EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans – Round II (YPS 2017) for early career civil servants (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: 10 October 2017.
The European Commission and the British Council announce the Call for applications to the EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans – Round II (YPS 2017), the action implementing two training programmes in EU academic institutions and a regional exchange component for early career civil servants from the six countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Applications will be open until 10 October 2017.

At the end of selection procedure successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend 2 intensive trainings (2 weeks each) at Science Po in Paris (France) named “Executive Certificate in Management and Public Policy” and at College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), as well as to participate at a 2 weeks Regional Exchange Programme to promote the regional cooperation element of the EU integration process at the level of civil service.

Successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to attend two intensive trainings (2 weeks each). The first training, named “Executive Certificate in Management and Public Policy”, will be at Science Po in Paris (France) from 3 to 16 December 2017. The second training, named “Public Administration Reform in the Context of EU Integration Process”, will be at College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) from 28 January to 10 February 2018. YPS 2017, foreseen as a follow up to a similar Pilot Action launched in 2016 (YPS 2016), is aiming at contributing to progress in the accession process and to deepen regional cooperation among countries in
WB6 countries.
First, it focuses on building professional capacity and preparing the next generation of public administrators and policy makers in the six Western Balkan countries who will be in charge of the accession process, who will drive and lead future change in their societies, particularly those required under the SAA implementation and accession negotiation process. In addition, the proposed Action aims at promoting the regional cooperation element of the EU integration process at the level of civil service by making cross-border connections between these leaders and agents of change and facilitating peer learning and the sharing of best practices.

 

Eligible applicants are:
  • Civil servants with between 2 and 5 years of working experience in Public Administration in one of the six countries of the Western Balkans.
  • Civil servants who have been recruited in PA through a public competition (political appointees are excluded from this selection process as they cannot be considered as civil servants)
  • Civil servants involved in policy formulation and strategic planning within the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, strategic units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of European Integration/Governmental Directorates/Bodies of European Integration as well as civil servants from other line Ministries directly involved in European Integration process.
  • Citizens with a valid passport issued by the National Authority in one of the 6 Western Balkan countries. Passports of another country than the one where the applicant works as a civil servant are not acceptable.
  • Fluent in English with at least an upper-intermediate level (B2). Those candidates who already have a valid TOEFL/IELTS language certification will not be asked to participate to the second stage of selection (i.e. English language test) if they provide a valid proof of this certification with at least the same level of knowledge as above (B2 or equivalent).
  • Available to travel and to move abroad from November 2017 to May 2018.

Benefits:

  • The programme will cover the following costs for up to 30 participants:
  • Tuition fees at Science Po and at College of Europe
  • Accommodation and living allowances in France and Belgium
  • Visa costs (if Visa is needed)
  • Health insurance and flight tickets
  • English language test costs
    Selected participants will commit to:
  • Attend in full the 4 weeks trainings at Science Po and at College of Europe, divided in two modules planned in December 2017 and January-February 2018.
  • Attend the two weeks exchange programme in the Public Administrations of one of the six countries involved in the programme (March/April 2018).
  • Attend the Regional Alumni Conference and Lessons Learnt event (May 2018)
APPLICATION PROCEDURE
  • After registering to the project’s website (http://Eu4wb6.com/), applicants will receive a full application package by email Each applicant must complete in English the YPS 2017 Application Form, the Europass CV format and they must accompany the application with a signed and dated Letter of Motivation explaining why they wish to take part in the scheme and what could be their contribution to the programme (including also a draft proposal for the common assignment topic to be implemented during the exchange component).
  • Women and representatives of minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application forms and the full set of accompanying documents will be delivered by email to interested applicants after registering at the following website: http://Eu4wb6.com/ starting from 27 September 2017

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans

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