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EEAS Vacancy Notice: Contract Agent FGIII – Software Developer (SD) - EEAS Headquarters - Job n° 347906

23/04/2021 - 09:58
Contract agents

Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) via email to - Deadline for applications: 24/05/2021 at 18.00 (CET).

We are:

The European External Action Service (EEAS) supports the work of the High Representative in defining and implementing an effective and coherent EU foreign policy. The EEAS supports his tasks of conducting the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy and chairing the Foreign Affairs Council. It also supports the High Representative in his capacity as Vice President of the Commission with regard to his responsibilities within the Commission in the external relations field including the coordination of other aspects of the EU's external action. The EEAS works in close cooperation with Member States, the Council and relevant services of the European Commission.

The Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) is the permanent EEAS structure supporting the Civilian Operations Commander. The Civilian Operations Commander is the overall commander at the strategic level of currently 11 civilian CSDP crisis management missions and provides strategic guidance and direction to the Heads of Mission. The Civilian Operations Commander reports directly to the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and through him to the Council of the EU. Under the political control and strategic direction of the Political and Security Committee and the overall authority of the High Representative, the Civilian Operations Commander ensures the effective planning and conduct of civilian CSDP crisis management missions, as well as the proper implementation of all mission-related tasks.

The Missions Operational Support Division (CPCC.4) is responsible for CIS (including cyber) as well as logistics and procurement at Headquarters level. The Division manages the delivery of equipment to 11 civilian CSDP Missions, ensuring that all the financial and legal rules are adherent to in the procurement and usage of such equipment. In this function, CPCC.4 also liaises with the civilian CSDP Warehouse located in Southern Sweden and managed by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB). Furthermore, CPCC.4 assists the civilian Missions in defining and managing their budgets with the relevant stakeholders (EU Member States and Foreign Policy Instruments).

Following an agreement between the Commission, the EEAS and the Council, the Mission Support Platform (MSP) was created within CPCC.4 in 2016. In its conclusions on the MSP the Council stated that "The MSP will be established in coordination between the Commission and the European External Action Service to provide support and bring forward greater efficiencies, flexibility and economies of scale to civilian CSDP missions." It aims to support the Missions and mitigate the difficulties identified during the start-up phase and improve rapid deployment and achieve greater efficiency.

We propose

The position of the MS .NET Software Developer (SD) – contract agent FGIII as per article 3b of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS).

We look for

The person to be recruited will work under the supervision of the Head of the Missions Operational Support Division within the CPCC. S/He is expected to perform the following tasks:

  • Develop ASP.NET MVC applications on MS Azure cloud infrastructure using .NET framework, Entity Framework, Bootstrap;
  • Implement webpages and follow technical requirements to develop web-based content management and document collaboration systems;
  • Plan, design, develop and maintain complex relational databases such as MS-SQL;
  • Write automated tests, such as unit tests and integration tests;
  • Apply cyber security best practices to ensure service and data confidentiality, integrity and availability;
  • Import/Export and transform data between different formats (SQL, XML, or other required formats) using web-services;
  • Create wireframes, storyboards, user flows, to communicate interaction and design ideas;
  • Produce the documentation related to the assigned duties including schematics, procedures and technical manuals;
  • Perform regular data checks and data quality control;
  • Other tasks as directed by the Head of Division.

Legal basis

The vacancy is to be filled in accordance with the conditions stipulated under the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS). 1

The successful candidate will be offered a contract agent position (Function group III); renewable contract for a maximum duration of 6 years (with a valid CAST exam).

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for this contract agent III post should:

  •  (i) have passed a valid EPSO CAST in a valid FG for this post


  • (ii) be registered in the EPSO Permanent CAST in a valid FG for this post
  • have a level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma or a level of secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education and appropriate professional experience of three year;
  • have the capacity to work in languages of CFSP and external relations necessary for the performance of their duties. Knowledge of other EU languages would be an asset.
  • be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen.

Selection criteria

  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in web-based software/database development, design, and implementation of complex/large scale database systems and software applications;
  • Extensive knowledge in web development (HTML, JavaScript, CSS, ASP.NET, Twitter Bootstrap);
  • Extensive knowledge of .NET framework using C# and Entity framework;
  • Knowledge of MVC, Web API, Security, Web-services, Unit Testing, SOLID design principles;
  • Experience in SQL server administration, data modelling, database optimisation, understanding and implementation of schemas and the ability to interpret and write complex SQL triggers, stored procedures, queries and scripts;
  • Practical experience in designing web applications using all the technologies above;
  • Following cyber security best practises to develop and configure secure software;
  • Good understanding of reporting and search engine optimisation principles.


  • Understanding of content management systems;
  • Experience working on MS Azure cloud infrastructure;
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process;
  • Knowledge in Photoshop, Illustrator or other visual design and wire-framing tools will be an advantage.
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines, individually and as part of a mixed team with different background in a challenging environment;
  • Solid large scale project management and implementation skills would be an asset;
  • Good skills in configuration and change management process.
  • Capacity to work in a multicultural environment, with frequent interactions with a small team of software developers and a Team Leader.

Specific conditions of employment

The signature of the contract will be subject to prior favourable opinion of the Medical Service.

The successful candidate might be required to undergo security vetting if she or he does not hold already a Personal Security Clearance to an appropriate level, in accordance with relevant security provisions.

Equal opportunities

The EEAS is committed to an equal opportunities policy for all its employees and applicants for employment. As an employer, the EEAS is committed to promoting gender equality and to preventing discrimination on any grounds. It actively welcomes applications from all qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and from the broadest possible geographical basis amongst the EU Member States. We aim at a service which is truly representative of society, where each staff member feels respected, is able to give their best and can develop their full potential.

Candidates with disabilities are invited to contact in order to accommodate any special needs and provide assistance to ensure the possibility to pass the selection procedure in equality of opportunities with other candidates. If a candidate with a disability is selected for a vacant post, the EEAS is committed to providing reasonable accommodation in accordance with Art 1d.4 of the Staff Regulations. 

Application and selection procedure2

Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) via email to

Deadline for applications: 24/05/2021 at 18.00 (CET).

Candidates shall draft their CV following the European CV form which can be found at the following internet address:

Late applications will not be accepted.

The selection panel will make a pre-selection on the basis of the qualifications and professional experience described in the CV and motivational letter, and will produce a shortlist of eligible candidates who best meet the selection criteria for the post. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed about the outcome of the pre-selection phase.

The candidates who have been preselected will be invited for an interview by a selection panel. The panel will recommend a shortlist of candidates for a final decision by the Authority Authorised to Conclude Contracts of Employment. The Authority may decide to interview the candidates on the final shortlist before taking this decision.

Place of employment: EEAS Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

Post available:

CONTACT: Anne MARCHAL, Head of Division CPCC.4 Tel: +32 2584 1830 Email:


1 Staff Regulations of Officials (SR) and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS). For reference, see

2 Your personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, as implemented by ADMIN(2019)8 Decision of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The privacy statement is available on the Europa website: ( and on the EEAS Intranet: (

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