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Senior Sector Officer, Civil Society – FMO – VA 18/2019

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to fill a vacancy for a Senior Sector Officer, Civil Society in the FMO’s Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit within the Programmes Department.

The EEA and Norway Grants are Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway’s contribution to reduce economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Beneficiary and Donor States. The 15 Beneficiary States are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The allocation for the funding period 2014-2021 totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors in the period 2014-2021 are:
• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
• Justice and Home Affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising approximately 18 nationalities. Our values are:
• Professionalism;
• Cooperation;
• Trust, responsibility and respect.

More information can be found on our website at:  www.eeagrants.org.
The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and nationals of the member states of the European Union

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The Senior Sector Officer for Civil Society will:
• Contribute to improving and further developing the civil society support activities in the EEA and Norway Grants 2014 - 2021;
• Be a Programme Manager for the Active Citizens Fund in some Beneficiary States, including:
- oversee programme development and implementation of those programmes;
- cooperate with Fund Operators in Beneficiary States implementing Active Citizens Fund on behalf of the FMO;
- use FMO information management systems for tracking and reporting on programme progress and results;
• Maintain overview and assess relevant developments within the civil society sector in Donor States, Beneficiary States and at EU level;
• Facilitate contacts and cooperation between Donor States and Beneficiary States;
• Enhance the added value of the Active Citizens Fund and the visibility of the Donor states contribution through contact with relevant European and national institutions, networks and stakeholders;
• Identity relevant platforms and events to represent the Grants and exchange results, best practices and lessons learned;
• Fulfill administrative tasks in relation to the work.

The Senior Sector Officer for Civil Society is expected to work closely with the other sector officers for civil society and reports to the Head of Funds and Horizontal Concerns Unit.The position involves travel.

Relevant University degree, Master’s level


Required experience
• At least 8 years of relevant work experience, including in or with civil society organisations

Desired experience
• Experience in programme management or grant management;
• Experience in working in or with civil society in the Beneficiary States or Donor States;
• Experience with capacity development aimed at strengthening the sustainability of the civil society sector;
• Experience with the areas of support for the Active Citizens Fund, as listed above;
• Experience in working in or with public administration or international organisations;
• Experience with results-based management.

• Excellent knowledge and understanding of the needs and challenges of the civil society sector in the Beneficiary States;
• Good knowledge of of the Donor States’ and EU policies and programmes related to the civil society sector;
• Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills;
• Result-oriented approach;
• Diplomatic and negotiation skills;
• Strong interpersonal abilities, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, but also the skills needed for team work; and
• Ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines.

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO). Knowledge of a Donor or Beneficiary State language is an asset.

Employment Terms
Grade: A5
Annual starting salary: EUR 108,631

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the FMO wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states.

Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.
Interested applicants should apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool: http://jobs.efta.int/

Deadline for submission of application: 28 April 2019.



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28. apríl