Project Officer for Maritime Digital Services

The selection of candidates will follow the EMSA Staff Recruitment Procedure. Candidates must apply for this post via the EMSA website (click the Apply button). Please note that to make an EMSA on-line application you will need to create your EMSA profile using a valid e-mail address and a password.

1. Background

The European Maritime Safety Agency was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety, maritime security as well as prevention of and response to pollution by ships within the EU.

The idea of a European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) originated in the late 1990's along with a number of other important European maritime safety initiatives. EMSA was set up as the decentralised agency that would provide a major source of support to the European Commission and the Member States in the field of maritime safety, security and prevention of pollution from ships. The Agency was established by Regulation (EC) No 1406/2002 and subsequent amendments have refined and enlarged its mandate to cover among other measures, the efficiency of maritime transport.

2. Tasks of the Agency

The Agency provides technical, operational and scientific assistance to the European Commission and Member States in the fields of maritime safety, maritime security, prevention of, and response to, pollution caused by ships as well as response to marine pollution caused by oil and gas installations.

The Agency also contributes to the overall efficiency of maritime traffic and maritime transport and supports European cooperation on coastguard functions.

EMSA's activities can be broadly described as:

  • providing technical and scientific assistance to the Member States and the European Commission in the proper development and implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety, security, prevention of pollution by ships and maritime transport administrative simplification;
  • monitoring the implementation of EU legislation through visits and inspections;
  • improving cooperation with and between Member States;
  • building capacity of national competent authorities;
  • providing operational assistance, including developing, managing and maintaining maritime services related to ships, ship monitoring and enforcement;
  • carrying out operational preparedness, detection and response tasks with respect to pollution caused by ships and marine pollution by oil and gas installations;
  • at the request of the European Commission, providing technical operational assistance to non-EU countries around relevant sea basins.

3. Unit 3.1: Maritime Digital Services

The Unit ensures the development, operation and continual improvement of all Maritime Digital Services of the Agency. Supporting the achievement of EMSA’s business objectives, the Unit works in close cooperation with all business units, transforming their needs in technical systems and services, performing full operational ICT cycle, including continual improvement and developments.

The Unit acts as a platform for maritime services shared with Member States to supplement and enhance national capacity for vessel traffic monitoring, Port State Control, and maritime pollution preparedness and response. The Unit’s activities include also integrating and combining different types of data, building a maritime picture and producing customised services tailored to user requirements, avoiding thus duplication of effort, overlapping infrastructures and unnecessary expenditures.

Furthermore, the Unit coordinates the development and implementation of a cloud-based ICT strategy aiming to ensure that best solution and latest ICT applications are available to support the needs of the users. Combined with the use of Big Data analytic tools and the Artificial Intelligence algorithms, cloud-based solutions aim to increase EMSA capability to provide new added value services for various operational contexts, like: fisheries control, border control, security, safety of marine traffic, coastal protection, and environmental protection. The Unit is also contributing to the cybersecurity activities, to ensure the highest level of EMSA ICT security and for sharing experience and knowledge with the Member States and the industry.

4. Functions and Duties

Under the responsibility of the Head of Unit 3.1, 'Maritime Digital Services', the successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • The overall management of the information system in support of EU maritime legislation, amongst others but not limited to, the operation of ships (Directive 2009/16/EC, as amended, on port state control and Directive (EU) 2017/2110 on the operation of regular ro-ro ferry and high-speed craft passenger services), including analysis of statistical data and compiling of reports;
  • The provision of activity and budget planning and reports for the hierarchy;
  • The participation and possible leadership of existing and new technical working groups under the framework of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on port state control;
  • Acting as a liaison between the implementing team and the business Units dealing with the various legal instruments supported by the wider THETIS system.

5. Eligibility and Selection Criteria


A.1 Education and experience

  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies, attested by a diploma, when the normal period of university education is four years or more AND at least six years proven professional experience acquired after the award of university diploma, or;
  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is at least three years AND at least seven years of proven professional experience acquired after the award of university diploma.

Only qualifications that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to the equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the EU Member States will be taken into consideration.

A.2 Language skills

  • The main working language in the field of maritime safety is English. Candidates must therefore have a very good command of oral English as well as in writing with a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of the above-mentioned duties.


B.1. Essential

  • At least seven years of proven relevant professional experience working on maritime related issues, either in a national maritime administration, an European institution, an International Organisation, etc.;
  • Proven professional experience in the implementation and enforcement of European and International legislation falling within the mandate of the Agency;
  • Experience in handling Digital Projects in the field of activity of the Agency;
  • Proven professional experience in Ship Inspection, for example, surveys required for issuance of statutory certificates required by the International maritime Conventions, Port State Control inspections or control and enforcement inspections performed in accordance with EU maritime legislation.

B.2. Advantageous

  • Proven professional experience with project management (e.g. PMBOK, SIX SIGMA, PRINCE2);
  • Proven professional experience in the development or deployment of an information system in support of inspections in the fields related to the mandate of the Agency;
  • Proven professional experience with IT standards and procedures (ITIL).

