JUNIOR PROFESSIONALS IN THE EU DELEGATIONS (JPD) (High Level Traineeship Programme in the Delegations of the European Union)

A new traineeship programme

Following the announced phasing out of the Junior Experts in Delegation (JED) programme by the end of 2012, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (High Representative) and the European Commission (Commission) decided to establish a successor regime from 2013 to continue to attract highly qualified junior professionals from Member States in the European Union Delegations (Delegations).

A Joint Decision pdf - 190 KB [190 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv) of the Commission and the High Representative establishing a High Level Traineeship Programme in the Delegations of the European Union and the Rules Governing this Programme in Partnership with the Member States of the European Union (EU) was adopted on 12.06.2012.

This Joint Decision has been further specified by a Decision of the Chief Operating Officer of the European External Action Service (EEAS) on the Implementing Rules of the High Level Traineeship Programme pdf - 102 KB [102 KB] which was adopted on 06.07.2012. Applicants are strongly invited to read carefully both decisions before applying to this traineeship programme.

It is expected to deploy the first Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) as from early 2013.

A renewed and enhanced opportunity to deepen partnerships with Member States in the fields of training

This programme is an important contribution to the inter-institutional partnership between the EEAS and the Commission, as well as to the continuation of individual partnerships with each Member State of the EU in the field of training (previous JED programme created in 1984). The new scheme keeps the main strengths and spirit of its predecessor: it is based on a pre-selection of eligible candidates by the partner Member States and the preservation of a quota of training places by Member State.

The authorities of each partner Member State have a key role to play in the management of the programme, such as the organisation of the pre-selection of candidates to be presented to the EEAS and the Commission pursuant to the rules established by the joint decision, or the possible sponsoring and financing of additional traineeship places.

A new opportunity to be trained from inside an EU Delegation in the post Lisbon context

The purpose of this programme is to enable junior talented and promising university post-graduates who hold at least a Masters Degree (see Diplomas Annex pdf - 99 KB [99 KB] ) from the Member States of the EU to gain first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and a deeper insight into their role in the implementation of EU external relations policies, including the Common Foreign Security Policy.

In principle Union Delegations accredited to third countries and to major international organizations are placed under the authority of the High Representative and represent the EU. Delegations act in close cooperation with Member States’ diplomatic and consular missions (art. 221 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU). They shall support the Member States in their diplomatic relations and in their role of providing consular protection to EU citizens in third countries (according to art. 35 Treaty on the EU). In most third countries (more than 125) the EU Delegation now has responsibility for locally representing the EU towards the host state.  Where this is not the case, a Member State Embassy has agreed to represent the EU.

The programme is open to those trainees (JPD) showing a great interest and motivation for the mission entrusted to Delegations, sharing the values and principles of the Union and committed to defend the latter and the place of the Union in the World.

Staff in the EU Delegations shall comprise EEAS staff and, where appropriate for the implementation of the Union budget and Union policies other than those under the remit of the EEAS, European Commission staff. The whole staff in a Delegation is placed under the authority of a Head of Delegation, Ambassador.
Junior Professionals will similarly be deployed, depending the nature of their functions and tasks, in both the EEAS sections of the EU Delegations (for political, press and information functions) and in those under the authority of the Commission (aid management, trade, economic issues, etc).

Financing of the programme

The traineeship placements are financed through 2 folders:

  • an “EU folder” financed by the credits of the EEAS and of the European Commission; the EEAS financing will only cover placements within sections or functions under its direct authority while the Commission credits will finance placements within sections or functions under its authority;
  • a “bilateral folder” financed by voluntary financial contributions of some partner EU Member States on the basis of bilateral sponsoring agreements with the EEAS and/or the Commission. Such contributions may finance placements within sections under the authority of the EEAS and/or the Commission.

Number of traineeship positions for this round

The EEAS plans to commit in 2013 credits covering the expenses of 2 JPD/traineeship positions per Member State (i.e. a total of 54 JPD for all Member States) to be deployed in the EU Delegations for political, press and information functions. The EEAS has identified a first list of Delegations pdf - 23 KB [23 KB] to allocate in priority its 54 credits as well as a second list of priority Delegations pdf - 16 KB [16 KB] .

