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EPSO/AST/137/16 – Notice of Open Competition for Linguistic Assistants

EPSO/AST/137/16 – Notice of Open Competition for Linguistic Assistants

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organising an open competition for Linguistic Assistants (AST 1) *

Linguistic Assistants are sought for the following languages:

Danish (DA) — 16 successful candidates, Maltese (MT) — 16 successful candidates, Irish (GA) — 13 successful candidates, Dutch (NL) — 13 successful candidates, Croatian (HR) — 16 successful candidates, Slovak (SK) — 12 successful candidates, Hungarian (HU) — 12 successful candidates, Slovenian (SL) — 12 successful candidates

Eligibility Requirements

To be able to apply, you must meet the following conditions:

  1. General conditions:
  • Enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU
  • Meet any obligations under national laws on military service
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

      2. Specific conditions:

Languages:

  • Language 1: minimum level — C2 in the chosen language of the competition from Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Irish, Maltese, Slovak or Slovenian.
  • Language 2: minimum level — B2 compulsory in either English, French or German.

Qualifications and work experience (either of the following):

  • A level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma relevant to the nature of the duties.
  •  A level of secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post- secondary education, followed by at least 3 years’ professional experience relevant to the nature of the duties.
  • Professional training (equivalent to European Qualification Framework Level 4 — please see here) of at least 1 year, followed by a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience. Both the training and experience must be relevant to the nature of the duties.

Selection Procedure

1) Computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) tests

If your application form is validated within the deadline the next phase consists of taking a series of computer-based multiple choice question (MCQ) tests in one of EPSO’s accredited centres.

These tests are eliminatory and will be organised as follows:Administrators competition 2016, Administrators competition 2016 in the field of audit launched, Epsotraining - EPSO Tests for EU Competitions

2) Assessment phase

If the eligibility requirements are met and if you reached the passing mark and scored one of the highest total marks for the MCQ tests you will be invited to attend an assessment phase for 1 day, most probably in Brussels, where you will take tests held in your language 1 and 2.

Out of the total successful candidates, approximately 2 times, but no more than 2,5 times the number of sought candidates for each language will be selected to take the tests in  the assessment phase.

Seven general competencies, each marked out of 10 points, and the specific competencies required for this competition will be tested during the assessment phase through 3 tests (competency-based interview, case study and a field-specific test) as described below:

Administrators competition 2016, Administrators competition 2016 in the field of audit launched, Epsotraining - EPSO Tests for EU Competitions

3) Reserve list

After the candidates’ supporting documents are checked a reserve list per language of the eligible candidates who have obtained the highest overall marks following the assessment phase will be drawn up by the selection board until the number of successful candidates sought is reached. Names will be listed alphabetically.

You can apply here by 31 May 2016 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time**

*This notice of open competition covers 8 languages. You may only apply to one language. You must make your choice when you apply online as you will not be able to change it after you have validated your online application form

**You must fill in your application form in English, French or German

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EPSO financial officers and advisers in the fields of Finance and Project Management

EPSO financial officers and advisers in the fields of Finance and Project Management

Call for expression of interest for EPSO financial officers and advisers in the fields of Finance and Project Management

EPSO/CAST/P/1/2015 – Financial officer – Function Group III (FGIII)

EPSO/CAST/P/2/2015 – Financial adviser – Function Group IV (FGIV)

EPSO/CAST/P/3/2015 – Project/programme officer – Function Group III (FGIII)

EPSO/CAST/P/4/2015 – Project/programme adviser – Function Group IV (FGIV)

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) announced it is organising an open-ended selection procedure to create a pool of candidates from which the Executive Agencies can recruit Contract Agents in the fields of Finance and Project Management.

Under the supervision of an official or member of the temporary staff, the contract agent staff member will carry out duties that include, but are not limited to:

Financial officer (FGIII)/ Financial adviser (FGIV):

– Budget planning and follow-up and budget information and reporting

– Financial coordination and advice, financial analysis and reporting

– Financial initiation and/or verification

– Financial support

– Management of financial information

– Preparation and following-up of calls for tender and calls for proposals

– Administrative tasks related to assets

Project/Programme Officer (FGIII)/ Project/Programme Adviser (FGIV):

– General programme management: grant cycle management and call for tenders management

– Preparation of technical specifications for calls for tender

– Evaluation, monitoring and promotion of calls for proposals

– Evaluation, monitoring and negotiation of projects

– Financial evaluation of projects and programs

– Preparation of reports and statistics

– Project/programme management support

Conditions to apply:

  1. General conditions

-Full rights citizen of a Member State of the E.U.

-Meet any obligations under national laws on military service

-Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

  1. Specific language conditions:

-Language 1: minimum level – C1 in one of the 24 official EU languages

-Language 2: minimum level – B2 in English, French or German; must be different from language 1

  1. Specific qualification and work experience conditions:

For FGIII:

-Post-secondary education attested by a diploma, or

-Secondary education, attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and appropriate professional experience of at least

For FGIV:

-Completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma, or

-When in an EU Member State access to a profession of an equivalent level to function group IV is by State examination, professional training or an equivalent procedure, the Authority Authorised to Conclude Contracts of Employment (AACC) may agree to recognise this qualification as being equivalent to a university degree.

