European Union External Action

EEAS Vacancy Notice Contract Agent FG IV : Policy Officer West Africa - EEAS HEADQUARTERS

07/06/2019 - 16:34
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Deadline for sending application. Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) to by 24/06/2019

Job n° 247206


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.

The Division "AFRICA 3" is responsible for relations with the 16 countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo) as well as of the relations with the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), i.e. the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU).

We propose:

The position of Policy Officer in charge of relations with countries in West Africa

We are seeking a highly motivated colleague who will contribute to the management of the overall EU relations with West African countries, as well as to the definition and the implementation of EU external action (i.a. political, security, development co-operation, migration and economic). Tasks will include:

Policy analysis

  • Monitor and analyse the political, social and economic situation in the countries of responsibility
  • Analyse the impact on political, social and economic situation on EU relations with Africa, the West Africa region and countries concerned.

Policy development

  • Contribute towards the definition of EU policies concerning political, economic, security, development, humanitarian or other relations with the countries concerned, in coordination with Member States, international organisations, Government representatives (including from Embassy in Brussels) and other donors.
  • Co-ordinate EEAS participation in programming of EU cooperation with the countries of responsibility under the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and finalise and revise, as required, strategy papers on the country and the region. This may require liaison and working together with the Council, and with Member States.
  • Contribute to the identification of EU interests and priorities in the assigned countries.
  • Participate in annual reviews, mid-term reviews and end-of-terms reviews.
  • Draft briefings, statements, background notes, speeches within agreed deadlines.
  • Contribute to horizontal and thematic policy formulation and delivery from a geographical perspective.

Negotiation and Institution Representation

  • Propose lines for negotiation and dialogues with all parties involved in EU relations with West Africa, and where needed, participate in the negotiations.
  • Take contact with decision-makers in Member States and with other major players in relation to political, security, migration and co-operation matters.

Coordination and Inter-institutional relations

  • Carry out and respond to Inter-Service Consultations, and organise country team meetings.
  • Monitor all Community policies having impact on the countries assigned and ensure coherence (Trade, Humanitarian assistance, support for security operations, migration, human rights, etc.).
  • Help in the organisation and maintenance of relations, co-ordination and contacts with the other EU Institutions.
  • Draft answers to questions and petitions of MEPs.
  • Participate in meetings with the European Commission, Council meetings on political and development strategy issues, at EP committee meetings or at other inter-institutional and international meeting (e.g. consultative groups) concerning the assigned countries.

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    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 in Africa/West Africa;
  • 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 24/06/2019

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 July 2019

Starting date1st September 2019 in Brussels, EEAS Headquarters

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