Head of Security Sector (AD 8)

European Asylum Support Office
  • Location
    Valletta Harbour, Malta
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 18

Position description


The European Asylum Support Office (hereinafter referred to as "EASO"), established by Regulation 439/20101, strengthens European Union (EU) Member States’ practical cooperation on asylum, enhances the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and supports Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

Specifically, EASO focuses on three main tasks:

  1. Supporting practical cooperation among Member States on asylum mainly through training, quality activities, country of origin information (COI), statistics and analysis, specialized expert networks, practical cooperation workshops, thematic support on unaccompanied minors, trafficking in human beings and gender;
  2. Supporting Member States under particular pressure through emergency support, including the deployment of asylum support teams to assist EU Member States in managing asylum applications and in putting in place appropriate reception facilities;
  3. Contributing to the implementation of the CEAS by collecting and exchanging information on best practices, drawing up an annual report on the asylum situation in the EU covering the whole asylum procedure in EU Member States and adopting technical documents, on the implementation of the new EU asylum acquis.

The headquarters of EASO are located at the Valletta Harbour (Malta).


The Head of the Security Sector, reports to the Head of General Affairs Unit and will be working in the Security Sector who will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Lead and manage the Security Sector in accordance with the policies of organisation and advise the line manager thereof;
  2. Develop and implement the organisation security policy in line with applicable EU rules and regulations, best practices and the organisation’s needs;
  3. Assist in the development of plans of evacuation, medical evacuation and other contingencies;
  4. Identify and implement all measures necessary to provide a secure environment including protection of information, security of premises and staff against potential threats;
  5. Advise and support Senior Management in managing staff safety and security for EASO staff, operations, premises and assets;
  6. Provide guidance on protection of sensitive and classified information;
  7. Assist and report to the Head of Department on development and implementation of a comprehensive organisational security strategy;
  8. Liaise with the European Union Institutions’ security structures as well as with Member States’ and host country’s local and regional security authorities and intelligence services;
  9. Undertake periodic security assessments in close cooperation with EU Agencies, analysing security factors and levels of risk related to EASO activities and programmes;
  10. In cooperation with the Department of Asylum Support, Operations and Administration to develop and implement security related training for all deployed staff in the Field Operations;
  11. Performing security assessments and subsequently plan, implement, monitor and evaluate appropriate security measures in our Field Offices;
  12. Undertake any other security related tasks or duties as delegated by the Line Manager.


A) Eligibility criteria

Candidates will be considered eligible for selection on the basis of the following formal criteria to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:

1. Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma2 and, after having obtained the university diploma, at least 9 years of appropriate professional experience; or have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma and, after having obtained the university diploma, at least 10 years of appropriate professional experience;
2. Be nationals of one of the Member States of the European Union, Norway or Switzerland;
3. Be entitled to their full rights as citizens;
4. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed on them by the laws on military service;
5. Possess a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties pertaining to the post;
6. Meet the character requirements for the duties involved3;
7. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post4.

B) Selection criteria

If the eligibility criteria set out in section A) Eligibility criteria are met, the candidates’ applications will be evaluated on the basis of the selection criteria below. The most suitable candidates will be invited to an interview.


  1. Experience in the management of security programmes and advising on security measures in an EU and/or international context;
  2. Knowledge of the applicable EU security regulatory framework and its implementation;
  3. Professional experience in a position of relevance to the aforementioned duties, preferably in a European institution, Agency or Body or in similar international organisation.


  1. Experience in formulation and development of security programmes;
  2. Knowledge of the EU institutional security structure and functioning you have been invited for an interview. This will enable the selection board to assess accurately the level of the qualifications;
  3. University degree in security management or business administration, international economic relations, political/social science or international relations.

Evaluation during interviewing process

Candidates invited to the interviewing process (interview and written test) will be assessed on the following criteria that are essential to the post:

  1. Excellent written and oral command of English;
  2. The ability to use electronic office equipment and applications (word processing, spread sheets, presentations, electronic communication, internet, etc.).

During the interviewing process, candidates may also be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Excellent planning and organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work and deliver under pressure;
  2. Excellent analytical and technical skills;
  3. Capacity to manage several processes simultaneously;
  4. Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team in a multicultural and multilingual environment.


The Regulation which provides the legal basis for EASO was adopted in May 2010 (Official Journal of the European Union L 132 of 29.5.2010).

Eligibility of candidates will be assessed by a Selection Committee according to compliance with all eligibility criteria by the closing date for the submission of applications.

The applications of the eligible candidates will also be assessed against the selection criteria. Following this assessment, the best ranking candidates may be invited for a written competency test and an interview, which will be held for the most part in English.

The interview will consist of the following components:

  • General aptitude and language abilities to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties in accordance with Article 12.2(e) of the Conditions of Employment of other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS);
  • Specific competences with reference to the applicants' profiles in line with the selection criteria of the present Vacancy Notice.

Application instructions

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