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Legal Adviser

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General information


INEA is one of the European Commission's Executive Agencies, managing parts of two EU funding programmes - with projects in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications that benefit economic growth and EU citizens. The Agency contributes expertise, high-level programme management, and promotion of synergies:

• The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF): supports high-performing, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European Networks with €28.3 billion of CEF funding for 2014-2020.

• Horizon 2020: provides €80 billion for 2014-2020 towards Research and Innovation, supporting world-class science and technology. INEA manages €5.3 billion in the areas of transport and energy.

In the 2014-2020 perspective INEA is expected to manage 9000 + projects and implementation of both programmes is expected to continue beyond 2020.

Working environment

INEA is based in Brussels and offers a friendly working environment, as well as social activities. It has a multinational team of around 300 people including specialists in project management, finance, engineering, legal affairs, and communication. The number of INEA staff is expected to grow further over the coming years, and the purpose of this publication is therefore to set up a reserve list which will be used to cover the growing needs of the Agency.

More information on INEA

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Position description


Legal - Legal Advisor

Position title

Legal Adviser


Contract agent



Mission description

The jobholder will advise on legal, regulatory and institutional aspects related to all steps of the life cycle of the programmes delegated to the Agency and in particular, the preparation of call for proposals, the evaluation of proposals and the management of grant agreements. S/he will also provide legal counsel and advice on issues related to the management of the Agency and its staff. Under the supervision of the Head of the legal team and the Head of Unit , s/he will coordinate his/her work with the other legal advisers. S/he shall also work closely and collaborate with colleagues of the Agency, the parent DGs and other services of the European Commission and / or executive agencies.

Salary range

35-50 k€


More specifically, s/he will be responsible and/or contribute to the following tasks:

1. Legal analysis, advice and assistance related to programmes' implementation
- Answer requests for legal advice from management and operational units on issues relating to the whole programmes' and the ensuing grant agreements' life cycles
- Counsel, provide legal advice and assist operational units on issues, including litigations, relating to the admissibility, eligibility and evaluation of proposals
- Ensure consistency of draft grant agreements and amendments with the relevant legal framework, and provide legal advice and assistance on any issues related to grants' implementation
- Prepare / present training courses to Agency staff or stakeholders on subjects related to programmes' implementation
- Participate in inter-service working groups with Commission's services / executive agencies on subjects related to programmes' implementation.

2. Legal analysis, advice and assistance related to horizontal issues
- Deal with or assist with the analysis and legal advice in cases brought before the European Court of Justice, and in preparing replies to European Ombudsman / OLAF enquiries
- Deal with or assist with the analysis and legal advice in connection with the Data Protection Regulation and request for access to documents
- Follow up and / or support Agency's services with cases relevant for EDES, in particular in situation of insolvency / bankruptcy.

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Selection procedure

A - Written test (30 min)
A case study in English designed to test:

- your knowledge in the field of the profile,
- your ability to understand, analyse and summarise,
- your drafting ability.
This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20).

B – Oral test (30 min)
Interview with a selection board in English to assess:

- Your suitability to carry out the duties of a Legal Adviser
- Your specialist knowledge in the Legal domain
- Your communication, inter-personal and problem-solving skills
- Your general knowledge about the INEA and related policies
- Your motivation and ability to adjust to working as a contract agent in a multicultural environment

This test will be marked out of 100 (pass mark: 50).
Both the oral and written tests will be combined on a total of 140. Minimum mark: 84 out of 140.

Applicants receiving the minimum score and above (84 out 140), all tests combined, will be included in a reserve list of suitable candidates. Please note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

Application procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit:
• a detailed curriculum vitae in pdf EU CV format ;
• a letter of motivation (2 pages maximum), including his/her views on the proposed position and the field(s) selected, and an explanation of how each of the eligibility and selection criteria are met.

Your EPSO candidate ID number and the reference of CAST must be mentioned in your CV and motivation letter.
Please note that the motivation letter forms an essential basis for the pre-selection decision.
Applications must be submitted through the eRecruitment system on our website at

Closing date: Applications must be sent no later than 31 January 2020 midnight.
Supporting documents showing evidence of the provided information may be requested at a later stage. No document will be sent back to candidates.
Candidates are invited to apply in English to facilitate the selection process.
In no circumstances should candidates approach the selection committee themselves, either directly or indirectly concerning this recruitment. The authority authorised to conclude contracts reserves itself the right to disqualify any candidate who disregards these instructions.

