PRS Technical Support Officer

GSA - European GNSS Agency (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency)

Prague, Czech Republic

For more information on GSA please consult our website: http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gsa/overview
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has set up a selection procedure that aims to establish a reserve list (three-year contract with the possibility of a renewal for a fixed period and a further renewal for an indefinite period on the conditions set out in the Staff Regulations and in the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants) for PRS Technical Support Officer (Vacancy Reference Number: GSA/2015/515).
Date of Publication: 25/11/2015 
Deadline for applications: 17/12/2015 23:59 hours (CET)
Type of Contract: Contract Agent 
Grade/Function Group: FG IV
Contract Duration: 3 years with possibility of renewal
Desired Start Date: As soon as possible
Organisational Department: Security Department
Reporting To: Head of Department/Team Leader
Possible reserve list valid until: 31/12/2016
Level of security clearance1: SECRET UE EU SECRET


The GSA Security Department proactively contributes to the fulfilment of GSA missions by providing the security expertise in order to (1) achieve successful security accreditation of the systems, (2) secure programmes’ implementation and exploitation and (3) ensure a wide, secure and sustainable use of the Public Regulated Service (PRS).
In order to secure programme’s implementation and exploitation, the Security Requirements and Standards section of the Security Department manages both the support to the European Commission in exercising its responsibilities related to security and to support and liaise with the Galileo and EGNOS exploitation programme teams in the Agency for what concerns security matters.
The PRS section of the Security Department manages the support to PRS pilot projects and PRS user segment activities as well as support to PRS service exploitation. In particular, PRS pilot projects and PRS user segment activities include among others:
  • Support research and development on PRS receivers and security modules technologies to enable the development of low cost and unclassified PRS receivers when keyed, with an appropriate European industrialisation capacity, during the period 2016-2020;
  • Support the organisation of the PRS pilot project including the preparation and award of calls for proposals/tenders, as well as support to project and technical management of contracts related to the implementation of the PRS pilot project, for validating PRS operational and user functions and accelerating preparatory activities in Member States;
  • Supporting GSA market development activities in various application areas for the promotion of the PRS services (e.g.: homeland security, emergency services, critical infrastructure and defence), following developments in satellite navigation downstream markets, comprising in particular relevant actions relating to standardisation and certification;
  • Provide expertise and support to the GNSS Security Board and associated working groups dealing with PRS;
  • Contribute to the implementation of the PRS user segment support activities which may be entrusted to the GSA according to the specific provisions of PRS decision 1104/2011.

Support to PRS service exploitation include:

  • Support to PRS service design;
  • Support the preparation and award of GSA exploitation department contract for what concerns PRS related aspects;
  • Security engineering of the PRS services;
  • Support to the maintenance and evolution of PRS services.


The PRS Technical Support Officer will report to the Head of Security2, aiming at the fulfilment of the Agency’s duties related to the Public Regulated Service (PRS) user segment supporting a wide, secure and sustainable use of the PRS.
He/she will work closely together with the PRS Technical Officer and shall carry out the tasks that will be assigned to him/her, in particular relating with PRS users segment development and PRS pilot project implementation, under the three main activities as follows:

1. PRS user segment R&D

a. Technical support to the preparation of H2020 and Fundamental Elements Calls and contracts on PRS user segment (e.g. Receivers and related Security Technologies);
b. Support to the definition of specifications and instructions for manufacturing PRS equipment, in accordance with the policy of access to PRS defined decision 1104/2011;
c. Contribution to the maintenance of market analysis of PRS Market adoption and GNSS governmental applications.

2. Support to Member States and European Commission

a. Contribution to the secretariat of GNSS Security Board (GNSS SB) working groups and support to the preparation of the GNSS SB working group documentation;
b. Ad-hoc technical support to Competent PRS Authorities and to Commission on PRS user segment implementation;
c. Contribute to the PRS user segment documentation preparation and maintenance.

3. PRS Pilot Project

a. Technical and management support of PRS pilot projects contracts;
b. Technical support to Programme and Member State PRS pilot projects implementation.
The position may imply regular travels within Europe and worldwide and might even require extensive periods abroad.
The PRS Technical Support Officer shall also upon request contribute to other tasks of the Security Department, as necessary.



The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:
  1. Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies3 of at least three years attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year after obtaining the final diploma;
  2. Be a national of a Member State of the European Union or Norway;
  3. Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen;
  4. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service;
  5. Meet the character requirements for the duties involved4;
  6. Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union5 and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties;
  7. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post6.


All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria (part A), will be assessed against the requirements listed below.
Please note that non-compliance with any one of the essential requirements (B.1) will result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process.
Advantageous requirements (B.2) constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.

1) Essential qualifications and experience

i. University degree in exact science such as engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, etc.;
ii. Experience relevant to the task described above;
iii. Knowledge (by training or experience) in telecommunication technologies and/or in security technologies and/or in GNSS technologies and/or space technologies;
iv. To hold, have held or prove the ability to get a security clearance at the level SECRET;
v. Proven abilities to use office equipment (e.g. word processing, spread sheets, powerpoint, email, internet, etc.);
vi. Excellent command of both written and spoken English.

