Call for expression of interest for Seconded national experts
at the Community Fisheries Control Agency
THE COMMUNITY FISHERIES CONTROL AGENCY - CFCA - IS A EUROPEAN UNION
BODY ESTABLISHED IN 2005 TO ORGANISE OPERATIONAL COORDINATION OF FISHERIES
CONTROL AND INSPECTION ACTIVITIES BY THE MEMBER STATES AND TO ASSIST
THEM TO COOPERATE SO AS TO COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF THE COMMON FISHERIES
POLICY IN ORDER TO ENSURE ITS EFFECTIVE AND UNIFORM APPLICATION.
The Agency wishes to set up a reserve list of candidates interested
in a fixed term agreement on secondment as:
Seconded National Experts – SNEs
The complete description of CFCA's activities, structure, and organisation
chart and of all Units and Departments are available on the Agency's
Candidates shall clearly indicate in their motivation letter the Unit/Department
they are interested in working with.
1. Secondment conditions
Seconded National Experts (SNEs) are mainly drawn from the respective
civil services of the EU Member States or of Iceland or Norway.
The secondment is not an employment nor does it lead to an employment
at the Agency.
Periods of secondment may not be less than three months nor more than
two years. They may be renewed once or more, up to a total period not
exceeding four years.
The SNE shall remain in the service of his or her employer throughout
the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer.
During the period of secondment, the SNE is entitled to a daily subsistence
allowance paid by the Agency, and may also be eligible for a monthly
allowance depending on the distance from his/her place of origin. He/she
will remain throughout the period of secondment, subject to the social
security legislation applicable to his/her employer, which will assume
responsibility for expenses incurred abroad.
The SNE shall during the period of secondment carry out his or her
duties under the management of the Agency, its Executive Director and
the responsible Head of Unit. He or she shall carry out the duties and
conduct solely with the interest of the Agency in mind.
Detailed rules regarding secondment of national experts within CFCA
are described in the Decision
of 16.10.2008 of the Administrative Board (~583
down rules on the secondment of National Experts to the Agency.
Each candidate should, before applying, assure him- or herself that his/her
current employer will support the candidacy and pay the salary during
the period of secondment. The final recruitment will be confirmed by
an exchange of letters between the Agency and the employer in the Member
State or associated country concerned.
A selected applicant will be offered the position on the basis of a
list established by the selection board. This notice is the basis for
the establishment of the selection committee’s proposal.
The place of secondment will be in principle Vigo, Spain, where CFCA
will be relocated from June 2008.
The secondment for a selected applicant will start when a position
is available. The first positions are expected to be opened from 2008.
It is brought to the particular attention of candidates that the Agency
Decision laying down rules on the secondment of National Experts to the
Agency specifies, concerning duties, rights and obligations of SNEs,
that efforts must be made to avoid any conflict of interest or appearance
of such conflict in relation to the SNE’s duties while seconded to the
For this purpose the selected candidate must sign a declaration of
honour before the secondment starts and the employer must submit a corresponding
The Agency takes great care to avoid any form of discrimination in its
recruitment procedures and takes geographical and gender balance into
account in the selection process.
2. Selection procedure
In 2008 it is foreseen to establish a pool of candidates for SNEs in
order to support the CFCA operational activities.
The applications for SNE posts are gathered via the Permanent Representations
of the Member States to the EU (and the Missions of the Associated Countries
to the EU).
The SNE selection procedure is as follows:
- CFCA sends invitation letters to the respective Permanent Representations/Missions
to the EU in Brussels, asking to provide the Agency with qualified
candidates for the vacant SNE posts. Invitation includes the descriptions
of the vacant SNE posts, their requirements and the Agency Standard
Application Forms which are mandatory;
- Permanent Representations/Missions distribute the information about
vacant SNE posts in CFCA among the respective national services;
- The application forms are sent by the candidates’ employers (national
institutions) to the respective Permanent Representation/Mission to
the EU in Brussels, which collects all the applications and forwards
them to CFCA;
- Applications received by CFCA are registered in the database and
considered for further evaluation. All the applications are pre-screened
and evaluated based on the selection criteria, and the best-qualified
candidates are short listed for an interview;
- As a result of the interviews, the most suitable candidates are offered
a secondment to CFCA. The secondment is concluded by a bilateral agreement
between CFCA and the national institution sending the expert. In practice,
this involves an exchange of letters between CFCA and the respective
Permanent Representation/Mission to the EU in Brussels.
