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Project Coordinator – ‘African Futures’

Project Coordinator – ‘African Futures’

Temporary Contract OR Secondment

Ref.: EUISS (2016) TEMP/SEC 001

The EUISS is seeking to recruit a Project Coordinator specialised in the geographical area of, and matters relating to, Africa in support of the work of the EUISS at its Paris Headquarters.

Type of contract: temporary or secondment.

Duration: 12 months

Starting date: October 2016 or sooner.


  • For a temporary contract: minimum of €3,000 per month. Exact amount to be decided according to seniority, experience and qualifications;
  • For a secondment: salary as determined (and paid) by current employer plus a daily allowance of €93.60.

Job description

The Project Coordinator will join a highly qualified and motivated team engaged in providing relevant expertise to both EU/national officials and the wider public – through publications, seminars and other activities. The Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the EUISS Director.

Their main responsibilities will be to help devise and implement a policy-oriented research project on ‘African Futures’ – looking at possible evolutionary trends and scenarios for the continent horizon 2025 and beyond, with particular emphasis on security-related aspects. This will also entail organising several workshops and liaising with experts, as well as coordinating the resulting publications. The project will constitute an extension and a follow-up to similar projects already carried out by the Institute, namely with EUISS Report 22 (Arab futures) and Report 26 (Russian futures).

Eligibility criteria

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;
  • Be completely fluent in English and have a thorough knowledge of French;
  • Have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Have at least three years’ experience in an academic institution, think tank, public administration, international organisation or NGO.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent command (both oral and written) of English and good command of French; familiarity with relevant languages would be a plus;
  • A record of high-level publications in the relevant field, including in English; a record of management of  projects (including coordination of publications) would be a plus;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • A sound knowledge of and interest in the EU and its institutions;
  • Ability to work in a small international team;
  • A sense of initiative and good communication skills.


The candidate awarded the position will have the status of either temporary agent or seconded expert. Applicants must state their preference.

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

  • A detailed CV (with a clear description of education and professional experience);
  • A concept note (maximum one page) on how the candidate would structure and/or carry out the project;
  • A cover letter addressed to the EUISS 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 their 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. Lacking such sponsorship means that candidates could only be offered a temporary contract.

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, 20 July 2016, 1800 CET.

The Selection Board, chaired by the Director of the EUISS, will screen the applications and establish a shortlist of candidates. Those placed on the shortlist will then be interviewed – either in person or via conference call, as appropriate. There may be a second round of interviews prior to a final decision.

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 or the selection procedure or the procedure to follow in case they want to lodge a complaint, they should contact Human Resources using the online contact form and indicating the reference of the vacancy notice.