MEDREG is the independent organisation association for regional cooperation amongst gathering 25 energy regulators from the 21 Mediterranean countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and, Turkey.
The overall objective of MEDREG is to contribute to the progressive establishment of an integrated Euro-Mediterranean energy market. MEDREG’s specific work towards meeting its general objective involves: (a) the development of proposals, tools, regulatory standards and good practices that can lead to more efficient and compatible regulatory frameworks to enhance the development of efficient national energy systems and to facilitate the gradual integration of energy systems (including cross-border systems) in the region; and (b) the establishment of a closer relationship amongst regulators in the region with the aim to enhance their cooperation.
Such ambitious goals are carried out via intense institutional and capacity building programmes which are the pillars of MEDREG’s work and also through MEDREG’s Working Groups comprised of representatives of its Members. Currently, MEDREG has five Working Groups (Institutional; Electricity; Gas; Environment, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficiency; Consumers) and one Task Force coordinating the participation and contribution of MEDREG representatives to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM). MEDREG promotes a permanent exchange of know-how, data collection and dissemination of expertise through comprehensive studies, recommendations, reports and specialised training sessions.
MEDREG’s strategy and activities are supported by its Milan-based Secretariat. The Secretariat provides continuous support to the President, Vice-Presidents, MEDREG members, Working Groups (WGs) and Task Forces (TFs) towards the implementation the Association’s Action Plan. The Secretariat supervises and contributes to the preparation of studies and recommendations developed by the MEDREG WGs and TFs, and supports the drafting of the Association’s strategic documents. The Secretariat also ensures the overall coherence of MEDREG messages through the drafting of speeches, presentations and statements delivered by Members on behalf of MEDREG.
The Secretariat is currently composed of 5 people. To accommodate the increased activities of MEDREG in the forthcoming two-year period 2018-2019, the Secretariat and will grow to include 9 people. The Secretariat is now looking for a Detached Energy Expert to support the organisation and development of MEDREG’s working groups and task force activities.
OPEN POSITION: Detached Energy Expert (Seconded from MEDREG members)
PLACE: Milan, Italy
STARTING DATE: February 2018
CONTRACT: 9-12 Months
The successful candidate will assist the Regulatory Affairs Manager and when required, will support other Secretariat members. He/She will be entrusted with the following responsibilities:
- Support in the organization of Working Groups (WGs) and Task Force (TFs) meetings, including the identification of topics and stakeholders whose participation may be required;
- Support in following up the work of WGs and TFs towards the implementation of MEDREG’s Action Plan;
- Support in the finalization of WGs and TFs minutes and conclusions;
- Support the collection and systematization of MEDREG’s questionnaires and benchmarking exercises.
- Support the follow up procedure with Members and assist in the processing of responses;
- Liaise with prospective speakers and participants in MEDREG WGs and TFs and other institutional activities to facilitate their participation;
- Provide technical assistance to MEDREG’s Members and Senior Secretariat staff when representing MEDREG at external events;
- Assist in the drafting of documents pertaining to the MEDREG financing contract with the European Commission;
- Proactively follow and report on developments in Euro-Mediterranean energy policy and regulation (both gas and electricity sectors);
- Nationality of one of the 21 MEDREG Member countries;
- University degree in one of the following (or related) disciplines: Economics, Law or Engineering;
- At least 2-4 years of experience within the member regulator/ or department of Ministry in charge of Regulatory affairs ;
- Proven knowledge of Mediterranean and/or European energy policy;
- Good understanding of EU and Mediterranean institutions and EU’s policy-making process;
- Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic will be an advantage
- Good computer skills (Microsoft Office)
- Excellent communication and multicultural skills, preferably acquired through professional experience in international settings
- Ability to work under pressure and problem solving
- Ability to work in a positive and proactive manner, as a team member, and in a complex institutional environment
- Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate clearly, both written and orally
- Must be able to effectively read and interpret information
- Must be organized and able to prioritize and plan work activities as to use time efficiently
- Must be dependable, able to follow instructions, respond to management direction, and must be able to improve performance through management feedback.
- Contract type: Detachment contract, starting on 15 February 2018 for 9-12 months.
- Salary: See Annex 1.
- Work location: Milan, Italy.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents in English
- Motivation letter of maximum one page
Please, do not send any supporting documents (i.e., copies of ID card, educational certificates, evidence of previous professional experience, etc.) at this stage.
Your application should be sent by e-mail to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org. The reference “DetExp17” must be inserted as subject in the e-mail.
The deadline for sending applications is 10 December 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interviews.
Selected candidates will be interviewed from 8 to 12 January 2018 at MEDREG premises in Milan (Italy). Please note that MEDREG is not in a position to refund any expenses incurred by candidates during this recruitment process.
