Senior Agent - Lawyer - Data Protection Function (FGIV)

Europol/2021/CA/FGIV/114

ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

Organisational setting:
The Data Protection Function (DPF) of Europol provides objective assurance and consultation activities designed to add value and improve data processing operations at Europol. 

Under Europol’s organisational structure, the Data Protection Function (DPF) is an independent function of the Management Board headed by the Data Protection Officer (DPO) who is appointed by and accountable to the Management Board. The Data Protection Officer’s main task is to ensure. In an independent manner, lawfulness and compliance with Europol’s legal framework as far as the processing of personal data is concerned.

The position is in collaboration with Europol Innovation Lab which leads Europol’s involvement in EU Security Research programmes and coordinates the implementation of four H2020 projects (AIDA, GRACE, INFINITY and STARLIGHT), for which Europol is in charge of a number of deliverables.

Purpose of the post:
The post holder supports the day-to-day work of the Data Protection Function (DPF) by contributing to data protection compliance regarding Europol’s participation in research and innovation projects.

The job holder will be in charge of providing expertise in relation to data privacy and security by design and ethics by design in the implementation of the H2020 projects. 

The job holder will also be supporting all related project activities and contribute to the preparation of project deliverables.

This role may also be assigned to a post not funded by external assigned revenue. 

Reporting lines:
The incumbent reports to the Head of the Data Protection Function.

Equal opportunity
Europol is an equal opportunity employer. Europol accepts applications without distinction on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, national, ethnic or social origin, religion or beliefs, family situation, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and qualifications, experience and skills.

Europol lives diversity and provides an inclusive work environment to all. Europol strives to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and talented workforce through application of equal opportunity and impartiality.

FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES

The incumbent carries out the following main functions and duties:
•  Contribute to the development of working packages on data protection accountability as part of the evaluation of ethics risks related to data processing activities in the context of Europol’s participation in H2020 research and innovation projects;
• Provide data protection expertise and support the research project tasks in relation to data collection and annotation, data quality assurance, and algorithmic bias identification and evaluation;
• Prepare policy papers and reports and other documentation where required, in particular in the context of Europol’s participation in research and innovation projects;
•    Contribute to the development of good practice relating to the protection and processing of operational information and personal data of staff members;
•    Assist data controllers with the drafting and verification of data protection impact assessments;
•    Handle enquiries and issues relating to data protection practices and policies and provide advice on policy implementation;
•   Foster awareness and understanding for data protection related issues across Europol and provide awareness trainings to colleagues and stakeholders entrusted with the processing of Europol information, in particular in the context of Europol’s participation in research and innovation projects;
•   Undertake data protection compliance reviews related to processing of Europol information;
•  Support the DPO in liaising with the European Data Protection Supervisor in the context of Europol’s participation in research and innovation projects;
•    Monitor the industry landscape to keep up-to-date with developments, trends and best practices in relation to data protection issues;
•    Perform any other tasks assigned by line management.

These functions and duties may also be assigned to a post not funded by external assigned revenue.

REQUIREMENTS - ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

a. Candidates must
•    Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen;
•    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) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (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 3 years or more;
OR
•    Professional training of an equivalent level, and after having completed the training, at least the number of years of relevant professional experience as indicated below:

Duration of professional training    Additional professional experience required for equivalency
More than 6 months and up to 1 year    3 years
More than 1 year and up to 2 years       2 years
More than 2 years                                1 year

REQUIREMENTS - SELECTION CRITERIA

a.    Professional experience (assessed mainly during the shortlisting):
Essential:
•    Professional experience in the area of EU and/or International law;
•    Experience dealing with data protection issues from an IT/ICT perspective;  
•    Experience handling data protection and data privacy-related issues;
•    Experience working in an international environment. 
Desirable:
•    Experience working in an EU agency or institution.

b.    Professional knowledge (assessed during the selection procedure - Written test and/or Interview):
•    Knowledge of the personal data protection principles and EU standards;
•    Knowledge of EU standards related to the handling of law enforcement information in the context of research and innovation;
•    Good understanding of technical aspects related to research and innovation projects.

c.    General competencies (assessed during the selection procedure – Written test and/or Interview):
Communicating:
•    Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
•    Very good drafting skills and attention to detail.
Analysing & problem solving:
•    Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines;
•    Strong analytical and problem solving skills including the ability to anticipate potential problems, determine and implement solutions;
•    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:
•    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

All applications for Contract Agent posts must be submitted through the online recruitment system accessible via Europol’s website

The Authority Authorised to Conclude Contracts of Employment (AACC) sets up a Selection Committee, composed 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.

