Contract Agent FGIV – Job title: Open Source Analyst – EU INTCEN
The European External Action Service (EEAS) supports the work of the High Representative in defining and implementing an effective and coherent EU foreign policy. The EEAS supports his tasks of conducting the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy and chairing the Foreign Affairs Council. It also supports the High Representative in his capacity as Vice President of the Commission with regard to his responsibilities within the Commission in the external relations field including the coordination of other aspects of the EU's external action. The EEAS works in close cooperation with Member States, the Council and relevant services of the European Commission.
The Open Sources Research Division supports the Intelligence Analysis Division of EU Intelligence and Situation Centre (INTCEN) by providing open source intelligence from monitoring, collecting and assessing open source information, political and diplomatic reporting, using advanced research and analytical tools and services. Doing so, INTCEN.2 complements and broadens the material and analytical basis for the Intelligence output of INTCEN.
The position of Open Source Analyst - contract agent FGIV as per article 3b of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS).
The Open Source Analysist will research, monitor and collect open source information including from social media, as well as political and diplomatic reporting. He/she will analyse open sources and draft reports in order to provide input to intelligence based reports on global and hybrid issues and/or the political, economic, military and/or humanitarian situation in selected countries/regions. He/she will produce open source information research in support of customers within the Single Intelligence Analysis Capacity (SIAC) of the EEAS.
The Contract Agent will be part of an INTCEN.2 team and will work in close association with the Intelligence Analysts of INTCEN's Intelligence Analysis Division.
We look for
A dynamic, proactive and highly motivated colleague with very good research, analytical, IT, and organisational skills and with a developed sense of service.
He/she will be entrusted with the following main tasks:
- Research and collect open source information using automatized open-source research
- Analyse open sources on global issues in particular energy security, space, counter proliferation , hybrid threats and/or geographical in order to provide input to INTCEN reports
- Prepare analysis reports on global and security threats and geographical issues in support of intelligence work of SIAC
- Monitor and provide updates on specific global and geographical issues.
The vacancy is to be filled in accordance with the conditions stipulated under the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS). 1
The successful candidate will be offered a contract agent position (Function group IV); renewable contract for a maximum duration of 6 years (with a valid CAST exam).
Candidates for this contract agent IV post should:
- (i) have passed a valid EPSO CAST in FG IV;
- (ii) be registered in the EPSO Permanent CAST in FG IV (https://epso.europa.eu/en/job-opportunities/open-for-application)
- have completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma;
- have the capacity to work in languages of CFSP and external relations necessary for the performance of their duties. Knowledge of other EU languages as well as Chinese or Russian would be an asset;
- be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and enjoy full rights as a citizen.
- hold a valid personal security clearance to access EU classified information up to level EU Secret.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate good knowledge and experience in the following areas:
- Political analysis, geopolitical awareness and international affairs, including global issues, politics, economics, security strategic/military concerns;
- CFSP and CSDP-related issues;
- Open Sources research and analysis
- tools related to Open Source Intelligence including knowledge of internet, social media and IT tools for carrying out research;
- have strong capacity to analyse and structure information and excellent drafting skills combined with sound judgement;
- have an excellent knowledge of internet, social media and IT tools and be able to carry out research using those tools
- have a strong sense of organisation and experience in collecting and analysing information
- have strong service attitude;
- be fluent in English and in French (both orally and in writing);
- have knowledge and/or experience of global security threats and issues;
- have the ability to work both independently and in a team, under pressure and tight deadlines and respond to changes in a potentially rapidly evolving environment
- experience of working in a team in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment;
- experience of working in Open Source Intelligence (including social media)
- experience in using tools related to Open Source Intelligence
- Knowledge and experience in global/horizontal issues like energy, food security, space, non proliferation, maritime security, security and hybrid threats
- Active and/or passive knowledge of Chinese and/or Russian languages
would be considered as strong assets.
Specific conditions of employment
The signature of the contract will be subject to prior favourable opinion of the Medical Service.
A valid personal security clearance up to level SECRET, in accordance with the relevant security provisions, is mandatory at the moment of application in order to enter the selection process.
The EEAS is committed to an equal opportunities policy for all its employees and applicants for employment. As an employer, the EEAS is committed to promoting gender equality and to preventing discrimination on any grounds. It actively welcomes applications from all qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and from the broadest possible geographical basis amongst the EU Member States. We aim at a service which is truly representative of society, where each staff member feels respected, is able to give their best and can develop their full potential.
Candidates with disabilities are invited to contact CONTRACTAGENTS-HQ@eeas.europa.eu in order to accommodate any special needs and provide assistance to ensure the possibility to pass the selection procedure in equality of opportunities with other candidates. If a candidate with a disability is selected for a vacant post, the EEAS is committed to providing reasonable accommodation in accordance with Art 1d.4 of the Staff Regulations.
Application and selection procedure2
Please send your CV and cover letter (with your EPSO CAST number) via email to
Deadline for sending application: 24/02/2023 at 12.00 (CET).
Candidates shall draft their CV following the European CV form which can be found at the following internet address:http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae.
Late applications will not be accepted.
The selection panel will make a pre-selection on the basis of the qualifications and professional experience described in the CV and motivational letter, and will produce a shortlist of eligible candidates who best meet the selection criteria for the post. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be informed about the outcome of the pre-selection phase.
The candidates who have been preselected will be invited for an interview by a selection panel. The panel will recommend a shortlist of candidates for a final decision by the Authority Empowered to Conclude Contracts of Employment. The Authority may decide to interview the candidates on the final shortlist before taking this decision.
It is recalled, that if the interest of the service so requires, the selection procedures can be terminated at any stage in the interest of the service.
Place of employment: EEAS Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium
Post available: immediately
1 Staff Regulations of Officials (SR) and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union (CEOS). For reference, see
2 Your personal data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, as implemented by ADMIN(2019)8 Decision of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The privacy statement is available on the Europa website: (https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eeas/eeas-privacy-statement-data-protection-notice-purpose-processing-personal-data-related-public_en) and on the EEAS Intranet:(https://intranet.eeas.europa.eu/page/eeas-work/data-protection/privacy-statements-dp-notices)