Appointment and conditions of employment

The jobholder will be assigned on the basis of a shortlist proposed by the selection committee.
The jobholder will be recruited as contract staff, in function group IV, pursuant to Article 3a of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS).
The basic monthly salary within this function group will depend on the number of years of relevant professional experience at appropriate level (in function group IV, either grade 13, grade 14 or grade 16).
The jobholder will serve a probation period of nine months.
The initial contract will be for a duration of 1 year. Afterwards, the contract may be renewed for 1 additional year. If the contract is renewed again, it shall be concluded for an indefinite period.
The place of employment will be Brussels where the Agency has its activities.
For reasons related to the Agency's operational requirements, the candidate will be required to be available at short notice.
For further information on the legal framework of contract agents see the web site of the Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security (DG HR) on the internet at

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Candidate criteria

Eligibility criteria

- Be owner of a CAST in the grade for which you are applying* Or be registered in the EPSO/CAST/P/15/2017**;
- A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma Or, When in a member state of the European Union access to a profession of an equivalent level to function group IV is by State examination, professional training or any other equivalent procedure, the authority authorized to conclude contract of employment may agree to recognize this qualification as being equivalent to a university degree;
- Thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Communities and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language to the extent necessary to perform his/her duties.
*Candidates must be included in the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) database for contract agents in function group IV and have successfully passed the EPSO selection tests for that function group. Please note that candidates who are on a valid EPSO list published in 2010 (CAST2010) are eligible on the condition they have successfully passed the complementary tests (DB3), as an Annex to the selection procedure CAST2010. The candidates concerned are invited to consult the letter they received from EPSO for further information.

Other eligibility criteria

** In the context of the call for expression of interest (1) EPSO/CAST/P/15/2017 procedure(2) , your application will be considered only if you are available to be flagged for the EPSO testing request during the screening phase of this selection process(3). The pre-selected candidates will be requested by the Agency to undergo the EPSO tests. Only candidates that have successfully passed the EPSO CAST selection will then be invited for an interview.
(2) https://epso.europa.eu/help/faq/contract-agents/cast-permanent_enhttps://epso.europa.eu/contact/faq/contract-agents/cast-permanent_en
(3) Candidates who are blocked and therefore cannot be flagged in order to be invited by EPSO to undergo the EPSO/CAST/P/15/2017 competition, because they have failed in the previous testing windows, will be considered as not eligible regardless of the relevance or not of their CV.

In addition, in order to be eligible, a candidate must:
- be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union;
- be entitled to his/her full rights as citizen;
- meet the appropriate character reference as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
- have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service, and;
- be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

Selection criteria

Please note that only candidates that comply with the Eligibility criteria will be considered for further steps of this Selection procedure.

Selection criteria 1/2
- A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies in law
- Professional experience of at least five years acquired in positions related to the profile of the post.
- Good knowledge of the legal and institutional framework of the European Union, including EU policies and the EU Financial Regulation.
- Excellent command of English in the technical fields concerned.

- Good knowledge of the regulatory framework of H2020, CEF, and the NER300/Innovation Fund or similar funds.
- Specialisation and/or equivalent professional experience on European Union procurement rules.
- Experience of working in an international environment.
- Good command of at least one of the two other Commission working languages (French and/or German).


English (Proficient C1)

Updates on the application process

Selection criteria 2/2

Personal qualities essential for the position (evaluated during the written or oral tests):
- Capacity to communicate clearly and simply on legal matters to the general public
- High degree of organisational skills and ability to work under pressure.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Proven ability to work as a team member.

After having been preselected by the Selection Committee, the Agency will invite for an interview the best candidates, that are owner of a CAST in the relevant function group or that have successfully passed the EPSO CAST selection EPSO/CAST/P/15/2017, with a maximum of 20 candidates invited to the interview.

Equal opportunities, appeal procedure & data protection

The European Union institutions apply a policy of equal opportunities and accept applications without discrimination on the grounds of 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 or sexual orientation.

A candidate who estimates that a mistake was made in the assessment of his/her profile may ask to have it re-assessed by sending, within 15 calendar days of the date on the email notifying the rejection of his/her application, a request for review, quoting the number of the vacancy notice concerned to the Chairman of the Selection Committee to the following address: INEA-HR-INFO@ec.europa.eu
The Selection Committee will re-examine the application and notify the candidate of its decision within 15 working days upon receipt of the request.

The purpose of processing of the data submitted by candidates is to manage the applications in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment at the INEA. The personal information requested from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.