Senior Officer - Gender-based Violence
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is organising a call for applications with a view to establishing a reserve list for a Senior Officer – Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The registration of applications will begin on 13 June 2016 and will close on
13 July 2016 at 13:00 Eastern European Time (deadline extended: 2 September 2016 at 13:30 Eastern European Time).
1. The Institute
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, EIGE is a regulatory agency of the European Union (EU) entrusted with specific objectives envisaged to contribute and strengthen the promotion of gender equality.
To achieve its goals, the Institute collects and analyses comparable and reliable information at EU level and develops appropriate methodological tools for the integration of gender equality into all EU policies. It fosters the exchange of good practices and dialogue between stakeholders and raises EU citizen awareness of this policy area by providing technical assistance to EU institutions, in particular the Commission, as well as the authorities of the Member States.
In the course of its work to promote and strengthen gender equality EIGE strives to eliminate gender discrimination.
2. The job
Reporting to the Head of Operations, the jobholder will coordinate the work of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) focal area providing strategic, administrative and technical leadership to ensure the implementation of EIGE's activities defined in its work programmes and other documents for this priority area.
The responsibilities of the post include the following tasks and activities:
- Supervise the Institute’s work on GBV research including the development of methodologies and gender analysis;
- Coordinate and ensure the smooth functioning of the GBV programme within a project-led organisation structure;
- Lead research activities and projects focused primarily on GBV, including all aspects related to the management of contracted research, ensuring the highest standards as well as content quality and consistency;
- Collect, analyse and disseminate objective, policy relevant, reliable statistical and research data and information related to GBV;
- Work with EU/international/national datasets to assess data quality from a gender equality perspective and make proposals for data quality improvement;
- Assess the quality of existing indicators and develop new indicators relevant to EIGE’s work on GBV and, where necessary, other areas of EIGE’s work;
- Follow the latest GBV research developments, including methodologies, at national and European levels, as well as globally;
- Draft and edit high quality policy relevant reports, studies, opinions, recommendations and presentations on the status of GBV and, more generally of gender equality in the EU;
- Build and maintain an exchange of statistical and research information with relevant EU and international institutions;
- Assist in the organisation and coordination of meetings, workshops, seminars and network cooperation in the field of GBV;
- Ensure timely and sound planning of surveys and research in co-operation with the Institute’s Experts' Forum, advising EIGE on possible areas of research;
- Manage the preparation of reports and presentation of information in line with the Institute's work programme and the needs of its stakeholders;
- Any other relevant tasks assigned by EIGE’s management.
3. Qualifications & experience required
3.1 Formal requirements
To be considered eligible for selection, an applicant must meet by the closing date of this call, the following formal requirements:
- have a university degree which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years;
- nationality of an EU Member State;
- a good command, both spoken and written, of at least two official EU languages;
- entitlement to full rights as a citizen;
- have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the national laws concerning military service;
- be physically fit to perform duties linked to the post.
3.2 Selection criteria
- at least nine years professional experience gained after the award of the relevant qualification and at a suitable level corresponding to performance of the duties as defined in Section 2;
- at least five years professional experience in coordinating and/or implementing policy relevant international research on GBV, which applied quantitative research methods in social sciences, public health or criminology;
- proven record of work with surveys and administrative data, gender statistics and/or gender sensitive indicators on GBV at a national, EU or international level;
- advanced skills in using statistical software: MS Excel, SPSS and/or Stata, in addition to MS Office;
- evidence of knowledge of key issues, current challenges and debates in the field of gender equality;
- evidence of ability to draft high quality policy relevant research reports and/or policy papers in excellent English, which should be substantiated by a list in the applicant’s CV of publications and/or reports/policy papers that she/he has written;
- very good command of English, the predominant working language at the Institute;
- excellent presentation and communication skills;
- evident leadership qualities and organisational skills, including the ability to manage priorities, work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
- knowledge of EU institutional framework and policies, especially those related to gender equality;
- work experience in an international context and/or a multicultural /multilingual environment.
4. Selection procedure & application
The selection procedure includes the following steps:
- Only duly completed applications submitted electronically within the deadline will be taken into consideration.
- Each duly completed application will be examined with a view to establishing that the candidate meets all eligibility criteria.
- Eligible applications will be evaluated by the appointed Selection Committee based on selection criteria defined in this vacancy notice. Depending on the number of applications received, the Selection Committee may apply stricter requirements within the selection criteria noted above.
- The best-admissible candidates will be short-listed for interview.
- Due to large volume of applications, only candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted.
- Interviews will be held in English.
- During the interview session, the Selection Committee will examine the candidates' profiles and assess their relevancy for the post in question. On the day of the interview, candidates may also be required to undergo a competency assessment exercise.
- On the day of interview candidates will be requested to present , originals and copies of documents detailing citizenship, studies and professional experience, in particular:
- a copy of identity card, passport or other official document specifying citizenship;
- a copy of diploma certifying a required level of academic qualifications;
- documentary evidence of professional experience, clearly indicating starting and finishing dates.
- Copies of these documents will be retained by the Institute.
- If at any stage of the procedure, it were established that information in the application has been knowingly falsified, the candidate shall be disqualified from the selection process.
