Economic Analyst – European Semester Officer in Representation
Temporary agent (AD5), contract duration – 3 years
DG Communication (DG COMM) is a corporate communication service working under the responsibility of the President. We promote and support the political priorities of the European Commission and contribute to bringing Europe closer to its citizens. The Representations act as the official representatives of the Commission in each Member State and serve the interests of the whole institution under the guidance of DG COMM. To bring the implementation of the European Semester of economic governance closer to the Member States and to step up its country-specific dimension, the Representations are staffed with European Semester Officers. DG COMM is associated with the SG and DG ECFIN as one of the three services responsible for this job opportunity at the Representation of the European Commission in Sofia.
The Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), as the centrepiece of NextGenerationEU, is a temporary recovery instrument to address the economic and social consequences brought about by the pandemic, but will also play a central role within the framework of REPowerEU. It is closely aligned with the Commission’s priorities ensuring a sustainable and inclusive recovery that promotes the green and digital transitions. The Recovery and Resilience Task Force in the Secretariat-General (SG-RECOVER) oversees the implementation of the RRF. European Semester Officers are placed at the disposal of SG-RECOVER for the duration of the implementation of the RRF. They are an integral part of the relevant country team, in charge of the assessment of the national Recovery and Resilience Plan, including any amendments, and the monitoring of its implementation, together with the colleagues from SG-RECOVER and DG ECFIN.
We propose an important and challenging post in the Representation of the European Commission in Sofia, which will focus on the country-specific dimension of the European Semester and the implementation of the RRF. The successful candidate will work as part of the Representation (DG COMM) staff, placed at the disposal of SG-RECOVER for the duration of the implementation of the RRF, and with close links also to DG ECFIN and DG COMM. S/he will contribute to the country-specific work linked to the implementation of the RRF, in particular to the support to the respective Member State in the implementation as well as ammendments of its recovery and resilience plan (RRP), including in view of REPowerEU, and to the outreach and communication activity linked to the RRF. S/he will also continue to play a key role in the European Semester, which is closely linked to the implementation of the RRF, and will maintain an ongoing exchange of information and policy dialogue with the national and regional authorities and key national stakeholders.
We look for:
We are looking for a colleague with very good experience of the Commission policies and priorities. Familiarity with the European economic governance system and the Recovery and Resilience Facility is desirable. The candidate should have a broad knowledge of economics and be a good communicator. S/he should be able to work both on his/her own initiative and as part of a team and to demonstrate that s/he can cooperate effectively with colleagues within and outside the Representation. The candidate should have very good analytical and communication skills with a strong sense of initiative and responsibility. As a European Semester Officer who will be part of the Representation team s/he will report to – apart from the Head of Representation – SG-RECOVER for the duration of the implementation of the RRF, and maintain close contacts with DG ECFIN and DG COMM. The candidate has to have a very good knowledge of English orally and in writing. A good knowledge of Bulgarian will be an asset.
Academic Qualification: University diploma (MA or BA equivalent) in Economics, Law with a focus on EU law, European Studies or a related field
Professional experience: at least 5 years
Previous work in at least one of the assigned policy areas and/or in other horizontal or multidisciplinary position within the Commission (or in an equivalent organisation) allowing you to develop a broader picture of Union activity. Experience in applied economic policy or in the implementation of EU law and policies would be a distinct advantage, as would experience in economic dialogue or negotiations with Member States. Good communication and networking skills.
How to apply:
Please send a CV and a Motivation letter in PDF format to EC-RECOVER@ec.europa.eu .
Deadline for applications: 5 June 2023, 12:00 CET
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a written test in English followed by a panel interview.
The basic monthly salary for the relevant grade can be consulted in Article 66 of the Staff Regulations and is subject to a correction coefficient for each Member State.
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