Expert – Digital transformation

EEA/AD/2024/10 Requisition #


Expert - Digital transformation
Temporary Agent (AD7)
Reference no. EEA/AD/2024/10

Please send us your application by no later than 19 August 2024 at midnight (Copenhagen time), following the instructions in the ANNEX.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising an open competition with a view to recruiting an expert to work within the area of digitalisation and digital transformation, and further to establish a reserve list.


The EEA is an Agency of the European Union (EU) and one of the decentralised Union bodies. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.


Fully exploiting the potential of digitalisation is a strategic priority and objective of the EEA and Eionet.  Achieving this requires the strategic planning, delivery and evolution of fit-for-purpose digital and data capabilities and crucially, integrating these into our ways of working.  As an Expert in the area of Digital Transformation, under the responsibility of the Head of Programme “Data and Information Services” (see organisational chart), you will have a key role in developing and shaping the agency’s digital strategy and roadmap and the definition, implementation and change management of digitalisation initiatives across EEA and in support of the work with Eionet.

In this role, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and in close collaboration with experts to identify digitalisation opportunities for EEA-Eionet and drive initiatives related to the modernisation of information and knowledge systems, advanced data analytics and the innovative use of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) to derive maximum value for the organisation and a high-quality service to its stakeholders.

The position will entail the following tasks:

  • Provide strategic input into the EEA ‘Digital and Data Capability Strategy’ and coordinate and monitor the implementation of the overall strategy;
  • Directly lead and implement digitalisation and innovation capabilities, initiatives and services;
  • Provide strategic input to Heads of Programme (HoP) and Senior Management Team (SMT), as required, across a range of digital and innovation topics;
  • Lead business engagement activities for assigned digitalisation topics, to determine current and future needs and opportunities and determine strategies for embedding these into EEA operations and ways of working;
  • Support the further development, integration and implementation of EEA IT and data strategies towards digitalisation and assess and plan for the changes that this entails for the organisation;
  • Horizon scan to identify new and advancing technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, advanced analytics and big data, that can support and enhance existing data and knowledge;
  • Develop an innovation framework that brings business and technology teams together to experiment and scale and define, guide and support digital innovation activities in EEA;
  • Further strengthen the collaboration between EEA and the member states by exchanging experiences and identifying, initiating and running joint projects on digitalisation;
  • Drive the introduction of more agile and flexible ways of working across the programme and ultimately, the Agency;
  • Partner across the organisation for effective change management for digitalisation;
  • Support the identification of digital and data skills gaps and needs for the EEA-Eionet and its partners and developing an approach to addressing these;
  • Maintain coordination on assigned digitalisation topics with partners and stakeholders, for example the European Commission (EC), the EU Agencies Network, member states and other bodies;
  • Contribute to the advancements of the usage of advanced data analytics to produce EEA data and knowledge services and products. This includes finding the right ambition and space for the usage of artificial intelligence;
  • Engage with Eionet and the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) network on the development of common digitalisation activities including to define and lead capacity building activities towards enhancing digital knowledge and cooperation in Eionet.


Candidates applying must satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for the submission of applications:

a)           Successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned, where the normal duration of university education is 4 years or more; OR successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned, where the normal duration of university education is 3 years; OR where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level;                             
b)           A minimum of 6 years (with a 4 year diploma) OR 7 years (with a 3 year diploma) of relevant professional experience after award of the university degree.

In addition, in order to be eligible a candidate must:

  • Be a national of one of the member countries of the EEA (Member States of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey);
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the EEA member countries and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages (corresponding to level B.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages CEFR);
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

Candidates should assess carefully and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the conditions for admission laid down in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.


(In your application, please provide examples from current or past work experience where these competencies have been applied).


  • Thorough understanding of the various concepts and approaches related to digital transformation, including its opportunities and limitations;
  • In-depth knowledge in the application of innovative digital technologies in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Ability to facilitate discussions with diverse stakeholder groups, to bring clarity and understanding to complex digitalisation topics;
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and evaluation skills to conduct independent research and analysis for digitalisation topics;
  • Experience in working with novel and advancing technologies, for example artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and big data analytics;
  • Proven experience in managing digital change and/or innovation projects in a multi-stakeholder environment;
  • Proven experience in supporting the definition and implementation of data, information management and/or digitalisation strategies;
  • Ability to foster and develop strategic business partnerships to bridge technology, data and business domains;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English language, at least at level C1 in all categories according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language.


