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 follows the personnel policy of the Staff Regulations
applicable to European Institutions and Bodies. The Council has
adopted new Staff Regulations on 22 March 2004. The successful
candidates will be offered a post on the basis of these Staff
The CFCA is organising selection procedures with a view to drawing
up a reserve list of a maximum of 8 candidates for the following
CFCA – TA – AST 4 - 1003 – COORDINATOR
OF CONTROL OPERATIONS
The Agency will welcome applications from highly motivated candidates
to participate in the development of CFCA.
Candidates are recruited on the condition they have full rights
as a citizen. Candidates must have fulfilled any obligations imposed
on them by laws concerning military service and meet the character
requirements for the duties involved.
The CFCA has an independent and separate recruitment process
from other EU institutions or other EU agencies.
In its recruitment, the CFCA only considers applications relating
to positions which have been advertised, which means that unsolicited
applications are not processed, with a view to maintain equal
treatment of applicants.
1. Conditions of employment
The successful applicants will be appointed as Temporary Staff
members of CFCA, according to the provisions of Article 2, title
I of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European
The successful candidates will be recruited in the grade
mentioned in the title of offered position.
Recruitment follows the rules and practices of EU Institutions
and bodies and successful candidates are offered:
- three-years renewable contracts as Temporary Agents.
The place of employment is Vigo, Spain.
2. General conditions for applications
Candidates may apply only where meeting the following criteria
for consideration of their application:
You must be a national of one of the Member States of the European
Union or of Iceland or Norway.
You must be entitled to your full rights as a citizen.
You must have fulfilled the obligations imposed on you by the
laws concerning military service.
You must meet the character requirements relating to the position
you apply for.
You must submit a completed application for each post applied
Candidates may apply in any of the official languages of the
European Community, but it would be helpful to apply in English
in order to facilitate the selection process, when the Agency
follows a practise of using English as working language. However
candidates are also requested to state their educational qualifications
and positions held in the language of origin.
The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and accepts applications
without discrimination on the grounds of age, race, political
and/or religious beliefs, sex or sexual orientation, marital and/or
family status and regardless any kind of disability.
If you are invited to an interview, you will be asked to submit
supporting documents to prove the information provided in your
B. Submission of applications
Each application shall contain 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 ( ~87
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.
These three documents should be sent by electronic mail only
Please mention in the subject line your last name followed by
the position reference:
? FAMILY NAME – CFCA-TA-XX-XXX
Please, note that only complete applications containing the above
mentioned documents and information required will be taken into
Deadline for sending your application
is: 30 September 2010
3. Selection procedure
A selection board is set up for the selection procedure. The
principle of confidentiality is enshrined in Article 6 of Annex
III to the Staff Regulations, which states that the proceedings
of the selection board must be secret. It works in two ways: first,
it imposes obligations to ensure equal treatment for candidates;
and second, it seeks to protect the selection board to ensure
that its decisions are totally impartial.
The selection board adheres strictly to the conditions of admissions
laid down in the publication notice when deciding whether or not
candidates are to be admitted. Candidates admitted to a previous
selection procedure will not be automatically eligible.
Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the
members of the selection board, either directly or indirectly.
Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from
the selection procedure.
Should the selection board 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 or
that the information on the application form does not correspond
with the supporting documents, the candidate will be disqualified.
The selection board decides on those candidates who are admitted
to the selection procedure in accordance with the requirements
as specified in the publication notice. The applications of the
candidates admitted to the selection procedure are reviewed and
the selection board decides on those candidates who are invited
to attend for interview. The interviewees will [WS: note that
written test are compulsory for TA selections since this year]
be asked to undergo a written test consisting of the following
components: General aptitudes and language abilities to the extent
necessary for the performance of the duties, knowledge on European
integration, the institutions and the Agency and specific competencies
with reference to the profile, assessing the quality of writing
style and presentation. Following the interviews, which are conducted
by the selection board, the selection board decides which candidates
will be placed on the reserve list.
B. Reserve list and recruitment
Each candidate will be informed by letter whether or not he/she
has been placed on the reserve list. The validity of the reserve
list is up to 2 years from the date of the letter informing the
candidate and may be extended. Therefore candidates whose name
will be put on a reserve list could be offered a contract during
this period of time. Candidates should note that inclusion on
the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. The recruitment
procedure is as follows: as and when funds become available, candidates
on the reserve list will be considered and the reserve list will
be drawn on to fill vacancies. If a letter of intention is issued,
the candidate must undergo a compulsory medical examination to
establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary
to perform the duties involved and the candidate must provide
original or certified copies of all relevant documents.
It should be noted that the retirement age for staff is:
• either automatically at the age of 65 years;
• or, at the staff member’s own request, at the age
of 63 years or where the staff member is between 55 and 63 years
of age and satisfies, as specified in the Conditions of Employment
of Other Servants, the requirements for immediate payment of a
The Agency employs Temporary Agents in accordance with the Conditions
of employment of other servants of the European Communities, on
3 years' contracts with the possibility of extension for 3 further
years and conversion of these contracts into indefinite contracts
at the second extension.
