Seconded National Experts in the EU Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) within the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC)

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Europol/2019/SNE/142

ABOUT EUROPOL

This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates (indicative number is 3). Europol may retain the right to make use of the reserve list to select candidates for similar posts, should business needs require so. There is 1 available vacant post in the ECTC.

Europol is a well-established and recognized organisation that became an EU agency in 2010. It is constantly looking for creative, self-reliant and energetic employees, who are up to the challenges involved in international crime-fighting, to work in its state-of-the-art headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

It employs more than 1,000 personnel, including around 160 analysts, to identify and track the most dangerous criminal and terrorist networks in Europe. Our people come from a variety of professional backgrounds such us law enforcement, finance, legal, information technologies, human resources, communication, etc.

Working in close-knit teams, our specialists use their expertise and our cutting-edge technology to support investigations into serious organised crime and terrorism within and outside the EU.

A solid track record

Europol has:
• disrupted many criminal and terrorist networks
• contributed to the arrest of thousands of dangerous criminals
• helped recover millions of euros of crime proceeds
• helped hundreds of victims of trafficking and abuse, including children

The working environment at Europol has a lot to offer. It is:
• highly collaborative
• intellectually stimulating
• multilingual
• multidisciplinary
• international

Prospective candidates should be prepared to work in a dynamic and fast-moving environment that requires a high level of flexibility, and should have the ability to perform well within a team.

Equal opportunity
Europol is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications without distinction on the basis of gender, colour, racial, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, nationality, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We aim to create and maintain a healthy and attractive work environment that supports women and men in their career planning and in achieving a healthy work-life balance.

Employment at Europol is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system in operation, but Europol is striving for a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

If you would like to be part of a supportive team that allows you to make a strong contribution, and if you have seen a position that appeals to you, we'd like to hear from you.

BACKGROUND, MAIN PURPOSE AND TASKS OF THE SECONDMENT

The Operations Directorate deals with the core business of Europol, improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism affecting the Member States. This requires close cooperation with the Liaison Bureaux at Europol and via them with the Operational Teams in the Member States.

Europol delivers a number of products and services to national law enforcement agencies to support them in their fight against international serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism.

Under Europol’s organisational structure, the Operations Directorate hosts five distinct Departments: Front Office, European Serious Organised Crime Centre, European Cyber Crime Centre, European Counter Terrorism Centre, Horizontal Operational Services.

The ECTC is responsible for facilitating Counter Terrorism cooperation and Counter Terrorism information exchange among the Counter Terrorism authorities as well as for providing operational analysis. The centre includes the Internet Referral Unit (IRU) dealing with the investigation of the online jihadist activity. The emphasis of the centre is to build further on the already established tools and CT networks of Europol. It aims to enhance the CT capabilities and improve the information exchange among CT authorities, to bring the cross-border cooperation in the CT field to a new level. The current focus of the ECTC is on Foreign Fighters and returnees, which is the most significant threat at the moment. The ECTC is structured in such a way that it can adapt in a flexible way to new developments.

The successful applicant will have to carry out the following main duties:
• Support the detection of jihadist content and the referral process within EU IRU;
• Support the MS with internet investigations;
• Liaise with the relevant competent authorities in the Member States and third parties;
• Provide specialised knowledge and experience to EU IRU operational activities;
• Process large volume of data;
• Support on-going large operations and investigations;
• Based on Member States information, prepare reports on possible opportunities for Europol and the Member States to work together on specific intelligence and information;
• Establish close contacts with the Member States and Third Parties’ Liaison Officers to encourage and support operational activities in the field of responsibility of the EU IRU team.
• Provide on-the-spot operational support to specific operational enquiries and events if and when required.

REQUIREMENTS - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

CANDIDATES MUST:

• Be a member of a competent authority in the meaning of the Article 2a) of the Europol Regulation and enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State ;
• Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one the Union languages and a satisfactory knowledge of a second language;
• Possess at least 3 years of professional experience in the field of law enforcement relevant to the duties to be carried out during the secondment.

REQUIREMENTS - SELECTION CRITERIA

a. Professional experience (assessed mainly during the Shortlisting phase):
Essential:
• At least 3 years of experience in criminal investigations, preferably in CT;
• Experience in internet investigative methods (OSINT);
• Experience in drafting intelligence reports and products;
• Experience in assessing data in Arabic (MSA and colloquial).

Desirable:
• Working experience at international level.

b. Professional knowledge (assessed during the Selection procedure - Written/Practical test and/or Interview):
Essential:
• Sound knowledge of Open Source Intelligence methods, tools and techniques;
• Knowledge of information resources related to violent extremism and jihadist terrorism;
• Knowledge of online information services and products, such as news and media databases, commercial databases, Internet search systems and related services;
• Knowledge of online databases and information retrieval systems;
• Thorough listening and speaking skills of at least one Arabic dialect;
• Thorough understanding of written (standard) Arabic.

c. General competencies (assessed during the Selection procedure - Written/Practical test and/or Interview): 
Communicating:
• Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to draft clear and concise documents on complex matters for various audiences.
Analysing & problem solving:
• Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines;
• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
• Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet.
Delivering quality and results:
• High degree of commitment and flexibility.
Prioritising and organising:
• Good administrative and organisational skills.
Resilience:
• Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and in a team;
• Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise with other departments, groups and teams as well as with external partners.
Living diversity:
• Ability to work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Application process

Candidates endorsed by the national competent authorities are required to complete the application form available on Europol’s website in English and submit the original application form together with 2 copies via their Europol National Unit, and, if necessary, the Liaison Bureau to the Human Resources Unit – Recruitment and Selection – at Europol. The application form must be accompanied by a letter from the sending authority to the Executive Director of Europol expressing willingness to second the candidate.