- Successful candidates will be included in a reserve list which will be valid for 12 months. The validity of this list may be extended. Each candidate will be informed by letter whether or not s/he has been placed on the reserve list. However inclusion of candidates on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.
- The Director of the Institute will appoint the selected jobholder from the reserve list, taking into account the establishment of a gender balanced, geographically diverse organisation.
The internal proceedings of the Selection Committee are strictly confidential and any contact with its members is strictly forbidden. Soliciting on behalf of a candidate can lead to immediate disqualification.
For applications to be valid, candidates must complete an EIGE application form available here. It is to be forwarded electronically to email@example.com. The subject title should include the vacancy reference number.
Applicants are requested not to attach any supporting documents at this stage (e.g. copies of ID cards, diplomas, evidence of previous professional experience, etc.). Only candidates invited to an interview will be asked to present copies of these documents for verification. Applications will not be returned to candidates but will be kept on the file by the Institute in line with its data protection guidelines.
Please note that the time period between the closing date for the submission of applications and the end of the process to short list candidates for the interview may take several weeks.
Due to the large volume of applications, the Institute regrets that only candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted.
5. Appointment & conditions of employment
The place of employment shall be Vilnius, Lithuania. For reasons related to the Institute’s operational requirements, the chosen candidate will be expected to be available at short notice. An AD 8 Temporary Agent contract under Article 2 (f) pursuant to the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities shall be offered, subject to a nine month probation period. The duration of the contract will be three years and may be renewed.
The pay of the Community temporary agents consists of the basic remuneration as well as various allowances depending on personal situation of the jobholder. For information, the current gross basic salary of the first step in the applicable first grade, before deductions and the current correction coefficient weighting of 69.0% for Lithuania, is approximately €6,502.76. The applicable grade could be higher depending on the length of experience of the chosen candidate. Remuneration is subject to tax at source. Deductions are also made for medical insurance, pension and unemployment insurance. Salaries are exempt from national taxation.
The job holder shall work in a multicultural environment where social dialogue between management and staff is regarded as vital. The Institute is fully computerised and working time is based around flexitime and core working hours.
6. Independence & declarations of interest
The job holder will be required to enter into a commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make complete declarations of any direct or indirect interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. Candidates must confirm their willingness to do so in their application.
7. Equal opportunities
The Institute applies a policy of equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on any grounds.
8. Appeal procedures
If a candidate considers that s/he has been adversely affected by a particular decision, s/he can lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities, by writing to The Director, European Institute for Gender Equality, Gedimino Prospektas 16, Vilnius Lithuania LT01103.
The complaint must be lodged within three months. The time limit for initiating this type of procedure (see Staff Regulations as modified by Council Regulation No 723/2004 of 22nd March 2004 published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 124 of 27th April 2004 – http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex ) starts to run from the time the candidate is notified of the act adversely affecting her/him.
Pursuant to Article 195(1) of the Treaty establishing the European Community and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the Staff Regulations and the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, published in Official Journal of the European Union L 113 of 4 May 1994, it is also possible to write to: The European Ombudsman, 1 Avenue du Président Robert Schuman, CS 30403 67001 Strasbourg Cedex, France.
Further details concerning appeals are available in the “Relevant Information” section of the Career Opportunities page of the Institute website.
9. Protection of personal data
As the body responsible for organising the competition, the EIGE ensures that applicants’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (Official Journal of the European Communities, L 8 of 12 January 2001). This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.
Personal data shall thus be processed solely for the purpose of the selection procedure.
10. Lithuania & life in Vilnius
Lithuania is a member of the Schengen Area and it borders Latvia, Belarus, Poland and the Kaliningrad region of Russia. Its western coastline - noted for its fine beaches, dunes and majestic pines - straddles the Baltic Sea. Vilnius is Lithuania's capital with an estimated population of just over half a million citizens. Lithuanian summers are sunny and warm with an average temperature of +17 C. Winter is white and generally cold with average temperatures that hover around – 4 C.
In addition to ample green spaces, Vilnius is beautifully situated on the banks of the river Neris. The city has impressive Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance and Russian architecture as well as one of Europe's largest medieval old towns, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994. Vilnius has been a university city since the Middle Ages. Today it is the centre of the country's politics, business, science, culture and entertainment and it attracts an increasingly varied assortment of local and international events. In addition to hosting a number of international schools, it has a well-developed infrastructure and ambitious future plans.
Further information is available at: http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism.
 Established by the European Parliament: the Council Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 of 20 December 2006 (OJ L 403/9 of 30.12.2006).
 Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant Member States authorities will be accepted.
 Prior to recruitment, the successful candidate will be medically examined for the purposes of Article 12(2) (d) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities.
 Professional experience will be counted from the date on which the applicant acquired the minimum qualification for access to the profile in question. Only duly documented professional activity (i.e. remunerated employment or self-employment) is taken into account. Part-time work will be taken into account in proportion to the percentage of full-time hours worked. Periods of education or training and unremunerated traineeships are not taken into account Fellowships, grants and PhDs can be counted as professional experience up to a maximum of three years. Any given time period can be counted only once (e.g. if the applicant had a full-time job and did freelance consultancy work in the evenings and weekends, the days spent on the latter will not be added to the period of the former).
 For example: expatriation allowance, household allowance, education allowance, dependent child allowance etc.