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Vacancies for permanent posts in the secretariat of the European Ombudsman are filled through internal transfer or promotion, transfer or secondment of officials from other European Union institutions or bodies, or recruitment from reserve lists set up following open competitions organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) or by an EU institution or body.

Vacancies for temporary posts are advertised internally, to encourage career development of existing staff, or on the European Ombudsman's website. The Ombudsman also normally informs other European Union institutions of such vacancies. For profiles that are more regularly needed in the Ombudsman's Office, the Ombudsman may decide to publish open-ended vacancy notices with a view to establishing a pool of candidates who can be called for tests and interviews when a need arises.

Candidates who have succeeded in one or more selection procedures and who are particularly interested in working for the European Ombudsman's Office are welcome to express their interest by sending the reference of the selection procedure to the Ombudsman's Personnel, Administration, and Budget Unit.

Vacancy notices

The following vacancy notices are currently open:

(Senior) Case Handler AD 5/9 in the Office of the European Ombudsman

The (Senior) Case Handler in the Ombudsman's Office must necessarily have a very good command of the English language. The documents concerning the notice of vacancy are therefore only available in English.

Candidates are informed that they are not allowed to contact personally members of the Advisory Selection Committee and that doing so constitutes grounds for disqualification from the procedure.

The deadline for applications has passed

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The European Communities Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) - The European Communities Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) was established on 26 July 2002. Its mission is to organise open competitions to select highly qualified staff for recruitment to all institutions of the European Union, namely the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission, the Court of Justice, the Court of Auditors, the Economic and Social Committee the Committee of the Regions and the European Ombudsman. EPSO became fully operational on 1 January 2003.



The Ombudsman offers traineeships, primarily to university graduates or equivalent, twice a year. The traineeships start on 1 September and 1 January each year. A Traineeship Notice inviting applications for both traineeship periods is published annually, normally on 1 February. The Notice specifies the profiles sought that year. Trainees may be posted either in Strasbourg or in Brussels according to the needs of the Office.

Trainees in the Ombudsman's Office must necessarily have a very good command of the English language. Applications must therefore be submitted in English. For the same reasons, the documents concerning traineeship applications are only available in English.

Traineeship 2019/2020

We invite you to apply for a traineeship starting either on 1 September 2019 or on 1 January 2020. We offer paid traineeships for an initial period of four months, which can be extended by eight months (subject to an assessment of trainees’ performance).

The Ombudsman is offering traineeships in:

  1. case handling
  2. media and communication
  3. web development

The deadline for applications has passed