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EFTA recruiting Head of Finance and Control Unit

Brussels, Belgium, 30 May 2018


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 take on the post of Head of Finance and Control Unit. 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. A few programmes, notably regarding Civil Society, Regional Cooperation and Decent Work, are operated by the FMO.


The Head of Finance and Control Unit leads the work of seven Financial Officers. S/he oversees the financial management of the EEA and Norway Grants. S/he manages the development and maintenance of appropriate finance systems and the implementation of relevant procedures and controls at the FMO. S/he is responsible for the management, supervision and coaching of the staff of the Unit. S/he reports to the Head of Compliance and Administration Department.


  • Manage the work of the Finance and Control Unit;

  • Lead the Unit's work on e.g. the following:

  • Cash and liquidity management, including payment forecasts, replenishments and disbursements;

  • Financial reporting;

  • Provision of financial expertise in programme assessment and follow-up;

  • Oversee the Unit's participation in the implementation of the FMO's risk management strategy;

  • Coordinate the audits commissioned by FMO;

  • Lead the FMO's administrative budget process and liaise with the EFTA Secretariat on finance matters;

  • Chair the Irregularities Committee;

  • Manage the contacts with the EFTA Board of Auditors and the Norwegian Auditor General;

  • Manage the contacts with the relevant Beneficiary State authorities.

The position involves travel.

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