2) Advantageous qualifications and experience

vii. Knowledge (by training or experience) of the PRS and security regulatory framework of the European GNSS programme;
viii. Experience in definition and enforcement of technical and/or security specifications and instructions;
ix. Experience in technical/project management.

3) Behavioural competences

x. Motivation - open and positive attitude;
xi. Capability of managing multiple assignments and tracking progress on numerous processes simultaneously;
xii. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
xiii. Sense of proactive initiative and problem solving skills;
xiv. Working with others;
xv. Excellent communication skills.


The selection procedure includes the following steps:
  • After registration, each application will be checked in order to verify that it meets the eligibility criteria;
  • All eligible applications will be evaluated by a Selection Board based on the selection criteria defined in this vacancy notice;
  • The best-qualified candidates, those who obtained the highest number of points within the evaluation, will be short-listed for an interview. The minimum threshold is 65% of the total points;
  • During the interview, the Selection Board will examine each candidate’s profile and will assess their relevancy for this post. In order to support the evaluation via interview, shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo written tests relevant to the job content (the minimum threshold for this test is 50% of  the total points allocated for it) and to complete part of the process in their second EU language. All candidates short-listed for an interview will also be requested to complete an online Business Attitude Questionnaire;
  • Candidates will be requested to bring with them on the day of the interview photocopies of all the supporting documents for their educational qualifications and employment necessary to prove that they meet the eligibility criteria. GSA has the right to disqualify applicants who fails to submit all the required documents;
  • As a result of the interviews, the Selection Board will recommend the most suitable candidate(s) for this post to be placed on a reserve list. The minimum threshold to be placed on the reserve list is 65% of the total points;
  • The reserve list will be presented to the Appointing Authority who ultimately may appoint the successful candidate to the post;
  • The established reserve list may also be used for recruitment of similar posts depending on the Agency’s needs. Where a similar post becomes available, the Appointing Authority may select applicants from the list according to their profile in relation to the specific requirements of the post to be filled. However, inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment;
  • If, at any stage of the procedure, it is established that any of the information the candidate provided is incorrect, the candidate in question will be disqualified.
Indicative date for the interview and written test7: January/February 2016
Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the Selection Board members, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.


For applications to be considered valid, candidates must submit an email to jobs@gsa.europa.eu with a subject line of ‘SURNAME_Name_Vacancy Reference Number’ and which contains the Agency’s approved application form (Download it here: http://www.gsa.europa.eu/gsa/job-opportunities). This form must be:
  • Completed in English;
  • Fully completed, pointing out the professional experience relevant to this position (incl. calculation of years, months);
  • Printed, signed and clearly scanned in (in one single document);
  • Named as follows: SURNAME_Name_Vacancy Ref. number (e.g. SPENCER_Marc_GSA.2012.123).
The application will be rejected if it is not duly completed, if it is not signed by hand.
Further supporting documents showing evidence of the information given in the application will be requested at a later stage.
No documents will be sent back to candidates.

Applications must be sent to jobs@gsa.europa.eu and received by the deadline listed on page 01 of this vacancy notice at the latest, clearly indicating the vacancy reference number in the subject line.
Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered.
Candidates are reminded not to wait until the final days before the closing date of applications’ submissions.
The Agency cannot be held responsible for any last-minute malfunction due to any overflow of the mailbox.


If a candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can:
  • lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities and Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities, at the following address:
European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Human Resources Department
Janovského 438/2
170 00 Prague 7
Czech Republic
The complaint must be lodged within 3 months. The time limit for initiating this type of procedure starts to run from the time the candidate is notified of the action adversely affecting him/her.
  • submit a judicial appeal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (ex Art. 236 of the EC Treaty) and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Communities to the:
European Union Civil Service Tribunal
Boulevard Konrad Adenauer
Luxembourg 2925
For details of how to submit an appeal, please consult the website of the European Union Civil Service Tribunal:http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo1_6308/. The time limits for initiating this type of procedure (see Staff Regulations as amended by Council Regulation (EC) No 723/2004 of 22 March 2004, published in Official Journal of the European Union L 124 of 27 April 2004 - http://eur-lex.europa.eu) start to run from the time you become aware of the act allegedly prejudicing your interests.
  • make a complaint to the European Ombudsman:
European Ombudsman
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman
CS 30403
67001 Strasbourg Cedex
Please note that complaints made to the Ombudsman have no suspensive effect on the period laid down in Articles 90(2) and 91 of the Staff Regulations for lodging complaints or for submitting appeals to the Civil Service Tribunal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (ex Art. 236 TEC). Please note also that, under Article 2(4) of the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman's duties, any complaint lodged with the Ombudsman must be preceded by the appropriate administrative approaches to the institutions and bodies concerned.



