CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR SECONDED NATIONAL EXPERTS ETF/SNE/09/08
The ETF (European Training Foundation) is seeking to set up a reserve list of candidates interested in a fixed term agreement on secondment as:

Seconded National Experts (SNE) within the Operations Department

1. Vocational education and training experts
2. Employment experts
3. Social partnership and entrepreneurship experts

The ETF

The ETF is an EU agency whose mission is to help transition and developing countries to harness the potential of their human capital through the reform of education, training and labour market systems in the context of the EU's external relations policy.
As an instrument of the EU's external relations policy we base our work on the conviction that human capital development in a lifelong learning perspective can make a fundamental contribution to increasing prosperity, creating sustainable growth and encouraging social inclusion in transition and developing countries.

The ETF is based in Turin, northern Italy, and has a staff of approximately 130. Further information on our activities can be found on our website: http://www.etf.europa.eu.

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 secondment(s) will be offered within the Operations (OPS) Department.

The OPS Department supports the deployment of EU external assistance in the area of vocational education and training system development in a lifelong learning perspective, its relations to labour market needs and employability and promotes the links between education and enterprises. The ETF also provides direct advice to the stakeholders in the partner countries1to assist in the design, implementation and assessment of policy within these three core themes. In support of these activities ETF carries out a number of background studies and analyses and capacity building activities for the stakeholders in the partner countries.

The OPS Department is organised around a team-based approach to deliver its thematic, regional, country and project activities, consequently the department gives high value to teamwork.

Job profiles

The ETF wishes to set up a reserve list of National Experts on Secondment with the following profiles:

1. Vocational education and training experts
2. Employment experts
3. Social partnership and entrepreneurship experts

Candidates shall clearly indicate in their motivation letter in which of the three profiles they are interested.

Mission

Reporting to a Deputy Head of OPS, the successful candidate(s) will assist ETF staff in carrying out the following functions:
support to the European Commission in the design and deployment of external assistance to partner countries in the framework of EU external policies and assistance programmes (IPA, ENPI, DCI);
support to partner countries to further build their capacity in policy development, policy implementation and policy progress assessment;
development of national capacities for the provision of reliable data collection and analysis to strengthen evidence based policy making;
facilitation of exchange of information and experience among the international community. This includes exchange of information, joint participation in conferences or workshops, development of joint research or analytical work, and peer review exercises.

Key accountabilities and thematic expertise

1. Vocational education and training experts

The successful candidate(s) will assist ETF staff as a member of country, multi-country or cross-regional teams in implementing the abovementioned functions focusing on the development and implementation of policy for vocational education and training (VET) in a lifelong learning perspective and assessment of policy progress and impact in the area of:
o qualification systems and frameworks;
o international mobility;
o quality of VET;
o financing.

2. Employment experts

The successful candidate(s) will assist ETF staff as a member of country, multi-country or cross-regional teams in implementing the abovementioned functions with particular emphasis on the following key areas:

Understanding labour market changes and their implications for the employability of individuals to inform the policy debate on the:
o development of responsive vocational education and training systems for young people and adults;
o development of employment policies.

Particular emphasis will be given to:
o anticipation of skills needs;
o enhancing employability;
o matching the supply and demand of skills in the short, medium and long-term;
o enhancing the quality of the labour force;
o addressing skills in the informal sector for the promotion of decent work for all.

Priority will be on flexicurity policies, the activation of citizens and their participation in active labour market measures including formal or non-formal training, counselling and guidance, and support to self-employment, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged adults. Priority is also given to the functioning of the employment services.

3. Social partnership and entrepreneurship experts

The successful candidate(s) will assist ETF staff as a member of country, multi-country or cross-regional teams in implementing the abovementioned functions with particular emphasis on the following key areas:
o enterprise development with a focus on entrepreneurship skills and learning;
o enterprise competitiveness with a focus on human resources development, learning organisations and competence management and assessment in enterprises;
o entrepreneurial learning policy development and entrepreneurship as a key competence;
o education and enterprise partnerships to support the transition from school to work;
o building the capacities of enterprise representatives, employers and employees as well as other civil society institutions for their active participation in defining and implementing policy, as well as monitoring and evaluating in the context of lifelong learning.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for secondment to the ETF, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

1. have at least three years' full-time experience of administrative, scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions;
2. have worked for their employer on a contract basis for at least 12 months before the secondment;
3. have a thorough knowledge of one of the Community languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another Community language to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties.


