The European Space Agency is hiring a Policy Officer

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  • Vacancy type: Permanent

    Location: Frascati, Italy

    Closing date for applications: 18-03-2021


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



    • preparing programme, policy and strategy papers on ESA’s Earth Observation activities in the context of European and international  partners;
    • defining and supporting the implementation of actions related to Space 4.0 within the Directorate, in close coordination with the Directorate’s Departments and    other Directorates and Services of ESA;
    • supporting the preparation of programme proposals and related documents for ESA Ministerial Conferences;
    • supporting the preparation of relevant ESA meetings (e.g. Executive Board, ESA Council, Objectives Setting Seminars, etc.);
    • assessing potential new partnership schemes for Earth Observation (e.g. with industry and institutional partners);
    • preparing and maintaining a coherent set of presentation material and preparing interventions for the Director;
    • assisting the Director of Earth Observation Programmes and Head of Office in daily matters and in ad hoc tasks as necessary.


    Technical competencies

    Knowledge of the ESA institutional framework, policies and programmes (Technology, Science, Launchers, Human Space and/or Applications)

    Knowledge of the European and international space sector (institutional, commercial and/or industrial)

    Knowledge and understanding of the Agency’s core business

    Knowledge of ESA’s legal environment, convention, rules, regulations and policies

    ESA Earth Observation policies and programmes

    Major international initiatives related to Earth Observation (eg.: CEOS, GEO, UN Environmental Conventions)



    Master’s degree in Earth Observation or a related domain with a proven interest in space policy matters.


    The closing date for applications is 18 March 2021.


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    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 and Slovenia.


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