Contracting Officer – European Defence Agency (EDA) Brussels


Organisation information:

The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision 2011/411/CFSP defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency.

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels.

The main task of the EDA is to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve the EU’s defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it stands now and develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.

Job description:

Acting under the supervision of the Head of Unit, the Contracting Officer will, as required:

  • administer tender procedures, from the preparation of the tendering specifications to the publication of the contract award notice;
  • conduct Opening and/or Evaluation Committees;
  • draft/adapt and manage contracts;
  • provide guidance and support to EDA operational staff and contribute to the development of their understanding of the Agency’s procurement rules and principles;
  • contribute to the Agency’s ad-hoc contract activities, if needed;
  • perform other procurement and contractual activities, as required.

Duties may evolve according to development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management in accordance with the Staff Regulations of the Agency.

Job qualifications:

a. Conditions for eligibility:

(1) General

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have completed any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU, and an adequate knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties.

b. Essential selection criteria:

(1) General

The candidate will:

  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate’ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.);
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

(2) Professional 

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • good knowledge and experience of the EU public procurement rules;
  • good knowledge of the financial rules applicable to the general EU budget and familiarity with the Agency's financial regulation;
  • strong experience in the field of procurement/contracting;
  • experience in drafting contractual documents;
  • good knowledge of the EU legal and institutional framework;
  • experience in a multinational and multicultural environment;
  • thorough knowledge of English.

(3) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • ability to work within a dynamic team;
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • good drafting skills;
  • strong motivation and ability to work independently;
  • excellent customer service skills;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives;
  • be available at short notice for the job.

c. Desirable

  • university degree(s) in a field relevant to his/her duties;
  • good knowledge of French;
  • familiarity with the Common Security and Defence Policy and with the Agency's activities.

How to apply:

Application deadline: 18 May 2015

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than 18 May 2015 midnight. Candidates are reminded that the on-line application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline. 

A selection committee will be appointed. Please note that the selection committee's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.

If recruited, you will be requested to supply documentary evidence in support of the statements that you make for this application. Do not send any supporting or supplementary information until you have been asked to do so by the Agency. 

Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile. 


For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to recruitment@eda.europa.eu