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Expert – Biodiversity monitoring and reporting (m/f/d)

European Environment Agency Full-Time  København, Copenhagen, Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark 11 Mai 2020

Job Description

European Environment Agency (EEA) seeks

Expert – Biodiversity monitoring and reporting (m/f/d)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising an open competition with a view to recruiting a contract agent to work within the area of biodiversity monitoring and reporting, and further with a view to establishing a reserve list.

The agency:

The EEA is an Agency of the European Union (EU) and one of the decentralised Union bodies. The EEA aims to support sustainable development and to help achieve significant and measurable improvement in Europe’s environment, through the provision of timely, targeted, relevant and reliable information to policy-making agents and the public.

Job description:

Under the responsibility of the Head of Group – Biodiversity and Nature, reporting to the Head of the Natural Capital and Ecosystems Programme, the expert shall contribute to the monitoring and reporting of nature and biodiversity incl. Invasive Alien Species (IAS). The work will be conducted within the EEA management framework.

The particular focus will be on the development of an integrated framework for monitoring assessment and reporting under the biodiversity strategy to 2030. Part of this will be the development of the next cycle of the reporting under the nature directives and IAS regulation and the streamlining of monitoring and reporting processes under the WFD and MSFD, taking into account the specific objectives under each of these directives.

The successful candidate is highly professional, creative and motivated by environmental matters at large, has very good technical skills on biodiversity information and knowledge processes, analytical competences and good abilities to network and conduct cooperation activities.

The position will entail the following tasks:

  • Lead EEAs contribution to the development of the integrated monitoring framework under the Biodiversity strategy to 2030;
  • Develop and lead EEAs contribution to the next phase of the monitoring and reporting under the nature directives and IAS regulation, as possible in close integration;
  • Help finding cross-cutting and synergetic approaches to integrate the monitoring and reporting under the nature directives and IAS regulation to the reporting processes under the WFD and MSFD, in collaboration with EEAs colleagues in the water and marine field, aiming for a fully integrated assessment under the 3 directives possibly from 2025 onwards;
  • Continue and finalise the revision of the EUNIS classification as tool to integrate and spatialize the monitoring information across ecosystem types;
  • Lead EEAs contribution to or (co-) lead of working groups under the Biodiversity strategy (CGBN) that are focusing on reporting or streamlining activities on reference values, reporting formats or other elements essential for an integrated monitoring and reporting scheme, including e.g. aspects pressures, measures or management practices (in cooperation with respective colleagues at EEA);
  • Interlink with EEA work on Natura 2000, the still ongoing sufficiency analysis and the EUNIS classification work;
  • Guide and manage the European Topic Center – Biological Diversity (BD) in its work on the next cycle of reporting under the nature directives and in collaboration with the EEA colleagues in the field interact with the to the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine water (ICM). Both the group and the ETCs hold the maintenance of priority datasets as reported under the Nature directives, WFD, MSFD and IAS regulation;
  • To the effect of this task, support the cooperation in the field with European and international partners (European Commission, Member Countries, UNEP-WCMC, Council of Europe, GBIF, CBD, etc.)

Eligibility criteria:

Candidates applying must satisfy the following eligibility criteria on the closing date for the submission of applications:

  1. Successful completion of university studies attested by a degree relevant to the field concerned of at least 3 years, plus 1 year of appropriate professional experience;

  2. A minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience after achieving the qualification set out above.

In addition, in order to be eligible a candidate must:

  • Be a national of one of the member countries of the EEA (Member States of the European Union plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey);
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the EEA member countries, and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages corresponding to level B.2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages CEFR;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

Candidates should assess carefully and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the conditions for admission laid down in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.

Selection Criteria:

Please demonstrate the requested knowledge and understanding of below criteria in your CV and/or motivation letter.

Essential:

  • University education in ‘natural sciences’, particularly in the fields of biology, wildlife management or ecology;
  • In-depth knowledge of the nature/biodiversity policies and legal frameworks, namely at the EU level; this concerns in particular the biodiversity strategy, birds and habitats directives, invasive alien species regulation;
  • Excellent knowledge on European species and habitats and their systematic;
  • Excellent analytical knowledge and experience in using numerical and geo-spatial databases and tools, including statistical analysis as well as assessment tools like indicators to write assessments on biodiversity and its components;
  • Excellent networking and coordination skills and past experience in biodiversity related network based processes;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills*, organisational and management skills. With a demonstrable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken* English language, at least at level C1 in all categories according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Language.

