Senior Specialist - Drugs and Organised Crime Networks – Head of Team (AD7)

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Europol/2019/TA/AD7/367

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 are currently 2 (two) posts available.

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.

Europol 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 as 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 our colleagues 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.
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 would like to hear from you.

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 and Horizontal Operational Services.

BACKGROUND, MAIN PURPOSE AND TASKS OF THE POST

The European Serious Organised Crime Centre (ESOCC) is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of Europol’s tasks and objectives in supporting Member States’ investigations of serious and organised crime. It includes the European Migrant Smuggling Centre which covers facilitation of Illegal Immigration and Trafficking in Human Beings.

The main tasks of ESOCC are to:
(i) provide Operational Support to prioritised cases;
(ii) support the EU Policy Cycle through the implementation of EMPACT priorities;
(iii) support the development of the Strategic Intelligence Picture on Serious and Organised Crime.

Under the supervision of the Head of Unit (and, depending on the post, of a team leader), the holder of the position is responsible of the development of the activities of Analysis Projects related to combating drug related crimes or organised crime groups, as well as any associated criminal activities within Europol's mandate uncovered in the course of the investigations into these criminal networks.
This will be achieved by supporting MS investigations and operations, providing a high level of expert guidance, identifying the competent authorities requirements, proposing initiatives and delivering timely, relevant products and services to Europol stakeholders.
In addition, the incumbent supports the activities of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threat (EMPACT) Unit dedicated to the EU Law Enforcement priorities.

The successful applicants will have to carry out the following main duties:

General Head of Team responsibilities
• Coordination of staff members and external consultants in the team, including providing input on recruitments, assessments and general staff development;
• Reporting on outcomes and performance, including definition of suitable KPIs;
Oversight of correct and timely execution of administrative processes and procedures in compliance with corporate policies and standards.

Specific responsibilities
• Enhance Europol’s ability to exploit criminal intelligence with the aim of supporting investigations of the Member States;
• Provide specialised knowledge and experience to operational activities aimed at  fighting organised crime especially in relation with the drugs and organised crime;
• In the context of operational task forces (OTF) investigating High Value Targets in the field of drug trafficking and organised crime, act as Europol case officer and support the coordination of Europol’s engagement towards the Member States;
• Head and take a key role or coordinate project oriented activities, with a specific emphasis on drugs and serious and organised crime projects;
• Identify, initiate and assist in producing analytical outputs (operational and strategic) and other relevant intelligence products;
• 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 analysis project(s);
• Support the Head of Unit in policy and other strategic matters carried out by Europol or EU institutions and Agencies in the field of serious and organised crime;
• Represent Europol at specialised conferences as well as at specialised fora;
• Any other duties in the area of competence as assigned by the line management.

REQUIREMENTS - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

a. 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;
• Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws on military service;
• Produce appropriate character references as to his or her suitability for the performance of the duties;
• Be physically fit to perform the duties pertaining to the position (prior to appointment the successful candidate will be medically examined by one of the institution’s medical officers in order that the institution may be satisfied that the candidate fulfils the requirements of Article 12(2)(d) CEOS);
• Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Union to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties.

b. Candidates must have
A level of education, which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more;
OR
A level of education, which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is three years;
OR
Professional training of an equivalent level in a relevant area (e.g. Police Officer’s School) and after having completed the training, at least the number of years of relevant professional experience as indicated below:

Duration of professional training        Professional experience
More than 6 months and up to 1 year       4 years
More than 1 year and up to 2 years          3 years
More than 2 years and up to 3 years         2 years
More than 3 years                                   1 year

In addition to the above at least 6 years of total professional work experience gained after the award of the diploma.

REQUIREMENTS - SELECTION CRITERIA

a. Professional experience (assessed mainly during the Shortlisting phase):
Essential:
• Expertise in the field of serious and organised crime, preferably including in the field of drug trafficking, and related crimes;
• Experience of liaison and cooperation on operational, strategic or policy matters gained in an international cooperation environment;
• Experience in leading teams and managing operational and strategic activities;
• Experience in drafting policy papers and other reports.

b. Professional knowledge (assessed during the Selection procedure - Written/Practical test and/or Interview):
Essential:
• Sound knowledge of the law enforcement environment and practices, preferably at international level in the area of organised crime;
• Knowledge in international strategic co-operation related to organised crime, preferably including cooperation on drugs trafficking;
• Knowledge of international legal frameworks and cooperation with regard to organised crime, preferably including cooperation on drugs trafficking;
• Knowledge of the EU and Europol legal framework.

