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Programme Officer

  • Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 4, 2024
  • Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: June 4, 2024

The Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking is the largest European research & innovation program in aeronautics, developing innovative, cutting-edge technologies aimed at increasing commercial aircraft efficiency. The main objective of the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking is to contribute to reducing the ecological footprint of aviation by accelerating the development of climate neutral aviation technologies for their earliest possible deployment, therefore significantly contributing to the ambitious environment impact mitigation goals of the European Green Deal and Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 of the European Parliament and of the Council, that is to say a 55 % emissions reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and climate neutrality at the latest by 2050.

As of 30 of November 2021 the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking (CAJU) is the legal and universal successor of the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (CS2JU) in accordance with the COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) 2021/2085 of 19 November 2021.

The Clean Aviation JU is located in Brussels, Belgium.

For further information, please consult the following website:


Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking is looking for an experienced, dynamic, and committed colleague who will be appointed as Programme Officer.

The Programme Officer will support the Head of the Programme Development and Communications Unit for the overall activities in the fields of strategic programming; development of synergies with other programmes relevant to the Joint Undertaking; monitoring relevant policies and regulations impacting the aviation sector at large and in particular the conditions for market uptake of the Clean Aviation technological innovations.

The Programme Officer will also be responsible of monitoring strategic innovations emerging around the globe that are relevant to the CAJU programme.


The programme officer role will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Preparing strategy papers and journal articles summarizing technical inputs and policy recommendations from CAJU members, as appropriate;

  • Maintaining the CAJU technical roadmaps, and identifying technical priorities with other funding programmes at EU, national and regional level to maximise contributions to the programme objectives;

  • Monitoring  the evolving EU and international policy context and priorities to support the CAJU to promote research and innovations results;

  • Coordinating the consultations with the Scientific Advisory Body in view of the adoption of implementing decision by the Governing Board (e.g. revision of the CAJU’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, Technical Roadmap update, Work Programme, calls for proposals including topics);

  • Preparing and discussing agreements (such as Memoranda of Cooperation and Memoranda of Understanding) to develop and implement a multi-annual plan with the relevant funding and programme management authorities;

  • Preparing technical content for communication purposes (keynote presentations, exhibitions, conferences) or presentation to CAJU bodies (e.g. Governing Board, Technical Committee, Scientific Advisory Body and State Representative Group);

  • Building, maintaining and fostering a network of relevant public / institutional funding and management authorities at the EU, national and regional levels that are responsible for research programmes in the aeronautical domain or in fields relevant to the aeronautical sector and to the goals of the Clean Aviation Programme;

  • Efficiently working in cross-functional teams / units within and beyond the CAJU;

  • Performing any other tasks assigned by the management of the CAJU in the interests of the smooth operation of the projects and their overall management.


To be considered eligible for selection, an applicant must have met by the closing date of this call, the following formal requirements:

  • Be national of one of the Member States of the EU and enjoy full rights as citizens;

  • Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma and, after having obtained the diploma, at least three (3) years full-time of appropriate professional experience;


  • Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three (3) years attested by a diploma and, after having obtained the diploma, at least four (4) years full-time of appropriate professional experience;

  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge (at least B2 level) of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties;

  • Produce the appropriate character references as to their suitability for the performance of duties of the post;

  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by applicable laws concerning military service;

  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post. Before being engaged, a member of the temporary staff shall be medically examined by one of the institution's medical officers in line with the requirement of Art. 12(2)(d) of the CEOS.


Candidates selected on the above eligibility criteria will then be evaluated according to the following selection criteria.

Essential qualifications and experience

Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies in one of the following fields relevant to the post: Sciences (Engineering,  Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Aeronautics), Transport, Management of Innovation.

After obtaining the diploma described above the applicant must have professional experience (see point 3 - Eligibility criteria) in managing research and innovation, engineering and/or technology development programmes and/or relevant related policy in a field relevant to the aeronautics sector and related to the specific duties and responsibilities (see point 2 - Specific duties and responsibilities).

  • Proven experience in drafting strategic position papers and/or technical reports, (peer-reviewed) journal articles and/or content for dissemination and communication purposes;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (native English speakers will be required to demonstrate the ability to work in a second language at the interview stage);

  • Proven experience in programme and/or policy development and management in the field of research and innovation, or technology development initiatives.

Advantageous qualifications and experience

  • Proven experience in management of innovation funded through collaborative research projects, at EU or national or regional level;

  • Proven experience related to transport or aeronautical sector, in areas relevant to the Clean Aviation objectives;

  • Proven experience in socio-economic or environmental impact assessment of research and innovation activities;

  • Proven experience in preparing corporate presentations;

Proven capability to perform the specific duties and responsibilities

  • Excellent analytical ability, problem solving and organisational skills allowing to work efficiently under time constraints with short delivery deadlines;

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, with ability to communicate technical and policy information;

  • Ability to work in autonomy and under pressure while meeting tight deadlines;

  • Ability to work in cross-functional teams with diversified responsibilities and tasks;

  • Ability to establish and develop good interpersonal relations with a broad range of stakeholders in cross-cultural environments;

  • Good influencing and persuasion skills, with ability to exert non-hierarchical management.


The place of employment is Brussels, where the JU’s premises are located.

The successful candidate will be appointed by the Executive Director of the JU as a Temporary Agent, pursuant to Article 2(f) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union, for a period of 3 years. The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD6.

Subject to budget availability, after an evaluation of the post holder's performance and the needs of the service, the contract may be renewed not more than once for a fixed period. Any further renewal will be for an indefinite period (In line with provisions of art. 8 of the CEOS). The period of engagement will not in any case exceed the lifetime of the JU.

Candidates should note the requirement under the Staff Regulations/ CEOS for all new staff to successfully complete a probationary period of 9 months.

Remuneration will be based on the Staff Regulations scale of salaries. The pay of staff members consists of a basic salary supplemented with specific allowances, including expatriation or family allowances. The provisions guiding the calculation of these allowances can be consulted in the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants available at the following address:


A selection committee is nominated by the Appointing Authority of the JU. Each application is checked to verify whether the candidate meets the eligibility criteria.

All the eligible applications are evaluated by the selection committee based on the elements of the application and having regard to the Vacancy Notice. After the screening of the applications, the selection committee will draw up a shortlist of candidates who correspond best to the profile. On this basis, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview with the selection committee, which will be complemented by a written test.

As a result of those assessments, the selection committee drafts a reserve list of the best candidates which will be submitted to the Executive Director. Candidate shall know that the reserve list may be used for coverage of future vacancies for similar profile in the JU.


The Executive Director will select from the reserve list the successful candidate and offer the post.

A binding commitment can only be made after the verification of all conditions and will take the form of a contract signed by the Executive Director. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget. Candidates should note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

The reserve list for this post will be valid 24 months after the Executive Director has approved the reserve list and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority of the CAJU.


The CAJU, as a Union body, applies a policy of equal opportunities and non-discrimination in accordance with Article 1d of the Staff Regulations.


Applications must be submitted by the 4th of June 2024 at 23:59 (Brussels time). The closing date of this vacancy may be extended.
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