Selection criteria

Candidates for each of the three profiles must have:

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years, attested by a diploma, in an area relevant to ETF’s activities;
Relevant professional experience of at least three years (following the award of the university degree) in one or more of the abovementioned key areas relating to the specific profile.
Required technical competences

Skills in policy advice and/or policy development and/or policy implementation and/or policy assessment;
Skills and working experience in project cycle management;
Very good knowledge2of English.

Required core competences

Good communication skills;
Good analysis, synthesis and problem solving skills;
Good service orientation skills;
Capacity to integrate and work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment;
Good team working skills with a capacity to share knowledge effectively.

Assets

Good understanding of partner country context;
Knowledge of EU policy framework in HCD;
Knowledge of EU external policy framework and aid delivery modalities;
Good knowledge3 of French and/or Arabic and/or Russian and/or any other language of the partner countries.

The status of the Seconded National Experts (SNE) and the secondment’s conditions

For the ETF it is highly desirable to foster the exchange of professional experience in, and knowledge of, education and training systems contributing to the development of human capital by temporarily assigning experts to the ETF. Seconded national experts (SNE) should enable the ETF to benefit from the high level of their professional knowledge and experience.

The SNEs shall remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of secondment. The SNE’s employer shall continue to pay his/her salary, to maintain his/her administrative status throughout the period of secondment and to inform the ETF of any change in the SNE's situation in this regard.

The SNE's employer shall also continue to be responsible for all his/her social rights, particularly social security and pension. The termination of or change in the SNE's contractual status may lead to the termination of his/her secondment by the ETF.

An SNE may be entitled, throughout the period of secondment, to subsistence allowances depending on his/her personal situation and according to article 16 of the “Rules on the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training to the European Training Foundation”.

The initial period of secondment will be from one to two years and may be renewed.
The agreement on secondment is not an employment and does not lead to subsequent employment at the ETF.

The place of secondment is Turin, Italy.
For complete information on the secondment and the SNE’s duties, rights and obligations, please consult the “Director’s decision laying down the rules on the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training to the European Training Foundation” published on the ETF website.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases.

First phase – Screening of eligibility and selection criteria.
Eligibility of candidates will be firstly assessed according to compliance with the eligibility criteria.
The selection assessment board will then consider the competences of eligible applicants on the basis of the CV provided and invite the most suitable candidates to the second phase.
Candidates selected for the second phase will be notified via email.
Within 10 working days of receipt of the invitation, candidates should provide the ETF HR Unit with a declaration of the employer supporting the secondment and certifying that the employer will comply with the Rules governing the secondment of National Experts to the ETF.
Confirmation of invitations is subject to receipt of the above declaration.

Second phase – Interviews
Interviews are expected to take place in the second half of October 2009 and will be held mainly in English.

Candidates invited for the interview phase will also be asked to undergo a written test. The written test shall consist of the following components:
- general aptitudes and language skills to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties linked to the post;
- specific competences according to the profile referred to in the vacancy.

The selection assessment board’s work and deliberations are strictly confidential and any contact with the board members is strictly forbidden.

Upon completion of the assessment phase, a reserve list of the most suitable candidates will be proposed to the Director by the selection assessment board. The Director will decide on the establishment of the list.

This reserve list will be valid up to 12 months from the date of the establishment of the list and its duration may be modified by decision of the Director.

Inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee secondment.

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 secondment and what his/her added value would be to the ETF if selected.
Candidates shall clearly indicate in their motivation letter to which of the three profiles they are interested in.
a curriculum vitae using the Europass CV format, available on the ETF website (other formats will not be considered);
the “Selection criteria form” available on the ETF website detailing the candidate’s professional experience in support of each of the points under the Selection criteria section.

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, clearly quote the reference number ETF/SNE/09/08.

Failure to comply with one of the above formal requirements or eligibility criteria will result in disqualification of the applicant.

Closing date for the submission of applications: 15 September 2009 at 23.59 (Central European Time).

Due to the volume of applications, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted further.

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. More detailed information can be found in the” Privacy policy for job applicants” section of the ETF website.

1. The ETF’ partner countries and territories are: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (UNSCR 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Russian Federation, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan;

2. Equivalent to minimum C1 level for all dimensions as defined in the Europass CV instructions;

3. Equivalent to minimum B1 level for all dimensions as defined in the Europass CV instructions.

Selection and eligibility form to be filled in and attached to your application3. Selection criteria form ETF-REC-09-08.doc

You can download the pdf versionETF-SNE-09-08.pdf

Rules on the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training at the ETFRules of the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training at the ETF.pdf

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