European Union External Action

Junior Professional in Delegation (JPD)

The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC) have established a high-level traineeship programme which gives an opportunity to highly qualified junior professionals from the EU Members State to work in the EU Delegations worldwide. The aim of the programme is to enable young people to gain a first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and an in-depth understanding of their role in the implementation of EU external policies.

Every 18 months, the EEAS and EC open a call for expression of interest. For the current round 2016-2017, there are 75 young professionals posted in different Delegations. Next call for applications, for the round starting in September/October 2017, will be published in January 2017.

The JPD programme is based on the:


Candidates applying for this high-level traineeship programme should:

  • be a national from an EU Member State,
  • hold at least a university degree equivalent to the Master's degree (see Diplomas Annex) in a domain relevant to the activities of the Delegations;
  • have excellent command of English and/ or French; knowledge of other languages is an asset;
  • show a great interest and motivation to work in a Delegation;
  • professional experience, extra-curriculum activities such as volunteering or publications, is an important asset.

Junior Professional can work in one of the 140 EU Delegations and can be posted, depending the nature of their tasks, in:

The EEAS and the EC will finance minimum 56 JPDs posts (2 per Member State) for the round 2017-2019: 28 JPDs positions in the political, press and information section (EEAS) and 28 in the aid management, trade and economic issues (EC). Additional posts might be financed through voluntary contributions of EU Member States.

Applications (see the application form) shall be addressed exclusively to the authorities designated by each EU Member State (see the points of contact for your Member State). The modalities for presenting applications to the respective national authorities are determined by the EU Member States and should be made available on their relevant websites. Applicants can only apply in one Member State. In case of multiple applications, the candidate will be disqualified. 

The selection of candidates will be made on the basis of information provided in the application form. Any spontaneous application sent directly to the EEAS or to the Commission will be disregarded.

In the application form, candidates are asked to provide information on their academic achievements, knowledge of languages, professional experience, extra-curriculum activities and motivation. In addition, they are asked to indicate 3 geographical preferences for their potential assignment as well as the function they are applying for:

  • political, press and information;
  • aid management, trade and economic issues functions.

The pre-selection of candidates is managed by the EU Member States. The final selection is made by EEAS and the EC.

After the pre-selection process, the EU Member States submit to the EEAS and the EC a list with the names of short-listed candidates (between 2-4 candidates per foreseen post). Both, the EEAS and the EC, select one candidate from each Member State.

The EEAS and the EC identify a list of priority Delegations to allocate among JPDs. Once the lists are finalised, the EEAS and the EC manage the matching process. The matching process is based on the following criteria:

  • priorities of the EC and the EEAS;
  • candidates' profiles and preferences expressed in the application form;
  • EU Delegations’ training possibilities.

Selected candidates will be offered a single traineeship agreement of a fixed-term of nine (9) months, which can be renewed for another period of nine (9) months.

Trainees are entitled to a monthly remuneration package composed of:

  • a grant of 1,300 EUR;
  • an accommodation contribution set at 1,000 EUR;
  • a hardship contribution added to these mentioned above - depending on the Living Conditions Allowance in a Delegation from 10% to 35%. (see LCA table).

In addition, JPDs will be granted:

  • an installation contribution of 2,000 EUR at the beginning of their traineeship;
  • a contribution for the cost of the journey of 2,500 EUR for each period of 9 months of traineeship;
  • a contribution of 500 EUR for the insurance cost for each period of 9 months of traineeship.


January 2017

Deadline for applications to Member States

31 January 2017

Lists of pre-selected candidates submitted to EEAS and Commission by all the Member States

28 April 2017

Selection panels at EEAS and Commission and matching process (who goes where)

May 2017

Communication of results to Member States

June 2017

Traineeship offers sent to candidates

June 2017

Reception of documents required from selected candidates

30 June 2017

Obligatory Induction Training in Brussels 

September 2017

Starting of traineeships in EU Delegations  

September/October 2017

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