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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:

Head of Operational Support Unit in the European Ombudsman’s Office

This post is published in accordance with Article 29(1) (a) and (b) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union (management post).

The Head of Unit will oversee and manage the newly established Operational Support Unit, which will be responsible for process management, namely the administrative support of the office core business and other areas such as human resources, finance and procurement; security, health and safety.

The Unit includes around 25 staff members. The Head of Unit will report to the Secretary General and work closely with the Director of Inquiries.

The Head of Unit will ensure the quality of the services delivered by the Unit, as well as effective communication and coordination within the Unit and between the Unit and the rest of the organisation.

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

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 2021 - Web developer trainee - OMB/T/2021/2

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

Starting date: March or Avril 2021
Deadline for applications : 8 February 2021 at 12:00