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Head of Sector - Innovation Fund – Energy Intensive Industries and Hydrogen

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General information


The European Climate, Environment and Infrastructure Executive Agency (CINEA) has been established by the European Commission to support stakeholders in delivering the European Green Deal through high-quality programme management that helps to implement projects contributing to decarbonisation and sustainable growth. CINEA implements parts of EU funding programmes for transport, energy, environment and climate action with strong focus on contributing to the European Commission's Green Deal priority.

The main programmes managed are:

•The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF);
• Horizon Europe: the EU's Research and Innovation programme for which CINEA manages the areas of transport and energy;
•The Innovation Fund;
•LIFE Programme;
•European Maritime, Aquaculture and Fisheries Fund;
•The EU Renewable Energy Mechanism;
•The Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism.

The budget managed by CINEA in 2021-2027 period is ca. € 65 billion

CINEA is based in Brussels with a multinational team of nearly 600 persons. The number of staff will grow further over the coming years and the purpose of this publication is therefore to set up a reserve list, which will be used to cover the growing needs of the Agency. The reserve list may also be used by other Executive Agencies.
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Position description


Management - Head of Sector

Position title

Head of Sector - Innovation Fund – Energy Intensive Industries and Hydrogen


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Mission description

Working in the Innovation Fund Unit of the Agency's Green Research and Innovation Department, the jobholder will lead and manage a team of specialist project management staff, as well as providing them with technical and administrative guidance on the projects and methodologies used during their full life-cycle. This will include proposal evaluation, project preparation, implementation, data processing and analysis; knowledge-sharing actions and providing feedback to Unit and Department management and the Commission on the projects' results.
The job will address the following areas covered by the Innovation Fund:
1) decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries and carbon removal technologies including CCUS;
2) low-carbon and renewable hydrogen production and use;
3) knowledge sharing and data collection, analysis and processing.
The jobholder will also work closely and collaborate with a wider team of colleagues in the Agency and the European Commission.


Management and planning of the teamwork:
• Contribute to the definition of the Unit's overall strategic objectives, work programme and specific objectives in the thematic area covered by the sector and ensure that the resources in the sector are efficiently allocated to achieving these objectives. Actively contribute to Unit's work and resource planning and supervise implementation of the workplan in the sector.
• Ensure effective people management within the sector, support the team members and provide technical and administrative guidance on the thematic areas covered.
• Ensure that all team members are sufficiently aware and regularly informed on all relevant policy and strategic aspects affecting their work and get appropriate feedback on their conduct.
• Manage and monitor the team's and its members' workload and report on activities to the Head of Unit to ensure an optimal balance between workload and available resources.
Administrative and technical management of programmes and projects:
• Ensure the implementation of the projects managed by his/her sector in accordance with the Agency's and the Innovation Fund's procedures and deadlines.
• Maintain an overview of the technical progress and financial expenditure of projects under his/her responsibility.
• Supervise related procedures and provide the necessary assurance on the legality and regularity of all transactions, including conducting ex-ante/ex-post desktop and on-site verifications when required. Actively contribute to the evaluation of procedures employed and to their constant improvement.
• Ensure collaboration and co-ordination between the Agency and the Commission services responsible for policy issues in the thematic area of the team. Develop and contribute to implementation of effective feedback to policy making, under the leadership of CINEA's management.
• Support the assessment of the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the programme and projects in relation to Commission strategy.
• Prepare, manage and monitor the implementation of administrative and technical aspects of covered calls for proposals, competitive bidding schemes and calls for tender.
• Chair meetings with stakeholders on project-related issues and make public presentations on the Agency's work in this area. Actively contribute to and conduct knowledge-sharing activities.
• Manage a small number of Innovation Fund projects (including grant preparation, monitoring, approval of deliverables, contacts with the coordinator, on-site reviews) when requested.

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Selection procedure

A - Written test (30 min)
All pre-selected candidates will be invited to sit the written test at the same time, in general one week ahead of the interview period. In order to ensure the integrity of the tests, there will only be one sitting of the tests. Failure to sit this test will result in the candidate being excluded from the selection procedure.
The test will consist of a case study in English designed to test:
- your knowledge in the field of the profile;
- your ability to understand, analyse and summarise;
- your drafting ability.
This test will be marked out of 25 (pass mark: 12.5).
Time allowed: 30 minutes
Only candidates that pass the written test will be invited for the oral test.
B – Oral test (30 min)
Interview with a selection board in English to assess:
• your suitability to carry out the duties of a Head of Sector - Innovation Fund – Energy Intensive Industries and Hydrogen
• Your specialist knowledge in the field
• Your communication, inter-personal and problem-solving skills
• Your general knowledge about the CINEA and related policies
This test will be marked out of 100 (pass mark: 50).
Both the oral and written tests will be combined on a total of 125. Pass mark: 81,25 out of 125.
Candidates receiving at least the pass mark (81,25 out of 125), all tests combined, will be included in the reserve list of suitable candidates. Please note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

Application procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit:
- a detailed curriculum vitae, in EU CV format (1);
- a letter of motivation, including his/her views on the mission of the proposed position (2 pages maximum).