3. Essential functions
The SNEs will work under the guidance of Heads of Unit for
the development of the Agency’s activities in accordance with work
programmes of CFCA and in one or more of the following areas.
- Preparation and follow up of the implementation of joint
deployment plans under the responsibility of the Agency, including
the evaluation of data and reports (Unit C);
- Assistance of the Agency for the development of its expertise
in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), including management
and methods for data processing (Unit C);
- Support of the Agency in the collection and analysis of scientific
data, studies and research results on the development of fish species,
including production of publications (Unit B);
- Assistance of the Agency for its external communication,
in particular for replies from stakeholders and public bodies involved,
and including support in web communication and events organisation
4. Qualification and experience required
A. Eligibility criteria
- Be nationals of a Community Member State or Norway or Iceland;
- Have a university degree in an area relevant to CFCA’s activities;
- Have at least 6 years’ full time experience of administrative,
scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions, gained
after obtaining the relevant degree, at a level equivalent to the
- Have thorough knowledge of spoken and written English and
a satisfactory knowledge of a second EU language for the performance
of his/her duties.
B. Selection criteria
- Relevant experience and specialised technical expertise in
one or more of the areas related to the functions above mentioned
under point 3;
- Good knowledge of Community policy for Fisheries and Maritime
- Good command of English;
- Ability to work under pressure and manage his/her responsibilities;
- Excellent communication skills;
- Computer literacy and familiarity with the most wide-spread
electronic office equipment (word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail,
- Experience from international working groups and projects;
- Motivated, dynamic personality with strong aptitude for team
- Familiarity with EU administrative procedures and terminology.
5. Application procedure
For applications to be valid, candidates must submit their
application via the Permanent Representation or Mission to the EU including
the following documents:
a) A detailed curriculum vitae in European format (that can be obtained
at the following address
or downloaded from the Agency's website
b) A duly completed and signed declaration
of honour ( ~87
c) A letter of motivation (2 pages maximum)
The Permanent Representation must send your application
to CFCA per e-mail at the following address:
Please mention in the subject line your last name followed by
the position reference:
FAMILY NAME – CFCA-SNE-2008/01
The application will be rejected if the dossier is incomplete.
Supporting documents showing evidence of the information given
in the application documents may be requested at a later stage.
No document will be sent back to candidates.
6. Selection procedure
The selection will be organised in four steps:
- The selection committee will check the validity and eligibility
criteria of all applications;
- The selection committee will assess the letters of motivation
and the CVs of eligible applicants; it will establish a shortlist
of candidates meeting the requirements of the Agency;
- On a regular basis and depending on the number of applications
received, the selection committee will interview the short listed
applicants; written tests may be organised simultaneously; following
this, the selection committee will establish a list of suitable candidates;
- Suitable candidates will be offered positions upon decision
of the Executive Director of CFCA. Candidates should note that inclusion
on the reserve list does not guarantee that a position will be offered.
Candidates may apply in any of the official languages of the
European Union but the use of English is encouraged to facilitate the
Applications must be sent to mailbox firstname.lastname@example.org until
31/12/2008 at the latest, clearly indicating the vacancy reference number
in the subject line.
Please note that applications submitted by fax or postal mail
cannot be taken into consideration.
A reserve list will be constituted, valid until
31/12/2009. The validity of the reserve list could
be extended if the Agency Executive Director so decides, and made public
on the web site of the Agency.
7. General information
Publication date of this call for expression of interest is 17
The closing date of the present call for expression of interest
is 31 December 2008.