Enlargement & Integration Action 2010
Information on training possibilities at JRC and on the Call for expression of interest for Seconded National Experts and Grantholders at JRC Institutes
with focus on 2 EU New Members, Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries, FP7 Associated Countries and on ad hoc basis on the European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries
The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of special interests, whether private or national
It consists of seven institutes located on five separate sites in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany
and Spain. It employs some 2700 persons under various schemes and presently collaborates
with over one thousands research groups world-wide.
The JRC carries out research work on a wide range of topics that are of direct concern to the European citizen. These topics, which are broadly related to safety and security of the citizen, are concentrated namely in the following core areas: environment and sustainability; food, chemical products and health; nuclear safety and safeguards; reference materials and measurements; public security and antifraud and prospective studies and technology foresight. Detailed information can be found on the JRC web site (http://www.jrc.ec.europa.eu) as well as on those of its institutes .
To support the EU enlargement policy, the JRC promotes the integration of the EU New Member States (NMS), Candidate Countries (CC), Potential Candidate Countries (PCC) and FP7 Associated Countries (AC) in the European Research Area (ERA) and assists them in particular through an increased participation in the relevant JRC activities by offering both training and short stay job possibilities. The JRC also supports the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) by offering similar possibilities on an ad hoc basis to the ENP Partner Countries.
The JRC Enlargement and Integration Action 2010 is focused on
- the two New Member States NMS (Bulgaria and Romania);
- FP7 Associated Countries FP7 AC (Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland);
- EU Candidate Countries CC (Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Turkey);
- Potential Candidate Countries PCC (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as
- the European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries ENPPC on an ad hoc basis.
The general aim of this action is to support the EU enlargement and integration process by fostering collaboration with target countries' governmental organisations (or the like), which will have an institutional role for providing S&T support to the implementation of policies, particularly through the associated scientific and technical organisations. This action will be administrated in collaboration with the European Commission Personnel and Administration Directorate General and the Permanent Representations of the New Member States as well as the Missions to the EU of the Candidate, Potential Candidate Countries and FP7 Associated Countries.
The action is composed of two main related instruments:
1) Workshops and Training Course on Advanced Methods and Techniques for EU policies
A series of workshops are planned in specialised areas for S&T support to EU policies, which correspond to well-established JRC core competencies. The main objective of these workshops will be to assist the competent organisations in the target countries with the scientific and technical methods and techniques underpinning EU policy implementation, learn about the methods currently available and discuss future implementation. In certain cases, these workshops will be organised together with the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange unit of Directorate-General Enlargement of the European Commission (TAIEX), whose aim is to provide to the New Member States, Candidate Countries, Potential Candidate Countries and European Neighbourhood Policy Partner Countries, short-term technical assistance, in line with the overall policy objectives of the European Commission, and in the field of approximation, application and enforcement of EU legislation.
Because of the institutional links and limited capacity, participants to workshops will, as a general rule, be designated directly by the respective Permanent Representations and the Missions to the EU in co-operation with the JRC National Contact Points.
The list of 44 Workshops and Training Courses on Advanced Methods and Techniques for 2010
2) Call for expression of interest for Seconded National Experts and Grantholders
In conjunction with the previous activity, the JRC offers a number of short-to-medium-term job openings which are available for Seconded National Experts and Grantholders.
Seconded National Experts (SNEs) are staff from a national, regional or local public administration or a public intergovernmental organisation in the above-mentioned countries that have expertise in S&T areas covered by the JRC.
The public administration means all State administrative services at central, federal and regional level, comprising ministries, government and parliament services, the courts, central banks, and the administrative services of local authorities, as well as the decentralised administrative services of the State and of such authorities.
Grantholders contracts are aimed at developing training, career development and mobility opportunities for researchers throughout their careers.
The list of 28 open positions for SNEs and Grantholders at the JRC for 2010.
To ensure the openness and transparency of the procedure the call is coordinated with the Permanent Representations or the Missions to the EU.
Seconded National Experts
Seconded National Experts (SNEs) must come from a national, regional or local public administration, including universities and research organisation that do not see to make profits for redistribution. An SNE must have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before their secondment and shall remain in the service of that employer throughout the period of secondment. To qualify for secondment to the Commission a national expert must have at least three years of experience.
The Commission Decision of 12.11.2008 laying down rules on the secondment to the Commission of national experts and national experts in professional training applies for the short term opportunities for Seconded National Experts offered by the JRC in Enlargement and Integration Action 2010
The employment contract under which the grantholders shall be engaged will conform to the national legislation of the site of the JRC institute where the grantholder is to be based.
JRC Administrative rules applicable to the recruitment of grantholders applies for a fixed term opportunities offered by the JRC in Enlargement and Integration Action 2010.
Seconded National Experts
In order to express your interest, you are asked to send your CV according to the European CV form (either in Word or in PDF format) clearly stating the reference number of the job position to the Permanent Representation or the Mission to the EU of your country of origin (the list of the Permanent Representations of the Member States and the Missions of the FP7 Associated Countries to the EU is enclosed).
In order to express your interest, you are asked to send your CV and application form clearly stating the reference number of the job position to the relevant JRC contact. (You can find reference number and JRC contact in the job description)
Each application must be accompanied by a CV and a list of your publications. You may not refer to documents or applications submitted previously. None of the documents in the application file will be returned.
Only candidates having filled in completely the application form and having submitted a CV and a publication list on time will be eligible.
The submitted applications will be evaluated by the relevant JRC institutes and a reply sent to the applicants. A reserve list of the most suitable candidates will be set up.
Candidates not included in the reserve list will be informed. These candidates will be contacted by the JRC according to future needs in the working area selected and invited, in case of an envisaged deployment to a JRC institute, for an interview. The constitution of such a list does not under any circumstances represent a commitment for future employment by the European Commission.
For action specific queries and queries of general nature, you can contact:
Joint Research Centre
Unit A.3 Stakeholder Relations
SDME 10/44, B-1049 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 29-57624
Fax: +32 2 29-96322
JRC "Enlargement and Integration" Team in Brussels:
Dr. David Wilkinson, Director, Directorate Programmes and Stakeholder Relations, Brussels
Ms. Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit, Stakeholder Relations
Ms. Jana Machajova
Ms. Milena Raykovska
Ms. Zeljka Babic
JRC Institutes Contact Officers:
Mr. Roger Hurst, IE
Mr. Arwyn Jones, IES
Ms. Barbara Piotrowska, IHCP
Mr. Carmelo Addabbo, IPSC
Ms. Fernandez Carretero Asuncion, IPTS
Ms. Doris Florian, IRMM
Mr. Victor Esteban Gran, ITU