(Senior) Sector Officer Business Development, Innovation and SMEs - FMO

European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 23

Position description

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels. The FMO reports to the three Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) through the EEA Financial Mechanism Committee (FMC) for the EEA Grants and to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA) for the Norway Grants. The overall objectives of the grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States and the 15 Beneficiary States.

The Grants are worth €1.8 billion in the financing period 2009-2014, funding 148 programmes and ca. 7200 projects. The programmes and projects under this financing period are now drawing to a close. The allocation for the financing period 2014-2021 totals €2.8 billion. Key sectors of our work include research and innovation, social inclusion, environment and climate change, civil society, and justice and home affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising 18 nationalities.

This position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). We are seeking candidates to fill a (Senior) Sector Officer vacancy in the area of Business Development, Innovation and SMEs.

Division: Financial Mechanism Office
Category/Level: A4 (Officer)/A5 (Senior Officer)
Type/Duration of Appointment: Fixed-term three years (renewable once if in the interest of the FMO)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Job Reference: VA 14/2017


The (Senior) Sector Officer provides expertise in the areas of Business Development, Innovation and SMEs. S/he is responsible and follows relevant programmes from development throughout implementation. The position involves travel.

The (Senior) Sector Officer will be a member of the Priority Sectors Unit in the Programmes Department. The (Senior) Sector Officer reports to the Head of Priority Sectors Unit.


  • Provide advice to the Donors on her/his areas of responsibility;
  • Maintain close dialogue with the Donor States and the Beneficiary States regarding the Grants’ priorities and programming requirements;
  • Provide advice during the development and implementation of programmes;
  • Manage the EEA and Norway Grants programmes in this priority sector;
  • Follow up programme reporting from the Beneficiary States and Donor Programme Partners;
  • Facilitate reviews and evaluations;
  • Report to the Donors and other stakeholders on results;
  • Provide sector expertise internally at the FMO;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s risk management strategy;
  • Maintain overview and assess relevant developments in her/his sector in Donor States, the Beneficiary States and at the EU level and further develop her/his sector expertise;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant institutions in the Donor States and Beneficiary States;
  • Facilitate contacts and cooperation between Donor and Beneficiary States; and
  • Ensure the fulfilment of the administrative tasks in relation to the work.


Relevant University degree, Master’s level.


Relevant work experience from public administration, international organisations and/or programme management. A combination of work experience in these areas is considered an asset. For the senior officer post extensive relevant work experience would be required.


  • Excellent knowledge regarding sector policies and priorities within her/his sector, in particular Donor policies;
  • Excellent knowledge of EU policies and programmes in her/his sector;
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the area of business development, innovation and SMEs is of specific interest;
  • Knowledge of the sector in one or more of the beneficiary countries is an asset;
  • Result-oriented approach, and a proactive and cooperative outlook;
  • Ability to draft reports and analytical papers, and ability to present complex issues clearly and convincingly;
  • Excellent diplomatic and negotiations skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
  • Self-reliance and autonomy, but also the skills needed for team work; and
  • Ability to multitask and to work with tight deadlines.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO).

Employment Terms

Grade: A4/A5

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised. Through its recruitment policy, the FMO wants to ensure diversity in terms of gender, age and culture.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

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