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CAST Croatia : Call for Expression of interest – EPSO/CAST/CRO 2009

 

The on-line application for the call for expression of interest is closed. 19/02/2009

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), on behalf of the European Institutions, is launching this Call for expressions of interest to constitute a database of candidates to be recruited as contract staff with Croatian citizenship to carry out various tasks in the European Institutions.


CONDITIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

1. General terms

The Institutions of the European Union, together with the Community bodies and regulatory agencies to which the Staff Regulations apply under the acts establishing them in accordance with Article 1a(2) of the Staff Regulations, are seeking to establish a database of candidates with a view to recruiting contract staff to fill a number of posts.

Candidates who are successful at the end of the procedures described in this Call may be offered posts as contract staff. Contract staff’s working relationship with the European Institutions is regulated by the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Communities (CEOS)pdf. 

To consult the salaries chart for these posts click herepdf

Contract staff are divided into four function groups (Function groups I, II, III and IV) corresponding to the tasks and responsibilities concerned and the level of training and work experience required. Each group is subdivided into grades and steps as laid down in Articles 80 and 93 of the CEOSpdf  

The types of task and corresponding function groups are as follows: manual and administrative support service tasks for Function group I (does not apply to this Call); technical, clerical, office management, secretarial and other equivalent tasks for Function group II; executive, drafting, accountancy and other equivalent technical tasks for Function group III; administrative, linguistic, advisory and other equivalent technical tasks for Function group IV. Contract staff perform their duties under the supervision of officials or temporary staff. Most of the positions to be filled will be for posts in Brussels or Luxembourg, where the institutions and agencies are based, but a small number of posts may be proposed elsewhere.

2. Profiles sought and job descriptions

The purpose of this Call is to recruit staff for the following general duties:

  • Function group II: secretarial and technical staff.
  • Function group III: financial and administrative management, IT/technology, executive tasks.
  • Function group IV: administrative, communication and advisory tasks, lawyers and linguists.

Click hereunder for further details of function groups, job descriptions, profiles sought and eligibility criteria:

For more information click on the function group you are interested in.

Function group II

Function group III

Function group IV

Profile: Secretary info

Profile: 2. Translation assistant info

Profile: 3. Conference services technician info

Profile: 4. Electronic distribution assistant info

Profile: 5. Switchboard operator info

Profile: 6. Assistant to parliamentary bodies info

Profile: Assistant specialising in information resources (library/documentation/communication) info

Profile: Assistant to parliamentary bodies info

Profile: ICT technician/administrator info

Profile: ICT assistant info

Profile: HR case handler info

Profile: Proofreader info

Profile: Administrative and financial assistant info

Profile: Parliamentary administrator info

Profile: Administrator specialising in information resources (library/documentation) info

Profile: Lawyer-linguist info

Profile: ICT expert info

Profile: Public administration/human resources administrator info

Profile: Public relations administrator info

Profile: Administrator for press/communications/policy info

Profile: Visits manager info

Profile: Translator info

Profile: Legal administrator info

 

This list provides details of the job description and, where possible or applicable, the place of posting, number of posts available and specific eligibility criteria.The profiles described in this Call are simplified versions of general profiles that will be used to draw up the contracts.These simplified versions are provided for information and are not legally binding. To apply for a contract staff post candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria for a given function group shown below, and the general conditions, on the closing date for applications.

Please note that the tests for each of the above selection procedures are likely to be held at the same time. So candidates can apply only for one selection procedure. They must make their choice when applying online and cannot change their choice after the closing date for applications.

If, despite entering your details and choices with care at the time of application, you then wish to change them you have the option to do so, but only up to the closing date for online applications.Only the last details registered will be taken into account.

3. Eligibility criteria and general conditions

To apply, candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria below, and the general conditions, on the closing date for applications.

(a) Education and work experience required

For function group II :

  • a level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma, or
  • secondary-level education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and at least three years of appropriate work experience, or
  • intermediate-level education plus two years of appropriate specialist training and five years of appropriate work experience.

 For function group III :

  • a level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma, in a specific field where applicable, or
  • secondary-level education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and at least three years of appropriate work experience.

 For function group IV :

  • a level of education corresponding to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma, in a specific field where applicable, followed if required by at least one year of appropriate university-level work experience. 

The education levels shown above for the function groups are summaries for your guidance. Please refer to the profiles for full details of the requirements for each specific profile.

 

(b) General conditions

The European Institutions apply an equal opportunities policy and accept applications without distinction on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Candidates cannot be recruited as contract staff unless they fulfill the following conditions:

  • candidates must be citizens of CROATIA;
  • candidates must enjoy full rights as citizens;
  • candidates must have thorough knowledge of CROATIAN as the main language, and satisfactory knowledge of English, French or German as the second language in which they will take the tests. The second language will also be used for correspondence;
  • candidates must have fulfilled any obligations imposed on them by the laws of their home country on military service;
  • candidates must be able to provide the character references required for the duties involved;
  • candidates must be physically fit to perform their duties.

