Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

JRC Vacancy

Category: Seconded National Expert

Location: Ispra, Italy

Duration: Initial contact duration of 24 months (possible starting date 2nd quarter 2014)

Deadline: 25/07/2013
(Deadline is established internally by the Commission/DG HR. Please check with your Permanent Representation/Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country/IGO Administration to see if an alternate date preceding this date has been set.)

Reference: Institute for Environment and Sustainability - JRC/H/03

This vacancy notice is open to:

  • Member States
  • the following third countries: Croatia, Iceland, Serbia, the former Yugoslav  Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey
  • the following intergovernmental organisations: FAO, UNFCCC

Job title

Support in monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) in the EU Member States.

We are

As the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre 's mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. Key policy areas include: environment and climate change; energy and transport; agriculture and food security; health and consumer protection; information society and digital agenda; safety and security, including nuclear; all supported through a cross-cutting and multidisciplinary approach. With 7 Scientific Institutes, 3 Corporate Directorates and the DG/DDG Office, the JRC is located in 5 Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain). 

The current vacancy is in the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (located in Ispra, Italy). Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support to the EU policies for the protection of the environment and the more efficient and sustainable management of natural resources at global and continental scales. The vacancy is within the Forest Resources and Climate Unit, which has the task of developing and applying a framework for the assessment of policy options for the sustainable management of forest resources at global level. The Unit’s activities contribute to the assessment of the status of EU and global forest resources and investigate the roles that forests play in supporting economic and ecological services. Furthermore, work in the Unit aims simulating the outcomes of potential forest management practices and the analysis of policy options for sustainable forest management. 

We propose

The Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) is a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory sector that covers anthropogenic emissions and removals of GHGs resulting from changes in terrestrial carbon stocks. Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol have the obligation to monitor and report GHG emissions and removals from LULUCF, following relevant methodological guidance from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
For the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020), a number of changes in LULUCF reporting and accounting rules were agreed at UNFCCC level (e.g. on forest management, natural disturbances, harvested wood products, etc.). In addition, the EU has agreed that reporting and accounting of agricultural activities (cropland and grazing land management) will become mandatory for EU Members States. All these changes, to be implemented from the first reporting during the second commitment period (early 2015), pose significant challenges in several EU MS.
In this context, the main responsibilities of the Seconded National Expert will be to assist JRC in providing scientific and technical support to the EU and its Member States in implementing the new LULUCF reporting and accounting rules during the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Specific tasks will include:
1) Assist in analysing the latest available information on LULUCF by EU Member States.
2) In relation to the new LULUCF rules, support in assessing the overall monitoring and reporting capacity by EU Member States, in terms of accuracy, completeness, transparency, consistency, comparability and overall adherence with latest IPCC methodological guidance.
3) When relevant, assist in developing country-specific recommendations to meet the new reporting requirements for all the main land uses (e.g., forest land, cropland, grassland, all land use changes, and corresponding activities), in close collaboration with the country’s GHG inventory compilers. These recommendations will consider the need to ensure, as a minimum, the completeness of reporting and, as a second step, the need to improve the quality of the estimates. This task should consider the latest UNFCCC reviews, the work done by the JRC in the context of the EU GHG monitoring mechanism and work done by the broader scientific community.

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for a dynamic and motivated Seconded National Expert (SNE).


a) Eligibility criteria


The following eligibility criteria are to be fulfilled by the candidate in order to be seconded to the Commission. Consequently, the candidate who does not fulfil one of them will be automatically eliminated from the selection process.


  • Professional experience: at least three years' experience in administrative, legal, scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions which can be regarded as equivalent to those of function groups AD;
  •  Seniority: at least one year by your employer, that is having worked for an eligible employer (as described in Art. 1 of the SNE decision) on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before the secondment;
  • Linguistic skills: thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU official language to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties. An SNE from a non-member country must produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one Community language necessary for the performance of his duties.

b) Selection criteria


  • diploma:
    The ideal candidate should have a degree in Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental science or related fields.
  • professional experience:
    Knowledge of UNFCCC and IPCC guidelines and experience in the field of LULUCF GHG monitoring and reporting is desirable. Relevant publications should be highlighted.
  • language(s) necessary for the performance of duties:
    Good knowledge of spoken and written English is required. The knowledge of another community language would be an advantage.

Recruitment policy


  • Cultivates a workplace based on respect for other people and the environment.
  • Embraces non-discriminatory practices and equality of opportunity. In case of equal merit, preference will be given to the gender in minority.
  • Encourages learning and development possibilities.

How to apply

Please contact your Permanent Representation of the European Union / Diplomatic Mission of Non-Member Country / EFTA Secretariat / IGO Administration.