The EDPS offers a friendly working atmosphere, low on bureaucracy, high on autonomy and diversity in work.
We have an ambitious equal opportunities strategy to ensure that all employees are able to fulfil their potential.
Our ambitious Learning & Development Policy will support your career development goals and improve your personal skills.
The rules applicable to all staff in the EU institutions, including the EDPS on careers, recruitment, promotions, pay and benefits are set out in the Staff Regulations.
There are two categories of staff working at the EDPS – permanent and temporary.
Permanent posts are open to EU Officials, in other words, those who have been successful in a competition organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
Vacancies for permanent posts are filled through internal transfers or promotions, transfers or secondments of officials from other EU institutions or bodies, or recruitment from reserve lists set up following EPSO competitions.
Temporary posts include contract agents, national Experts, traineeships and sometimes interim workers through temping agencies.
If a vacant position is not filled internally, a vacancy notice is opened up to all European Institutions and officials from other European Institutions may apply.
For this reason, the vacancy is published in the Inter-institutional Vacancy Notices page, which is accessible only from the intranet of European Institutions. If candidates fulfill all the required qualifications, an inter-institutional transfer is made.
Since EDPS staff are covered by the Staff Regulations and benefit from the same mobility policy as staff in the larger EU institutions, staff can transfer their grade, step, seniority and all other career elements seamlessly - you lose none of your rights in working for us.
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The EDPS sometimes has vacancies for Contract Agents (staff on fixed term contracts) specialising in Data Protection as well as in other administrative positions.
Contract staff are recruited from a pool of applicants (kept on a database) following a selection procedure organised by EPSO known as CAST.
Since there are no CAST lists available for those with a specific data protection profile, the EDPS will consider spontaneous applications to recruit data protection specialists.
For other administrative positions, the EDPS will consult the CAST list as well spontaneous applications to recruit administrative experts.
National experts (SNEs) are sometimes seconded to the EDPS secretariat for a fixed-term from the staff of national public sector bodies in the EU Member States.
SNEs allow the EDPS to benefit from their professional skills and experience in the data protection field and in turn gives national experts the opportunity to gain valuable experience at EU level.
When there is an opening for an SNE, the EDPS contacts the national data protection authorities (DPAs) with a call for applications.
National permanent representations to the EU are also informed of the programme and invited to assist in seeking suitable candidates.
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Sometimes, albeit rarely, we employ staff on a very short term, temporary basis (up to 6 months) as the need arises through temping agencies.
In 2005, the EDPS launched its traineeship programme. The main objective is to offer recent university graduates the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, particularly in their specific areas of competence.
Traineeships allow trainees to acquire practical experience of the EDPS’ day-to-day activities as well as in data protection.
Twice a year, our traineeship programme hosts on average six trainees. The traineeship sessions start in October and March, each for a five-month period.
In addition to the main traineeship programme, special provisions have been established to accept, under specific and limited admission criteria, university students and PhD students for short-term, non-remunerated traineeships.
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