Project Adviser - LIFE Clean Energy Transition

Vacancy details

General information


The European Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Executive Agency (CINEA) has been established by the European Commission to support stakeholders in delivering the European Green Deal through high-quality programme management that helps to implement projects contributing to decarbonisation and sustainable growth. CINEA implements parts of EU funding programmes for transport, energy and climate action with strong focus on contributing to the European Commission's Green Deal priority.

The main programmes managed are:
•The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF);
• Horizon Europe: the EU's Research and Innovation programme for which CINEA manages the areas of transport and energy;
•The Innovation Fund;
•LIFE Programme;
•European Maritime, Aquaculture and Fisheries Fund;
•The EU Renewable Energy Mechanism;
•The Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism.

The budget managed by CINEA in 2021-2027 period is ca. € 58 billion

CINEA is based in Brussels with a multinational team of around 500 persons. The number of staff will grow further over the coming years, due to the Agency's new portfolio. 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.
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Position description


Project Management - Project Manager

Position title

Project Adviser - LIFE Clean Energy Transition


Contract agent



Mission description

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Sector/Head of Unit, the job holder will be responsible for the implementation of actions financed by the LIFE Clean Energy Transition Subprogram (LIFE –CET) and the legacy of the energy efficiency part of the Horizon 2020 energy challenge, including the management of all the stages in the lifetime of projects in collaboration with other services in the CINEA and in liaison with the partner Directorates-General.
Candidates need to specify in their application, which of the following profile(s) they are applying for:

1. Building Renovation, Building Smartness and Services, Heating and cooling
2. Industry/Businesses and Products
3. Public authorities and Consumers
4. Mobilising Sustainable Energy Investment and Energy Efficiency Finance.

Candidates must indicate in their application which one of these four areas they are most experienced in. In case they wish to apply for more than one profile, they must indicate a preference order in their motivation letter and they must indicate specific arguments for each profile.
The project adviser will be responsible for a portfolio of projects. The project adviser will work autonomously under the authority of a Head of Sector and overall supervision of the Head of Unit. The project manager will also collaborate fully with a wider team of colleagues in the Agency and the European Commission.
The project adviser will perform tasks related to all stages of the project management cycle, from the evaluation of proposals, the preparation of grant agreements, the monitoring of projects, the assessment of technical and financial reports and reporting the feedback to policy-makers in the European Commission's Directorate-Generals.

Salary range

35-50 k€


Main tasks:
• Launch, promote, monitor and manage calls for proposals, calls for tenders, ad hoc grants, etc. related to the programme.
• Prepare the evaluation phase of the call, participate in the design of evaluation process and manage evaluation panels and analyse/present evaluation results.
• Conduct the grant agreement preparation with project coordinators and ensure the technical and financial consistency of the projects to be funded.
• Prepare, launch, manage public procurements with the CINEA Procurement team for service contracts and/or evaluation of the programme
• Monitor the implementation of projects and service contracts, in particular the performance of project coordinators and beneficiaries and the fulfilment of contractual obligations by means of periodic reviews and assessment of project reports.
• Assess project reports and control the eligibility of the expenditures, their regularity and their adequacy with the contractual provisions.
• Act as the principal interlocutor of the beneficiaries or contractors during the implementation of the grant agreement or contract, in close liaison with financial officers.
• Participate in project meetings and possible monitoring visits.

Other Tasks:
• Act as focal point for one or more specific thematic areas
• Contribute to the policy development by the parent DG by providing timely feedback and reporting on project implementation and results.
• Provide advice, support, and feedback within CINEA and to the partner Directorate-General and develop links between the programme's action and other programmes / networks to facilitate synergies if applicable.
• Ensure the dissemination and promotion of project results and present the programme and projects at workshops, seminars, conferences and other public events; regularly update the projects' database; contribute to the preparation of communication materials.
• Participate in the organization of conferences, workshops, experts meetings and similar events; facilitate the exchange of experiences and good practices; feed and manage IT tools related to various actions, including portals and websites if applicable.

INTERNAL MANAGEMENT and COORDINATION - within the unit /department /Agency
• Represent the unit in contacts with other units and departments of the Agency.
• Coordinate specific horizontal activities within the unit, departments, and Agency.
• Contribute to administrative development of the management process within the unit.
• Coordinate activities of the unit with other services to respond to inter-service consultations.
• Reply to requests for information from the hierarchy and other services within the Commission, and prepare briefings.

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Selection procedure

Oral test (30 min)

Interview with the Selection Committee in English to assess:
• your specialist knowledge in the technical field
• your suitability to carry out the duties of a Project Adviser
• your knowledge and experience in the field of Project management,
• your communication, inter-personal and problem-solving skills
• your motivation and ability to adjust to working as a Contractual Agent in a multicultural environment
• your general knowledge about CINEA and related policies

This test will be marked out of 100 (pass mark: 60).

Applicants receiving the minimum score and above (60 out of 100), will be included in a reserve list of suitable candidates. Please note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

The Agency may have a second interview with the candidates in the reserve list. If the recruitment unit/department considers that writing skills need to be tested, a written test could be included in the procedure as part of the second interview. The test would not be scored and will be used as an additional source of information for taking the final decision on the candidate to be recruited.

Application procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit:
• a detailed curriculum vitae, in EU CV format ;
• a letter of motivation, including his/her views on the proposed position (2 pages maximum).

Your CAST application ID number, the reference of CAST call and the name of the post 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 30 September 2022 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 habilitated to conclude contracts reserves itself the right to disqualify any candidate who disregards these instructions.

(1)EU CV format available on:

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

A. Eligibility criteria
• • Be owner of a EPSO CAST in the grade for which you are applying* OR be registered in the EPSO/CAST/P/4/2017 before applying**;
• 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 authorised 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 EPSO/CAST/P/4/2017 procedure (1), 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 (2). 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.
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.
Please note that only candidates that comply with the Eligibility criteria will be considered for further steps of the Selection procedure.

(2)Candidates who are blocked and therefore cannot be flagged in order to be invited by EPSO to undergo the EPSO/CAST/P/4/2017 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.

Selection criteria

• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in the field of sustainable energy (energy efficiency and renewables) in one or more of the following areas:

- Building Renovation and related instruments
- Digitalisation, Building Performance, Building Smartness and Energy Services
- Heating and cooling
- Industry and Business
- Products
- Consumers e.g. Energy poverty, Energy communities, Consumer behaviour empowerment and engagement
- Public authorities e.g. Cities, Regions
- Mobilising investment and energy efficiency finance.
- Enforcement, monitoring, modelling and evaluation of related policy measures

• Carrying out activities related to:
- research and/or innovation;
- and/or market uptake in the clean energy transition domain notably policy design and/or implementation, capacity building, access to capital, knowledge sharing on best practise, consulting, communication, advice, etc.

• Very good knowledge of English (C1, especially written and spoken).

• One or more additional university degrees (master or PhD) in a relevant field related to the profiles 1-4

• Demonstrated professional experience with policy, project and/or program management within related fields at regional/national and/or EU level (e.g. Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe, INTERREG, LIFE, etc.)

• Demonstrated work experience within an international organisation or in another multicultural environment


English (Proficient C1)

Updates on the application process

Candidates need to describe explicitly to what extent they meet the above mentioned selection criteria (both essential and advantageous). In particular, they need to (i) explain in their applications how their professional experience and knowledge relates to sustainable energy and (ii) specify how long and where the professional experience and knowledge were acquired during their career.

Candidates are requested to clearly state in their motivation letter which of the four areas mentioned in the above job description under selection criteria they are applying to and why their degree is relevant to that field.

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/4/2017, with a maximum of 30 candidates invited to the interview.

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to all candidates by email to confirm the reception of their application.
All candidates will be informed in due time about the status of their application, i.e. whether they are invited for the selection phase described above or not. These notifications will be sent via email only.
A candidate may request clarifications about the processing of his/her application by sending an email quoting the reference of the vacancy notice concerned, to the following address:

Equal opportunities, appeal procedure & data protection

Personal qualities essential for the position (evaluated during the interview):
• Very good drafting, co-ordination and problem-solving skills;
• High degree of organisational skills and ability to work under pressure;
• Good interpersonal and communication skills;
• Proven ability to work as a team member;
• Ability to appreciate and follow priorities.

Equal opportunities
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.

Appeal procedure: for complete list of means of redress please browse the following link:

Data protection
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 CINEA. 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.