European Union External Action

EEAS Vacancy Notice Contract Agent FG IV: Policy Officer – EU Security and defence relations with Eastern Partners

27/05/2019 - 15:21
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Deadline for sending application. Please send your cv and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) to by 16/06/2019.

SECDEFPOL.2 – Partnerships and Agreements Division EEAS Headquarters

Job n° 317453

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 her tasks of conducting the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy and chairing the Foreign Affairs Council. It also supports the High Representative in her capacity as Vice President of the Commission with regard to her 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.

SECDEFPOL.2 – Partnerships and Agreements Division- is responsible for fostering EU common security and defence policy relations with third countries and international/regional organisations (e.g. UN, NATO, AU, ASEAN), in close consultation with other entities within the CSDP structures and the geographic and thematic services. It is the focal point for partners on security and defence policy matters in line with the EU Global Strategy and new EU's strategic approach to partners. It coordinates, facilitates and conducts dedicated CSDP consultations and dialogues with third countries and international/regional organisations, as well as seminars and public diplomacy outreach activities to underpin the role of the EU in this field. It is responsible for negotiating agreements that support CSDP, notably Framework Participation Agreements for third countries’ participation in EU CSDP missions and operations, and related follow-up procedures.

We propose:

The position of Policy Officer – EU Security and defence relations with Eastern Partners.

We are seeking a highly motivated colleague who, under the authority of the Head of the Partnerships & Agreements Division (SECDEFPOL2), and in cooperation with the other services concerned, among his/her main duties will be responsible for:

  • Developing EU common security and defence policy relations, including third State participation in CSDP missions and operations, with partner countries within the Eastern Partnership and other geographical areas and with international organisations (including UN, NATO, OSCE).
  • Contributing to the development of EU Security and Defence Partnerships/Third country cooperation with regard to security and hybrid related threats and related capacity building measures.
  • Liaising with partners on security and defence policy matters within the geographical/thematic area of responsibility.
  • Drafting briefing and policy documents, instruction notes, correspondence with key partners and all similar work related to CSDP within the geographical/thematic area under his/her responsibility;
  • Preparation of dialogues, workshops related to CSDP issues and consultations and negotiations with non-EU partner countries, as well as contribution to preparation of relevant meetings of the Council and its working parties as appropriate.

The work takes place in cooperation with other Divisions within MD CSDP-CR, CPCC and EU Military Staff, all relevant EEAS and Commission services, EU Delegations, EU Member State representatives and Council bodies.

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates for this contract agent IV post should:

  • - (i) have passed a valid EPSO CAST in FG IV ; or
    - (ii) be registered in the EPSO Permanent CAST in FG IV
  • have completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma;
  • 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.


Candidates should:

  • have documented experience of working on security and defence related issues, in an EU, Member State or international organisation context;
  • have proven knowledge of security and defence aspects of EU relations with third countries and international organisations (on defence policy, military and/or police matters) with relevance for the post;
  • have knowledge of the institutional arrangements and practises of CFSP and CSDP structures and the role of the EEAS in this context;
  • have ability to maintain diplomatic relations and to ensure representation and communication in a complex, multicultural environment;
  • have capacity to create constructive working relations in the field of external relations with national authorities, international organisations and EU Member States;
  • have strong drafting and analytical skills combined with sound judgement;
  • have knowledge of external relations, internal policies and functioning of the Union;
  • have excellent communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain a network of contacts both within and outside the EEAS;
  • have the ability to communicate clearly on complex issues and the capacity to perform with accuracy and in a flexible manner a diversity of tasks in a complex institutional  environment;
  • have strong service attitude;
  • be fluent in English and in French (both orally and in writing);
  • have geographical knowledge and/or experience of the Neighbourhood;
  • be a flexible team player.


  • experience of working in a team in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
  • experience in working with or within other EU institutions

would be considered as strong assets.


Brussels, Belgium


The successful candidates will be required to undergo security vetting if they do not already hold security clearance to an appropriate level (EU SECRET), in accordance with the relevant security provisions.


Contract agent position (Function group IV); renewable contract for a maximum duration of 6 years (with a valid CAST exam).


Deadline for sending application. Please send your cv and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) to by 16/06/2019.  

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.

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 Empowered to Conclude Contracts of Employment. The Authority may decide to interview the candidates on the final shortlist before taking this decision.

Interviews will be scheduled in June 2019.

Starting date16 August 2019 in EEAS Headquarters

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