Working at EDA

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EDA is an “outward-facing” organisation, constantly interacting with its shareholders, the participating Member States, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders. It works in an integrated way, with multi-disciplinary teams from all functional areas, to deliver on the mission and objectives of the Agency. Business processes are flexible and result focused.

EDA is staffed by Temporary Agents, Contract Agents and Seconded National Experts.

EDA counts about 150 staff members. While the majority of EDA staff have experience from the military or defence sector, EDA also employs professionals with diverse backgrounds coming from the private sector or other EU or international organisations.

In addition, EDA offers each year few traineeship placements through the EDA traineeship programme.

EDA embraces diversity and, as an equal opportunity employer, selects its staff without any distinction on grounds of nationality, age, race, gender, political, philosophical or religious conviction or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or other family situation.

What we look for

Employees need to demonstrate:

  • Commitment to EDA’s mission and goals;
  • Flexibility, innovation, and team-working;
  • Ability to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal;
  • A record of achieving performance/results;
  • Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.

The eligibility and selection criteria for specific positions are set out in the vacancy notice.

Basic eligibility criteria include citizenship of a participating Member State (pMS), compliance with military service obligations, appropriate character references, fitness for work, and thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the pMSs and satisfactory knowledge of another.

The vacancy notice for each position also sets out the specific requirements as regards professional experience, knowledge, skills and competences.

Additionally, candidates will need to have, or be in a position to obtain, a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level) issued by a competent national authority. For more information, see FAQ.

Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.

EDA offers opportunities for talented and motivated individuals in a variety of professional, managerial and assistant roles in the core business and corporate areas.

Temporary Agents may be offered a contract for up to 4 years, renewable once for up to 4 years. They serve a 9-month probation period.

Temporary Agents posts are classified as follows, based on duties and responsibilities:

  • Administrators' function group (AD) with 12 grades (AD 5 to AD 16), corresponding to scientific, technical, administrative, advisory duties.
  • Assistants' function group (AST) with 11 grades (AST 1 to AST 11), corresponding to executive, technical and clerical duties.

Contract Agents may be offered a contract from 3 months up to 4 years, renewal once for a maximum of 5 years.

Contract Agent posts are classified as follows, based on duties and responsibilities:

  • Function group IV: Administrative, advisory, linguistic and equivalent technical tasks
  • Function group III: Executive tasks, drafting, accountancy and other equivalent technical tasks
  • Function group II: Clerical and secretarial tasks, office management and other equivalent tasks
  • Function group I: Manual and administrative support service tasks

The probation period is 6 months in FG I and 9 months in FG II-IV

For more detailed information on Temporary Agent and Contract Agent employment, see the EDA Staff Regulations

Seconded National Experts enable EDA to benefit from high-level knowledge and professional experience, in particular in areas where such expertise is not readily available within the Agency. SNEs remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of secondment and continue to be paid by that employer. The secondment is established through an agreement between EDA and the employer and lasts from 2 months to 3 years. It may be renewed successively up to a total of four years. For more detailed information please see the SNE rules

Temporary Agents are recruited in the first step of the advertised grade. They may be awarded a second step, depending on the years of professional experience. Contract Agents are recruited in the advertised Function Group and the grade is determined based on the years of professional experience. Contract Agents are recruited in the first step of their allocated grade.

Basic salaries in step 1 for all grades are featured in the salary grids below. The final salary is calculated by adding the relevant allowances and by deducting social security contributions and other taxes.

Depending on family circumstances, staff may be entitled to household allowance, dependent child allowance, education allowance, birth grants and tax abatement for dependent children.

Other allowances may include expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), foreign residence allowance (4% of basic salary) and annual travel to the place of origin.

A standard working week at EDA is 40 hours. Annual leave starts at 24 days per year. In addition to this entitlement, leave days are granted for age and grade. For staff members who receive expatriation or foreign residence allowance an additional 2.5 days granted for ‘home leave’. Special leave can be granted in certain circumstances such as marriage, birth or adoption of a child, death of a close relative etc.

Under certain conditions, EDA enables staff members to reconcile their family and professional life by offering flexible work arrangements, such as part-time work and parental leave.

Staff are entitled to payment of a severance grant or the transfer of the actuarial equivalent of their retirement pension rights.

EDA covers travel and removal on taking up duties and at the end of contract.

 Important disclaimer: all of the rules and figures presented in this website are for information purposes only. Rights can only be derived from the Staff Regulations and corresponding implementing rules. The exact financial conditions of employment may be determined only case by case.



Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • UK