Delegation of the European Union
to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Job Vacancy Announcement for: “Resident Twinning Adviser” (RTA) Assistant / Twinning project: “Finalization of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN)”

12/01/2018 - 10:13
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“Finalization of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN)”


Financed by the European Union - Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)


Job Vacancy Announcement for: “Resident Twinning Adviser” (RTA) Assistant


Post reference number:


Place of work:

Ministry of Agriculture,  Forestry  and  Water  Economy  (MAFWE), Skopje

Estimated starting date:

mid of February 2018

Period of employment:

18 months (full time)

Closing date for applications

02 February 2018 (24:00, GMT+1)


The Twinning project “Further upgrading of the Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) according to the new EU Regulation for FADN” is focuses on supporting the “Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy” (MAFWE) in improving the capacity of the institutions in the process of adaptation to the newly enforced EU legislation for establishing of a national Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) and improving the system of data quality check. The data provided by the Farm Accountancy Data Network shall be used for determining of the annual income of farms, economic analysis of farms, as well as for evaluation of the conditions in agriculture and agricultural product markets.  



 RTA Assistant role: administrative and accounting assistance to the “Resident Twinning Adviser” during the whole duration of the Twinning Project and, in particular, support the effective delivery of the Twinning Contract mandatory results, ensuring a good flow of communications and coordinating the different Twinning partners.Administrative support on a daily basis to the Member States experts involved for short-term working missions to Skopje within the Project’s framework.


Reporting to the Twinning contract, the RTA Assistant shall be responsible for:

-Administrative support to the RTA during implementation of the project: general tasks of office management;
  • Support for the preparation and delivery of working activities as foreseen in the Twinning Contract, including organization of training sessions, conferences, experts missions, etc. and in related administrative tasks;
  • Travel arrangements and arrange meetings for the RTA, the Short-Term Experts and other foreign specialists involved in the project;
  • Preparation of the required documentation for experts missions: Terms of Reference, Mission Certificates, Side Letters, record keeping and monthly travel for Project Leaders including the RTA Expenses and Implementation expenses;
  • Preparation of Twinning Claims and IT based budgetary control and quarterly financial reports;
  • Providing IT, logistics and administrative support to training sessions, workshops, seminars and events in general;
  • Drafting and editing documents relevant to the project in Macedonian and English languages;
-Taking minutes of meetings, preparing notes and summary records;
-Support to the RTA in his liaison with Delegation of the European Union to Skopje and national institutions at the central and local level;
-Other duties and ad hoc support to the RTA while in Skopje, including advice and guidance on local issues and translator and interpreter when needed.



The ideal candidate will be hard working individual with excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work closely with the RTA and team of experts.


To be eligible, an applicant must have:

  • University degree or equivalent qualification in Public Administration, Management or any other discipline relevant for the position;
  • Experience in accounting and managing;
  • Excellent drafting abilities;
  • Capacity to maintain effective document and record management;
  • Organizational capacities;
-Fluency in both written and spoken Macedonian and English languages;
  • Good computer skills, including MS applications (Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point);

Besides the following attributes, the following features would be an asset:

-Knowledge of Italian language;
-Recent experience as RTA Assistant in Twinning projects or assistant in IPA-funded regional cooperation projects;
-Experience from the work in an international environment;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the Beneficiary Country public administration in the field of agriculture;
  • Knowledge of EU policies and institutions.

Personal qualities:

Attributes especially important to this post include:

  • Strong sense of initiative and responsibility;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent team working abilities is essential together with an innate diplomacy;
  • Ability to cooperate smoothly in the multicultural environment.




Successful applicant will be an independent consultant, on the basis of the standard IPA-contracts for services. The RTA Assistant will be self-employed and will undertake full responsibility for the payment of all taxes and obligations deriving from the legislation in force, including for those related to medical and social insurance.


The assignment is full time; the RTA Assistant contract will run from the date of the signature throughout the period of implementation of the Twinning Contract, taking into account any possible prolongation of the working programme.


The remuneration will be signed for a period of almost 18 months with a probationary period of 1 month.


NOTE: Twinning Manual foresees that the chosen assistant is not a civil servant or agent of the beneficiary (past 6 months) nor is on leave from the beneficiary to take up the position of the project assistant.




Qualified candidates are kindly asked to send their applications, duly completed in English, for the above mentioned position not later than 02 February 2018 (24:00, GMT+1) to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies (MiPAAF).


E-mail address:;;


with this specification on the subject: “SURNAME”_REF: RTA/A/1


Your application in English language must include:

  • letter of intention, signed by the applicant, explaining the compliance with the eligibility criteria for the specification post;
  • CV (Europass format*) in English language with detailed description of professional experience and education (with exact dates);
  • copies of supporting documents (University degree, reference letters and certificates in the original language and, if available, in English).


All documents must be sent only one time in PDF format.


Incomplete applications or sent to the mentioned email address after the above deadline will be disqualified and treated as non eligible.


Only applicants selected for the interview will be notified.


Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview in Skopje from 06 February 2018.


Selected candidate will sign a contract with the Italian Mandated Body selected by MiPAAF and in charge for the administrative and financial accounting of the project.


Please note that applications will not be returned to candidate.


*CV form in EU format is available at: