European Maritime Safety Agency: Project Officer for Integrated Services for Frontex

  • Kdekoľvek

1. Background

The European Maritime Safety Agency was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety, maritime security as well as prevention of and response to pollution by ships within the EU.

The idea of a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) originated in the late 1990s along with a number of other important European maritime safety initiatives. EMSA was set up as the regulatory agency that would provide a major source of support to the Commission and the Member States in the field of maritime safety and prevention of pollution from ships.

The European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002, as amended, provides the legal basis for the establishment of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

2. Tasks of the Agency

The Agency provides technical, operational and scientific assistance to the European Commission and Member States in the fields of maritime safety, maritime security, prevention of, and response to, pollution caused by ships as well as response to marine pollution caused by oil and gas installations.

The Agency also contributes to the overall efficiency of maritime traffic and maritime transport.

3. Unit C.3 – Maritime Surveillance


C.3.1 is responsible for the development and provision of tailor-made maritime surveillance services to a range of EU bodies and international organisations. Initially, this is to define with the stakeholders those aspects of the maritime picture that are most relevant for their operational needs. Consequently, the emphasis is on managing and improving the service.


C.3.2 is responsible for the development and operation of the CleanSeaNet service. Work includes: the monthly planning, ordering and acquisition of satellite images following coordination of requests from Member States for routine monitoring of European waters; developing new functionalities for the CleanSeaNet service; organising training, workshops and other support in the fields of oil spill monitoring and the law enforcement chain dealing with illegal discharges at sea. User group meetings are organised on a regular basis. CleanSeaNet also provides satellite monitoring assistance in case of maritime emergencies.

C.3.2 also manages products based on very high resolution optical satellites, which support stakeholders in a wide range of activities, and the integration of these products in other services.


C.3.3 is responsible for the organisation of services using Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to support the monitoring of illegal discharges (oil spills) at sea as well as emissions from ships. In parallel and working in cooperation with relevant EU Agencies, C.3.3 is developing RPAS based maritime surveillance services in support of EU Coastguard activities.

4. Functions and Duties

Reporting to the Head of Unit C.3, the Project Officer for Integrated Services to Frontex will be responsible for:

  • Liaising with Frontex for collecting and defining functional and non-functional requirements related to development and provision of operational services;
  • Translating functional and non-functional requirements into requests for changes or service design-related documents;
  • Maintaining the User Requirements database for services to Frontex and supporting reporting on User Requirements compliance;
  • Supporting the design, development testing and implementation of services, including behaviour algorithms requested by Frontex;
  • Monitoring and evaluating service delivery performance based on agreed service performance indicators;
  • Support Quality Assurance activities for the established services;
  • Supporting project management and contact with contractors, ensuring the monitoring of the outsourced design, development, test and maintenance activities;
  • Managing incidents and problems linked with the Frontex services relevant to the business side;
  • Performing statistical analysis, preparing various reports, studies, presentations and documents in support of the above-mentioned activities;
  • Maintaining relations with the users for the efficient use of the service, including providing training and assistance, as needed;
  • Assisting the Frontex team where required.

5. Eligibility and Selection Criteria


Qualifications and experience required:

A.1. Education and professional experience:

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma, and appropriate professional experience of at least one year.

A.2. Language skills:

The main working language in the field of maritime safety is English. Candidates must therefore have a very good command of oral English, as well as in writing, with a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of the above mentioned duties.


B.1 Essential:

  • Knowledge of operational maritime surveillance;
  • Experience with service management and use case definition for operational end-users;
  • Experience in defining user-driven services using different technologies;
  • Experience with managing user requirements;
  • Experience with project management and the implementation of IT-related projects.

B.2 Advantageous:

  • Knowledge of ship tracking systems, sensors and integration of different data flows into a single coherent picture.
  • Knowledge of the interpretation and analysis of different maritime pictures.
  • Good knowledge of GIS-software applications.
  • Previous experience in monitoring complex ICT systems, measuring system/service performance indicators, using monitoring tools.
  • Knowledge of IT algorithms for surveillance purposes.
  • Knowledge of satellite products for surveillance purposes.
  • Knowledge of OGC standards and system-to-system interfaces.
  • Knowledge of Frontex operational activities and of different international cooperation structures between Member States in the EU (Regional Agreements for example) and some experience in their working practices regarding border control activities.

The advantageous criteria will be considered by the Selection Board depending on the number of applicants meeting the essential criteria.

Applicants must meet the required eligibility criteria concerning the required educational qualifications and years of experience, as well as the essential criteria by the deadline for this call for applications.

In addition to the requirements above, candidates invited to the interview and test phase may also be assessed against the following supplementary requirements:


  • Good knowledge of Microsoft software, internet, email, etc.;
  • Good sense of initiative and responsibility;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to draft clear and concise reports;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to respond quickly to new demands.

6. General Conditions

In order to be eligible the candidate must:

  • Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union or of Iceland or Norway;
  • Be entitled to your full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled the obligations imposed on you by the laws concerning military service;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved and
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

7. Conditions of Employment

The Project Officer for Integrated Services for Frontex will be appointed by the Executive Director, upon recommendation of the Chairperson of the Selection Committee.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Contract staff member under the provisions of Title IV, Article 80 of the Conditions of Employment of other Servants of the European Communities.

The duration of the contract is three years. Only one further renewal to the contract may be granted. Both are subject to a renewal of the SLA with Frontex which currently expires on 30 April 2019.

The successful candidate will be recruited in function group IV (FGIV). The grade will be determined in accordance with the number of years of professional experience.

The basic monthly salary for the entry grade of Function Group IV, (Function Group IV, Grade 13, Step 1) before any deductions or allowances, weighted for Lisbon, at 1 July 2016 is 2,703.19EUR.

In addition to the basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, such as an expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), household allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt of national taxation.

Please note that recruitment is done in the first step of the indicated grade.

EMSA offers a comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance. Further information regarding rights and conditions of employment can be found in the following document:

The place of employment is Lisbon, Portugal.

Candidates are advised that if they are offered a post, and accept, they must undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that they meet the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.

8. Submission of Applications

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EMSA website within the deadline. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

All candidates will receive an acknowledgement of receipt for their application.

EMSA is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates who fulfil the eligibility and selection criteria without any distinction whatsoever on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, marital status or other family situation or sexual orientation.

You may apply in any of the official languages of the European Union, but it would be helpful to apply in English in order to facilitate the selection process.

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