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The Knowledge-Sharing Platform

Seconded National Expert - RTD G1 - Country Desk Officer

Institution: European Commission
Place of employment: Brussels, Belgium
The application deadline is: 18 Sep. 2019


Unit G1 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 co-design and implementation of a revitalised European Research Area (ERA), exploiting synergies with the European Semester and realising the Advancing Europe agenda. 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 (under the Widening part of the Framework programme), 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, to the design and implementation of Widening measures 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, e.g. related to the further development of the European Research Area or new measures under the Advancing Europe agenda.

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.

ONLY those applications, which are submitted by the Permanent Representation, will be considered. Interested parties are requested to submit their application documents (Europass CV, letter of motivation and employer's consent) by 18 September 2019 by e-mail to The specified application deadline must be strictly adhered to.
Only the "Europass CV" form ( should be used to prepare the curriculum vitae. Candidates must indicate in each document the exact name of the position they are applying for.

For more information on applicants profile, requirements and selection procedure, please consult the attached documents.

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