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Senior Analyst – Justice and home affairs

Senior Analyst (EUISS Post 13)

Grade A2/A3

Ref.: EUISS (2015) PER 001

The EUISS is organising a selection procedure aimed at:

a) recruiting a staff member, with a contract duration of three years, which may be renewed for up to a maximum of two years

b) setting up a reserve list of candidates in order either potentially to fill future vacancies or to offer temporary contracts in a similar capacity;

The salary scale of the EUISS is calculated according to that of the Coordinated Organisations, to which the grade A2/A3 makes reference.

Job description

The Senior Analyst 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 main focus of her/his policy-oriented research will be the European Union’s external action as related to justice and home affairs, with particular emphasis on the fight against trafficking and illegal immigration, asylum policy, border management, counter-terrorism, cybersecurity and their interaction/consistency/synergy with other EU foreign, security and defence policy issues and initiatives.

Under the supervision of the Director, s/he will be in charge of:

  • producing background as well as forward-looking analyses;
  • organising timely and relevant discussions;
  • liaising with officials and policymakers as well as external experts;
  • coordinating projects and publications as required.

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;
  • Have a level of university education beyond Master’s level (3+2) and subsequent relevant professional experience of minimum four years.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD or equivalent level of academic qualification in a field pertinent to the job description (e.g. political science , law, public administration, international relations);
  • Relevant experience in think tanks and research institutes, academic establishments and/or national and international bodies and agencies;
  • A record of high-level publications in the relevant field; a record of management of major projects (including coordination of publications) would be a plus;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of English and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union as necessary for the performance of their duties;
  • Knowledge of other languages would be a plus;
  • Sense of initiative, team spirit and good communication skills.


All interested candidates must complete the online application form, attach a detailed CV (with a clear description of education and professional experience, together with a list of publications), as well as a cover letter. Applications received by email, fax or post will not be considered. Only correctly and fully completed applications will be accepted.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, 12 June 2015, 1800 CET.

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

Following the interviews, the successful candidate will be offered an initial contract of three years with a six-month probationary period. Additionally, other candidates shortlisted and interviewed may be placed on a reserve list as part of a pool of experts the EUISS may resort to in the future on an ad hoc basis, including through secondments. The validity of the possible reserve list is one calendar year from the date of notification but, if necessary, the date could be extended. Should this be the case, those on the reserve list will be duly informed.

Candidates should note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Whenever a relevant vacancy occurs, either for a budgetary post or a temporary position, the EUISS may invite anyone on the reserve list for additional interviews.

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.