Head of Programme - Coordination and Strategy

EEA/AD/2020/17 Requisition #
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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 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 at least 3 years;                                    

b)      A minimum of 15 years (with a 4 year diploma) OR 16 years (with a 3 year diploma) of relevant professional experience after award of the university degree. Please note that professional experience pursued on a part-time basis shall be calculated pro rata. A given period may only be counted once.

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)

  1. Professional experience of at least 5 years similar to the tasks listed above under “Job description”,
  2. Professional experience of at least 5 years in leadership positions, including line-management and budget responsibility (e.g. Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent). Please indicate (1) title and role of management positions held; (2) numbers of staff overseen in these positions; (3) the size of budgets managed; and (4) numbers of hierarchical layers above and below and number of peers;
  3. Demonstrated familiarity with EU institutions and relevant policies, e.g. European Green Deal, Climate policies;
  4. Demonstrated familiarity with the broader EU context and in particular the legislative and political process;
  5. Capacity to share a compelling strategic vision to staff and stakeholders, seeking to build a shared purpose ;
  6. Ability to identify and incorporate trends to help shape future strategy and seek stakeholder buy-in*;
  7. Awareness of own and others' perspectives and emotions to ensure a clear focus on outcomes, continually enhancing, with humility, own leadership capability*;
  8. 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.

* These criteria will be subject to the next stage of the selection procedure and might be tested during interview, written test and/or assessment centre stage.


  1. Completed training in leadership and management.

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