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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:

Inquiries Officer in the Office of the European Ombudsman OMB/6/2022 - Temporary agent - AD5 Call for expression of interest  for immediate recruitment & drawing-up a reserve list

The inquiries officer in the Ombudsman's Office must necessarily have a very good command of English. The documents concerning the call for expression of interest are therefore only available in English.

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

Dear candidates,

We would like to inform you that by 20 December 2022 all applicants should have been informed by e-mail about the status of their application.  

Please note that the Office will be closed from 23 December to 3 January 2023 so any questions about the procedure will be answered after that date.


  • Deadline for applications
    12 September 2022
  • Admissibility & eligibility check
    September & October 2022
  • Comparative assessment of applications (assessment of qualifications, experience & motivation)
    November & December 2022
  • Case study analysis (written test)
    January & February 2023
  • Interviews with the Selection Committee
    March & April 2023
  • Publication of the reserve list
    April 2023

The deadline for applications has passed

External links

EPSOVisit the EU Careers website where you can search the database of available job opportunities for permanent and temporary positions, including contract agent posts, traineeships and secondments in EU Institutions and Agencies.



The Ombudsman offers traineeships, primarily to university graduates or equivalent, twice a year. The traineeships normally start on 1 September and 1 January each year. A Traineeship Notice inviting applications is published for each traineeship period, normally on 1 February and on 1 May. The Notice specifies the profiles sought. 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.

IT traineeship 2023 - Java/web developer trainee - OMB/T/2023/2

The European Ombudsman offers the opportunity to a Java/web developer trainee to assist in the development of the Ombudsman's Internet and Extranet sites and of internal web based applications.

Starting date: February or March 2023
Deadline for applications : 7 November 2022 at 13:00

The deadline for applications has passed

Traineeship period September 2022-August 2023 - OMB/T/2022/9

We invite you to apply for a traineeship starting on 1 September 2022. We offer paid traineeships for a period of one year.

The Ombudsman is offering traineeships in:

  1. case handling
  2. digital communication

The deadline for applications has passed

Traineeship period January 2023-December 2023

After considering the very limited traineeship possibilities the Ombudsman's Office is able to offer in January 2023, the Ombudsman will not organise a second trainee selection for the case handling profile in 2022. Information about the selection procedure for the traineeship period starting in September 2023 will be published on our website in February 2023.