 Selection procedure:

  1. Recruiting services search the database of registered candidates
  2. Pre-selection: computer-based multiple choice tests.
  3. Job interview
  4. Recruitment
  1. Recruiting services search the database of registered candidates

When the need arises, a number of candidates will be shortlisted from EPSO’s Recruiter Portal database. The candidate best matching the specific job requirements will be selected.

  1. Pre-selection: computer-based multiple choice tests.

Shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation to take a series of computer-based multiple choice tests in one of EPSO`s accredited centres. The testing results will be communicated via the candidate`s EPSO Account

Please note that once a computer-based multiple choice test is passed there is no need to take it again. However, the results achieved for a given profile are only valid for this profile and function group. The results will, nevertheless, remain valid and visible in the EPSO Recruiter Portal database.

  1. Job interview

Upon passing the pre-selection tests, candidates will be invited via the e-mail address indicated in their EPSO Account to an interview.

At this point you may be asked to provide copies of diplomas, certificates and other supporting documents to prove that the information in your application matches your qualifications and experience.

A selection panel will assess suitability for the job, qualification, experience and linguistic knowledge to perform the tasks involved.

  1. Recruitment

Candidates that are successful in the pre-selection tests and in the interview may receive a formal employment offer.

Before recruitment, you will be asked to provide the original of the supporting documents and certificates to check the information in your application and confirm eligibility.

You must apply online via your EPSO Account and choose the reference corresponding to the profile and function group, as indicated below. You must fill in the application form in English, French or German.

EPSO/CAST/P/1/2015 – Financial officer – FG III

EPSO/CAST/P/2/2015 – Financial adviser – FGIV

EPSO/CAST/P/3/2015 – Project/programme officer – FG III

EPSO/CAST/P/4/2015 – Project/Programme adviser – FG IV

This call is open for registration without any deadline for submitting applications.

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Epso Translators 2015 Competitions Announced

Epso Translators 2015 Competitions Announced

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organising an open competition – EPSO/AD/315/15, EPSO/AD/316/15, EPSO/AD/317/15, EPSO/AD/318/15, EPSO/AD/319/15, EPSO/AD/320/15 – based on tests to draw up a reserve list from which European institutions will recruit new EPSO translators 2015 (AD 5).

*Please note that this announcement is for six competitions, each with two options. You may only apply to one competition and one option. You must make your choice when you apply online and you will not be able to change it after you have confirmed your online application form.

EPSO Translators 2015 are sought for the following languages:

Finnish –  20 available positions for Option 1 and 9 for Option 2

Hungarian – 15 available positions for Option 1 and 10 for Option 2

Latvian –  20 available positions for Option 1 and 5 for Option 2

Polish – 23 available positions for Option 1 and 2 for Option 2

Portuguese – 32 available positions for Option 1 and 4 for Option 2

Slovak –  17 available positions for Option 1 and 3 for Option 2

The specific language conditions are as follows:

Option 1

Language 1: minimum level — C2 of the competition language,

Language 2: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German,

Language 3: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German, must be different from language 2.

Option 2

Language 1: minimum level — C2 of the competition language,

Language 2: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German,

Language 3: minimum level — C1 in one of the 24 official EU languages, must be different from language 1 and not English, French or German.

For details on language levels, see the  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The testing process has three phases:

Computer-based multiple-choice MCQ tests for EPSO Translators 2015 (Numerical Reasoning tests do not count into the overall score. You must reach indicated pass mark in order to qualify for the next stage for all tests)

Language 1:

Verbal Reasoning –  pass mark -Verbal + abstract combined: 15/30

Numerical Reasoning – pass mark 4/10

Abstract Reasoning – pass mark – Verbal + abstract combined: 15/30

Language 2 and 3:

Language comprehension – pass mark 6/12

Translation tests (weight 65% of the overall mark)

Translation with dictionary (pass mark 40/80):

– from language 2 into language 1

– from language 3 into language 1

3) Assessment Centre (weights 35% of the overall mark and 40/80 pass mark needed)

If in need of more information it can be found on the EPSO website or in the Official Journal of the European Union.

You can apply to EPSO Translators 2015 competitions by 1 September 2015 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time.

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Epso Competitions Statistics 2013

Epso Competitions Statistics 2013

EPSO has recently closed the last competitions announced in 2013. On this occasion we present you the epso competitions statistics 2013 infographic so that you have a clear picture of the EPSO competitions held in 2013 in terms of positions advertised, types of posts advertised, number of candidates for each profile, competition for each field, candidates sought by profile and much more.

Epso Competitions Statistics 2013 Main Facts

  • There were 1177 advertised positions in 2013 – Administrators, Assistants and Management (Head of Unit level)
  • Almost 55000 candidates applied in 2013 for an EPSO Competition
  • There was actually no surprise that the most fierce Administrators competition was in European Public Administration field with close to 120 candidates per advertised position
  • Toughest Assistants competition in terms of candidates per advertised position was the competition looking to recruit assistants specialized in legal matters with 139 candidates per place.
  • There were  2 Assistants Proofreaders competitions that were cancelled, so 1820 candidates that applied for those competitions were not considered in the statistics

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For more interesting stats on previous years competitions make sure you check out our previous epso competitions statistics for 2012 and 2011.

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