Successful candidates who are recruited undergo an initial probation
period of 6 months.
C. Pay and welfare benefits
The pay of staff members consists of a basic salary, to be weighted
to compensate the Vigo cost of living and of additional allowances
• Basic Salary: There is a basic salary scale for each
grade, divided into a number of steps. Staff members progress
automatically to the next step every two years until they reach
the top of the scale for that grade. The basic monthly starting
salary for the first step is 3771,95 and for the second step 3930,45
in the grade AST4 (figures in Euro valid as of 1 January 2010
do not include any allowances).
Temporary Agents at CFCA shall be appointed to grade set out
in the notice of the selection procedure they have passed. In
accordance to Art. 32 of the Staff Regulations a Temporary Agent
shall be recruited at the first step in his grade. CFCA may allow
additional seniority up to a maximum of 24 months (which corresponds
to one additional step above step 1) to take account of professional
experience. Any duly certified professional activity connected
with one of CFCA’s areas of activity shall be taken into
account. Any given period may be counted only once.
Allowances: In addition to their basic salary, staff members
may be entitled to various allowances, in particular an expatriation
or foreign residence allowance (depending whether the candidate
has left his/her Member State to take up employment with the CFCA),
and family allowances (depending on personal circumstances): household
allowance, dependent child allowance, preschool allowance, education
Deductions: Staff pays a Community tax at source and deductions
are also made for medical insurance, pensions and unemployment
insurance. Salaries are exempt from national tax.
Under certain circumstances, in particular where staff members
are obliged to change their place of residence in order to take
up employment, the Agency may also reimburse various expenses
incurred on recruitment, notably removal expenses.
Additional information can be obtained from the web site of the
CFCA Agency. Furthermore, the following link gives you direct
access to the Staff Regulations:
Please, take note that a binding commitment can only be made after
verification of all conditions and will take the form of a contract
signed by the Executive Director.
Please note that the selection process may take some time to
be completed and that no information will be released during this
period. Once a selection process has been completed, its status
will be displayed on the web site of CFCA.
D. Data Protection
Any personal data provided by the Applicant shall be processed
pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals
with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community
institutions and bodies and on the free movements of such data.
It shall be processed solely for the purposes of the recruitment
exercise. The Applicant shall have the right of access to his/her
personal data and the right to rectify data relating to the contact
details contained in his/her application that is inaccurate or
incomplete at any time during the selection procedure. However,
the Applicant can rectify data relating to admissibility criteria
only until the closing date of the submission of applications.
Should the Applicant have any queries concerning the processing
of his/her personal data, (s)he shall address them to the Controller
of the data, Head of Unit Resources.
The Applicant shall have right of recourse at any time to the
European Data Protection Supervisor (www.edps.europa.eu).
4. Specific requirements and details of positions offered
Participate in the control, inspection and surveillance activities
under the relevant joint deployment plan and assist to the elaboration
and implementation and follow up of this joint deployment plan,
thus contributing to achieve the objectives of the work programme
for the Unit C and the general objectives of the CFCA.
Functions and duties:
Under the responsibility of the Head of Unit C – Operational
Coordination, and as regards the work under the direct supervision
of the relevant Desk Manager, the Coordinator of Control Operations
will be responsible for, in particular:
• Contribute to the planning and facilitating the coordination
of control and inspection activities by Member States in Community
waters and beyond, with a view to ensure uniform and effective
implementation of Community legislation;
• Contribute to the assessment of the effectiveness of
the relevant joint deployment plan;
• Assist in developing methodologies for planning and
coordination of control and inspection activities by the Member
• Analyse fishing patterns and in particular risks that
certain activities may not be compliant with the applicable
provisions laid down in Community legislation.
• Act as Community inspector in international waters in
the framework of the relevant Joint Deployment Plan.
The jobholder will work in the premises of the Agency in Vigo,
Spain. The duties are being performed in a multinational environment,
under the Staff regulations and other frameworks of the Community
legislation. The job may include frequent missions abroad. The
main working language of the Agency is English.
Qualifications and experience required
A. Eligibility criteria
• A level of post-secondary education of at least three
years attested by a diploma and at least 6 years of professional
experience after that diploma; or a level of secondary education
attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education
and at least 9 years of professional experience after that diploma;
• Thorough knowledge of English and at least another official
language of the European Union.
B. Selection criteria
• Sound professional experience as manager or master of
a vessel in the fisheries sector, including sea going experience,
or/and as official or agent of a public administration with duties
in fisheries management, inspection/control;
• Relevant training in the field of marine biology, fisheries,
or other maritime fields;
• Excellent communication skills and ability to draft clear
and concise reports;
• Good knowledge of Community fisheries legislation;
• Ability to undertake missions of several weeks duration;
• Ability to cooperate and work in a team.
• Knowledge of EU Institutions and of their working procedures;
• Experience in computer applications, including satellite