The purpose of this programme is to enable junior talented and promising university post-graduates who hold at least a Masters Degree 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).
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. 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.
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