Please note that the motivation letter forms an essential basis for the pre-selection decision.

Applications must only be sent through the recruitment online system.

Closing date: applications must be sent no later than 26th January 2024 midnight.

Supporting documents showing evidence of the provided information may be requested at a later stage. No document will be sent back to candidates.

Candidates are invited to apply in English to facilitate the selection process.

In no circumstances should candidates approach the selection committee themselves, either directly or indirectly concerning this recruitment. The authority authorised to conclude contracts reserves itself the right to disqualify any candidate who disregards these instructions.

(1) EU CV format available on:

Appointment and conditions of employment

The Agency may have a second interview with the candidates in the reserve list.
The jobholder will be appointed on the basis of a shortlist proposed by the selection committee.
Prior to the engagement of the staff the Agency may request references from former employers and reserves the right to contact them.
The jobholder will be recruited as temporary agent, in the grade AD7, pursuant to Article 2f of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS) of the new Staff Regulations which is into force since the 1st January 2014. The salaries of temporary agents are subject to a community tax deducted at source. They are exempt from national tax. The European institutions have their own social security and pension scheme. The basic monthly salary, before any deductions or allowances, at 1 July 2023 for grade AD7, first step is 7.050,47 €.
The jobholder will serve a probation period of nine months.
The initial contract will be for a duration of 2 years and may be renewed.
The place of employment will be Brussels where the Agency has its activities.
For reasons related to the Agency's operational requirements, the candidate will be required to be available at short notice.
For further information on the legal framework of temporary agents see the web site of the Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security (DG HR) on the internet at

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Candidate criteria

Eligibility criteria

A. Eligibility criteria
 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 and, after having obtain the diploma, 6 years professional experience acquired in positions related to the profile of the post;
 Or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is at least three years and, after having obtain the diploma, 7 years professional experience acquired in positions related to the profile of the post;
 Or, where justified in the interests of the service, professional training in a relevant technical domain and, after having completed the professional training, at least the professional experience indicated in the table below:

Duration of the professional training Professional experience
Less than 1 year 10 years
At least 1 year but less than 2 9 years
At least 2 years but less than 3 8 years
At least 3 years but less than 4 7 years
4 years or more 6 years

 Thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Communities and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language to the extent necessary to perform his/her duties.

Other eligibility criteria

In addition, in order to be eligible a candidate must:
 be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union;
 be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen;
 meet the appropriate character reference as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
 have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service, and;
 be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.
Please note that only candidates that comply with the Eligibility criteria will be considered for further steps of this Selection procedure.

B. Selection Criteria 1/2
• At least 5 years of professional, specialist experience in a field of hydrogen and decarbonisation in energy intensive industries, directly relevant to the post.
• At least 3 years of professional experience in managing hydrogen or industrial projects in the field and with EU programme/project management procedures.
• At least 3 years of proven management skills, in particular ability to coordinate or manage teams and diverse tasks, set priorities, take decisions and oversee their efficient execution.
• Very good knowledge of English, C2 (written and spoken).

Selection criteria

B. Selection Criteria 2/2
• Very good knowledge of the Innovation Fund legal framework and methodologies.
• Hands-on experience with the relevant EC project management tools (SEP, COMPASS, Sygma, etc)
• Additional relevant professional experience obtained conducting or managing innovation activities in the thematic areas mentioned above.
• Additional relevant professional experience in project management and the oversight of larger clusters of projects.
• Familiarity with the EU's energy, climate and research and innovation policies and legislation.
• Professional experience in working of European Institutions, and knowledge of related budgetary and legal procedures.
• Knowledge of other European Union languages, in particular French and/or German (C1).

Personal qualities essential for the position (evaluated during the interview):
 High degree of organisational skills and ability to work under pressure;
 Good interpersonal and communication skills;
 Proven ability to work as a strong team player;
 Ability to set and follow priorities.

The Agency will invite to an interview and written test phase the best candidates, with a maximum of 10 candidates.


English (Proficient C2)

Updates on the application process

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to all candidates by email to confirm the reception of their application.

All candidates will be informed in due time about the processing of their application, either they are invited for the selection procedure as described above or not. These notifications will be sent by email only.

A candidate may request clarifications about the processing of his/her application by sending an email quoting the reference of the vacancy notice concerned, at the following address

Equal opportunities, appeal procedure & data protection

Equal opportunities
The European Union institutions apply a policy of equal opportunities and accept applications without discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Appeal procedure: for complete list of means of redress please browse the following link:

Data protection
The purpose of processing of the data submitted by candidates is to manage the applications in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment at the CINEA. The personal information requested from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Candidates are invited to carefully read the relevant Data Protection Notice available on the dedicated page of CINEA's website: