ECA-Selection

ECA/2022/1 - Auditors (10 posts)

WHO WE ARE

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) was established in 1975 as the European Union’s external auditor. One of the EU’s seven institutions, it is based in Luxembourg and employs around 900 audit, support and administrative staff of all EU nationalities.

The ECA operates as a collegiate body of 27 Members, one from each EU Member State. Our auditors check that the EU keeps good accounts and correctly applies its financial rules, and that its policies and programmes achieve their intended objectives and deliver value for money.

Through our work, we can make a difference by helping the EU to make a better use of its money. We contribute to improving the EU’s financial management and promote accountability and transparency. We warn of risks, provide assurance, indicate shortcomings and successes and offer guidance to EU policymakers and legislators. We present our observations and recommendations to the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and national governments and parliaments, as well as the general public.

The ECA is divided into ten audit and administrative directorates functioning with flexible task-based teams. The audit directorates deal with different policy areas to which staff are assigned according to the priorities stemming from the work programme.

-        Chamber I - Sustainable use of natural resources

-        Chamber II - Investment for cohesion, growth and inclusion

-        Chamber III - External action, security and justice

-        Chamber IV - Regulation of markets and competitive economy

-        Chamber V - Financing and administering the Union

Knowledge management and developing appropriate expertise are key to our audit work, which also involves traveling to EU and third countries worldwide. The ECA offers a stimulating learning environment that provides for professional development opportunities.

We are a modern and dynamic organisation striving for and promoting excellence, professionalism, transparency and integrity. We define ourselves as a diverse, flexible and equitable institution, which offers every individual the opportunity to maximise their talent. Through our individual and collective involvement in the ECA’s activities and our ambitious training programme, our aim is to make the ECA an intellectually stimulating workplace, and a learning-based organisation that relies on institutional knowledge and motivated and well-trained people to serve the EU and its citizens.

Our auditors receive support for acquiring and maintaining professional qualifications, participating in postgraduate programmes, attending internal and external courses, and attending conferences. We recognise and reward performance through empowerment, performance and knowledge management awards, leadership development programmes, and other learning and development opportunities.

We are an EU institution on a human scale: this facilitates integration, allows for easier interaction, and encourages teamwork. We offer flexible working hours and teleworking, also from outside the place of residence. We value diversity and inclusion, promote equal opportunities, and ensure a respectful working environment based on open communication, dialogue, and mutual trust. Staff engagement, well-being and greening are important pillars of our internal policies.

WHAT WE ARE OFFERING

This vacancy notice is being issued on the basis of Article 29(1)(a), (b) and (c) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union.

The advertised position is therefore open ONLY to AD officials of the European Court of Auditors, AD officials of other EU institutions and successful candidates in an EPSO AD competition.

The recruited auditors will follow the integration programme of the ECA (ASPIRE).

This programme consists of an induction period including appropriate training[1] and immersion in audit teams to allow them to acquire or develop both compliance and financial audit and performance audit experience in their first three years at the Court.

 

[1]        You can be exempted from certain courses if you already possess the necessary knowledge in the respective area.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for 10 auditors to join the European Court of Auditors.

The advertised position is open to applicants who, on the deadline for application, meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Staff Regulations. The full requirements are given below.

1.         Qualifications

In accordance with Article 5 of the Staff Regulations, applicants who are not already established EU officials, must have:

grades AD5 and AD6

-          a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of 3 years attested by a diploma, or

-          where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

grades AD7 to AD12

-          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

-          where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

2.           Experience and skills

The required professional experience should be in the areas of auditing, internal control, financial management, evaluation of projects/programmes, management and implementation of policies, programmes and initiatives.

Knowledge in one or more of the following fields would be an asset but is not a prerequisite:

- agriculture, rural development, fisheries, environment, climate, consumer health, food;

- management and audit of European structural and investment funds, transport, energy, public policy, regional and territorial development, social inclusion, tourism;

- external actions, justice and security policy;

- finance, banking;

- financial instruments, public sector governance, budgetary management and regulation, EU administration.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate:

-   good communication and drafting skills;

-   flexibility to work in a task-based organisation and in an international environment;

-   ability to work independently as well as in teams.

3.           Knowledge of languages

As English and French are the official working languages of the Court, a sound knowledge of one of these languages (minimum level C1 in understanding, speaking and writing) is required. If the candidate’s mother tongue is English or French, a sound knowledge of the other working language of the ECA (minimum level C1 in understanding, speaking and writing) is required.

To assess your foreign language skills, see https://europa.eu/europass/en/common-european-framework-reference

APPLICATIONS

The deadline for applications is 12:00 (midday) CET on 3rd February 2022.

Applications must be submitted only via the online form provided for the advertised position and must comprise the following documents in English or French:

- a letter of motivation;

- an up-to-date CV in the Europass format (see https://europa.eu/europass/);

- (only for EU officials not at the ECA) a document confirming your function group, grade and status as an official.

Successful candidates in an EU open competition must quote the relevant reference number in their CV or letter of motivation.

Applications which do not strictly comply with these instructions will be rejected.

The selection committee will evaluate applications based solely on the information given in these documents. It may ask applicants to provide supporting evidence for statements made in their applications. If applicants fail to provide such evidence when it is requested, their applications will be rejected.

To ensure that your application is completed on time, we strongly advise you not to wait until the last few hours to apply. Experience has shown that the system may become overloaded as the deadline approaches.

RECRUITMENT POLICY

In line with the ECA's Diversity & Inclusion policy and with Article 1d of the Staff Regulations, the ECA embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. We accept applications without discrimination on any grounds and takes steps to ensure that recruitment is evenly balanced between men and women, pursuant to Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. We also take measures to reconcile working life with family life.

If you require any special arrangements for a specific handicap or disability in order to take part in this selection procedure, please send an email in good time to ECA-Selection@eca.europa.eu

DATA PROTECTION

The ECA is committed to ensuring that applicants' personal data are processed in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018, on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

For more information, see our specific privacy statement on recruitment at the following address: https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocuments/Specific_Privacy_Statement_vacancies/Specific_Privacy_Statement_vacancies_EN.PDF

REQUESTS FOR RECONSIDERATION — COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS — COMPLAINTS TO THE EUROPEAN OMBUDSMAN

If, at any stage in the selection procedure, you consider that a decision taken in your regard is wrong, the following options are available.

I.            Request for the selection board to reconsider its decision

You may submit a written reasoned request for reconsideration of a decision taken by the selection board. This request must be sent, within 10 days of notification of the decision, to ECA-Recours@eca.europa.eu

II.          Complaints

Under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations, you may submit a written complaint against the ECA’s decision to reject your application, within three months of being notified thereof, to the following address:

The Secretary-General
European Court of Auditors
12, rue Alcide De Gasperi
L-1615 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG

III.        Judicial appeals

Under Article 91 of the Staff Regulations, you may appeal against a decision to reject your complaint, insofar as it adversely affects you, to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The action must be brought by a lawyer within three months of notification of the decision to reject the complaint.

IV.       Complaints to the European Ombudsman

If you believe that the handling of your application has involved maladministration by the ECA, you may lodge a complaint with the European Ombudsman, having first contacted the ECA with the aim of settling the dispute. You must submit your complaint in writing within two years of discovering the relevant facts. An online complaints form is available on the European Ombudsman’s website. Applying to the European Ombudsman will not suspend the appeal deadlines given above.

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