NATURE OF THE DUTIES AND PROFILE
The qualified temporary staff member will be responsible, under the authority of the Group's President and its Secretary-General, for the political preparation of the meetings of the CoR commissions, plenary sessions, and other political initiatives and for the follow-up of the inter-institutional relations.
The main duties of the political advisor are to:
- prepare briefings for the EPP Group political coordinators;
- to advise EPP members in the different CoR commissions;
- provide support to EPP rapporteurs and shadow-rapporteurs for the drafting of their opinions and for the elaboration of amendments and oral compromises;
- prepare voting lists and participate in negotiations with the other political Groups' secretariats and administrative units;
- facilitate contacts with the relevant counterparts in the European Parliament;
- contribute to the organisation of events on themes of political importance for the EPP Group;
- contribute to the drafting of media briefing notes, press releases, communication campaigns, content for the web and for social media networks;
- support the President and other CoR political leaders of the EPP Group by drafting briefing notes and speeches.
The selection procedure is open to candidates who meet the following conditions on the closing date for applications:
A. General conditions
Under article 12(2) (a) of the CEOS, each candidate must:
- be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
- have fulfilled any obligations concerning statutory military service;
- have produced the necessary character references for performance of the duties concerned (the successful candidate will be required to provide an extract from his/her police record or equivalent document before recruitment);
- be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post (the successful candidate will be examined by the CoR Medical Officer before recruitment).
B. Specific conditions
1. Diplomas and professional experience:
- have completed a university education of at least three years attested by a diploma, preferably in political science, international relations or European affairs;
- have a minimum of a 3 year professional experience as main field of activity in the political preparation and coordination in an environment of a political nature, obtained after the completion of the aforementioned university education.
2. Knowledge and competencies:
- have very good knowledge of the European Union's institutional structures, policies and activities;
- be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
- have developed negotiation and networking skills;
- be familiar with the objectives, values and activities of the EPP and its member parties and organisations.
In addition, the ideal candidates will have:
- a good knowledge of how the relevant EU policies relate to local and regional authorities;
- experience working directly with politicians of the EPP political family;
- strong communication, presentation and negotiation skills;
- good organisational and prioritisation skills;
- a broad general education and special knowledge of the relevant policies treated in the six CoR commissions:
• the Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER)
• the Commission for Economic Policy (ECON)
• the Commission for Social Policy, Education, Employment, Research
and Culture (SEDEC)
• the Commission for Naturel Resources (NAT)
• the Commission for Environment (ENVE)
• the Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional Affairs & External Relations (CIVEX)