The European e-Competence Framework
The e-Competence Framework, is a tool to describe the skills of professionals in ICT-related roles.The e-CF is a reference for job and role descriptions, skill development, training and education.The framework has been developed by a large number of European ICT and HR experts in the context of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills.The European e-Competence Framework is structured from four dimensions. These dimensions reflect different levels of business and human resource planning requirements in addition to job/ work proficiency guidelines.
The four dimensions of the e-CF are specified as follows:
- Dimension 1: 5 e-Competence areas, derived from the ICT business processes:
PLAN – BUILD – RUN – ENABLE – MANAGE
- Dimension 2: A set of reference e-Competences for each area, with a generic description for each competence. 36 competences identified in total provide the European generic reference definitions of the e-CF 2.0.
- Dimension 3: Proficiency levels of each e-Competence provide European reference level specifications on e-Competence levels e-1 to e-5, which are related to the EQF levels 3 to 8.
- Dimension 4: Samples of knowledge and skills relate to e-Competences in dimension 2. They are provided to add value and context and are not intended to be exhaustive.
The 40 e-competencies of the e-CF
Click on the competency code in the list for the full description.
e-Competence: Title + generic description
E.4 Relationship Management
Establishes and maintains positive business relationships between the client and provider (internal or external) deploying and complying with organisational processes. Maintains regular communication with client/ partner/ supplier, and addresses needs through empathy with their environment and managing supply chain communications. Ensures that client/ partner/ supplier needs, concerns or complaints are understood and addressed in accordance with organisational policy.
e-Competence proficiency levels (on e-CF levels e-1 to e-5, related to EQF levels 3 to 8
Positively interacts with clients.
Accounts for own and others actions in managing a limited client base.
Provides leadership for large or many client relationships. Authorises investment in new and existing relationships. Leads the design of a workable procedure for maintaining positive business relationships.
|Knowledge examples||Knows/ Aware of/ Familiar with:
- K1 client or internal organisation processes including, decision making, budgets and management structure
- K2 client business objectives
- K3 own organisation business objectives
- K4 how to measure and apply resources to meet customer requirements
- K5 customer business challenges and risks
|Skills examples||Able to:
- S1 deploy empathy to customer needs
- S2 identify potential win win opportunities for client and own organisation
- S3 establish realistic expectations to support development of mutual trust
- S4 monitor ongoing commitments to ensure fulfilment
- S5 communicate good and bad news to avoid surprises
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