Vacancy notice - Ref.: EF/TA/09/07

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Notice of Open Competition:


The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), based in Dublin, Ireland is an autonomous body established by a regulation of the Council of Ministers of the European Communities. Eurofound is organising an open competition to fill a vacancy and to form a reserve list for the recruitment of a:

(Temporary Agent, Category AD7)

Eurofound is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates are asked to give careful attention to this notice of competition and to apply only through Eurofound’s online recruitment system.


The Industrial Relations & Workplace Developments unit looks at drivers of change - globalisation, technological change and demographic ageing – and examines the impact of those drivers on the world of work.  The unit intends to strengthen its capacity to look at the associated issues of work organisation, work-life balance, productivity, innovation capacity, motivation and development of human capital from a company perspective. Eurofound wishes to recruit a candidate with expertise and a record of achievement in international human resource management who could apply her/his practical experience to the design and implementation of research projects in the above described areas. The successful candidate will play a key role in the development of this new orientation focusing on the company level.

The role requires:

  • The ability to contribute, as part of a team, to the preparation and implementation of the Foundation’s work programmes and, in particular:
    • to advise on and ensure a strong presence of HR development issues in the unit’s research programme and output
    • to design, coordinate and manage comparative studies focusing on the company level
    • to manage and assess European-wide comparative studies (including surveys) undertaken by research institutes and individual experts in the Member States;
    • to strengthen ties with companies and improve access to company level information for the benefit of Eurofound research projects
    • to initiate debate, make presentations, organise and run major seminars, workshops and other meetings;
    • to liaise and communicate with senior officials of the Union and Member States, representatives of the social partners and others in the European Union with a view to disseminating Eurofound’s research findings;
    • other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned.
  • A good understanding of policy-related issues concerning working conditions, industrial relations and workplace development in the overall context of the European Union.


The competition is open to candidates who, by the closing date for applications, fulfil the following conditions:


  • You must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union;
  • You must be entitled to your full rights as a citizen;
  • You must have fulfilled any obligations imposed on you by the laws concerning military service;
  • You must be able to produce character references as to suitability for performance of the duties specified;
  • You must have a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Union. As English is the main working language of Eurofound, proficiency in English is required to a level necessary for the performance of your duties. The post of Research Manager requires a high level of English (1);
  • University education of at least 4 years leading to award of a degree in the areas of: Human Resources Management or Business Administration;
  • At least six years professional experience following award of university degree.



  • At least six years relevant professional experience, preferably in a major company at international level, including three years at higher management level in Human Resources Management;
  • Has been involved in research or the preparation of papers or reports into areas of relevance to Eurofound and has a good understanding of research methodologies;
  • Knowledge of European institutions and bodies and  familiarity with the debate on issues surrounding workplace innovation, work organisation and competence development at EU level;
  • Proven ability to manage research related projects from conception through to implementation, ideally in an international context;
  • Very good writing and oral communication skills, particularly in English;
  • The ability to work well in a team;
  • Good presentation, facilitation, influencing and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literate, with a high level of competence in Microsoft Office applications 


  • Understanding of the sensitivities of operating in a tripartite setting as represented by the Governing Board of Eurofound;
  • Capacity to handle administrative work, with ability to work comfortably with legal and administrative rules and procedures;
  • Experience of working with Project Management applications;
  • Ability to cope concurrently with a large number of tasks and to work effectively to deadlines under pressure;
  • Experience of working in a multicultural environment.

As the successful candidate, in addition to meeting the above requirements, you will be expected to take the initiative for developing the knowledge and expertise necessary to perform effectively and will keep up-to-date with latest developments in terms of policies, actors and organizations. You will adopt a strategic and creative approach to work and problem-solving and will have the ability to identify and prioritise gaps in research, in the context of Eurofound’s stakeholder needs. You will be a team player who is comfortable with managing work in a planned and structured way and will be experienced in motivating others, giving leadership and taking decisions where necessary. You will be able to communicate ideas, thoughts and concepts to colleagues, the Foundation stakeholders and audience clearly and with ease, both verbally and in writing.

You must be able to prove that you meet the conditions for admission by means of appropriate documents (copies of diplomas, certificates from university authorities and employers, etc.).


