Seconded National Expert - Research and Innovation Policies (RTD-A-1)

European Commission
Place of employment
Brussels, Belgium
Application deadline
18 Oct 2022


Unit A1 supports EU Member States and associated countries in strengthening their research and innovation systems and capacities and enhancing their performance. It seeks to improve both the quality and impact of national public R&I policy and investment, through reforms in support of the broader European objectives, and push the transformation towards social, environmental and economic sustainability for the benefit of all.

To this end, the unit coordinates the work on the European Semester. Through evidence-based policy dialogue and continuous outreach, the unit acts as an interface between EU, national and subnational R&I systems. In particular, the unit leads on the design of measures to advance Europe as a whole, monitors its implementation and strengthens the R&I dimension of the Cohesion Policy, setting the conditions and enabling better synergies between the two programmes.

The Expert will act as the country desk for an EU Member State and in that respect gather intelligence on policy developments in this Member State. He/she will monitor and analyse the R&I policies and performance of the country in question, including in the context of the yearly European Semester cycle. He/she will also contribute to the launching and implementation of activities of the Policy Support Facility and to strengthening the R&I dimension of the use of Cohesion Policy funding in the country in question and enhance synergies between the two programmes. He/she will also contribute to horizontal work in the Unit.

The Expert will need to engage in close contacts with other Commission services (in particular SG, DG ECFIN, DG REGIO, DG GROW), with national and/or regional authorities, research institutions, universities and enterprises. He/she will also need to participate in working groups and conferences and prepare speeches and briefings for the hierarchy.

For more information about the nature of the tasks and the main qualifications, please refer to the detailed vacancy notice below.

Reference: RTD-A-1