/her name not be published. Any such request must reach the EUI before the candidate is notified of the outcome of his/her application, and in any case no later than seven calendar days after the date of the tests and interview.

Candidates are reminded that the work of the Selection Board is confidential. It is thus forbidden to make any contact with the members of the Board, either directly or indirectly, at any stage of the selection procedure. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.

Candidates should not encourage third parties either to contact the Selection Board on their behalf. Any infringement of this rule may lead to disqualification of the candidate.


Type of contract:

The successful candidate will be appointed by the Appointing Authority as a temporary agent at grade AD 9 or AD10, pursuant to Title II of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, for an initial period of four years, with the possibility of renewal for a fixed period of four years.

On expiry of the renewed contract, the temporary agent may be appointed as a permanent employee by decision of the EUI’s President in his capacity as Appointing Authority.
The grade will be determined on the basis of the profile and professional experience of the successful candidate.

The successful candidate will be asked to serve a probationary period of nine months.

The place of employment is Florence (Italy), where the EUI is located.


The net monthly salary after taxes ranges between approx. 5,920 and Euro 6,520. In addition to the salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, in particular a household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary and household allowance), dependent child allowance and education allowance. The EUI has its own social security and pension scheme. Under certain circumstances, in particular where the selected candidate is obliged to change his/her place of residence in order to take up employment, the EUI may also reimburse various expenses incurred on recruitment, notably removal expenses.

Further information about remuneration and benefits can be found in Annex I.


The European University Institute is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with Article 1d of its Staff Regulations. It accepts applications without discrimination on any grounds such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.  


The purpose of processing of the data submitted by candidates is to manage their application in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment by the EUI. The information candidates provide in their application form is collected for the purpose of the selection procedure.

The EUI will ensure that candidates’ personal data are processed as required by its Data Protection Policy (President’s Decision No. 40 of 27 August 2013 regarding Data Protection at the EUI). This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.


If at any stage of the selection procedure, the candidate considers that his/her interests have been prejudiced by a particular decision, he/she can take the following action:

·         Request for review

In assessing candidates' merits, the selection board observes the principle of equal treatment as well as the provisions governing the Competition procedure and the Board’s proceedings.

If a candidate nevertheless believes that one of these principles has not been applied in his/her case, he/she has the right, within ten calendar days from when the e-mail informing him/her of the decision is sent, to send a letter by e-mail stating his/her case to the e-mail address:

•           Appeal procedures

If, at any stage of the competition, the candidate considers that the Human Resources Service or the Selection Board have acted unfairly or have failed to comply with:

-           the rules governing the competition procedure, or

-           the provisions of the competition notice,

and that his or her interests have been prejudiced as a result, the candidate can take the following actions:

  1. Submit a formal complaint to the Principal under Article 1(2) of the Common Provisions for the Teaching and Administrative Staff 
  2. Submit a judicial appeal before the Organ of First Instance 

Please note that appeals concerning an error of assessment relating to the general eligibility criteria are not matters for which the competition’s selection board is responsible and shall only be admissible before the Organ of First Instance if an administrative complaint has previously been lodged under article 1, paragraph 2 of the EUI Staff Regulations.

More information on the complaint procedure and on further means of appeal under the EUI’s judicial review framework available at:

Annex I

Remuneration and benefits

The following table provides examples of monthly salaries taking into account some possible scenarios:

Type of contract

Temporary agent – AD 9 

(including management allowance)

Temporary agent –  AD 10 

(including management allowance)

Basic salary (net)

Euro 5,927

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Euro 6,522

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Basic salary plus expatriation allowance (net)

Euro 7,220

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Euro 7,985

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Basic salary plus expatriation and 1 dependent child allowance (net)

Euro 8,304

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Euro 9,142

(after taxes and social security contributions)

Salaries and allowances are exempt from national taxation in Italy and in the EUI Contracting States, but are subject to a tax (deducted at source) for the benefit of the Institute.

Summary of Conditions of Employment and Benefits

  •  Annual leave entitlement of 2 days per calendar month plus additional days for distance from place of origin and an average of 17 days of EUI holidays per year;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • Training and development programme;
  • EUI Pension Scheme;
  • EU Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme for staff member and dependent  family;
  • Accident and occupational disease insurance coverage;
  • Expatriation or foreign residence allowance of 16% or 4%, depending on circumstances;
  • Household allowance;
  • Dependent child allowance;
  • Pre-school allowance (for children aged less than 6);
  • School allowance (for children up to the age of 26 in educational or vocational training);
  • Installation allowance and reimbursement of removal costs, if applicable;
  • Other benefits.

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