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 offer citizens over 18 000 opportunities to contribute to humanitarian action. The initiative is open to a variety of profiles, from newcomers to experienced humanitarian experts.