c. General competencies (assessed during the Selection procedure - Written/Practical test and/or Interview):
Communicating:
• Excellent communication skills in English, both orally and in writing.
• Excellent presentation skills.
• Ability to draft clear and concise documents on complex matters for various audiences.
Analysing & problem solving:
• Structured approach to work aimed at getting results.
• 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.
• High level of customer and service-orientation.
Prioritising and organising:
• Excellent organizational skills including the ability to plan own work load, establish clear priorities and exercise initiative.
• Ability to manage projects and familiarity with project management terminology and methodology.
Resilience:
• Strong ability to work well 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.
• Ability to remain effective under a heavy workload and demonstrate resistance to stress.
Living diversity:
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers in an international and multi-disciplinary work environment.
Advising:
• Ability to synthesise various data into a coherent and relevant whole, transforming it into a valuable and correct conclusion.
• Building constructive relationships with clients, adequately identifying and managing their needs and expectations, and giving well-grounded advice.
Team supervision:
• Ability to manage a diverse team including the ability to motivate staff, effectively plan and monitor the work of other staff members and to provide guidance.

d. Fulfil the condition stipulated in Article 5 of the Decision of the Executive Director on the Duration of contracts of employment for Temporary Agents, on the start date of the possible contract of employment which may be offered.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The Authority Authorised to Conclude Contracts of Employment (AACC) sets up a Selection Committee, which consists of at least three members, consisting of one chair and at least one member from the Administration of Europol and one member designated by the Staff Committee.

For restricted posts (including restricted-Annex II posts), the AACC designates up to two additional members of the Selection Committee if so requested by the Chairperson of the Management Board. The additional members shall consist of a representative of the presidency of the Council of the European Union or one representative of the presidency and one representative of another Member State.

The Selection Committee determines candidates’ suitability for the position by assessing their skills, experience and qualifications against the established job profile and makes an initial selection from the applications received.

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 personal data (name, citizenship, date/ place of birth, address, e-mail, telephone number, current employment) of the shortlisted candidates that are members of a national competent authority applying for a restricted or are applying for a restricted – Annex II post will be provided to the concerned Europol National Unit with the purpose to issue the Europol National Unit Confirmation.

Shortlisted applicants are invited to participate in a post-related selection procedure, generally consisting of written and/or practical tests and competency-based interviews.

The AACC takes a decision of appointment based on advice from the Selection Committee, and will inform the Selection Committee accordingly. The AACC has also the possibility to establish a reserve list of successful candidates, which is, in principle, valid for 12 months. The validity of the reserve list may be extended once, in principle, for 12 months. All candidates who attend the selection procedure will be informed of the outcome.

Candidates who attended a selection procedure may request feedback on their performance of the written test and interview within three months after the selection procedure. Europol will not be in a position to respond to feedback inquiries received outside this time frame.

The Selection Committee’s work and deliberations are confidential. It is forbidden for candidates to make direct or indirect contact with the members of the Selection Committee or for anyone to do so on their behalf. All enquiries or requests for information or documentation in relation to the competition should be addressed to the Europol Recruitment Team.

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

Scale: AD 7

The basic monthly salary is EUR 6128.51 (step 1) or EUR 6386.04 (step 2).

The step in grade is determined on the basis of professional experience gained after the education required for the position and in line with applicable implementing rules.

In addition, if applicable, allowances such as expatriation allowance, household allowance, dependent child and education allowance may be granted.

Europol offers a comprehensive welfare package comprising additional benefits such as medical insurance, unemployment and invalidity allowance as well as a pension scheme.

Salaries are subject to a community tax but exempt from national taxation.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Probation period

Engagement for this position is subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 9 months. Within this period the successful candidate will have to undergo a post-related security screening.

Europol reserves the right to terminate the contract of employment during or at the end of the probation period in accordance with Article 14 of CEOS.

Security screening and certificate of good conduct

All candidates who have successfully passed a selection procedure are required to apply for a national "certificate of good conduct" at the time an offer of employment is made. The "certificate of good conduct" must be provided to Europol prior the signature of the employment contract. In case of unfavourable entries in the "Certificate of good conduct" Europol reserves the right not to award an employment contract.

However, the national certificate of good conduct does not substitute a valid full Personal Security Clearance Certificate (PSCC) that must be obtained for all Europol staff at the level indicated in this Vacancy Notice. A PSCC is a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared. It contains: the level of clearance; the date of issuance and the date of expiry. Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of employment contract.

The requested level of Security Clearance for this post is: SECRET UE/EU SECRET.

Contract of employment

The successful candidate will be recruited in the type of post Administrator and function group AD, grade 7 pursuant to Article 2(f) CEOS and Annex I EUSR.

The initial contract will be concluded for a period of 5 years (full-time – 40 hours a week). The contract may be renewed only once, in principle, for a period of 4 years.

The overall duration of the contracts on restricted posts of Europol staff members will be taken into account if they are successful in the selection procedure.

The place of employment will be The Hague, The Netherlands.

For further information on terms and conditions please consult the EU Staff Regulations which are available on Europol’s website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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MAIN DATES
Deadline for application: 3 September 2019, 23:59 CET

Recruitment procedure:  October 2019

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION PROCEDURE
Please refer to the EUROPOL RECRUITMENT GUIDELINES available on Europol’s website 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.

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Deadline

03 September 2019, 23:59:59 CEST

Contract type

Restricted Temporary Agent

Unit/Group

Operations Directorate

Reports to

Head of Unit EU Drugs & Organized Crime (O2-A)