(Senior) Officer Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy

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 fill a vacancy for a (Senior) Sector Officer Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy in the FMO’s Priority Sectors Unit within the Programmes Department.

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 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. Some programmes, for example in the areas of energy, innovation as well as Civil Society, are operated by the FMO.

The allocation for the current funding period (2014-2021) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors 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. More information can be found on our website at: www.eeagrants.org.

The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

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
Closing Date
Job Reference
VA 20/2018


• Maintain close dialogue with the Donor States and the Beneficiary States regarding the Grants’ priorities and programming requirements;
• Give expert advice to internal and external stakeholders on her/his priority sector during the development and implementation of programmes;
• Actively use FMO information management system for tracking and reporting on programme progress and results;
• Be responsible as programme manager for the development and implementation of assigned programmes
• Facilitate reviews and evaluations;
• Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk management strategy;
• Maintain overview and assess relevant developments in her/his priority sector in the Donor States, the Beneficiary States and at the EU level;
• Maintain close contact with and facilitate cooperation between relevant institutions in the Donor States and Beneficiary States;
• Fulfil administrative tasks in relation to the management of programmes in his/her priority sector.

The (Senior) Sector Officer reports to the Head of Priority Sectors Unit. The position involves travels.


Relevant University degree, Master’s level.


Required experience
• Minimum of five years of relevant work experience related to the priority sector in programme management, public administration and/or research institutions, work in or with international organisations, including experience in working with international stakeholders. A combination of work experience in these areas is considered an asset. In order to be considered for a senior position, a minimum of eight years relevant experience is required;
• Experience in programme management or grant management.

Desired experience
• Experience with Donor and Beneficiary States policies and priorities of the EEA and Norway Grants;
• Experience in advising public administration on policy issues and experience in working in a European context in the priority sector;
• Experience with Results Based Management methodology.


• Good knowledge of relevant EU policies and programmes;
• Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills, as well as diplomatic and negotiation skills;
• Strong interpersonal abilities, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, cultural sensitivity, and a proactive and result-oriented approach;
• Ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, but also skill needed for team-work.


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

Employment Terms

Grade: A4/A5
Annual starting salary: A4 EUR 92,050 ; A5 EUR 106,606

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: sca@efta.int or tel  +32 2 211 18 28 or
Ms Laura Harjapaa, Head of HR and Administration Unit: lha@efta.int or +32 2 211 18 60.

Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.
Deadline for submission of application: 21 October 2018.