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Traineeship notice ETF/TRA/11/01

Traineeship in the Geographical Operations Department
Labour market needs and employability

Duration: 6 months – from 1st or 16th July 2011

The Employer: European Training Foundation (ETF)

The European Training Foundation (ETF) is an EU agency that helps transition and developing countries1 to reform their education, training and labour market systems.

At the ETF we believe that the development of human resources through education and training is vital in encouraging social inclusion in transition countries.

Our purpose is to improve people’s lives, increase local prosperity and create sustainable growth. Our work in human capital development (HCD) is part of the EU’s external relations policy.

Based in Torino, northern Italy, the ETF has a staff of approximately 130 people.

The ETF provides an exciting and flexible working environment with a high level of individual responsibility. As a learning and sharing organisation we encourage and offer our staff excellent opportunities for continued professional development.

To find out more about the ETF and what we do, please go to www.etf.europa.eu.

The Department: Geographical Operations Department (GEO)

The trainee position is available within the Unit on Western Balkans and Turkey (WBT) that is one of the three units that make up the Geographical Operations Department (GEO – in charge of defining, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the outputs of the annual ETF work programme at country and regional levels). The WBT Unit is responsible for developing and delivering the ETF’s support for Human Capital Development (HCD) in the Enlargement Region2 .

The activities of the department/unit are fourfold:

  • Analysis and assessment of developments in the field of HCD in the ETF partner countries;
  • Capacity building of national stakeholders in dealing with emerging challenges;
  • Support to the European Commission programming cycle;
  • Dissemination of knowledge to the wider public.

For more detailed information, please refer to the ETF Work Programme 2011.

The GEO department work is organised around teams, which is why teamwork is so important to the department and the ETF. Depending on their specific skills and experience and the ever-evolving portfolio of the organisation, trainees may be asked to work within different country and project teams.

Thematic area of the traineeship

The thematic area of the traineeship is “Labour market needs and employability”, which focuses on understanding labour market changes and their implications for the employability of individuals as well as for the development of employment policies.
Particular emphasis will be given to:
a. the anticipation of skills needs;
b. enhancing employability;
c. matching the supply and demand of skills in the short, medium and long-term;
d. enhancing the quality of the labour force;
e. addressing skills in the informal sector for the promotion of decent work for all.

Learning objectives

At the end of the traineeship, the trainee should have:

  • a better understanding of labour market and HCD challenges in the Enlargement Region;
  • a better understanding of EU policies in Human capital development and its relevance to partner country context;
  • a better understanding of EU external relations policies and aid delivery methods in the Enlargement Region;
  • hands-on experience on project management, including project monitoring, project implementation (event organisation, relationship management with partner country stakeholders, documents drafting), project team work;
  • hands-on experience in working in an international organisation;
  • put into practice knowledge and skills developed during his/her studies.

Traineeship description

Under the supervision of the Head of the WBT Unit, the trainee will be part of a country, multi-country or thematic project contributing to the content and taking care of organisational aspects.


The trainee will be part of a country or project team and s/he will carry out the following activities:

  • contribute to searching information and documentation related to labour markets and employment in the Enlargement Region;
  • contribute to the analysis of labour market developments in the different countries of the region;
  • contribute to the drafting of country reports on labour market and employment;
  • review/draft short contributions as input to the ETF Website or intranet pages;
  • support to the organisation of internal and external events related to projects.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must satisfy the following requirements by the closing date for the submission of applications:

  1. Be a national of an EU Member State or ETF partner country or territory2. Priority will be given to applicants coming from ETF partner countries.
  2. Enjoy full rights as a citizen;
  3. Have recently graduated at post-secondary or at university level or are about to graduate in a relevant field and who are required to undertake a period of work experience as an integral part of their course;
  4. Have good3 knowledge of English, the main working language at the ETF in order for the trainee to fully profit from the internship and to be able to follow meetings and perform adequately;
  5. Neither having already benefited or benefit from any kind of internship or in-service training (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within a European institution or body,
    Nor having had or have any kind of employment within a European institution, body or agency, including anyone who is or has been working as an interim staff member, intra-muros consultant or expert.

Selection criteria


  • Educational and/or recent professional background in the labour economics area or related field;
  • Capacity to undertake quantitative analysis in the field of the labour market;
  • High degree of computer literacy, particularly in spreadsheet and word processing packages (such as Excel and Word for Windows).

  • Good developed organising and execution skills, i.e. ability to design and implement suitable solutions, to achieve tangible results whilst fulfilling commitments and respecting high standards of performance;
  • Good analysing skills;
  • Good team working skills;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Being service orientated.

  • Good4 writing and oral skills in a language of the Enlargement Region;
  • Knowledge of EU external relations policies;
  • Working experience in ETF partner countries.

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases:

Phase 1 – screening of eligibility and selection criteria

  • Candidates will be assessed according to compliance with the eligibility criteria.
  • The selection assessment board will then consider the competences of eligible applicants on the basis of the CV provided and invite the most suitable candidates to the second phase.
  • Candidates selected for the second phase will be notified via email.

Phase 2 – interviews
  • Candidates short-listed will then be called for a phone interview with the selection assessment board
  • Interviews are expected to take place between May and June 2011 and will be held in English.

Upon completion of the assessment phase, a list of the most suitable candidates will be proposed to the Director by the selection assessment board. The successful candidate will then be appointed by the Director.

Maintenance Grant

  • The monthly grant awarded to a trainee is EUR 1, 000 net
  • Travel expenses incurred in order to take up their duties from and back to their place of residence are reimbursed upon provision of the relevant travel documents.
  • Visa and ‘Permesso di soggiorno’ related administrative expenses are reimbursed upon provision of the related supporting documents.

It is recommended to read carefully the ETF Internship Scheme available at the bottom of the webpage.

Submission of applications

Candidates are invited to send their applications via the ETF website.

The reference number related to the traineeship must be clearly quoted in the documentation submitted, i.e. ETF/TRA/11/01.

The following documents must be provided in English:

  • A typed motivation letter of no more than one page, explaining why the candidate is interested in this specific traineeship and what her/his added value would be to the ETF if selected;
  • A curriculum vitae using the Europass CV format (other formats will not be considered);
  • The form named Declaration on Honour form’ available at the bottom of the webpage.

Please note that only applications submitted online through the ETF website and using the Europass CV format will be accepted.

If any one of the formal requirements or eligibility criteria above is not met, the application will not progress any further.

The closing date for the submission of applications is 18th May 2010 at 23.59 (Central European Time). Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted further. The ETF is an equal opportunities employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

EU legislation on personal data protection and confidentiality of information will apply to all personal data collected for this selection process. The application documents provided during the selection procedure will not be returned to candidates, but will be kept on file at the ETF. You can find out more information in the ”Privacy policy for job applicants” section of the ETF website.

  1. The ETF partner countries and territories are: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
  2. The Enlargement Region’s countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. As Iceland is a candidate country it will be invited to participate in regional activities for this region.
  3. Equivalent to B2 level as per the level scale of the common European framework of reference for languages.
  4. See footnote nr 3.

Declaration on Honour form to be filled in and attached to your application: Declaration on honour - ETF-TRA-11-01 - GEO - Labour market needs and employability.pdf

You can download the pdf version of the traineeship: CEI ETF-TRA-11-01 - GEO - Labour market.pdf

ETF Internship Scheme: ETF Internship scheme.pdf

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