Sector Officer Social Affairs - FMO

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 take on the post of Sector Officer in the area of Social Affairs.

The overall objectives of the Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States. The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. A few programmes, notably regarding Civil Society, Regional Cooperation and Decent Work, are operated by the FMO.

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:

• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
• Justice and Home Affairs.

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. For more information please check our website at 

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.

Financial Mechanism Office
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 13/2018


This vacancy is within the Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction priority sector. Empowerment of people and social advancement are key elements in this sector. The Sector Officer is expected to provide expertise in the areas of this priority sector. S/he is responsible and follows relevant programmes from their development throughout implementation. The position involves travel.

The Sector Officer will be a member of the Priority Sectors Unit in the Programmes Department. The Sector Officer reports to the Head of Priority Sectors Unit.

• Provide advice to the Donors on her/his areas of responsibility;
• Maintain close dialogue with the Donor States and the Beneficiary States regarding the Grants’ priorities and programming requirements;
• Provide advice during the development and implementation of programmes;
• Manage the EEA and Norway Grants programmes in the area of her/his responsibility;
• Follow up programme reporting from the Beneficiary States and Donor Programme Partners;
• Facilitate reviews and evaluations;
• Report to the Donors and other stakeholders on results;
• Provide expertise on the areas of her/his responsibility within the FMO;
• Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk management strategy;
• Maintain overview and assess relevant developments in her/his areas of responsibility in Donor States, the Beneficiary States and at the EU level; Maintain close contact with relevant institutions in the Donor States and Beneficiary States;
• Facilitate contacts and cooperation between Donor and Beneficiary States; and
• Ensure the fulfilment of the administrative tasks in relation to the work.


Relevant University degree, Master’s level.


Relevant work experience from public administration, international organisations or programme management. A combination of work experience in these areas is considered an asset. 


• Knowledge of Donors’ policies and priorities within her/his areas of responsibility;
• Knowledge of EU policies and programmes in her/his field of expertise;
• Knowledge and/or experience in the area of social affairs and social empowerment is of specific interest;
• Knowledge of this area in one or more of the Beneficiary States is an asset;
• Result-oriented approach, and a proactive and cooperative outlook;
• Ability to draft reports and analytical papers, and ability to present complex issues clearly and convincingly;
• Diplomatic and negotiations skills;
• Good interpersonal skills, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, but also the skills needed for team work; and
• Ability to multitask and to work with tight deadlines.


Good oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO). 

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 92,050.92

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.

For further information on this position please contact:
Mr Sheamus Cassidy, Head of the Priority Sectors Unit, FMO, tel. +32 2 211 1828.

Interested applicants should apply online via the 'apply now' button below.

Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

Deadline for submission of application: 25 March 2018.