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 website: http://cfca.europa.eu
1. Secondment conditions
Seconded National Experts (SNEs) are mainly drawn from the respective
civil services of the EU or EFTA Member States.
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 current 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
CFCA, 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 CFCA,
its Executive Director and the responsible Head of Unit. He
or she shall carry out his/her duties and conduct having solely
the interest of the CFCA in mind.
Detailed rules regarding secondment of national
experts within CFCA are described in the Decision
of 19.03.2009 of the Administrative Board of the CFCA laying
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
The place of secondment is Vigo, Spain.
The secondment for a selected applicant will start when a position
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 Agency.
For this purpose the selected candidate must sign a declaration
of honour before the secondment starts and the employer must
submit a corresponding declaration.
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
CFCA foresees 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
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).
Assistance to the operation of the emergency unit (in accordance
to Council Regulation Nr. 1224/2009) to respond to urgent and
serious risks to the common fisheries policy.
4. Qualification and experience required
A. Eligibility criteria
- Be nationals of the EU or EFTA Member States;
- Have a university degree in an area relevant to CFCA’s
- Have at least 3 years’ full time experience of administrative,
scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions, gained
after obtaining the relevant degree, at a level equivalent to
- 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
Ability to work under pressure and manage his/her responsibilities;
Excellent communication skills;
Advanced knowledge of Office applications.
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:
1. A detailed curriculum vitae in European format (that can
be obtained at the following address
2. A duly completed and signed declaration of honour (
3. A motivation letter of 2 pages maximum including a clear
mention of the post applied for and of your address for correspondence
and for invitation to interview.
The Permanent Representation must send your application
to CFCA per e-mail at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mention in the subject line your last name followed by
the position reference:
FAMILY NAME – CFCA-SNE-2010/01
Deadline for sending your application
is: 31 December 2010
The application will be rejected if out of deadline
or 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.
Candidates may apply in any of the official languages of the European
Union but the use of English is encouraged to facilitate the selection
Please note that applications submitted by fax or postal mail
cannot be taken into consideration.
A reserve list will be constituted, valid until 31/12/2012. 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.
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