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HOW TO APPLY

Please refer to the  "Guide for Applicants" which contain detailed instructions on how to submit your application correctly.

Applications which do not fulfil the criteria (specific and general conditions) set out in this Call for expressions of interest will not be considered. 

 It is your responsibility to complete your online application by the closing date (no later than 19.02.2009, at 12.00 noon Brussels time). You are strongly advised not to wait until the last few days before applying, as heavy Internet traffic or a faulty connection could terminate the operation, obliging you to repeat the whole process. The operation will not be possible after the closing date. You will not be able to register or modify your application after the closing date. Application forms should be filled in with the utmost care, as the information they contain will be stored and, in the event of success in the tests, they will be visible to potential recruiters. It will not be possible to change the information provided on the application form after the closing date. Only personal details which allow us to identify you can be changed if you so request, and where necessary provide the appropriate supporting documents. As an exception to this rule, details concerning the eligibility conditions that must be completed by the closing date for online applications cannot be corrected after that date.

Disabled candidates should tick the relevant field. They should then send EPSO a certificate issued by an authorised body recognising the nature of their disability and provide details of any arrangements needed to facilitate their participation in the tests.

When you register your application a registration number (e.g. 1234567) will appear at the top of your application form. Please note down this number and quote it in any communication with EPSO.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ONLINE APPLICATIONS IS 19.02.2009 AT 12.00 NOON, BRUSSELS TIME. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE AFTER THIS DATE.

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STAGES OF THE SELECTION PROCEDURE

When all the correctly submitted applications have been allocated an application number, they are processed. The selection procedure comprises:

  • validating the application
  • invitation to the tests
  • submission of a full CV
  • tests
  • notification of test results
  • selection for possible recruitment

1. Validation

EPSO will establish a list of candidates who, according to their own statements, fulfil the eligibility criteria and general conditions set out in the Call for expressions of interest. At this stage EPSO will exclude from further procedure any applicants who have submitted application forms that are incorrectly filled in or incomplete. If you send in more than one application, only the last one will be considered.

2. Invitation to the tests

Candidates will receive an invitation to the tests via their EPSO profile; the tests are likely to take place in the course of March - April 2009.

Candidates who fulfil the conditions set out in this Call will be invited to take tests to assess their general abilities, particularly their verbal and numerical reasoning skills and their knowledge of European affairs.

3. Submission of a full CV

When candidates receive the letter inviting them to the tests a special section will be opened in their EPSO profile enabling them to fill in their CV online. They will be able to update their CV at any time to add details of work experience gained and further training received during the period of validity of the database. Personal details which allow us to identify you can be changed if you so request, and where necessary provide the appropriate supporting documents. As an exception to this rule, details concerning the eligibility conditions that must be completed by the closing date for online applications cannot be corrected after that date.

4. Tests

The tests will take place in March - April 2009.They will be held in the 27 Member States of the European Union and in Croatia. To see the provisional list of test centres please click herepdf . (Please note that this list may be changed. The full addresses will be given in the letter inviting candidates to the tests.) Candidates will be invited to book a suitable date for the tests in a test centre of their choice from among those on offer. They will be able to book their choice through their EPSO profile in the course of March 2009.Failure to book a date will be regarded by EPSO as a decision to withdraw. All tests will be computerised and consist of multiple-choice questions. Candidates will be asked to take the tests in their second language (choosing between English, French and German).

Time allowed for the tests:

  • Verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning skills: 50 minutes;
  • Knowledge of the European Union: 20 minutes.

Marking :

Wrong answers will not be penalised.
To pass this stage in the selection procedure candidates must score at least 50 % in the verbal and numerical reasoning test and at least 50 % in the tests of knowledge of the European Union.

5. Notification of test results

Candidates will be notified of their test results through their EPSO profile.

Please note that all the necessary personal and specific information will be sent to candidates through their EPSO profile.Information of a general nature will be published on the EPSO website.

6. Selection for potential recruitment

The names of candidates who have passed the tests will be listed in a database that will be made available to the European institutions and agencies for recruitment purposes. The institutions and agencies will invite for interview those candidates who best match their requirements; however, they reserve the right to first assess the skills of the preselected candidates in the field concerned by means of tests.

Candidates called for interview will be asked to produce all the relevant supporting documents (passport/identity card proving citizenship, diplomas, certificates and other documents proving work experience and corresponding to the information given on the application form/CV).

If at any stage in the procedure it is established that the information you have provided in your application is incorrect, or that you do not fulfil all the eligibility conditions for the selection procedure, you will be disqualified.

The successful candidates’ database will remain valid for three years from notification of the results.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

This Call for expressions of interest is published solely in English, French and German. Candidates must fill in the application form in one of these three languages. The language chosen will be used for all correspondence with the candidates. It is essential for each candidate to have a valid e-mail address throughout the selection process.

The on-line application for the call for expression of interest is closed. 19/02/2009

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