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Call for expression of interest – Expert roster

The EUISS is seeking to create a roster of qualified experts which may be involved in its projects and activities in Paris and Brussels.

Eligibility requirements

On the closing date for applications, candidates must fulfil all the following conditions:

  • Be a national of a member state of the European Union;
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen attested by a recent extract from judicial records and/or certificate of good conduct;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by national law on military service;
  • Be physically fit to perform the required duties;
  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree and at least three years’ subsequent experience in a university, think tank, governmental or non-governmental organisation or similar;

The candidate must also have proven expertise and a record of publications in one of the following domains (currently covered only partially by the EUISS team):

  • EDTIB and European defence markets;
  • Cyber security and civil/infrastructure protection;
  • Energy security and climate policy;
  • Security governance in south-eastern Europe;
  • Security and development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Selection requirements


  • Excellent oral and written knowledge of English and at least one other official language of the EU;
  • Proven experience in project management, as well as the organisation of workshops and conferences;
  • Familiarity with the EU institutional environment and a record of collaboration with EU bodies;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and diplomatic skills and ability to operate in a multi-national setting;
  • Completion or near-completion of a doctoral programme (PhD) in a discipline relevant for the work of the EUISS;
  • Very good knowledge of the work of the EUISS, the EEAS and the broader European foreign policy machinery.


All interested candidates must complete the online application form, and attach:

  • A detailed CV, with clear description of education and professional experience;
  • A list of relevant publications;
  • A short cover letter addressed to the Director;
  • If applying for a secondment, a letter of sponsorship from their current employer addressed to the Director.

Applications received by email, fax or post will not be considered. Only correctly and fully completed applications will be accepted.

Particularity of applications for the position under the status of secondment: In accordance with the Rules applicable to secondments to the EUISS, a person seconded to the Institute remains in the service of his/her current employer and continue being paid their salary by that employer. Therefore, in order to be considered in the selection process, candidates for a secondment on the advertised position must be sponsored by their current employer. Confirmation is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Institute as far as possible by the closing date for the receipt of applications and in any case not later than the recruitment date.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, 9 December 2016, 1800 CET.

An internal Selection Committee, chaired by the EUISS Director, will prepare a shortlist of candidates and interview them by Friday, 20 January 2017.

Those who will be selected as fully suitable will be put on a reserve list with a validity of one year, renewable once.

Depending on available budgetary resources and operational needs, one or more of them may be offered temporary contracts as EUISS staff members (at officers level, grade A2, combining administrative, organisational and analytical tasks) or associate ones (including for seconded personnel). 

All applicants will be informed of the results of their application by the end of the procedure.

The EUISS is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

The processing of personal data by the EUISS is governed by Regulation (EC) N°45/2001. By submitting an application, the applicant consents to the processing of the personal data contained in the application form and the supporting documents enclosed therewith, in the sense of Article 5 (a) of the Regulation. The personal data in question is collected by the EUISS for the sole purpose of this selection process.

Complaints: Candidates have the right to address to the Director of the EUISS an administrative complaint under Article 30.1 of the EUISS Staff Regulations. The complaint must be directed against an act that adversely affects their legal status as a candidate.

Candidates have also the right to submit an appeal to the EUISS Appeals Board, under Article 30.3 and Annex X of the EUISS Staff Regulations. Appeals are not admissible before an administrative complaint has first been made.

Candidates can make a complaint to the European Ombudsman. It should be noted that, under Article 2(4) of the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, any complaint lodged with the Ombudsman must be preceded by the appropriate administrative approaches to the institutions and bodies concerned.

Should a candidate have any questions related to the current vacancy notice, the selection procedure, or the procedure to follow in case they wish to lodge a complaint, they should contact ‘Human Resources’ using the online contact form and indicating the reference of the vacancy notice.