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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:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=OJ:C:2014:366A:FULL&from=EN

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EPSO Profiles – Law

The following EPSO Profiles Law related are the most frequent ones to be included in the EPSO Competitions planning.

Lawyer

The following are the functions of EU lawyers:

  • Developing a wide legislation range
  • Drafting policy documents
  • Coordinating with EU national authorities for improvements in national legislation
  • Conducting in-depth research and analysis
  • Providing legal advice to higher management
  • Implementing programs of activity
  • Supervising and assisting colleagues

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Good command over at least two European languages, of which one must be English, French or German
  • For Grade AD 5 (entry level), must hold a degree in Law or be graduating this year
  • For Grade AD 7 (a much more senior level), several years’ experience is required in a related field

 

Lawyer-Linguist (AD 7)

The following are the functions of EU lawyer-linguists:

  • Playing a vital role in lawmaking
  • Ensuring that, in every European language, all new legislation has a common meaning
  • Drafting, checking, translating and revising legal texts
  • Recognizing what EU legislation intends and manifesting that in one’s own native language

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Excellent command in one European language and a thorough command of at least two others
  • Degree in law

Legal Assistant

The following are the functions of EU legal assistants:

  • Helping to analyse and summarize files in order to prepare the position to be taken by the institutions, legal officers, and/or lawyers instructed.
  • Helping to draft advice on questions relating to law, litigation, or procedure.
  • Conducting preparatory research and analysis of European and national law.
  • Compiling files on Community and national litigation and enforced recovery of debts.
  • Carrying out research and managing requests for access to documents from European citizens within the framework of applicable legislation.
  • Monitoring action taken, the procedural stages (pre-litigation and litigation phase), and compliance with deadlines.

Suggested qualifications for Epso Profiles Law:

  • Post-secondary education attested by a diploma in the legal field or a level of secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to higher education, followed by at least 3 years’ professional experience relevant to the nature of the duties.

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Epso Profiles – Finance

The most common EPSO Financial profiles announced in EU Competitions are the Financial Manager, Financial/Accounting Assistant ones. Their duties, responsibilities and suggested qualifications are expressed below.

Financial Manager (AD, CAST)

The following are functions of EU financial managers:

  • Working with very complex financial structures
  • Closely supporting senior decision-makers
  • Defining financial and budget procedures
  • Preparing accounts and annual reports
  • Helping with audits and inspections
  • Managing organizational risks
  • Advising and supervising colleagues

Contract staff may be employed to carry out some finance tasks.

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Good command over at least two European languages, of which one must be English, French or German
  • For Grade AD 5 (entry level), must hold a degree or be graduating this year
  • For Grade AD 7 (a much more senior level), several years’ experience is required in a related field

Recruitment may vary for contract staff.

 

Financial Management/Accounting Assistant (AST, CAST)

Financial management/accounting assistants use specific IT tools, like integrated accounting systems to help with the following:

The following are functions of EU financial management/accounting assistants:

  • Implementing accounting and financial systems
  • Keeping financial and/or budget accounts
  • Developing, drawing up and implementing financial regulation procedures
  • Presenting financial statements
  • Planning and managing public procurement projects
  • Carrying out operational and financial management of contracts or subsidies
  • Bank reconciliation and interest accounts and/or cash management participation
  • Observing financial and budget procedures
  • Supervising accounting methods and revenue financial management

Contract staff may be employed to carry out some finance or accounting tasks.

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Good command over at least two European languages, of which one must be English, French or German.
  • Post-secondary education in finance or accounting with minimum three years’ relevant experience in the field or secondary education and minimum three years of relevant experience in finance or accounting.

The requirements for contract staff may vary.

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Epso Profiles – Support Staff

 

Secretary/Administrative Assistant (AST/SC, CAST): The administrative tasks may vary according to the post. A secretary shapes, transforms and distributes information across several people or units within the institution, providing autonomous support to them

The following are functions EU administrative assistants:

  • File preparation.
  • Organizing and coordinating meetings, official trips and other departmental activities
  • Management of receipts, processing documents, follow-up and filing
  • Locating, compiling and circulating information

Functions in the translation department may also include:

  • Receiving, managing and processing translation requests
  • Feeding and updating g translation memories
  • Setting up type, page layout and format work

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Good command over at least two European languages, of which one must be English, French or German
  • Secretarial qualification, post-secondary or secondary education and a minimum of three years of relevant experience as a secretary

The support staff profiles fall mainly in the categories presented below.

Human Resources Assistant (AST)

HR assistants have duties such as hiring, training, careers, equal opportunities and other duties related to personnel policy management

The following are functions of EU human resources assistants:

  • Drafting notes and/or correspondence, drawing up administrative reports relating to recruitment, careers, professional training, equal opportunities, individual and financial rights
  • Preparing, holding and following up on meetings
  • Project management
  • Scrutinizing and developing working methods
  • Helping implement accounting, IT, financial and statistical systems, etc.
  • Team management

Contract staff may be hired to perform some HR duties.

Suggested Qualifications:

  • Good command over at least two European languages, of which one must be English, French or German
  • Post-secondary education with minimum three years relevant experience in human resources, or secondary education and minimum three years of relevant experience.