Strategic Coordination Officer

European Space Agency - ESA
Paris, France
Added: April 20, 2024

Strategic Coordination Officer

Job Requisition ID: 18560

Closing Date: 25 April 2024 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESA Headquarters, Paris, France

Directorate: Directorate for Strategy, Legal and External Affai

Publication: Internal & External

Type of Contract: Permanent

Date Posted: 4 April 2024

Vacancy in the Directorate for Strategy, Legal and External Affairs.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France


Strategic Coordination Officer in the Foresight, Strategy & Coordination Department, Directorate of Strategy, Legal and External Matters.

Reporting directly to the Head of Department, you will be responsible for managing relations within the ESA directorates and with other internal and external stakeholders on matters related to the preparation for the ESA Council meeting at ministerial level. You will work on developing a cohesive meeting, ensuring that the Agency’s strategic vision is understood and correctly applied across the Agency.


Under the direct authority of the Head of the Foresight, Strategy & Coordination Department and in support of the Head’s functions, you will contribute to a cohesive ESA Council meeting at ministerial level, ensuring that the strategic vision of the Agency is understood and correctly applied. This will involve:

  • managing organisational issues related to the ESA Council meeting at ministerial level, including the Secretariat and administrative processes, ensuring consistency and harmonisation between the Committee view and the ESA strategy;
  • liaising with the ESA directorates, ensuring consistency and harmonisation between their programmatic proposals, while supporting the development of a narrative for the ESA-wide proposal for the Council meeting at ministerial level;
  • promoting the new ESA strategy, ensuring its comprehension and application amongst all stakeholders;
  • supporting the Head of Strategy in devising Europe-wide strategies and joint objectives with Member States, the EU and other third-party stakeholders;
  • supporting the Head of Strategy in strategy-related meetings, workshops and conferences as required;
  • keeping up to date with Member States’ and European institutions’ space strategies.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of the ESA institutional framework, structures, programmes and policies, and of the European and international space sector

Understanding of the Agency's relationship with other space agencies, European institutions and other key partner organisations and institutions

Knowledge of complex project risk management processes

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


A master's in science, economics or politics is required for this post.

Additional Requirements

A multidisciplinary background and a wide range of experience are required, including in space programmes and policy development, as well as in working in various cultural settings.

A proven capacity to interact with different stakeholders, senior management and high-level external representatives.

Other Information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email

Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.

In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level.

  • Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.