Senior Officer - EEA Policy Coordination

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration to the benefit of its four Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The EFTA Secretariat provides services to the EFTA States. In Brussels this entails support in the management of the EEA Agreement, in particular in ongoing decision making for the continuing evolution of the EEA Agreement.

The EEA Coordination Division consists of currently 17 staff members and is responsible for the overall coordination of general policy and legal EEA related activities, i.a. servicing the EEA Council, the EEA Joint Committee, the Standing Committee of the EFTA States, and the EFTA Parliamentary and Consultative Committees.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate who is willing to take on a challenging post in a dynamic environment.

This position is open to nationals of the EFTA Member States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein).

EEA Co-ordination
Duration of Appointment
Fixed term three years. If considered desirable and in the organisation’s interest, an additional three-year contract may be offered.
Start Date
1 January 2020
Closing Date
Job Reference
VA 11/2019


Under the supervision of the Division Director the successful applicant will:

• Be responsible for the preparation and organisation of the activities and meetings of the EFTA Standing Committee, the EEA Joint Committee, and the EEA Council, in close collaboration with the EFTA management and colleagues from other divisions;
• Contribute to the preparation of the activities and meetings of the EFTA and EEA Advisory Bodies and the EFTA Council, including at the ministerial level;
• Work closely with the European External Action Service, relevant EU Commission Services and the EU Council Presidency and General Secretariat in the organisation and preparation of these meetings;
• Monitor developments of the EU and their impact on the EEA and the EFTA States, and provide input to reports and briefings to advisory bodies, working groups and subcommittees as well as visiting groups;
• Give presentations and briefings, both internally and externally, on EFTA, the EEA and developments in the EU.

The successful applicant must be willing to take on other tasks as required.


University degree at Masters Level in political science, law, economics or equivalent.


• A minimum of 8 years relevant work experience, preferably from a national administration, international organisation or a relevant private sector company;
• Excellent ability to draft speaking notes, analytical reports and policy papers concisely and clearly in the English language;
• Solid knowledge of the EEA Agreement, the European policies of the EFTA States and EU policies and structure;
• Experience with standard office software.


• Result-oriented approach, a productive and co-operative attitude and good diplomatic, communication and social skills;
• Excellent organisational ability and facility for teamwork, including the ability to lead and coordinate a team of highly qualified professionals in a dynamic, task-oriented and multi-cultural environment;
• Self-reliance, autonomy and ability to take initiative and deliver with short deadlines on sensitive issues under pressure.


• Fluency in written and spoken English;
• Knowledge of French and/or any other EFTA/EU languages would be an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A5
Annual salary: EUR 108,631.56

Appointments are normally made at the first step of the grade. The Secretary-General reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised and should a suiting senior candidate not be in the group of applicants, a more junior applicant might be considered for the post on an Officer (A4) level. 

Through its recruitment policy, the EFTA Secretariat wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

EFTA is an international organisation and the salaries and related payments are normally exempt from income taxation by the EFTA States and the host states of the EFTA duty stations. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool. Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered and applicants must be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States.

For further information on this post, please contact:
Mr Andri Lúthersson, Deputy Secretary-General - EEA Coordination Division, tel. +32 2 286 17 30 or
Mr Marius Vahl, Head of EEA Policy Coordination, tel. +32 2 286 17 37

Deadline for applications: 18 August 2019.