Technical Specialist on EU Integration (Roster)

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Background Information - Job-specific

Under the framework of the multi-year project titled “Knowledge for Reform Action in the Western Balkans” UNOPS is providing support in the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) with access to tailored expertise, knowledge and best practice to assist them with advancing their respective reform agenda. Learning and exchanges will be promoted across the Region, as well as from neighbouring countries which have joined the EU.

The project will result in strengthened institutional, administrative and legislative frameworks and practices. To this end, UNOPS will create a pool of capacity building national, regional and international experts (individuals, thinks tanks, consortiums, consultancy companies and similar) to be deployed to support governments with regards to the approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation as well as to facilitate the sharing of EU best practices.

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Mandated as a central resource of the United Nations, UNOPS provides sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure services to a wide range of governments, donors and United Nations organisations. With over 6,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, where they need it. By implementing around 1,000 projects for our partners at any given time, UNOPS makes significant contributions to results on the ground, often in the most challenging environments.


The Austria Multi-Country Office (AUMCO) was set up in August 2019 as a part of the UNOPS Europe & Central Asia Region (ECR). Specifically, AUMCO aims to enable achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through global programmes and tailored interventions in the Balkans, South Caucasus, and Central Asia, focused on:

• Infrastructure

• Procurement

• Project Management (full service, back on track)

• HR and Transactional Services

• Grants Management

• Technical and Advisory Services

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Project Manager and the guidance of the Senior Advisor on EU Integration, and in close cooperation with beneficiaries, the Technical Specialist on EU Integration will provide technical expertise to the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other Ministries and institutions as appropriate.

The experts should have a high level of expertise and professional experience in one of the fields of the EU action and policy, in particular as relevant to the Support in Stabilization processes and EU integration of the Western Balkans countries including the capacity building expertise in the areas of assistance with harmonization, approximation and standardization in EU Accession process, visibility in Brussels and EU Institutions, EU policies and advocacy in EU and similar. The experts must be the national of the Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*[1], North Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia.

Selected experts will work on tasks such as the following:

1. EU negotiations

2. Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) and Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP)

3. Various Chapters of the EU acquis communautaire

4. Networking with the EU institutions

5. Implementation of the EU reform agenda for Western Balkans

6. Establishment of the EU learning platform

7. Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) programming

Specific Responsibilities

The selected candidates will perform functions such as the following.

● Provide technical expertise on EU negotiations to the beneficiaries, including roadmaps and benchmarks

● Provide technical expertise on SAA process

● Provide assistance with harmonization, approximation and standardization in the line with the enlargement methodology

● Provide technical expertise on the reforms under various Chapters of the EU acquis communautaire

● Provide assistance with harmonization, approximation and standardization of legislation aligning it with the EU Acquis

● Provide technical expertise as relevant to the networking with the EU institutions, and support in facilitating the access to the relevant EU institutions

● Provide technical expertise on the implementation of the EU reform agenda for Western Balkans on a needs based cases

● Provide technical expertise on the establishment of the EU learning platform

● Provide inputs for recommendations on the content of the EU knowledge and learning Platform

Other Tasks and Responsibilities may include:

● Contribute to the development of strategic plans, roadmaps and procedures as relevant EU Acquis Chapters

● Perform analysis of certain EU acquis chapters or clusters

● Contribute to the design of monitoring and coordination mechanism for the governments as relevant to the EU integration reforms

● Carry out technical assessments, analysis on the subject matter

● Draft concept notes, design and develop trainings and similar all in relation to the reforms that beneficiaries are undertaking with the view to the EU integration processes.

● Ensure that the strategic plans, roadmaps and similar are aligned with the national context.

[1]* All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Selection of experts will be made (when needed) from the Roster, based on selection criteria such as professional expertise and experience, language skills, geographical and gender balance, regular rotation, and absence of conflict of interest. **The incumbent will be engaged as a retainer and asked to perform specific tasks linked to supporting delivery of the project's capacity development work in the region in advance when the requirements arise. Please include a Cover letter indicating your areas of specialization relevant to EU Integration.** Education

Advanced University Degree either in Law, EU integration, International Relations, Public Administration, Management, Developments Studies, Sociology, Political Sciences, Agriculture and Rural Development, Human Rights, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Environment, Finance or other relevant discipline is required.

University Degree (Bachelor’s degree / first level) with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

● 5 years of experience in working for/with the EU institution and/or working for/with the beneficiary countries in EU accession matters is required, with specialization in at least one of the seven areas mentioned above is highly desired.

● Participating in accession negotiations of a candidate country and experience in the coordination structures for supporting the negotiations for the EU accession will be an asset.

● Positive accession experience of/in the neighbouring countries is an advantage.


● Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing) is required.

● Fluency in locally spoken languages is mandatory.

Duty station Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*[1], North Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia, depending on the outcome of the recruitment process. The experts must be the nationals of the Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*[2], North Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia. Limited travel may be required.

[1]* All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.

[2]* All references to Kosovo are made in the context of UNSCR 1244.


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above) Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles. Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role). Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries. Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements. Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving. Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.

Based on organizational needs at the time of recruitment, applicants accepted into this UNOPS roster pool may be considered for job at the advertised job level or its equivalent.

This roster announcement will remain open for several weeks and we will review applications and conduct assessments continuously.

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