Officer Information technology and digital policy - Internal Market Division

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) is an intergovernmental organisation set up for the promotion of free trade and economic integration between 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.

This position is open to nationals of the EFTA Member States.

Division
Internal Market
Location
Brussels
Lattitude
50.8462720094659
Longitude
4.370340409394657
Category/Level
A4
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
22-09-2019
Job Reference
VA 13/2019

Scope

The Internal Market Division is responsible for giving support and assistance to the EFTA States in their work related to the EEA Agreement. The Division consists of 20 persons and among them 13 officers responsible for one or several of the policy fields of the EU’s Single Market which are within the scope of the EEA Agreement.

The work as an officer consists of facilitating and coordinating the work of one or several of the Sectoral EFTA Working and Expert Groups related to the incorporation of EU legislation into the EEA Agreement.

We are looking for a highly motivated and competent candidate to take on the responsibility for core areas related to the Digital Single Market, such as electronic communication, cybersecurity, audiovisual media services, the information society, online platforms, digital privacy and postal services. Tasks within other policy fields covered by the EEA Agreement might be assigned depending on the candidates’ background and the needs of the Division.

Responsibilities include:
• Coordinate, facilitate and provide support services to the EFTA Working and Expert Groups on Electronic Communication, Audiovisual Services and Information Society (ECASIS), Postal Services and Data Protection;
• Monitor and inform about the development of EU policy and legislation;
• Case-handling and coordination with and between the EEA EFTA States and the EU related to the incorporation of relevant EU acts into the EEA Agreement;
• Organise meetings and events, including preparing agendas and reports and taking care of practical arrangements;
• Draft policy documents and position papers;
• Information and presentations to stakeholders and interest groups;
• Take on and contribute to other tasks and common projects as needed.

The job entails frequent contact and coordination with national administrations of the EFTA States, the EU Commission services, the EU External Action Service and the EFTA Missions to the EU in Brussels. Officers also participate in relevant EU forums and committees including attending and reporting from meetings and hearings in the European Parliament.

Qualifications

University degree at Master’s level, preferably within law, political science or economics.

Experience

• Minimum five years’ work experience, including three years relevant to the Secretariat’s work related to the Digital Single Market, preferably from the public sector in one of the EFTA States;
• Experience working with and solid knowledge of the EEA Agreement, the EU institutions and EU decision making processes.

Skills

• Excellent organisational and communication skills;
• Self-reliance and autonomy combined with facility for teamwork;
• Excellent analytical skills and focus on results;
• Flexibility with a positive and enthusiastic attitude;
• Ability to draft analytical reports and policy papers concisely and clearly in English.

Languages

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

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 93,799

Appointments are 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. 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 be nationals of one of the EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Applicants must apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool.  Please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

For further information on these posts, please contact:
Ms Elin Kjartansdottir, Deputy Director IMD, ekj@efta.int
Ms Inga Hanna Gudmundsdottir, Head of HR, ihg@efta.int

Note that any questions about the application and selection process should be directed to HR.

Deadline for applications: 22 September 2019.