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EPSO/AD/293/14 Competition Announced In Five Fields of Expertise

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EPSO is organizing open competitions – EPSO/AD/293/14 –  for administrators (AD 7) in the following fields:

  • Competition law (27 successful sought candidates);
  • Corporate finance (14 successful sought candidates);
  • Financial economics (25 successful sought candidates);
  • Industrial economics (15 successful sought candidates);
  • Macroeconomics (30 successful sought candidates).

The EPSO computer-based admission tests will be organized by EPSO only if the number of candidates exceeds a certain threshold which will be set by the Director of EPSO, as the appointing authority, after the deadline for applications. The threshold can vary from one field to another and you will be informed of the precise details via your EPSO account.

At the preselection stage, your responses to the questions relating to the general and specific conditions will be processed and then taken into consideration to determine whether you can be included in the list of candidates who fulfill all the conditions for admission to the competition. The selection board will then use the Talent Screener to select the candidates that best match the duties and selection criteria set out in this notice.

Within the Assessment Centre you will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

  1. The reasoning ability will be assessed by a verbal, numerical and an abstract reasoning test (unless it was already organized as preselection test).
  2. A structured interview based on your competencies in the field and on the information provided in the ‘Talent Screener’ tab of your application.
  3. Your general competences will be assessed by a case study, a group exercise and a structured interview.

The deadline for the application, including the validation process is 25 November 2014 at 12 midday (Brussels time).

For more details such as the selection criteria to be used in the Talent Screener you can take a look at the next link:

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EPSO/AD/288-292/14 Competitions for Lawyer Linguists in the European Parliament and the Council launched

The number of successful candidates sought per competition is 12 for each of the following languages: Finnish (EPSO/AD/288/14), French (EPSO/AD/289/14), Portuguese (EPSO/AD/290/14), Romanian (EPSO/AD/291/14) and Slovakian (EPSO/AD/292/14). These competitions are intended only for candidates who have a perfect command of the language of the competition.

The preselection tests for the EPSO/AD/288-292/14 competitions are computer-based language and translation tests in the following specific order:

–          If you have validated your application in time, you will be invited to sit the language and the translation tests by reserving a date until the deadline, notified to you via your EPSO account;

–          A test of your second language with 12 multiple-choice questions. The pass mark will be 7 out of all and the time allowed will be 25 minutes (this is a eliminatory test);

–          Translation into the language of the competition (language 1) of a legal text in language 2, without a dictionary. Marking: out of 80, Pass mark: 40 and the time allowed is 2 hours. The marks obtained in this test will count towards the final result together with the marks obtained in the tests held at the assessment center.

Within the assessment center you will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

  1. The reasoning ability will be assessed by a verbal, numerical and an abstract reasoning test.
  2. Your specific competencies in the field will be assessed by a summary in the language of the competition of a text in your third language and an oral presentation.
  3. Your general competences will be assessed by an oral presentation, a structured interview and a group exercise.

The deadline for the application, including the validation process is 18 November 2014 at 12 midday (Brussels time).

For more details on EPSO/AD/288-292/14 competitions you can take a look at the next link:

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EPSO/AST/133/14 ICT Assistants Competition Announced

The EPSO/AST/133/14 AST 3 competition has recently been launched

There are 151 positions available split in 5 IT fields with the following requirements:

Field 1 — Information systems – 57 positions

Functional and technical analysis (describing needs, analyzing business processes, drawing up functional and technical specifications), designing software, database, and applications architectures.
Prototyping, development, testing, deployment, quality control, maintenance, and administration of information systems in a variety of architectures and environments (client-server, multi-tier, software packages such as SAP, or mobile or web oriented software).
Development, implementation, and maintenance of data warehouse and business intelligence systems.
Development, implementation, and maintenance of documentary systems.

Field 2 — Information systems security – 21 positions

Conducting systems risk analyses using recognised methodological tools (EBIOS, PILAR, etc.) and translating the conclusions into suitable security countermeasures to protect information systems.
Setting up security operating procedures for information systems, drawing up configuration guides (operating systems, databases, network filters, etc.), and helping to administer information systems security.
Performing IT and network security audits, information system penetration tests, and network security diagnostics.
Deploying and running automated log analysis tools, vulnerability analysis tools, network filters, IPS/IDS, and malware protection tools.
Deploying and running government-style encryption mechanisms (key management, accounting aspects, etc.).
Deploying and operating public key management infrastructures.

Field 3 — Networks and telecommunications – 18 positions

Defining solutions, implementing, managing, and supervising data network (LAN/WAN) services and voice/videoconferencing network services, and telecommunications services in general.
Administration, maintenance, and support for network and telecoms infrastructure services and equipment: active and passive equipment, routers, firewalls, proxies, load balancers, anti-spam, PABX, etc. Monitoring operation, performance, and security.
Managing and auditing network and telecom security.

Field 4 — Office IT infrastructure and data centre – 44 positions

Administration, maintenance, and support for the user environment. Configuring workstations, including mobile devices. Deploying updates to operating systems, software, and business applications. Configuring and monitoring workstation security.
Operating/managing data-processing centres: administration, maintenance, and support for services and equipment for authentication, management of file systems, databases, application servers, storage, backup, and archiving systems, virtualisation systems, directory and user provisioning services, management of mobile devices, e-mail, and other services normally provided by a data centre.
Project management, technology evaluation, and implementation of solutions in the sub-fields indicated.
User support in the subfields indicated.
Involvement in defining and testing the Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and Disaster Recovery Procedures (DRP).

Field 5 — Web – 11 positions

Technical architecture: defining technical web architectures (back office) taking account of the specific features of the content management tool used and of business needs.
Developing and configuring website and content management systems (CMS).
Configuration/development of validation workflows and publication of content.
Organising, setting up and/or monitoring operational website management services (with or without partial outsourcing). Drawing up procedures, statistics, reports and dashboards for monitoring activities as required.
Development work for social media (Facebook, etc.).
Graphic design and layout.

You are required to have 3 years relevant professional experience after having obtained an ICT diploma or 6 years relevant professional experience after secondary education attested by a diploma.

The deadline to apply  is  set for 15th July.

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EPSO/AD/277/14 – AD5 Audit Administrators

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You can apply now for the Auditors AD Competition which will result in a reserve list with 40 successful candidates! The last day you can apply for this competition is 23rd April.

An Auditor within the European Institutions will have as main duties:

— external audit, financial audit, compliance audit, and auditing of sound financial management, including
planning, implementation and reporting,
— documentary and on-the-spot checks and controls, analysis, assessment and improvement of audit
systems and project and programme management,
— internal audit, methodological support, advice and training,
— interservice coordination and consultation on audit issues,
— drafting of opinions, advice or recommendations in fields related to their institution’s mission.

The preselection exam for this competition will have the same structure as the EPSO/AD/276/14 competition:

– Verbal Reasoning

– Numerical Reasoning

– Abstract Reasoning

– Situational Judgement