Project Officer Guidance, Navigation and Control

European Defence Agency
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 05

Position description


The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. 

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels. 

The main task of EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union's defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Industry, Synergies and Enablers (ISE); Capability, Armament & Planning (CAP); Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) and the Corporate Services Directorate (CSD).


The Agency is an “outward-facing” organisation, constantly interacting with its shareholders, the participating Member States, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders. It works in an integrated way, with multi-disciplinary teams representing all of the Agency’s functional areas, to realise its objectives. Its business processes are flexible and oriented towards achieving results. Staff at all levels need to demonstrate the corresponding qualities of commitment, flexibility, innovation, and team-working; to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal; and to operate without the need for detailed direction.


The Research, Technology & Innovation Directorate (RTI) promotes and supports defence research at EU level. Based on the Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), developed together with the Member States, the Directorate coordinates and plans joint research activities and the study of technical solutions to meet future operational needs.

The RTI Directorate provides support to Member States and to the European Commission for the Preparatory Action for defence research, including its implementation, and the research dimension of the European Defence Fund. The RTI directorate also ensures the promotion of innovation in defence and the exploitation of synergies at EU level with civil research in dual-use technology fields.

The RTI Directorate comprises two Units and an RTI Coordination Team, with the following key tasks:

  • The EU-funded Defence Research Unit: upstream, implementing and downstream support linked to defence research activities funded by the EU budget under delegation by the European Commission
  • The Technology & Innovation Unit: facilitating the work of the Capability Technology Groups (CapTechs), the Energy & Environment Working Group; development and management of ad hoc research activities based on sectoral Strategic Research Agendas 
  • The RTI Coordination Team: coordination of the RTI Directorate’s contributions to EDA’s transversal activities (such as CDP, CARD, PESCO, and KSA); overview of the Agency’s research portfolio; provision of outlook for research activities and technology watch.


The Project Officer Guidance, Navigation and Control deals with critical defence technology areas such as those covering Navigation (including GNSS), Guidance and Control systems for Weapons and Platforms, Guided Precision Munitions, Inertial and Gravitational devices, Motion Sensors and Environmental Monitoring.

The goal is to gather advice from Member States’ experts on Guidance, Navigation and Control allowing the identification of technology gaps and common areas of interest for cooperation. This process is conducted in order to launch collaborative R&T projects that fulfil MS needs and support CapTech Guidance, Navigation and Control.

Under the direction of the RTI Director and the Head of the Unit Technology and Innovation, the Project Officer will contribute to the following activities:

  • moderate and chair the Guidance, Navigation and Control CapTech coordinating EDA’s relevant activities on the Area of responsibility; 
  • contribute to research and technology initiatives aimed at defining capability-led priorities and projects; 
  • contribute to research and technology initiatives related to the Preparatory Action on Defence Research and possibly to activities related to the European Defence Fund;  
  • share information on national R&T priorities (top-down approach) or priorities inspired by other EDA work strands; 
  • contribute to coordination of research and technology in the field of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) superiority, autonomous systems control and multi-robot control and cooperation (including swarming); 
  • evaluate industrial proposals considered relevant to R&T priorities; 
  • form groups of interested participating Member States (pMS) for further preparation of R&T proposals; 
  • organise and propose workshops on selected topics to widen the contribution and consultation of the expert community; 
  • propose EDA-funded studies in specific areas to form a common understanding on research requirements; 
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

Duties may evolve according to the development of EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management.



a. Conditions for eligibility


  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produce the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the participating Member States to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties;
  • have 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; or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency; 
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate’ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate).

b. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that s/he has:

  • a university or engineering degree in a field related to guidance, navigation and control and/or missile and air defence and a broad scientific culture;  
  • familiarity with the defence international environment and the EU defence R&T community including both government, industry, institutes and academia; 
  • specific background knowledge in the area of Navigation, Guidance & Control of Systems and Air/Missile Technologies as referred above; 
  • knowledge and experience in defence European and international R&T collaboration and a track record of delivering successful business outcomes; 
  • experience in organisation and chairing of meetings and workshops; 
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes; 
  • a very good written and spoken English.

(2) Personal 

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • ability to work in a team and independently in his/her area of responsibility; 
  • ability to work effectively in a multinational environment;
  • good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills; 
  • flexibility, innovativeness, tact with a strong sense of duty and responsibility; 
  • results-orientation and strong motivation; 
  • accuracy and dependability; 
  • ability to adapt to a quickly changing working environment; 
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives.

c. Desirable

  • familiarity with the defence international environment (especially CSDP);
  • knowledge of European Defence Technological and Industrial Base;
  • hold a (recognised) project management qualification.

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