  • Experience in data and information technologies and digitalisation in support of environment and climate;
  • Deeper understanding in geospatial data acquisition, management and spatial data systems;
  • Knowledge of change management approaches and frameworks;
  • Knowledge and experience working with international stakeholders in the field of data and information management.

Candidates invited to the written test and interview stage will also be assessed against the following behavioural competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and share expertise with others to deliver on common work goals;
  • Diversity awareness and sensitivity;
  • Ability to take responsibility for specific areas of work and to deliver to high standards;
  • Service orientation and ability to understand stakeholder needs and requirements;
  • Attention to detail and ability to summarise complex information;
  • Well-developed solution-oriented and problem solving approach;
  • Enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to seek out learning opportunities proactively, to handle situations and problems with innovation and creativity.


The successful candidate will be offered a Temporary Agent contract in accordance with Article 2f) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities. The selected candidate will be employed for an initial time period of four years, renewable. 

Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation period of 9 months.

Should the successful candidate currently hold a Temporary Agent 2(f) contract and qualify for a transfer under the terms of the CEOS, the band width for this position which can be accommodated is in accordance with Annex I of the Staff Regulations. 

For information on salary, please see information published under Temporary Agents

The place of work will be Copenhagen, Denmark. 

It is brought to the particular attention of candidates that the provisions of Articles 11 to 26 of the Staff Regulations, concerning the rights and obligations of officials, shall apply by analogy to Temporary Agents. These rules specify that: 

An official shall carry out his duties and conduct himself solely with the interests of the Union in mind. He shall neither seek nor take instructions from any government, authority, organization or person outside his institution. He shall carry out the duties assigned to him objectively, impartially and in keeping with his duty of loyalty to the Union.

An official shall not without the permission of the appointing authority accept from any government or from any other source outside the institution to which he belongs any honour, decoration, favour, gift or payment of any kind whatever, except for services rendered either before his appointment or during special leave for military or other national service and in respect of such service.

Before recruiting an official, the appointing authority shall examine whether the candidate has any personal interest such as to impair his independence or any other conflict of interest. To that end, the candidate, using a specific form, shall inform the appointing authority of any actual or potential conflict of interest. In such cases, the appointing authority shall take this into account in a duly reasoned opinion. If necessary, the appointing authority shall take the measures referred to in Article 11a(2).

For further information on the Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union see:

Staff Regulations


A Selection Committee is set up for the selection procedure. It consists of members designated by the Appointing Authority and the Staff Committee. The Selection Committee is bound by the principle of confidentiality as enshrined in Article 6 of Annex III to the Staff Regulations. This works in two ways: first, it imposes obligations to ensure equal treatment for candidates; and second, it seeks to protect the Selection Committee to ensure that its decisions are totally impartial. 

The Selection Committee adheres strictly to the conditions of admission laid down in the vacancy notice when deciding whether or not candidates are eligible. Candidates admitted to a previous selection procedure will not automatically be eligible. Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the Selection Committee, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure

In a spirit of transparency, and in order to align our working methods with current practice in certain Member States, the administration has decided to proceed with the publication of names of Selection Committee members.

Should the Selection Committee discover at any stage in the procedure that the candidate does not meet one or more of the general or special conditions for admission to the selection procedure, the candidate will be disqualified. 

The Selection Committee decides on those candidates who are admitted to the selection procedure in accordance with the requirements as specified under eligibility criteria. The applications of the candidates admitted to the selection procedure are reviewed to establish whether or not they show evidence of all requirements as specified under selection criteria.

The Selection Committee will invite to the interview and to the written test phase the best qualified candidates (maximum of 8). Should the case arise that there are various candidates scoring the same number of points in the 8th ranking, the number of candidates to be invited may be increased accordingly to accommodate this.

The interview will be held in English and the candidate’s knowledge of other languages will also be assessed during the interview. Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to undergo a written test in English, in the area of expertise required for the post. The test and the interview will take place online.

At the end of the interviews the Selection Committee will submit the list of suitable candidates to the Appointing Authority who will decide on the appointment of the successful candidate and the establishment of a reserve list for the post advertised or similar posts that may become available. There may be conducted follow-up recruitment interviews with the suitable candidates. Candidates shall note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget.

The reserve list for this post will be valid until 31 December 2025 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority.

Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate will be asked:

  • to provide original or certified copies of all relevant documents proving his/her eligibility, including a police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record; 
  • to undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.

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