EUROPOL – Seconded National Expert (SNE) – Financial Team – Operations Unit – European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC)-DEADLINE EXTENDED


This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates (indicative number is 5). There are currently two secondment opportunities available. Europol may retain the right to make use of the serve list to select candidates for similar secondments, should business needs so require.

Organisational setting:
The SNEs will be assigned to the Financial Team, Operations Unit, EFECC (Analysis Project [AP] Corruption or Analysis Project [AP] Sustrans).

Mandate of the team:
The Operations Directorate deals with the core business of Europol, improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism affecting the Member States. This requires close cooperation with the Liaison Bureaux at Europol and via them with the Operational Teams in the Member States.

Europol delivers a number of products and services to national law enforcement agencies to support them in their fight against international serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism.

The EFECC will provide support and coordination for Member States in the fight against financial and economic crimes in the European Union, delivering operational and investigative support to the Member States on complex financial investigations. It also provides support to the European Union’s institutions and Member States in building operational and analytical capacity for investigations and in strengthening the cooperation with external partners, both in the public and private sector.

The Operational Unit covers economic crime (missing trader intra community fraud, excise fraud and fraud in general), financial crime (money laundering, asset recovery and corruption) and counterfeiting (including the intellectual property crime coordinated coalition and the forgery of money project).

Purpose of the secondment:
The SNEs will contribute to the work of the Operational Unit in the EFECC through the execution of a wide range of operational and strategic activities, with the aim to support national law enforcement activities in their fight against serious and organised forms of economic and financial crime. The SNEs will be asked to contribute, support and assist on any matters related to these tasks.

Reporting lines:
The SNEs will work under the supervision of the Head of Office AP Corruption or Head of Office AP Sustrans and report to the Head of Unit of EFECC Operations through the Team Leader of the Financial Crime Team.


The SNEs will carry out the following main functions and duties:
• Assist EU MS in the fight against the activities of criminal organisations involved in high-level corruption and money laundering through a range of tasks such as identification of high-priority cases, exchange of information, organising operational meetings;
• Take a key role in project-related activities with specific focus on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering related investigations and relevant policy matters;
• Provide subject matter expertise to operational activities aimed at fighting corruption and money laundering;
• Enhance Europol’s ability to exploit financial intelligence with the aim of supporting investigations of Member States’ competent authorities and those of Europol’s cooperating partners, and to monitor the information flow between the Front Office of the Operations Directorate and the EFECC Operations Unit;
• Establish, maintain and foster close cooperation and regular contacts with Member States and Third Parties’ Liaison Officers to identify, encourage and support operational activities in the areas of responsibility;
• Contribute to policy development and other strategic matters carried out by Europol or in cooperation with other EU Institutions and Agencies in the field of fighting high-level corruption and money laundering;
• Assist in identifying and reporting trends and developments in the areas of corruption and money laundering in order to facilitate a pan European strategic overview on such matters, also through a regular monitoring of open sources, carrying out research and drafting of relevant reports, amongst other tasks;
• Represent Europol at meetings, conferences, expert fora, trainings and other relevant events and deliver presentations, increase awareness and provide expert knowledge and advice in the areas of responsibility;
• Organize and facilitate working groups, meetings or conferences in the fields of responsibility.


Candidates must:
• Be a member of a competent authority in the meaning of the Article 2a) of the Europol Regulation and enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State;
• Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of a second language;
• Possess at least 3 years of professional experience in the field of law enforcement relevant to the duties to be carried out during the secondment.


a. Professional experience (assessed mainly during the shortlisting):
• Experience in economic and financial crime investigations, with a particular focus on corruption and/or money laundering;
• Experience in drafting strategic reports and policy recommendations in the area of economic and financial crime, with a particular focus on anti- corruption and/or anti-money laundering;
• Experience in international police cooperation obtained in the context of economic and financial crime investigations, with a particular focus on corruption and/or money laundering.
• Experience in working in a EU MS LEA Central Anti-Corruption Unit and/or Central Anti-Money Laundering Unit;
• Experience in working in a multi-agency and / or multi-national context.

b. Professional knowledge (assessed during the selection procedure – written test and/or interview)
• Knowledge of the EU legal framework in relation to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and international law enforcement cooperation;
• Knowledge of the current status, level of threat and vulnerabilities regarding financial crime in the EU;
• Knowledge of money laundering, corruption and asset concealment criminal techniques and methods;
• Knowledge of money laundering, corruption and asset recovery investigative techniques.

c. General competencies (assessed during the selection procedure – written test and/or interview)
• Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to draft clear and concise documents on complex matters for various audiences;
• Good presentation skills.
Analysing & problem solving:
• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
• Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines;
• Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet.
Delivering quality and results:
• High degree of commitment and flexibility;
• High level of customer and service-orientation.
Prioritising and organising:
• Good administrative and organisational skills.
• Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and in a team;
• Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise with other departments, groups and teams as well as with external partners.
Living diversity:
• Ability to work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment.



