EEAS Call for Expression of Interest for the recruitment of one Temporary Agent under Article 2(b) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS)

20.06.2022 Expired


The European External Action Service (EEAS), which supports the work of the High Representative in defining and implementing an effective and coherent foreign policy of the European Union. 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 of Vice President of the Commission. The EEAS works in close cooperation with Member States, the Council and relevant services of the European Commission.

The Division RM.SECRE.3 is responsible for the protection and registration of EUCI within all EEAS entities and during the transfer to Member States, other EU institutions, International Organisations, agencies and missions by the provision of classified communication and information systems (CCIS), along with the infrastructure, organisation, personnel and information resources required to develop, maintain and operate them.



The position of Assistant (AST) in Secure Communications Division, more specifically ‘Communication Security Officer’ in cryptography management, to ensure the crypto management for the EEAS, including certificates, equipment, software, support and documentation.



A dynamic, proactive and highly motivated colleague with very good communication and organisational skills and with a developed sense of service. He/she will be entrusted with the following main tasks, under the direction of the Head of Sector 'Operations'

  • manage EU crypto and COMSEC material;
  • maintain accounting of EU crypto and COMSEC material and transfer to/from partners;
  • ensure the second line helpdesk and support of classified IT and cryptographic sytems;
  • ensure that appropriate procedures are enforced and channels established for accounting, secure handling, storage and distribution of EU classified, crypto and COMSEC material;
  • contribute to the establishment of security procedures, technical documentation and training material on classified IT and cryptographic systems;
  • promote the application of Information Assurance and cryptography.


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, in accordance with EEAS Decision ADMIN(2015) 20 on the engagement and use of temporary agents.

The successful candidate will be offered a contract as Temporary Agent under Article 2(b) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS) at the grade of AST4



Candidates must meet ALL of the following general and specific conditions on the closing date for online applications:

  • Be a national of one of the EU Member States and enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  • Meet any obligations imposed on him or her by the laws concerning military service;
  • Provide the appropriate character references as to his suitability for the performance of his duties;
  • Have the capacity to work in languages of the CFSP (English and French, in writing and orally). Both languages are required in the performance of the duties. The command of one language must be at minimum C1 level (Language 1 — thorough knowledge) and the command of the other one must be at minimum B2 level (Language 2 — satisfactory knowledge).
  • Secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, followed by at least 7 years’ professional experience directly related to the nature of the duties; OR Relevant professional training followed by at least 7 years’ professional experience directly related to the nature of the duties.



Candidates should have:

  • an established track record in crypto and COMSEC material management, distribution and support, OR a strong interest and motivation to specialize in this domain within a limited timeframe;
  • previous experience on managing of a crypto account OR a Crypto Custodian / Information Security course;
  • sound background and experience on classified IT systems, networking and cryptography;
  • excellent knowledge of cryptography principles;
  • knowledge on Windows and Linux based system administration including;
  • knowledge of IT network administration (switches, routers and firewalls);
  • good understanding on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) principles;
  • good understanding of IT virtualization solutions (VMware);
  • good understanding of Active Directory, Identity and Access management;
  • knowledge or past experience on the ITIL best practices will be an asset;
  • Strong drafting, communication and analytical skills combined with sound judgement;
  • ability to work autonomously and to deliver results in a timely manner;


  • experience of working in a team in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment,
  • experience working with or within other EU institutions,
  • working experience with an existing EU large-scale CCIS,
  • knowledge of and experience in the application of the administrative, budgetary and financial rules of the Institutions,
  • the ability to work in both English and French, and
  • the possession of a valid Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) at the level of SECRET UE;

would be considered as strong assets.



The selection procedure will take place in three different and successive steps:

1. Expression of Interest

Expressions of interest should be sent by e-mail to the following functional mailbox

For the purposes of the e-mail application, this post will appear under the subject of the email: "Application EoI-HQ (AST)-TA2b-AST4- RM.SECRE.3 - Assistant in Secure Communications -post nr 393732”

Such an expression of interest must be accompanied by:

Applications may be submitted during the period from 17/06/2022 to 06/07/2022 at 12:00 midday (Brussels time).

For correspondence concerning the selection procedure, please use the following email address (the e-mail must have in the subject the following title: "EoI-HQ (AST)-TA2b-AST4-Assistant in Secure Communications – post nr 393732”

2. Pre-selection

The selection panel will make a pre-selection on the basis of the qualifications and the professional experience described in the CV and motivation letter.

3. Selection

The candidates who have passed the pre-selection step will be invited for an interview so that the selection panel can evaluate these candidates objectively and without prejudice on the basis of their qualifications, professional experience and linguistic skills. Additional specific written or oral tests might be organised by the panel.



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.

If pre-selected, candidates with disabilities are invited to contact us 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 and recruited, the EEAS is committed to appropriate measures in order to accommodate his or her special needs to the working place or working conditions in accordance with Art 1d(4) of the Staff Regulations.



The selected candidate will be recruited as temporary agents under Article 2(b) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants (CEOS), in accordance with EEAS Decision ADMIN(2015) 20 on the engagement and use of temporary agents

The selected candidate will be required to undergo a medical fitness examination in accordance with Article 13 of the CEOS.

Candidates shall have a valid Personnel Security Clearance (PSC) allowing them to access information classified at the level “SECRET UE/EU SECRET” or will be required to undergo the corresponding security vetting in accordance with the EEAS security rules3. In case the successful candidate does not obtain his or her PSC, his or her engagement will be terminated.

In case of positive results on the medical fitness examination and after assessment of the PSC conditions, the candidate will be offered a contract as Temporary Agent, Grade AST-44 for a duration 4 years renewable only once for another 2 years.

All member of the temporary staff shall serve initially a nine-month probationary period in accordance with Article 14 CEOS.

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Brussels, Belgium

POST AVAILABLE: 01/06/2022

Mr Jean-Guy Hottiaux
Head of Division RM.SECRE.3
Phone: 2263

The closing date for submissions is 06/07/2022 at 12:00 hours (Brussels time).


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 (EC) 2018/1725. The privacy statement is available on EEAS webpage:

3. In accordance with the Decision of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of 19 September 2017 on the security rules for the European External Action Service, ADMIN(2017) 10, OJ C 126, 10.4.2018, p. 1,

4. The basic salaries offered by the EU institutions are set out in Article 66 of the Staff Regulations. The current level, can be accessed via the link: