Statistical Officer

The ETF (European Training Foundation) is seeking to recruit a Statistical Officer for its Operations Department.

Job profile (summary)

To develop and maintain the ETF data library, under the guidance of the ETF Quantitative Analyst. The data library mainly comprises data and indicators extracted from international data sources, data collected by the ETF and data sets from surveys funded by the ETF. The Statistical Officer will be expected to spend a significant part of his/her time handling and analysing various data, such as survey data on migration or the transition from education to work for project teams.

Suitable candidates must have experience in handling complex data sets, and in the presentation and analysis of social science indicators. They must be service-oriented in order to provide ad hoc support to colleagues and other ETF departments.

Closing date for applications: 20 April 2007

Contract type and grade: Contract Agent FG IV

Contract: Initial contract duration: 3 years (subject to a probation period of 9 months).


Minimum net monthly salary shall be € 2,754.00.
The salary is not subject to national taxation.
In addition, the ETF offers attractive benefits in line with those of European Union civil servants. Further details about the contractual conditions offered by the ETF can be found in the Working with the ETF section of the ETF website.

The employer

The ETF is an EU agency whose mission is to assist partner countries in developing quality education and training systems and putting them into practice. We share expertise and advice on policies in education and training across regions and cultures. Working on behalf of the EU, we help our partner countries to develop a skilled labour force to promote better living conditions, active citizenship and democratic societies that respect human rights and cultural diversity.

The ETF is based in Turin, northern Italy, and has a staff of approximately 100. Further information on our activities can be found on our website:

The ETF offers an exciting working environment with flexible work organisation and high levels of individual responsibility. As a learning and knowledge sharing organisation, we promote and offer excellent opportunities for the continued professional development of our staff.

The Department

The Statistical Officer will work in the Operations Department, which deals with the regions covered by the three EU instruments: Instrument for Pre-Accession, European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument and Development Cooperation and Economic Cooperation Instrument. The Operations Department develops and manages ETF support to education and training system reform and its relation to the labour market and employment in the ETF partner countries1as part of the European Union’s external relations policy.

Key accountabilities

Reporting to the Head of the Operations Department under the guidance of the ETF quantitative analyst, the successful candidate will be responsible for:

· Developing a data library, including defining the structure of the database in collaboration with the Quantitative Analyst and the IT Unit;
· Maintaining the data collections in the data library;
· Handling data sets collected through surveys for the ETF;
· Verifying and cleaning data collected by the ETF, primarily in the fields of education and training and the labour market.

Selection criteria

In addition to a university degree, candidates must have at least 1 year’s professional experience working with statistics.

Required technical competencies
§ Strong numerical skills;
§ Educational background in economics, statistics, mathematics or social sciences with a substantial statistical component;
§ Proven capacity to use computerized office tools (MS-Office applications such as MS-Word and MS-Excel or Open Office equivalents);
§ Proven capacity to use specialised statistical tools;
§ Very good knowledge of English2;
§ Good general knowledge of the European Union and its institutions.

Required core competences
§ Analysis, synthesis and problem solving skills;
§ Accuracy and attention to details;
§ Good inter-personal and communication skills;
§ Service orientation;
§ Capacity to integrate and work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment;
§ Good team working skills with a capacity to share knowledge effectively.

§ Advanced capacities in statistical analysis and econometrics - experience in research during studies will be taken into account;
§ Proven knowledge of education and labour market analysis - experience in research during studies will be taken into account;
§ Good knowledge of French3;
§ Experience with SPSS and/or STATA.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible, applicants must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for the submission of applications:

1. Be a national of an EU Member State;
2. Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
3. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service;
4. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post;
5. Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years and appropriate professional experience of at least one year;
6. Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Communities and satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Communities to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties.

Contractual conditions

The ETF is calling for applications to fill a vacant position. The successful candidates will be offered a Contract Agent contract, subject to a probation period of 9 months, for a three-year period, according to article 2(a) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities. The contract might be extended according to article 8 of the CEOS.
The minimum net salary of a Contract Agent Function Group IV amounts to € 2,754.00, and can vary depending on the years of relevant professional experience.
The salary is not subject to national taxation.

In addition, the ETF offers attractive benefits in line with those of European Union civil servants. Further details about the contractual conditions offered by the ETF can be found in the Working with the ETF section of the ETF website.

Selection procedure

Eligibility of candidates will be assessed according to compliance with all eligibility criteria by the closing date for the submission of applications. The Recruitment Assessment Board will assess the competences and skills of all applicants and will invite the most suitable candidates for an interview.

Interviews are expected to take place in the second half of June 2007 and will be held in English.
Candidates invited for an interview will be asked to undergo a practical test and a multiple choice test on their knowledge of the EU Institutions as well as on reasoning and verbal skills.
Please note that the Recruitment Assessment Board’s work and deliberations are strictly confidential and that any contact with the board members is strictly forbidden. References will be checked.
Upon completion of the interviews and tests, a reserve list of the most suitable candidates will be proposed to the Director by the Recruitment Assessment Board. The successful candidate will be appointed by the Director.

Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate will be asked:
- to provide original or certified copies of all relevant documents proving his/her eligibility, including an extract from his/her national police file;
- to undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that he/she meets the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.

Submission of applications

Interested candidates are invited to send their applications via the ‘Job vacancies’ section of the ETF website. The following documents must be provided in English:

§ a typed motivation letter of no more than one page, explaining why the candidate is interested in the post and what her/his added value would be to the ETF if selected;
§ a curriculum vitae using the Europass CV format, available on the ETF website (other formats will not be considered);
§ at least two sets of contact details for past or current employers (under the “Additional Information” paragraph of the Europass CV form) that the ETF will use as references.

Applications may also be sent by fax to the ETF HR Unit at the following number: (+39) 011 630 23 88.

Only applications submitted online through the ETF website or by fax and using the Europass CV format will be accepted.

In order to be considered, applications must be received by the closing date for submission and, if sent by fax, must clearly quote the reference number ETF/REC/07/05

Closing date for the submission of applications: 20 April 2007 at 23.59 (Central European Time).

The ETF is an equal opportunities employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

EU legislation on personal data protection and confidentiality of information will apply to all personal data collected for this selection process. The application documents provided during the selection procedure will not be returned to candidates, but will be kept on file at the ETF.

1. The ETF partner countries and territories are: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Egypt, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and West Bank and Gaza Strip.
2. Equivalent to C1 level as defined in the Europass CV instructions.
3. Equivalent to B1 level as defined in the Europass CV instructions.

You can download the pdf version ETF-REC-07-05.pdf

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