Sector Officer - Civil Society

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants, and is affiliated with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for a highly engaged, team-oriented and pro-active professional to fill a vacancy for a Sector Officer - Civil Society in the FMO’s Funds and Horizontal Concerns 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).

Through the Active Citizens Funds, the EEA and Norway Grants is a major contributor to civil society in the 15 Beneficiary States. These programmes are operated by the FMO with the support of Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States. The objective of the Active Citizens Fund is to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups.

The total allocation of the EEA and Norway Grants for the funding period 2014-2021 (in which projects can run till April 2024) 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 about 20 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
Closing Date
Job Reference
VA 23/2020


• Be a Programme Manager for the Active Citizens Fund in some Beneficiary States, including:
- oversee programme implementation of those programmes;
- coordinate the work of the FMO programme team;
- cooperate with Fund Operators in Beneficiary States implementing Active Citizens Fund on behalf of the FMO;
- actively use FMO information management systems for tracking and reporting on programme progress and results;
• Provide guidance and training to Fund Operators and other relevant stakeholders;
• Maintain overview of relevant developments within the civil society sector in Donor States, Beneficiary States and at EU level;
• Facilitate contacts and cooperation between Donor States and Beneficiary States;
• Contribute to further developing the civil society support activities in the EEA and Norway Grants;
• Enhance the visibility of the Active Citizens Fund and Donor states contribution through contact with relevant European and national institutions, networks and stakeholders;
• Fulfill administrative tasks in relation to the work.

The position reports to the Head of the Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit. The position involves travel.


Relevant University degree at master’s level.


• At least 6 years of relevant work experience, including in or with civil society organisations;
• Experience with programme and/or project management

• Experience in grant management;
• Experience in working in or with civil society in the Beneficiary States or Donor States;
• Understanding of the needs and challenges of the civil society sector in the Beneficiary States;
• Experience with capacity development aimed at strengthening the sustainability of the civil society sector;
• Experience with the areas of support for the Active Citizens Fund (please see page 41 of the Blue Book);
• Good knowledge of the Donor States’ and EU policies and programmes related to the civil society sector;


• Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills;
• Result-oriented approach;
• Diplomatic and negotiation skills;
• Strong interpersonal abilities, including a flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, but also the skills needed for teamwork; and
• Ability to multitask, work to tight deadlines and to handle high workload.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, the working language of the FMO, is a requirement. Active knowledge of another EFTA/EU language is an asset.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: 95,300 EUR

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.

FMO is an employer dedicated to the principles of diversity and equal opportunities. We select our staff without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, religion, colour, culture, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, pregnancy or family responsibilities.

We offer very interesting and challenging positions 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 Frode Dal Fjeldavli, Head of Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit, Programme Department, tel. +32 2 2111 810, email
You can contact Vera Medinskaya, Head of Administration and HR Unit, email, tel. +32 2 2111 860, for questions related to the recruitment process.

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

Deadline for submission of applications: 3 January 2021.