Sector Officer/Programme Manager - Environment, Energy, and Climate Change

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the secretariat of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, and is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate to fill a vacancy for a Sector Officer/Programme Manager - Environment, Energy, and Climate Change in the FMO’s Priority Sectors Unit within the Programmes Department.

The overall objectives of the Grants are to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The Grants are based on a programme model where the Beneficiary States are responsible for the programmes and for projects implemented under the programmes. Some programmes and funds, notably regarding civil society, regional cooperation and decent work and a small number of energy and innovation programmes, are under the responsibility of the FMO.

The allocation for the current funding period (2014-2021, with disbursements to 2024) totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors for which the funding is allocated are:

• Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness;
• Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction;
• Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy;
• Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms;
• Justice and Home Affairs.

The FMO offers an international, stimulating and diverse workplace, with a current staff of over 60 employees comprising around 20 nationalities. Our values are: professionalism; cooperation; and trust, responsibility and respect. More information can be found on our website at:

The position is open to nationals of the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).


• Programme Manager for the development and implementation of assigned programmes;
• Maintain overview over priorities and assess relevant developments in her/his priority sector in the Donor States, the Beneficiary States and at the EU level;
• Maintain contact with and facilitate cooperation between relevant institutions in the Donor States and Beneficiary States;
• Give expert advice to internal and external stakeholders on her/his priority sector during the development and implementation of programmes;
• Contribute to the implementation of the FMO’s results-based management approach and risk management strategy;
• Actively use FMO information management system for tracking and reporting on programme progress and results;
• Fulfil administrative tasks in relation to the management of programmes in his/her priority sector.

The Sector Officer reports to the Head of Priority Sectors Unit. The position involves travel.


Relevant University degree, Master’s level.


Required experience
• At least six years of relevant work experience. Relevant experience is work related to the energy, environment and/or climate sector, and work in public administration, international organisations, industry and/or research institutions. A combination of work experience in these areas is considered an asset.

Desired experience
• Experience in advising public administration on policy issues;
• Experience in working in a European context;
• Experience in programme management or grant management;
• Experience with results-based management.


• Excellent overview and knowledge of the energy sector and its relations to climate change;
• Knowledge of relevant EU policies and programmes on energy, environment and/or climate change;
• Excellent drafting, presentation and communication skills, as well as diplomatic and negotiation skills;
• Strong interpersonal abilities, including a dynamic and flexible attitude, and cultural sensitivity;
• Results oriented;
• Ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines;
• Self-reliance and autonomy, but also skills needed for team-work.


Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (the working language of the FMO) are required.

Employment Terms

Grade: A4
Annual starting salary: EUR 97,397

Appointments are normally made at step 1 of the grade. The Director of the FMO reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level different from that advertised.

FMO is an employer dedicated to the principles of diversity and equal opportunities. We select our staff without discrimination with regard to age, gender, religion, colour, culture, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, pregnancy or family responsibilities.

We offer a very interesting and challenging position in a dynamic and diverse environment and the opportunity to work in a team of highly qualified people. Salaries and related payments are exempt from taxation by the EFTA Member States, and as regulated in headquarters agreements, in the EFTA host states. Depending on the candidate’s family status, benefits and allowances may apply.

For further information on this position please contact:
• Mr Sheamus Cassidy, Head of the Priority Sectors Unit: for questions on the content of this position;
• Ms Vera Medinskaya, Head of the Administration and HR Unit: for questions related to recruitment process.

Interested applicants should apply online via the EFTA e-recruitment tool, please note that only applications received via our web tool will be considered.

Deadline for submission of application: 11 April 2021.
Apply here.