The Director will be the legal representative and public face of the Office. She/he shall be independent in the performance of her/his duties and shall be accountable for her/his activities to the Management Board, which will consist of 26 voting members appointed by the Member States bound by the Regulation, 2 voting members appointed by the Commission, with Denmark and the Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) attending as non-voting members.
The Executive Director shall report to the European Parliament on the performance of her/his tasks when invited. The Council may invite the Executive Director to report on the performance of his/her tasks.
The Director will have a central role in setting up the Office, which shall be fully operational within one year of the entry into force of the founding Regulation. She/he will be responsible for establishing the administrative, operational and financial structures necessary for the proper operation of the Office, including the recruitment of key staff.
Once the Office is operational, the executive Director's responsibilities will include, in particular:
- developing and achieving the Office’s strategic objectives in accordance with its mission;
- the day-to-day administration of the Office, including recruitment;
- establishing the Office's work programmes, having received the opinion of the Commission;
- implementing the work programmes and decisions adopted by the Management Board;
- drafting reports on the countries of origin of asylum seekers;
- preparing the Office's draft financial regulation for adoption by the Management Board and its
- preparing the Office's draft statement of estimates of revenue and expenditure and of execution of its budget;
- exercising the powers laid down in respect of Office staff;
- taking all decisions on the management of the information systems of the Office, including a country-of-origin information portal;
- taking all decisions on the management of the Office's internal structures;
- facilitating co-operation between the Office, relevant third-country authorities, international organisations and other EU bodies;
- initiating, managing and coordinating the organisation and deployment of the asylum support teams;
- being in charge of the coordination and operation of the Consultative Forum of the Office;
- interacting with the European Parliament, with a view to informing it regularly about the Office's work.
3. For further information, please refer to the text of the political agreement on the common position of the Council of the European Union2.
We look for Applicants should have the following qualifications:
- have a solid professional experience in an asylum office in one Member State or in a governmental department managing asylum issues;
- have the capacity to set up and effectively manage an independent European Union agency, both at strategic and at internal management level;
- have the ability to lead and motivate a large team in a European, multicultural and
- have experience of budgetary, financial and human resources management in a national, European and/or international context;
- have good and proven knowledge of Community legislation on asylum policy and solid experience with regard to its practical implementation;
- have a clear understanding of technology related to the asylum policy, including modern information technology;
- have the ability to communicate to the public and cooperate with stakeholders (European, international, national and local authorities, international organisations, etc.);
- have a thorough understanding of the EU Institutions and how they operate and interact, and of EU policies and international activities of relevance to the activities of the Office;
- be excellent in written and oral communication and negotiation skills.
Applicants will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal criteria to be fulfilled by the closing date for applications:
- Nationality: Be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
- University Degree or Diploma:
Have: either 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, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years (this one year’s professional experience cannot be included in the post-graduate professional experience required below).
- Professional Experience: Have at least 15 years' post-graduate experience acquired after the required qualifications referred to above was obtained;
- Relevant Professional Experience: Of the 15 years of professional experience, have acquired,
at least 5 years in a domain of direct relevance to the Office's activities;
- Management Experience: Have at least 7 years of professional experience gained in a highlevel management function;