Several entry points exist for joining the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), depending on your profile, type of employment, and location.
Brussels headquarters - staff and trainees
Regular staff at our Brussels headquarters are not recruited directly by ECHO. They are rather selected through the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) with all other candidates for the EU institutions. Besides permanent positions, EPSO also hires contract and temporary agents, as well as interim staff on a temporary basis for specialised tasks. Detailed information on recruitment conditions, eligibility, and open competitions are available on the EPSO website.
In addition, the Commission recruits university graduates for five-months long paid traineeships with possible deployment at the ECHO headquarters. Further information on eligibility, conditions, and application process are available at the Commission's Traineeship Office.
Field offices - humanitarian experts
For specific tasks related to the execution of humanitarian aid projects, ECHO recruits humanitarian experts for a minimum duration of 12 months outside of the EU.
Candidates with humanitarian background are encouraged to regularly visit our list of vacant positions for humanitarian experts and to register their information on the ECHO reserve list of humanitarian expert.
EU Aid Volunteers
The EU Aid Volunteers initiative will be officially launched in 2015, offering over 18 000 citizens the opportunity to join a humanitarian organisation around the world for a limited amount of time. A network of volunteers will be established to allow them to interact with and support each other before, during and after deployment. The initiative will also offer online volunteering opportunities for people both inside and outside Europe, to support those deployed in the field. Where needed, training will include office-based experience in a European humanitarian organisation.