The Commission will soon decide on its own financial planning and commitments. The number of placements financed will be published as soon as available.

The partner Member States have recently been invited to communicate to the EEAS and the Commission whether they would in principle be interested to resume or initiate the financing of additional junior professionals through a “bilateral folder”, and to provide indications on the envisaged numbers, timelines and the list of geographic areas and/or Delegations.  This information will be published as soon as available. For the EEAS positions, sponsoring Member States may finance additional JPD on the two above mentioned lists.

What we offer

Under this programme selected candidates might be offered a single traineeship agreement of a fixed-term of nine (9) months. A renewal of the agreement for another period of nine (9) months may be offered. Hence, 18 consecutive months maximum.

Trainees or “JPD” will get a monthly basic grant of 1,300 EUR, as well as a monthly accommodation contribution of 1,000 EUR to which a monthly hardship contribution will be added (see EEAS list LCA pdf - 10 KB [10 KB] ). Overall, trainees will receive a monthly package within a range of +/- 2.300 EUR to +/- 3.000 EUR, depending the place of the traineeship. Further expatriation benefits to cover travel, installation and insurances will be provided.

Finally, credits will also be allocated to Delegations (not to trainees) to cover the mission expenses and the security measures of the JPD.

How to apply

Applications have to be introduced solely according to the standard application form msw8 - 231 KB [231 KB] available on this website.

Applications shall be sent exclusively to relevant Member States’ contact points.

Any spontaneous applications sent to the EEAS will be rejected.

The deadline for presenting applications to Member States is 19 September 2012.

The modalities for presenting applications to respective national authorities are determined by the Member States and should in principle be made available on their relevant websites pdf - 40 KB [40 KB] and/or at the addresses of their contact points pdf - 146 KB [146 KB] .

Steps & Indicative Timelines for the 1st selection round

The EEAS has now officially launched the new programme (see below). With a view to ensure a smooth transition between the two schemes, the application, pre-selection and selection processes are very similar to those experienced so far for the JED scheme.


Joint Decision of the Commission/High Rep.  
Implementing rules of the COO of EEAS  

12 June 2012 pdf - 190 KB [190 KB] български (bg) čeština (cs) dansk (da) Deutsch (de) eesti keel (et) ελληνικά (el) español (es) français (fr) latviešu valoda (lv) lietuvių kalba (lt) magyar (hu) Malti (mt) Nederlands (nl) polski (pl) português (pt) română (ro) slovenčina (sk) slovenščina (sl) suomi (fi) svenska (sv)
6 July 2012 pdf - 102 KB [102 KB]


Launching of the Traineeship Programme (EEAS)    
          Letters to Member States (information package)
          Call for applications (EEAS/Member States)  
          Deadline for applications to Member States   


July 2012 
12 July 2012
12 July 2012 
19 September 2012 


Checking eligibility & preselections (by Member States)   
          Lists of pre-selected candidates sent to EEAS  


September 2012 
October 2012 


Validation & Evaluation of preselected candidates   
           Checking eligibility (EEAS)     
           Evaluation (quality check) (EEAS/COM)    
           Lists of validated candidates to MS (EEAS)   
           Sending Lists to EU Delegations (EEAS)   


October 2012
early-mid October
mid-end October
early November 2012


Selection of preselected candidates (Delegations/EEAS/COM) 
          Communication of results to candidates & MS   
          Traineeship Offers sent to validated candidates (EEAS)   


mid-November 2012
December 2012
December 2012 


Signature of traineeship agreements & information (EEAS) 
           Administrative modalities (EEAS HQ)   
           Obligatory induction training courses (EEAS HQ)  


December 2012
January-February 2013
February 2013


Starting traineeship in EU Delegations     
           Possible renewal of the traineeship agreement for 9 months  


February-March 2013
October 2013 - June 2014