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European Food Safety Authority (EFSA’s) 2017 traineeship programme for young university graduates

Application Deadline: July 31st 2017

Are you a young graduate searching for a challenging experience in a leading scientific EU Agency? This traineeship programme is a great opportunity for you to gain professional experience and develop and strengthen your skills and competencies in your field of interest.

EFSA’s 2017 traineeship programme is a unique opportunity for young university graduates to gain professional experience in various business and scientific fields related to EFSA’s mandate. EFSA is looking to attract potential applicants from all over the world and provide them with all the information they need to apply.

As a trainee, you will contribute to EFSA’s day-to-day activities, through a rewarding and challenging experience in a multicultural environment.

Your key objectives

Under the supervision of your traineeship adviser within the unit of assignment, you will have the opportunity to:
• Get a first-hand experience in a scientific EU Agency, developing new competencies and skills in line with your personal interests and professional aspirations;
• Contribute to the overall objectives of the unit by supporting in drafting documents and reports, handling scientific and/or administrative work, searching and reviewing literature, and ensuring timely communication of outcomes;
• Contribute to specific projects and activities with new ideas and innovative solutions;
• Contribute to the planning and monitoring of the unit’s activities.

Eligibility criteria

 a) Have obtained a university degree of at least 3 years by the closing date of applications (See Annex I for the minimum national qualifications);

b) Have a good knowledge of English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR);

c) Have never been an EFSA trainee or employed by EFSA in any capacity, receiving any sort of remuneration;

d) Meet the character requirements needed for the duties involved (e.g. a sworn affidavit to the effect that you have no criminal record).

Selection criteria

a) Experience and Knowledge

Knowledge of or experience in an area relating to the activities of EFSA.

b) Competencies

i. Working with others: ability to work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people;

ii. Analysis and Problem Solving: ability to identify the critical facts in difficult issues and develop creative and practical solutions;

iii. Drive for results: ability to take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering high quality work;

iv. Communication in English: ability to communicate effectively in English;

v. Ethics and integrity: demonstrate overall personal integrity and orientation towards fundamental values of the organisation.

The selected trainees will receive a monthly grant of €1.120.
EFSA will pay a travel allowance to compensate for the expenses incurred to travel from the place of residence to the seat of EFSA and vice versa at the beginning and at the end of the traineeship.
For more information on benefits and working conditions please consult the ‘Decision of the Executive Director of EFSA on traineeship and study visit schemes at EFSA’.

Selection procedure

1. Candidates apply electronically via the online recruitment tool (selecting 2 areas of interest in order of preference). Candidates can update or withdraw their applications at any time.
2. Applications are screened against the eligibility criteria defined in the Traineeship Call.
3. Eligible candidates will be screened by EFSA’s units taking into account the candidates’ preferences indicated in the application and their competencies.
4. The shortlisted candidates are required to undergo a telephone or on-line interview to discuss suitability for the role, mutual expectations and possible starting date.
5. As a result of the interview, candidates can be selected, rejected or placed in a reserve list for future positions.
6. Successful candidates will receive a Traineeship offer, stating the starting date, the tasks, the duration of the traineeship and the list of documents to be submitted before the start date.
7. Once the candidate accepts the offer and submits all the required documents, the procedure is concluded.

Non-EU candidates are required to obtain the relevant VISA independently. EFSA will provide candidates with a Traineeship Certificate stating the length of the traineeship, the Unit of assignment and the grant received. EFSA cannot guarantee the final obtaining of the VISA.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EFSA’s 2017 traineeship programme

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