 Applications must be sent to Europol by the date of the deadline indicated on the vacancy notice at the latest. The stamp on the envelop serves as proof of the sending date. Applications received after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Selection Procedure

A Selection Committee chaired by the Head of the relevant Department or a senior representative and composed by a representative of the respective group as well as the Recruitment and Selection team determines candidates’ suitability by assessing their skills, experience and qualifications in relation to the notice of secondment and will make an initial selection from the applications received.

For the initial selection, the operational contributions from the competent service to the project to which the expert will be seconded will be taken into account.

The Selection Committee will invite the 5 highest scoring candidates (short-listed). All candidates having a score equal to the 5th highest scoring candidate will be included to the list of invited candidates.

The Selection Committee then conducts at least a structured skype or telephone interview with the shortlisted candidates in English in order to evaluate their language skills, validate their experience and assess whether they possess the key skills required.

On the basis of the initial assessment of the application and the outcome of the Skype or telephone interview the Selection Committee makes a recommendation for the Deputy Executive Director to endorse. If no recommendation can be made following the assessment of the application form and the telephone interview a further interview can be arranged, if necessary face-to-face at Europol.

The Secondment is finally authorised by the Deputy Executive Director and effected by an exchange of letters between the Deputy Executive Director and the seconding authority, specifying the details of the Secondment as described in the MB Decision. Detailed rules regarding the secondment of national experts to Europol are described in the Management Board Decision laying down rules on the secondment of national experts to Europol of 3 May 2018.

Detailed information on the selection procedure, including the appeal procedure is available in the Europol Recruitment Guidelines, which can be found on Europol’s website.

SALARY

The SNE shall remain in the service of the sending authority throughout the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer. The sending authority shall also be responsible for all social rights, particularly social security and pension entitlements.

During the period of secondment the SNE is entitled to a daily subsistence allowance paid by the agency, and may also be eligible for a monthly allowance depending on the distance from the place of origin. If the SNE receives any allowance from other sources similar to the subsistence allowance paid by Europol, this amount shall be deducted.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Detailed rules regarding the secondment of national experts to Europol are described in the DECISION OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF EUROPOL laying down rules on the secondment of national experts to Europol of 3 May 2018.

MAIN DATES

Deadline for application: EXTENDED until 29 May 2019
Duration of the secondment 1 year with a possible extension up to 4 years in total
Starting date of employment: to be determined

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
Please refer to the Europol Recruitment Guidelines available on Europol’s website for further details on the application process and the selection procedure.

CONTACT DETAILS
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1298 or +31 (0) 70 302 5235. You may also contact us by email.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Data Protection

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, applies to the processing of personal data carried out in the process of selection and recruitment of staff at Europol following the application of this Regulation to all administrative personal data held by Europol in accordance with Article 46 of the Europol Regulation.
Data controller
The controller of the processing operation upon your personal data is the Head of the Human Resources Unit.
Purpose of the collection of data
The data submitted is processed in order to assess the suitability of candidates for a position at Europol as Seconded National Expert (SNE), and to administrate the documentation related to the selection. The data collected in order to comply with this purpose are the ones required in the application form plus all data provided by the data subject in paper or electronic format.
Legal bases for processing personal data
The legal bases for the processing of personal data for Seconded National Experts are:
• Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (Title III Chapter 1) and their implementing rules;
• Management Board Decision laying down rules on the secondment of national experts to Europol of 3 May 2018;
• Decision of the Europol Director on the selection procedure for Seconded National Experts of 20 May 2016.
Recipients of the data
Recipients of the data for the positions of Seconded National Experts are Europol staff employed in the administration department dealing with HR and financial matters, the members of the selection committee, the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities and the Executive Director.
Data storage and retention
All documents provided to Europol will be kept in Europol’s files and will not be returned to the candidate. Applications of non-recruited candidates will be kept for a maximum of four years. Data of non-recruited applicants on the reserve list for appointment will be kept for a maximum of five years after the expiry of the reserve list. Data of recruited candidates will be transferred to their personal file.
Rights as data subject
Candidates have the right to access, rectify, block and erase their personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection rules.
Contact in case of queries concerning the processing of personal data
Candidates have a right of recourse to the Europol Data Protection Officer (Europol - Data Protection Officer - Eisenhowerlaan 73, 2517 KK The Hague, The Netherlands) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (edps@edps.europa.eu)

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Deadline

29 May 2019, 23:59:59 CEST

Contract type

Seconded National Expert

Unit/Group

Operations Directorate

Reports to

Head of Team, EU IRU