The Selection Committee will assess the applications received in order to make an initial selection of those candidates meeting all eligibility criteria and matching best the selection criteria (suitability) set out in this Vacancy Notice. 

The minimum pass-mark for being shortlisted, i.e. invited to participate in a post-related selection procedure, consisting of a written test and a competency-based interview, is established as 60% of the total maximum score. 

At shortlisting stage, the Selection Committee will establish the pass-mark for test and interview, and will shortlist the 8 highest scoring candidates. All candidates having a score equal to the 8th highest scoring candidate will be invited to take part in the selection procedure conducted remotely.

After the selection procedure has taken place, the Selection Committee will establish a list of successful candidates, i.e. those scoring above the pre-defined pass-mark, which is shared with the AACC, for establishment of a Reserve list. A Reserve list is valid for 24 months.

Candidates who participated in the interview will be informed of the outcome, i.e. whether they have been successful or not.

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. 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 related to a selection procedure should be addressed to the Europol Selection and Recruitment Team at the following email address: C2-12@europol.europa.eu. Detailed information on the selection procedure - including enquiries, measures of redress and their applicable deadlines- is available in the Europol Recruitment Guidelines, which can be found on Europol’s website.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

The AACC shall classify contract staff in their function group taking into consideration their qualifications and professional experience at the time of entry into service.

FGIV
The basic monthly salary is: grade 13 (EUR 3,555.98), grade 14 (EUR 4,023.40) or grade 16 (EUR 5,150.62)

Grade    Qualifications and professional experience
13          Less than 5 years
14          Between 5 years and 17 years
16          More than 17 years

Staff pay EU tax at source but salaries are exempt from national taxes. Compulsory deductions are made for medical insurance, pension and unemployment insurance.  
Subject to the applicable conditions being met, as defined in the EU Staff Regulations (EUSR)/CEOS and further specified in the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, allowances such as expatriation allowance (16% of basic gross salary) or foreign residence allowance (4% of basic gross salary), household allowance, dependent child and / or education allowance may be granted.  

Staff enjoy worldwide insurance coverage by the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS) and are insured against sickness, the risk of occupational disease and accident.

Europol offers flexible working arrangements, a comprehensive provision for annual leave as well as parental leave supporting a healthy work-life balance.

Indicative net salary sample calculation:
a) Staff member (single) in receipt of expatriation allowance (16%): for grade 13: EUR 3,943.02; for grade 14: 4,428.51, for grade 16: 5,555.04 
b) Staff member with two dependent children in their custody in receipt of expatriation allowance (16%): for grade 13: EUR 5,568.48; for grade 14: 6,080.11, for grade 16: 7,295.30 

The above information is indicative and for information purposes only. It is merely meant to give an indication of your possible net salary in light of the currently applicable amounts of the related allowances and the level of taxation. It has no legal value and no rights can be derived from it.  

The information is based on figures applicable as of July 2020.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Contract of employment
The successful candidate will be recruited as Contract Agent FGIV pursuant to Article 3(a) of the CEOS. 

Contract linked to duties of limited duration in time, funded by external assigned revenue (e.g. EU grant funding)
The initial contract will be concluded for a fixed period of between 13 months and 4 years (full-time – 40 hours a week, unless otherwise specified), depending on the requirements and duration of the post funded by external assigned revenue. The contract may be further renewed for another fixed period and, subsequently, for an indefinite duration, subject to the interest of the service and the availability of external assigned revenue. The end of such funding constitutes a valid ground for non-renewal or termination of the contract.

