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Frequency Management Officer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: esoc
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
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  • Closing Date: 2022-11-30


Vacancy in the Directorate of Operations.


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.


ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany  



Frequency Management Officer in the ESA Frequency Management Office, Space Safety Programme Department, Directorate of Operations.
The ESA Frequency Management Office is responsible for the frequency management of all ESA missions from the initial planning phase to routine mission operation until the end of mission.


Reporting to the Head of the ESA Frequency Management Office, your main duties will include:

  • supporting the development of the Agency’s frequency management policy and ensuring its implementation in accordance with the provisions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU);
  • interfacing with ESA satellite projects in the various directorates to consult on the Radio Regulations and assign them the frequencies required for their mission;
  • filing and coordinating RF-related aspects of new ESA missions and handling the operational coordination of flying missions;
  • carrying out the domestic and international coordination of the ESA Tracking Network with existing and planned terrestrial services;
  • interfacing with frequency regulators in ESA stations' host countries for relevant bilateral agreements and for obtaining the necessary frequency licences held in the ESA registry;
  • supporting the Head of Office in defining and implementing the strategy to achieve the ITU Radio Regulations changes required to support the needs of future ESA programmes;
  • participating, as needed, in the work of technical committees in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) and the Space Frequency Coordination Group (SFCG), conducting studies to support ESA's position in these committees;
  • implementing all contracts associated with the S2P programme and reporting on related matters to PB-SSA.

In performing these tasks, the ESA Frequency Management Office is supported by individual contact points for frequency management matters from the various ESA directorates.

Technical competencies

General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Experience in satellite frequency selection, international coordination, ITU filing and stations licensing
Experience in ITU, CEPT and SFCG meetings, structures and procedures
Experience in radio frequencies, propagation, satellite telecommunication systems

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement 
Forward Thinking


A Master's degree in engineering or physics is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Experience in analysis and simulation of complex systems.
Good communication skills (particularly in a multi-cultural environment) and ability to work in a team.
Systems understanding and strategic thinking are considered important.

Other information

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

For further information please visit: Professionals,What we offerand FAQ  


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 or balanced 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. 


Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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