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Generally open calls for applications are published on line for 30 calendar days, during which candidates can submit their applications. If deemed necessary, this period may be extended. The exact deadline for applying for a job is stipulated in each call.
For each selection procedure, a Selection Committee is composed of at least 3 members: a Chairperson, a Human Resources representative and a Staff Committee representative. All members of the Selection Committee have the same rights and obligations. The main role of the Section Committee is to select eligible candidates matching best the selection criteria laid down in the call for applications and based on the outcome of the interview/written test establishes the (reserve) list of suitable candidates for the post.
Calls for applications advertised by ERA are independent from each other and if not indicated otherwise, candidates are welcome to apply to any of them should they satisfy the eligibility criteria. Even if your name has been previously put on a reserve list, it is strongly recommended to apply for any new call for applications for which you have the corresponding profile.
To be eligible to apply for a call for applications, you must have gained the minimum entry qualifications by the closing date. Qualifications gained after that date cannot be taken into consideration.
You must meet all the eligibility requirements by the closing date for submission of applications. Professional experience acquired after this date cannot be taken into account and therefore the application will be considered as not eligible.
It depends on the type of post (AST/AD or Function Group for Contractual Agent posts) and is clearly stated in each call for applications. Please read the call for applications carefully before applying. More info on the degree required
Candidates who are shortlisted for an interview/written test receive an invitation by email, whereas candidates not selected for interview/written test are notified via email of the outcome of the procedure once the invitations have been sent to the shortlisted candidates.
The time taken to invite applicants for an interview/written test depends on the number of applications received for a particular call for applications. Applicants shortlisted for an interview/written test are informed once all applications have been assessed. This can take up to about 8 weeks from the closing date of the call for applications.
The interview aims at giving you the opportunity to demonstrate a range of competencies and skills pertaining to the position you applied for. The interview is held in English but the knowledge of other languages may also be tested. Native English speakers must prove their ability to work in a second EU language. You are recommended to prepare yourself for the interview:
Familiarize yourself with the ERA’s mission, vision and values,
Read carefully the contents in the call for applications,
Think about where you have performed tasks and responsibilities similar to those described and have demonstrated relevant competencies. We would like to know why you think you are the right person for the position and how your experience makes you suitable,
Be open and communicate your thoughts, views and feelings to the Selection Committee. We would like to get an impression of you as a person and not just of your knowledge and competencies,
Take the opportunity to ask questions and obtain the information you need to help you for an opinion of whether the position and the ERA is where you would like to be.
The written test is designed to assess some of the competencies indicated in the call for applications under the selection criteria. The written test is laptop-based. You will have the choice between a QWERTY or an AZERTY keyboard. The written test is in English but the knowledge of other languages may also be tested.
All candidates who attend an interview/written test and have their place of residence/departure more than 200 km away from Valenciennes, receive a contribution towards their travel and accommodation expenses.
The candidates are invited to fill in the contribution form in order to claim reimbursement, and to return the form, duly filled in and signed, to us by e-mail. All contributions will be processed according to the Agency’s rules.
Inclusion in a reserve list does not guarantee a job offer. As long as the reserve list remains valid, ERA may offer a position to a successful candidate who best matches the specific needs of ERA. Candidates’ profiles will be considered with all due care each time a post for which they are qualified becomes available.
In order to develop employees’ professional skills and performance and to better contribute to ERA’s mission, learning and development at ERA includes the full development spectrum from formal to informal learning of both general and technical nature:
Instructor led face-to-face training through ERA’s procured training providers
Self-managed learning via e-learning, reading and further education
Temporary and Contract Agents at ERA are subject to an annual performance appraisal system called Career and Development Review (CDR).
The CDR dialogue is a key moment of the year where line managers and staff build new opportunities for professional growth together and set priorities of the year through an open and constructive dialogue. The CDR dialogue is a moment of sound reflection and exchange between both actors.
In general terms, the purpose of the CDR dialogue is to bring alignment and consistency between ERA’s long, medium and short-term objectives and the motivation and aspirations of staff members.
Linked to the CDR dialogue is a merit-based promotion policy applied on an annual basis.
Candidates for a Seconded National Expert (SNE) post must be sponsored by their national authorities. Since SNEs remain in the service of their national employer and continue to be paid their national salary by that employer, they must have the fiat from their national authorities for the secondment. Confirmation of this is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship.
There is no official age limit for applying for a traineeship. However, ERA’s traineeship programmes are aimed at young university graduates and students and present an opportunity to gain initial work experience.