Assistant to the Director’s Secretariat
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is organising a call for applications with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Assistant to the Director’s Secretariat.
The registration of applications will begin on 1 September 2021 and will close on 30 September 2021 at 13:00 Eastern European Time.
Based in Vilnius, Lithuania, EIGE is a decentralised 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 European Commission, as well as the authorities of the Member States.
In the course of its work to promote and strengthen gender equality, EIGE supports policy-makers with high quality research and comparable data relevant to their work.
Job profile & duties
Reporting to the Director of the Institute and working in close collaboration with the Director’s Assistant, the jobholder will assist in facilitating the co-ordination of the work of the Institute.
The post demands a high level of initiative from a team player who is self-critical towards her/his own performance and shares learning and information as part of a multicultural and multidisciplinary team.
The duties of the post include the following:
- Provide effective secretarial support: manage the Director’s agenda, screen phone calls, enquiries and requests, follow-up multiple invitations, arrange and reimburse missions within the secretariat;
- Draft, proof-read, copy and/or prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, meeting documents, minutes, statistical or tabular data, letters, memoranda, etc. where appropriate using word processing or spread sheet applications;
- Perform administrative monitoring and quality checks on incoming/outgoing files for the Director’s signature, ensure timely processing; assist in problem solving when needed;
- Assist in managing projects and processes: create and maintain updated lists, files and databases ensuring detail accuracy, easy retrieval; follow practices and rules applied at the Institute;
- Arrange internal/external events (e.g. meetings, workshops, training or public events) for the Director and provide ad hoc organisational support for specific events organised by the different units at the Institute;
- Initiate and administer low-value procurement procedures for services or goods supporting activities directly under the Director, monitor respective budgets, collaborate with contractors;
- Provide continual support in the organisation of Management Board meetings, i.e. preparing terms of references, supporting meeting organisation, logistics, travel/accommodation arrangements, close collaboration with contractors, financial management, and reporting;
- Maintain good contacts and coordinate workflows with all units, external stakeholders, partners and networks.
Qualifications and experience required
To be considered eligible for selection, an applicant must meet by the closing date of this call, the following formal requirements:
- Nationality of an EU Member State;
- Completed a university education attested by a diploma;
- 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 national laws concerning military service;
- Be physically fit to perform duties linked to the post.
- At least three years professional experience following the award of a diploma;
- A high level of ICT literacy and familiarity with the electronic office tools (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, power point, e-mail, internet, video-conferencing);
- Experience of working with procurement procedures;
- The ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English, the predominant working language of the Institute;
- Attentiveness to detail and a problem solving mind-set to see through to conclusion specific tasks, ensuring deadlines and quality standards are met;
- The ability to work well under pressure and with minimal supervision in conditions that require considerable flexibility;
- The ability to work in a proactive, autonomous way;
- Evident interpersonal, organisational, administrative and problem solving abilities.
- Professional experience in an EU institution or body;
- Previous work experience with ABAC and/or other financial software;
- Awareness of and support for gender equality.
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.
- Interviews and written tests will be in English.
- During the interview, 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 interviews, candidates will be requested to present originals and/or copies of documents detailing citizenship in particular a copy of identity card, passport or other official document specifying citizenship.
- If at any stage of the procedure, it is 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.
- EIGE’s Director will appoint the selected jobholder from the reserve list, taking into account a gender balanced, geographically diverse organisation.
The internal proceedings of the selection committee are 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 on the top of this page. It is to be forwarded electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject title should include the vacancy reference number.
Applicants are requested not to attach any supporting documents at this stage. Only candidates invited to an interview will be asked to present copies of documents for verification. Applications will not be returned to candidates but will be kept on file by the Institute in line with its data protection obligations.
Please note that the time between the closing date for the submission of applications and the end of the process to short list candidates for the interview may be several weeks.
Due to the large volume of applications only candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted.
The place of employment is Vilnius, Lithuania. EIGE operates from a modern and fully computerised office space based in the city’s Old Town.
The jobholder shall work in a multicultural environment where social dialogue is considered very important. EIGE applies a participatory approach to its work and encourages an open dialogue between management and staff. Colleagues work closely together as much of the work is organised around cross-unit project teams. EIGE is committed to the principle of zero tolerance towards harassment at work.
Working time is based around flexitime and core working hours as defined in the EU’s Staff Regulations. In addition to training and development opportunities, EIGE offers various support and wellbeing measures for staff members and their families, such as contributions to schooling costs.
For reasons related to the Institute’s operational requirements, the chosen candidate will be expected to be available at short notice. A contract in Function Group III under Article 3a pursuant to the conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union shall be offered, subject to a nine month probation period. The duration of the contract will be three years and may be renewed not more than once for a fixed period. Any further renewal shall be for an indefinite period.
The pay of a Contract Agent consists of the basic remuneration as well as various allowances depending on personal situation of the jobholder. This post is graded either at grade 8 or grade 9 or grade 10 depending on the experience of the chosen candidate. For information, the current gross basic salary before deductions and the correction coefficient weighting of 76.6 for Lithuania, starts at approximately €2,777 for grade 8, €3,142 for grade 9 and €3,555 for grade 10. Salaries are exempt from national taxation but are subject to tax at source. Deductions for medical insurance, pension and unemployment insurance also apply.
Independence & declarations of interest
The jobholder 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.
The Institute applies a policy of equal opportunities in line with the formal requirements noted in section 3.1.
Applications are accepted without distinction on any grounds of age, birth, disability, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, membership of a national minority, political (or any other) opinion, property, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
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 Union and Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union, 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) 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.
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 (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC. 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.
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 has an estimated population of just over 550,000 people. In addition to ample green spaces, it is beautifully situated on the banks of the river Neris, offering excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. Vilnius 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. It has been a university city since the Middle Ages.
Today it is the focal point of the country's politics, business, science, culture and entertainment and it attracts an increasingly varied assortment of local and international events. The city centre of Vilnius is compact, clean and safe. In addition to hosting a number of international schools, Vilnius has a well-developed infrastructure and ambitious future plans.
The city is easy to get around, has a good standard of living and an excellent working environment. EIGE’s premises are situated in the Europe House on the main thoroughfare of Vilnius City, Gedimino Prospektas, with easy access to amenities, both leisure and educational.
Further information is available at http://www.vilnius-tourism.lt/en/tourism and https://investlithuania.com/why-lithuania/lifestyle
 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 Union.
 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, household, education, dependent child, installation, accreditation, etc.
 The higher salary can apply subject to verification of documented work experience.