Applicants must meet the required eligibility criteria concerning the required educational qualifications and years of experience, as well as the essential criteria by the deadline for this call for applications.

The advantageous criteria will be considered by the Selection Board depending on the number of applicants meeting the essential criteria.

In addition to the requirements above, candidates invited to the interview and test phase may also be assessed against the following supplementary requirements:

Supplementary requirements (soft skills):

  • Ability to work under pressure and to respond quickly to new demands;
  • Ability to translate high level business ideas into concrete project plans;
  • Ability to present to user groups and director boards at the appropriate level.

6. General Conditions

In order to be eligible the candidate must:

  • Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union or of Iceland or Norway;
  • Be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • Have fulfilled the obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved; and
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

It should be noted that due to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on the 31/01/2020, candidates from the United Kingdom who do not hold the nationality of another European Union Member State, are not eligible for calls for applications at EMSA due to the fact that they do not fulfil the requirements of Article 12.2 of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants, namely that they do not hold the nationality of a EU Member State.

7. Conditions of Employment

The Project Officer for Maritime Digital Services will be appointed by the Executive Director, upon recommendation of the Chairperson of the Selection Committee.

This vacancy notice concerns a Temporary Agent position, pursuant to Article 2 f) of the Conditions of Employment of other servants of the European Communities.

The initial duration of the contract is three years, with possibility of renewal.

The successful candidate will be recruited in the grade AD7.

The basic monthly salary, before any deductions or allowances, weighted for Lisbon, at 1 July 2019 for grade AD7 first step is 5,538.46EUR.

In addition to the basic salary, staff members may be entitled to various allowances, such as an expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), household allowance, dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt of national taxation.

Please note that recruitment is done in the first or second step of the indicated grade, depending on the duration of the acquired professional experience. EMSA offers a comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance. Further information regarding rights and conditions of employment can be found in the following document.

Please note that in line with the Staff Regulations recruited candidates shall be required to demonstrate before their first promotion the ability to work in a third European Community language.

The place of employment is Lisbon, Portugal.

Candidates are advised that if they are offered a post, and accept, they must undergo a compulsory medical examination to establish that they meet the standard of physical fitness necessary to perform the duties involved.

EMSA is an Agency focused on gender balance and a harmonic workplace and strongly encourages the applications of women for the positions where they are underrepresented.

8. Submission of Applications

Candidates should ensure that they clearly indicate how they meet the selection criteria in their application and motivation letter.

Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EMSA website within the deadline. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) or submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

All candidates will receive an acknowledgement of receipt for their application.

EMSA is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from all candidates who fulfil the eligibility and selection criteria without any distinction whatsoever on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, marital status or other family situation or sexual orientation.

You may apply in any of the official languages of the European Union, but it would be helpful to apply in English in order to facilitate the selection process.

9. The Selection Process

For each selection process a Selection Committee is nominated. The selection is carried out in two phases:

1. In the first phase all eligible applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee and scored against the selection criteria. Please note that non-compliance with at least one of the essential selection criteria will result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous criteria constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled. The advantageous criteria will be considered by the Selection Committee depending on the number of applicants meeting the essential selection criteria.

On this basis, the Selection Committee will invite to the interview and to the test phase the best qualified candidates (maximum of 15), on condition that they have achieved at least 60% of the highest possible score during the evaluation of applications. Should the case arise that there are various candidates scoring the same number of points in the 15th ranking, the number of candidates to be invited will be increased accordingly to accommodate this. 

2. In the second phase, the selected candidates will be invited to pass one or several written tests related to the job profile and to take part in a selection interview.

During this recruitment phase, the selected candidates will be evaluated by the Selection Committee. After the interviews and tests, the Selection Committee will draw up a list of the most suitable candidates to be proposed to the Appointing Authority. Only candidates receiving at least 70% of the maximum points at interview and at the test phase will be included in the list of the most suitable candidates. The Appointing Authority will select the successful candidate and decide whether to also adopt a reserve list. The successful candidates will be informed accordingly.

Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the members of the selection committee, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.

All candidates will receive an information letter of the outcome of their application.

Please be informed that due to the current COVID-19 situation, there is a possibility that the interviews and/or the written tests could be organised remotely. Further information on the organisation of the test and interview will be provided upon invitation.

Please note that a binding commitment can only be made after verification of all conditions and will take the form of a contract signed by the Executive Director.

The reserve list will remain valid for a period of 1 year following its establishment, with the possibility of renewal. Therefore candidates whose name will be put on a reserve list could be offered a contract during this period of time. Please note however that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

Please note that the selection process may take several months to be completed and that no information will be released during this period. Once a selection process has been completed, its status will be displayed in the e-recruitment.

Please note that once you have created your EMSA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EMSA profile via the ''Apply'' button.

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