The remuneration consists of a basic salary8 and, where applicable, additional allowances9, paid on a monthly basis and reimbursements10, paid upon their evidenced occurrence.
The sum of the basic salary and the applicable additional allowances is weighted by the correction coefficient applicable for the location of the post11. The sum of usual social deductions from salary at source is subtracted from the weighted amount12. The full pay is exempted from the national income tax, but is subject to the internal income tax and the solidarity levy13.
Examples of net monthly salaries are presented below:
 FG IV 13 (less than 8 years of work experience)14
a) Minimum final net salary(without any allowances)
b) Final net salary withexpatriation allowance
c) Final net salary withexpatriation, household and 1dependent child allowance
2,006.55 EUR
 2,314.98 EUR
2,897.48 EUR


Staff is entitled to annual leave of two working days per each complete calendar month of service plus additional days for the grade, age, home leaves for expatriates and an average of 16 GSA public holidays per year.
Special leave is granted for certain circumstances such as marriage, moving, elections, birth or adoption of a child, serious sickness of spouse, etc.


The pension scheme provides a very competitive pension after a minimum of 10 years of service and reaching the pensionable age. Pension rights acquired in one or more national schemes before starting to work at GSA may be transferred into the EU pension system. GSA’s benefits include an attractive Health insurance: staff is covered 24/7 and worldwide by the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS). Staff is insured against sickness, accident and occupational disease, and could be entitled to unemployment and to invalidity allowances.


GSA aims at creating and maintaining a supportive and healthy work environment that enables staff members to have balance between work and personal responsibilities, for example through flexible working time arrangements.
GSA also offers a wide range of training courses to develop staff members’ personal skills and keep in touch with the latest developments in their field. The training and professional development opportunities are attuned to the career plan and requirements of the departments.


Declaration of commitment to serve the public interest independently:

The jobholder will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make a declaration in relation to any interest that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. The jobholder will be required to carry out his/her duties and conduct him/herself solely with the interests of the European Union in mind; he/she shall neither seek nor take instruction from any government, authority, organisation or person outside his/her institution. He/she shall carry out the duties assigned with objectivity, impartiality and loyalty to the European Union.

Commitment to promote equal opportunities:

The Agency is an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourages applications from all candidates who fulfil the eligibility and selection criteria without any distinction whatsoever on grounds of nationality, age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or other family situation.


The personal information GSA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 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.
The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible pre-selection and recruitment at GSA. All personal data collected will only be used for this purpose and will in no case be transmitted to any third party. Any data provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and with high standards of security.
Applicants’ documents will only be kept for as long as it is mandatory to fulfil the requirements of existing auditing/control procedures applicable to GSA.
Applicants have a right to access their data. They have a right to update or correct at any time their identification data. On the other hand, data demonstrating compliance with the eligibility and selection criteria may not be updated or corrected after the closing date for the respective selection procedure.
Applicants are entitled to have recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor (http://www.edps.europa.euEDPS@edps.europa.eu) if they consider that their rights under Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 have been infringed as a result of the processing of their personal data by the GSA.
1The successful candidate must hold a valid personnel security clearance at the above defined EU level or be able and willing to apply for a security clearance immediately after the contract award. The procedure for obtaining a personnel security clearance shall be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.
2The hierarchical reporting line may change.
3Only study titles that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to the equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration.
4Prior to the appointment, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a Police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record.
5The languages of the EU are: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish.
6Before a successful candidate can be appointed, s/he will be medically examined by a selected medical service so that the Agency will be satisfied that s/he fulfils the requirement of Article 28(e) of the Staff Regulation of Officials of the European Communities.
7The date might be modified depending on the availability of the Selection Board members.
8As per Articles 92 and 93 CEOS.
9Household allowance (e.g. if you have a dependent child or you are married and your spouse's income is below a defined threshold); Dependent child allowance (e.g. if you have a child under the age of 18 or between 18 and 26, if in specified training programme); Education allowances (in very specific cases) or Payment of the education fees applicable to the educational institutions GSA has agreement with (currently more than 17 international schools in the Czech Republic and France); Expatriation allowance (16% of the sum of basic salary and other applicable allowances).
10 If staff member is requested to change their residence in order to take up the duties, s/he will be entitled to:reimbursement of the travel costs; temporary daily subsistence allowance (e.g. EUR 39.48 for up to 10 months or EUR 31.83 for 120 days, if no dependents); installation allowance (depending on personal situation, 1 or 2 months of the basic salary – paid upon successful completion of the nine-month probationary period).
11 Currently correction coefficients for the GSA duty locations are: 75% for CZ, 116.8% for FR, 150.7% for UK. The coefficient is updated every year, with retroactive effect from 1 July.
12 Pension (10,1%); health insurance (1,70%); accident cover (0,10%); unemployment insurance (0,81%).
13 Currently: income tax: tax levied progressively at a rate of between 8% and 45% of the taxable portion of the salary; solidarity levy: 6%.
14 Kindly note that the numbers in examples b) and c) are indicative and net monthly remuneration varies depending on the personal, life and social situation of the incumbent. The various components of the remuneration are updated every year, with retroactive effect from 1 July.