Or

Contract linked to duties not funded by external assigned revenue (e.g. EU grant funding)
The initial contract will be concluded for a fixed period of 4 years (full-time – 40 hours a week). The contract may be renewed, in principle, for a fixed period of 2 years. Any further renewal shall be for an indefinite duration.
In case of successive contracts under Article 3a) of the CEOS, the duration of the contract offered will be set in accordance with the provisions of the Decision of the Management Board of Europol of 4 October 2019 governing the conditions of employment of contract staff employed under the terms of Article 3a) thereof. 

Security screening and certificate of good conduct
Candidates who have been recruited to a post at Europol are required to furnish a valid certificate of good conduct before the start of their employment. The certificate of good conduct must be provided to Europol prior the signature of the employment contract. The certificate of good conduct must be issued by the relevant authorities of the country of nationality of the candidate and must not be older than three months at the time of submission to Europol. Europol reserves the right not to proceed with the signature of the contract based on the content of the certificate or if the candidate fails to provide the certificate to Europol. 

The certificate of good conduct does not substitute a valid security clearance required for all Europol staff at the level indicated in the vacancy notice. Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of the employment contract.

Candidates who currently hold a valid security clearance at the level indicated in the vacancy notice or above do not need to obtain a certificate of good conduct or a new security clearance and must provide a copy of the current security clearance certificate to Europol prior to the signature of the employment contract. Europol shall verify and confirm the continued validity of the security clearance. In case Europol determines that the security clearance is not valid, the candidate will be required to provide a valid certificate of good conduct prior to the signature of the employment contract. Europol may at any time terminate the employment contract if the result of the security screening is not positive and the necessary clearance level is not granted or extended. 

The requested level of security clearance for this post is: CONFIDENTIAL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL.

For further information on terms and conditions, please consult the EUSR/CEOS available on Europol’s website.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Conditions of engagement
Before the employment contract is concluded by Europol, the successful candidate will have to:
•    declare any conflict of interest;
•    undergo a pre-employment medical examination to confirm that he/she is physically fit to perform the duties pertaining to the post or, alternatively, receive the confirmation from Europol that he/she fulfils the conditions laid down in the Decision of the Deputy Executive Director of the Capabilities Directorate on the pre-employment medical examination available on Europol’s website.

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

Probation period
Engagement for this post is subject to the successful completion of a probationary period of 9 months. 

In case of successive contracts under Article 3a) of the CEOS, a candidate may be exempt from the requirement to serve another probationary period in accordance with  the provisions of the Decision of the Management Board of Europol of 4 October 2019 governing the conditions of employment of contract staff employed under the terms of Article 3a) thereof.

Europol reserves the right to terminate the contract of employment during or at the end of the probation period in accordance with Article 84 the CEOS.

Statutory obligations upon leaving the service
Pursuant to Article 16 of the EU Staff Regulations, EU officials and, by analogy, temporary and contract agents, continue to be bound by the duty to behave with integrity and discretion as regards the acceptance of certain appointments or benefits’ after leaving the service. Those staff members intending to engage in an occupational activity within two years of leaving the service shall inform their institution, so that it may take an appropriate decision in that respect. In cases where the intended activity is related to the work carried out by the staff member during the last three years of service and could lead to a conflict with the legitimate interests of the institution, the decision to be taken may include forbidding the staff member from undertaking it or giving its approval subject to any conditions it thinks fit. 

Privacy Notice 
Europol respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Your data will be processed in accordance with 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 applicable to Europol under Article 46 of the Europol Regulation. 

For additional information, please consult the applicable privacy notice available on our website

Main dates
Publication date:            22 September 2021
Deadline for application: 22 October 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone
Recruitment procedure:   November 2021

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 1146 or +31 (0) 70 353 1154.

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Deadline

22 October 2021, 23:59:59 CEST

Contract type

Contract Agent

Unit/Group

Data Protection Function

Reports to

Head of the Data Protection Function