Project Officer

  • Temporary
  • Posted 4 months ago
  • Nationality of an E.U. Member State. Security Clearance to at least Confidential EU, or equivalent. Driving license, an advantage as SatCen is difficult to reach by public transport.

Company Details

The European Union Satellite Centre (EU SatCen) is the agency of the European Union (EU) that supports the EU's decision-making in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), including crisis management missions and operations, by providing products and services resulting from the exploitation of relevant space assets and collateral data, including satellite and aerial imagery, and related services.


The Project Officer provides support to the Head of Copernicus Unit and the Projects Administrator as indicated below:

  • Supports the Project Manager in all tasks, assisting in the execution of projects and unit activities;
  • Supports technical and scientific work of projects execution as described in projects’ Description of Work;
  • Perform Earth Observation (EO) and R&D activities, including Satellite image analysis for projects as well as GIS development (database generation, specific layers of interest, web mapping services (WPS), etc.) and applications developments;
  • Support in preparing project(s) status / updates including budgetary reports for the Financial Assistant, as appropriate liaise with related internal and external partners and also participate in the preparation and writing of new project proposals;
  • Supports the implementation of the ongoing activities with Frontex;
  • Performs any other duties appropriate to the grade and experience assigned by the Head of Division or by the Head of the Copernicus Unit.


  • Secondary education, preferably studies in science, engineering or earth sciences;
  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience in a field related to Earth Observation in support of security, defence, maritime and border surveillance;
  • Experience in international organizations would be an asset.


  • Knowledge of Earth Observation applied to security, defence, maritime and border surveillance;
  • Knowledge of the institutional framework, decision-making procedures of the European Union would be an advantage, as well as experience in projects under the EU Framework programme (FP) and/or H2020;
  • Experience in digital imagery processing using medium to very high-resolution image data;
  • Knowledge and experience in Imagery Analysis;
  • A good knowledge of MS Office incl. PowerPoint and MS Project; Solid knowledge of ESRI GIS Suite, ERDAS and/or similar software;
  • Knowledge of Web Mapping Services (WMS) and GIS developments including database generation;
  • An excellent command of English and knowledge of another EU language.


  • Nationality of an E.U. Member State;
  • Security Clearance to at least SECRET UE, or equivalent. In case the successful candidate is not in possession of such a clearance, the EU SatCen will request it, but no appointment will be fully confirmed until it has been received;
  • Stress resistant and in good state of health;
  • Driving license.


  • Employment at SatCen is governed by SatCen Staff Regulations;
  • This post is graded B3/B6 of the Coordinated Organisations salary scale. Recruitment will normally be set at Grade B4, step 1;
  • Appointments are made for a maximum duration of four years;
  • Posting is at SatCen, Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) Spain;
  • The selected candidate will be required to start ASAP.


Data protection policy

The Satcen collects and processes all personal data in accordance with the provisions of Regulation (EU) No 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 and Decision No 1247/2002/EC (the ‘EU Data Protection Regulation’)..

Although you can browse through SatCen web pages without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to apply to a vacancy notice. The purpose of processing of the data you submit is to manage your application(s) in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment at the Agency.

Ref 2020/V18/PO_Copernicus FRONTEX

Tagged as: ms office, erdas, esri gis suite, security/defence/maritime, digital imagery processing, imagery analysis, web mapping services, gis developments

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