The competition will be based on an examination of application forms followed by testing and interviewing of short-listed candidates.

A.    Examination of applications

       1.  A list of candidates who have submitted their applications (using the official application form and by the closing date specified - see Section V) and who fulfil the eligibility criteria set out in Section II A, will be drawn up. The list and the application forms will be forwarded to the Selection Committee. To assist in the administration of applications, candidates are requested to submit a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae in English, together with their application.

       2.  The Selection Committee will examine the applications and draw up a list of candidates who fulfil the selection criteria set out in Section II B.

It will base its decision exclusively on the information given on the application form. Candidates who do not fulfil the requisite conditions for admission under Section II or who have not properly completed their application will be eliminated at this stage.

The most suitable candidates will be invited to tests and interview(s) with the Selection Committee. Candidates will be required to take written tests in English (or in their second language if their mother tongue is English) and in EU knowledge as well as a competencies test.  Failure to achieve the qualifying mark in any of the tests will result in exclusion from the competition.

       3.  Information to candidates:

At the end of each stage, candidates will be informed of the decisions taken in their case.

B.   Reserve List

A reserve list of suitable candidates will be drawn up by Eurofound.

The list can be used as a reserve for recruitment should additional vacancies arise. It will be valid for up to two years from the closing date for this competition and may be extended.  Successful candidates will be duly informed of any extension.


Contract, category and grade:

The successful candidate will be recruited to Function Group AD, Grade 7, as Temporary Agent with a contract of indefinite duration.

Place of employment:

Dublin, Ireland. Residence within reasonable distance of Eurofound’s offices will be required.


The initial net monthly salary will be according to Function Group AD, Grade 7, step 1 (from €7,746 per month, net (2)), to Function Group AD, Grade 7, step 2 of the salary table under Article 66 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities, depending on the candidate’s training and professional experience. It will, where appropriate, be increased by the allowances set out in the relevant Staff Regulations.

Remuneration is subject to Community tax and other deductions laid down in the Staff Regulations. It is, however, exempt from any national taxation.

The salary is subject to the Irish weighting factor which is currently 121.9%.


Submission of applications
A completed application form, detailed curriculum vitae (European format: see and a letter of motivation should be submitted through the Eurofound online recruitment system. Following submission of your application, the system will automatically generate an email acknowledgement, with your candidate number.
In order to be considered, applications must be received before midnight (GMT) on 07/06/2009.
Correspondence: please quote your candidate number on all correspondence.


  • Candidates must use the official application form associated with this Vacancy Notice on the Foundation’s website at
  • The application form must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae (Europass version) and a letter of motivation. Incomplete applications will not be admitted to the competition.
  • The application form should be completed in English.
  • Applications must be submitted using the Eurofound online recruitment system.
  • In preparing their applications, candidates may in no event refer to documents, applications or other forms submitted in connection with previous applications.
  • Please ensure that the email address provided on your application is correct (and that your mailbox is not full), as most correspondence will be by email. 
  • Candidates who are invited for interview will be required to produce copies of their diplomas, academic qualifications and employment certificates, with proof of nationality and a recent passport type photo.
  • Candidates are asked to report any change of address in writing without delay, mentioning the candidate number.
  • Candidates are reminded that the Selection Committee’s work and deliberations are confidential. It is forbidden for candidates to make direct or indirect contact with the Selection Committee or for anybody to do so on their behalf. All enquiries or requests for information or documentation in relation to the competition should be addressed to the Secretary to the Selection Committee (email:


Any personal data provided by the candidate shall be processed pursuant to European Regulation related to personal data protection, in particular Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movements of such data. It shall be processed solely for the purposes of the performance, management and follow-up of information requested by the candidate. The candidate shall have the right of access to his personal data and the right to rectify any such data that is inaccurate or incomplete. Should the candidate have any queries concerning the processing of his/her personal data, he shall address them to the Data Protection Officer, Eurofound, Wyattville Road, Dublin 18, Ireland.



(1) Please note that - before first promotion to a higher grade - staff are required to have a satisfactory level of a third official language of the EU

(2) Based on a candidate who has 2 school going children, and who is entitled to expatriation allowance.


Application deadline: 
Monday, July 6, 2009 - 13:00