* Will only be tested at the stage of interview/written test.

Advantageous:

  • Proven experience working with European Union and/or international institutions with good knowledge of their roles and responsibilities;
  • Work experience in a governmental agency or non-governmental organisation (national or EU level) dealing with nature conservation, biodiversity or invasive species.

Contractual conditions:

The successful candidate will be offered a Contract Agent contract in accordance with Article 3a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union. The duration of the contract will be for a limited period of four years with the possibility of being renewed once for up to the same period.

Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation period of 9 months.

Please note that recruitment is done in the first step of the grade within Function Group IV to which the successful candidate qualifies, depending on the duration of the acquired professional experience.

For information on salary, please see information published under Contract Agents.

The place of work will be Copenhagen, Denmark.

For further information on the Staff Regulations and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union see: Staff Regulations

Selection procedure:

A Selection Committee is set up for the selection procedure. It consists of members designated by the Appointing Authority and the Staff Committee. The Selection Committee is bound by the principle of confidentiality as enshrined in Article 6 of Annex III to the Staff Regulations. This works in two ways: first, it imposes obligations to ensure equal treatment for candidates; and second, it seeks to protect the Selection Committee to ensure that its decisions are totally impartial.

The Selection Committee adheres strictly to the conditions of admission laid down in the vacancy notice when deciding whether or not candidates are eligible. Candidates admitted to a previous selection procedure will not automatically be eligible. Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the Selection Committee, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.

Should the Selection Committee discover at any stage in the procedure that the candidate does not meet one or more of the general or special conditions for admission to the selection procedure, the candidate will be disqualified.

The Selection Committee decides on those candidates who are admitted to the selection procedure in accordance with the requirements as specified under eligibility criteria. The applications of the candidates admitted to the selection procedure are reviewed to establish whether or not they show evidence of all requirements as specified under selection criteria. The Selection Committee will invite for an interview up to a maximum of 10 candidates that they deem best qualified. The interview will be held in English and the candidate’s knowledge of other languages will also be assessed during the interview. Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to undergo a written test in the area of expertise required for the post. The test and the interview will take place in Copenhagen (Denmark) where the EEA has its seat and where the place of employment is.

At the end of the interviews the Selection Committee will submit the list of suitable candidates to the Appointing Authority who will decide on the appointment of the successful candidate and the establishment of a reserve list for the post advertised or similar posts that may become available. This usually follows from follow-up recruitment interviews conducted by the Appointing Authority with the suitable candidates. Candidates shall note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget.

The reserve list for this post will be valid until 31 December 2021 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority.

Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate will be asked:

  • to provide original or certified copies of all relevant documents proving his/her eligibility, including a police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record;
  • to undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.

Application procedure:

Interested candidates must apply by filling in electronically the application form below.

Please note that the address indicated on the form will be used as the location for travel for candidates invited to an interview.

To the application form must be attached:

  • The Europass CV duly filled in
  • A letter of motivation

Application documents:

NB: Failure to submit any of the required documents will lead to exclusion from the procedure.

Closing date for application
Extended to: Monday 15 June 2020, at 12.00 noon Copenhagen time.

Applications sent after this date will be rejected.

Please ensure that you observe the following:

  1. Remember to take time zones into consideration when sending your application.
  2. Remember to fill in the application form below.
  3. Include a CV using the Europass template attached and a letter of motivation.
  4. Ensure to specify in your CV exact starting and end dates of professional experiences (date/month/year) as well as percentage of work activity in case the experience is not full time.
  5. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic reply.
  6. It is your responsibility to keep the automatic reply message as proof of submission of your application.
  7. Should you not receive an automatic reply message, please check whether the e-mail has been filtered by the spam filter set up on your e-mail account. Please re-submit your application if this is not the case, or contact Human Resources on the e-mail address indicated at the end of this vacancy notice.
  8. Please do not leave it until the last minute to submit your application. Experience has shown that the system can become overloaded as the deadline for applications approaches and you may find it difficult to submit your application in time. Applications not submitted in time cannot be considered valid.
  9. You may apply in any of the official languages of the European Union but the use of English is encouraged to facilitate the selection process.

Application form

Interested candidates must apply by filling in the application form. You can find the form here!

To the application form must be attached:

E-mail (Questions only): should you have any questions, please use this email: recruitment.enquiries at eea.europa.eu


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