Candidates endorsed by the national competent authorities are required to complete the SNE application form available on Europol’s website in English.
The application form must be accompanied by a letter from the sending authority to the Executive Director of Europol expressing willingness to second the candidate.
Applications must be submitted by means of email to Europol’s Human Resources Unit, Recruitment and Selection Team, on via the Europol National Unit of the Member State concerned, and, if necessary, the respective Liaison Bureau.
Applications must be received by Europol the latest on the day of the deadline specified in this notice of secondment. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Receipt of all applications is confirmed by an email of acknowledgement. Candidates may check the progress of the relevant selection procedure on Europol’s website.


The Deputy Executive Director of Europol’s Capabilities Directorate sets up a Selection Committee, chaired by the Head of the relevant Directorate or a senior representative, and composed of a representative of the respective Unit, as well as of the Human Resources Unit.
The Selection Committee assesses the applications received in order to make an initial selection of candidates meeting all eligibility criteria and examines their qualifications, experience and skills against the selection criteria set out in the notice of secondment. For the initial selection, the operational contributions from the competent service to the project to which the SNE will be seconded will be taken into account. Only candidates scoring above the pass-mark of 60% of the total score will be considered to participate in the selection procedure.
The Selection Committee will invite the 10 highest scoring candidates. All candidates having a score equal to the 10th highest scoring candidate will be included in the list of invited candidates.
The Selection Committee conducts a structured interview with the shortlisted candidates usually performed remotely in order to evaluate their language skills, validate their experience and assess whether they possess the key skills required. The shortlisted candidates may also be invited to participate in a written test usually performed remotely. The overall pass-mark for the selection procedure is 70% of the total score.
After the selection procedure has taken place, the Selection Committee proposes a list of successful candidates to the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities. Once the outcome is confirmed, Europol informs the candidates.
The secondment is finally effected by an exchange of letters between the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities and the seconding authority, specifying the details of the secondment in accordance with the Management Board Decision laying down the rules on the secondment of National Experts of 4 October 2019.
Europol may also establish a reserve list of successful candidates valid for up to 12 months. The validity of the reserve list may be extended once for up to 12 months. The list of SNE selection procedures for which reserve lists have been established or extended is accessible on Europol’s website. Candidates who have been placed on a reserve list are informed by Europol.
Europol retains the right to make use of the reserve list to select candidates for similar posts within the organisation, should business needs require so. Inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee secondment.


The SNE shall remain in the service of the sending authority throughout the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer. The sending authority shall also be responsible for all social rights, particularly social security and pension entitlements.

During the period of secondment the SNE is entitled to a daily subsistence allowance paid by the agency, and may also be eligible for a monthly allowance depending on the distance from the place of origin. If the SNE receives any allowance from other sources similar to the subsistence allowance paid by Europol, this amount shall be deducted.


Security screening
Candidates who have been selected to an SNE post are required to furnish a valid security clearance certificate before the start of the secondment. Failure to obtain or provide the requisite security clearance certificate at the requested level before the start of the secondment may render the offer invalid.

In case the security clearance certificate expires within six months of the start of the secondment, the renewal procedure will be initiated expeditiously. Europol may at any time terminate the secondment if the result of the security screening is not positive and the necessary security clearance level is not granted /extended.

The security clearance level required for this secondment is: CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL.



Candidates for SNE positions may submit a complaint to the Executive Director of Europol about a decision taken by Europol adversely affecting him / her, with the exception of decisions which are direct consequences of decisions taken by the seconding authority.

The complaint must be lodged within two months of the date the person concerned is notified of the decision. The Executive Director of Europol shall notify the person concerned of his / her reasoned decision within four months from the date on which the complaint was lodged. If at the end of that period no reply to the complaint has been received, this shall be deemed to constitute an implied decision rejecting it.

Equal opportunity
Europol is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications without distinction on the basis of gender, colour, racial, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, nationality, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Europol aims to create and maintain a healthy and attractive work environment that supports our colleagues in their career planning and in achieving a healthy work-life balance.

Employment at Europol is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system in operation, but Europol is striving for a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members.

Privacy statement
Europol respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Your data will be processed in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data applicable to Europol under Article 46 of the Europol Regulation.

For additional information, please consult the applicable privacy statement available on our website.

Main dates
Deadline for application: Extended until 08 February 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone
Selection procedure:       February/March 2021

Contact details
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1146 or +31 (0) 70 353 1152.


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