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Temporary contracts

Temporary contracts 

(See also Fixed-term contracts)


Temporary contracts are offered for a wide variety of highly specialised or temporary tasks, for limited durations , for example in the field of scientific research.
Selection and recruitment of temporary staff is generally run by individual EU institutions and agencies. Check regularly for news of current selections and vacancies.
You can also introduce your details into the EU CV online database.


Interim staff  (temps: up to 6 months)

Some EU institutions employ local staff through temping agencies on a very short-term basis.


Interim consultants

Some departments employ consultants directly through tendering procedures.
For more information, please consult EU tenders and contracts.


Freelance linguists

To become a freelance translator

To become a freelance interpreter at the European Commission, the European Parliament or the European Court of Justice, please see Interpreting for Europe


Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD)

Traineeships of up to 18 months are offered in the EU Delegations to give talented and promising university post-graduates the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the work of the Delegations, and a deeper insight into their role in the implementation of EU external relations policies. For more information, see the Junior Professionals in Delegation programme.


EU experts (database of experts)

Independent experts available to assist an institution or agency in a specific field are invited to create a password-protected profile containing their details (contact details, specialisation, credentials, etc.) in expert databases maintained by individual EU institutions and agencies. They can then be called on for specific tasks as needed.
See, for example:


Seconded national experts

National and international civil servants and public sector staff are invited to bring their experience to the EU institutions for a few years, and to take back to their home administration and knowledge of EU policies and procedures gained during their secondment.
National experts are selected through a specific procedure. Please contact your country's permanent representation to the EU for information about current opportunities.


Maintenance and canteen staff

Certain categories of staff such as maintenance workers and canteen staff are recruited via external contracting companies. These contracts are awarded through open tender procedures.
Check the contracting services for more information.