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Traineeship 2018/2019 - Detail information

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Join us as a trainee and help create a more effective, accountable, transparent and ethical administration in the European Union!

Our mission is to serve democracy by working with the institutions of the European Union to create a more effective, accountable, transparent and ethical administration.

We do this by dealing with complaints against European Union institutions and by conducting inquiries on our own initiative, encouraging transparency, and promoting an administrative culture of service. We build trust by encouraging dialogue between citizens and the European Union and by promoting the highest standards of accountability and transparency within the EU administration.

Our guiding principles are integrity, fairness, accountability, dialogue, and service.

Equal opportunities

The European Ombudsman welcomes applications from all persons with the required qualifications. Reasonable accommodation will be made to ensure equal opportunities for applicants with disabilities.

1. Streams available for 2018/2019 traineeships

You are invited to apply for a traineeship starting either on 1 September 2018 or on 1 January 2019. Traineeships are paid and are initially offered for a four-month period. They can be extended for another eight months following assessment of the trainees’ performance in the first four months.

For the upcoming traineeship periods (September 2018 & January 2019), the Ombudsman offers traineeships in the following three streams:

  • Stream i: European Public Administration
  • Stream ii: Law
  • Stream iii: Audit & Economics

2. Eligibility criteria and required qualifications

Candidates should be nationals of a Member State of the EU, or of a candidate country for accession to the EU.

They should have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and a good knowledge of a second one.

The main working language of the Ombudsman’s office is English and therefore a very good knowledge of English is required.

In addition to the above mentioned criteria, candidates should possess a degree or diploma of at least 3 years in one of the following disciplines:

  • Stream i: Political science, European studies, International relations, European public administration, Human resources
  • Stream ii: Law
  • Stream iii: Audit, Economics

3. Selection criteria

Candidates should fulfil the following general selection criteria:

  • very good understanding of the role of the European Ombudsman;
  • very good understanding of EU policies;
  • very good drafting skills in English;
  • very good drafting skills in another official language of the European Union;
  • very good communication and presentation skills;
  • very good analytical and research skills.

In addition to the above mentioned selection criteria, candidates should fulfil the following specific selection criteria:

  • Stream i: Very good knowledge of the EU administration
  • Stream ii: Very good knowledge of EU institutional law or very good knowledge of at least one specific area of EU law or human rights law
  • Stream iii: Very good knowledge of EU policy areas and of the related budgetary or financial procedures as well as the applicable laws

4. Responsibilities and tasks

As a trainee you will:

  • Assist in the investigation of complaints (conduct research, draft decisions, prepare notes);
  • Assist in the handling of out-of-mandate complaints;
  • Carry out research relevant to the Ombudsman’s activities;
  • Assist in preparing information materials;
  • Provide linguistic assistance;
  • Draft minutes of meetings.

5. Place of work

Brussels or Strasbourg

6. Deadline for applications

Applications must be registered through the online application system on the Ombudsman’s website on 31 March 2018 (23:59) at the very latest.

However, it is recommended not to wait until the last minute for sending a complete application. Please, carefully read the applicable rules, prepare the required documents (scanned) in advance before starting the registration process.

For general information on the traineeships, for example, their aim, duration and scholarships, please refer to the Decision of the European Ombudsman concerning traineeships available on the Ombudsman’s website.