European Union External Action

EEAS Vacancy Notice: Contract Agent FGIII – Job title: Procurement Assistant - EEAS Headquarters - Job n° 337731 (NEW DEADLINE)

21/09/2020 - 11:45
Contract agents

Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) via email to Deadline for applications: 04/10/2020 at 18.00 (CET). Extension of deadline: 12/10/2020 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 Public Procurement, Contracts and Finance Division - BA.BS.2

is responsible for procurement for Headquarters and Delegations and for ex-ante financial verifications of transactions at Headquarters stemming from public contracts. It supports and advises the authorizing officers by sub-delegation in their management of public contracts including their risk management.

The tasks where the intervention of the Division is mainly required are:

Procurement (supplies, services and works public contracts):

  • Procurement plan for Delegations and Headquarters;
  • Ex-ante controls or centralisation of procurement procedures;
  • Templates procurement documents and step-by-step by procedure type.


  • Standard model for contracts;
  • Support in the management of contracts including ex-ante visa on certain amendments;
  • Horizontal issues such as data protection, access to documents and EDES.

Finance (commitments, payments and recovery orders stemming from public contracts under the remit of the Division):

  • Single point of registration of invoices for HQs’ managed contracts;
  • Financial verification (decentralized verification) for all transactions at headquarters with third parties;
  • Definition and update of the financial processes.

We propose

The position of Procurement Assistant in the Public Procurement, Contracts and Finance Division BA.BS.2 - contract agent FGIII as per article 3b of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS).

We look for

We are looking for an experienced public procurement colleague, enthusiastic and good team player.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Sector and will mainly:

  • Analyse the operational needs, translate them in the procurement documents and be in charge of the preparation and running of procurement procedures stemming from Delegations and operational Divisions covering services, supplies and works subject to the Public Procurement Directive;
  • Provide the necessary support or advice in the area of procurement and contract management to the different internal stakeholders within the EEAS;
  • Train EEAS staff on public procurement;
  • Be the focal point for a number of horizontal tasks such as the preparation/update of templates, standard documents and guides relating to procurement, including for (very)low and middle-value contracts;
  • Be proactively involved in the activities of the 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

Candidates should have:

  • a strong proven experience in public procurement;
  • experience in working in a team in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment and be a flexible team player;
  • strong drafting and analytical skills combined with sound judgement;
  • excellent communication skills both in English and French (C1 and above);
  • the capacity to perform with accuracy and in a flexible manner a diversity of tasks in a complex institutional environment
  • a "client oriented approach" and strong organisational and prioritising skills.

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 External Action Service applies an equal opportunities policy.

Application and selection procedure 2

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

Deadline for applications:  04/10/2020 at 18.00 (CET).

Extension of deadline: 12/10/2020 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 Empowered 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: 01/12/2020


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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