As already anticipated during the 23rd MEDREG General Assembly (Athens, 24 May 2017) MEDREG will have the possibility to welcome in its Secretariat a detached expert from one of its Members. The period will be between 9 and 12 months and part of the cost will be supported by the EC-MEDREG grant financing contract starting in January 2018. Here below follow some specific conditions related to the detachment process:
A/ MAIN CONDITIONS
The detachment offers the possibility to any MEDREG member to send one employee of its staff to cover a specific role within the MEDREG Secretariat based at the AEEGSI premises in Milan, Italy.
The detachment is based on a “formal agreement” between the interested National Regulatory Authority (the Institution of origin) and MEDREG (the welcoming entity).
To be eligible, the detached member of staff, from now on called “detached worker”, should comply with the following requirements:
- provide a declaration of interest signed from both the detached worker and his/her employer;
- commit to fulfil his/her duties for and within the welcoming entity, as part of the MEDREG Secretariat, for a minimum duration of 9 months and for a maximum of 12 months;
- maintain his/her work contract with his/her Institution of origin for the detachment period.
B/ DETACHMENT PROCEDURE AND WORK VISA RULES:
- The following documents will have to be prepared: ¨application form to be completed by the welcoming entity (MEDREG) to employ a foreign national including personal information and job description of the detached worker to be employed; The authorization to receive the secondment must be requested by the person resident in Italy and will allow the seconded to obtain the entry visa and the residence permit valid for working in Italy;
- photocopy of the worker's passport or equivalent travel document (to be provided by the Institution of origin);
- agreement between the two legal entities (institution of origin and welcoming entity) and a letter that the employer signs to the employee(s) where the posting period is in force. If the act is not in Italian it must be translated. NB: Any act to be valid abroad must be apostilled, then translated and the translation asserted by the consulate (see the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Abolition of the Legalization of Foreign Public Acts.
All necessary documents and requests – including those to be presented to the Italian authorities – have to be prepared with the support of the Institution of origin. Any act to be valid abroad must be apostilled, then translated into Italian and the translation asserted by the consulate (see the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on the Abolition of the Legalization of Foreign Public Acts).
- EU citizens: EU citizens do not need a permit to work in Italy.
- Non-EU citizens: the majority of non-EU citizens are given entry access to Italy based on the entry quotas established by the Italian law. Once the request for detachment is formally received by the welcoming entity, it should apply for clearance to the local immigration office in Milan. Once the clearance is obtained from the Italian authorities, the foreign detached worker shall obtain the required visa from an Italian consulate in his/her country of origin or residence. The detached worker will have to provide the documents required for the detachment procedure (listed in the previous section) to the immigration office of the local Prefecture in Milan as part of the visa application / when they arrive in Milan.
The rules on transnational detachment are contained in Legislative Decree No.136 / 2016, in force since 22 July 2016, issued in implementation of Directive 2014/67 / EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014, which has Repealed Legislative Decree No.72 / 2000 implementing Directive 96/71 / EC by adopting its provisions.NB: The average time-frame to finalize the process is between 40 to 60 calendar days depending on the country where the request of detachment comes from.
C/ RIGHTS AND COSTS:
Given the mutual and reciprocal benefits that the detachment work contract will provide to the two contracting parties, this specific working relation involves costs that should be jointly supported by both the Institution of origin and the welcoming entity. In particular:
- Institution of origin: the detached worker will remain employed by his/her Institution of origin throughout the duration of the detachment, including salary and benefits (for example annual leave). Moreover, European law establishes that the salary received by the detached worker cannot be inferior to the minimum salary established for the position he/she holds according to the collective work agreement of reference . For example, if the worker’s salary amounts to 500€ per month in its Institution of origin and the Italian salary for the same position corresponds to 1.000€, the Institution of origin will have to pay its detached worker the difference of 500 € per month for the whole duration of the detachment period. Here below is the table reporting the minimum salary according to the collective contract applicable to the MEDREG staff.
Minimum salary in €
Welcoming entity: MEDREG will cover the rent of one-bedroom apartment (around 50-60 m2) in Milan for the duration of his/her detachment. The total cost will correspond to around 1.000 €/month covered by the EC-MEDREG grant contract.
As mentioned above, to reach these objectives a “formal agreement” has to be signed.
Social Security Service:
In general, taxes must be paid in the country where the activity is carried out without bilateral agreements, so in Italy.
The principle of taxation in the country where the income is generated is applicable to foreign staff if the period of presence on the national soil exceeds 183 days. For the contribution, by obtaining the CE1 model an exemption of two years with a possible one year renewal through the CE2 model is possible. After this period, contributions must be paid in Italy.
The detached company shall, through the intermediary, make a prior declaration of posting, designate a referent in Italy and all other legal requirements.
More information can be found on the Ministry of work’ website:
For more detailed information, please refer to Annex 1.
In line with EU and Italian law, detached employees are guaranteed, during the detachment, the same terms and conditions that apply to Italian employees that perform the same employment activity as the detached employee in the place to which the employee has been detached.