Deadline for application extended until Monday 20 June 2011.


The ETF (European Training Foundation) is seeking to set up a reserve list of candidates interested in a fixed term agreement on secondment as:

Seconded National Experts (SNE) in the field of Employment and Labour Market within the Thematic Expertise Development Department

The Employer: 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:

The Status of the Seconded National Experts (SNE) and the secondment’s conditions

For the ETF it is highly desirable to foster the exchange of professional experience in, and knowledge of, education and training systems contributing to the development of human capital by temporarily assigning experts to the ETF. Seconded national experts (SNE) should enable the ETF to benefit from the high level of their professional knowledge and experience.

The SNEs shall remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of secondment. The SNE’s employer shall continue to pay his/her salary, to maintain his/her administrative status throughout the period of secondment and to inform the ETF of any change in the SNE's situation in this regard.

The SNE's employer shall also continue to be responsible for all his/her social rights, particularly social security and pension. The termination of or change in the SNE's contractual status may lead to the termination of his/her secondment by the ETF.

An SNE may be entitled, throughout the period of secondment, to subsistence allowances depending on his/her personal situation and according to article 16 of the “Rules on the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training to the European Training Foundation”.

The initial period of secondment will be one year and may be renewed.

The agreement on secondment is not an employment and does not lead to subsequent employment at the ETF.

The place of secondment is Turin, Italy.

For complete information on the secondment and the SNE’s duties, rights and obligations, please consult the “Director’s decision laying down the rules on the secondment of national experts and national experts in professional training to the European Training Foundation” published at the bottom of the page.

The department

The secondment will be offered within the Thematic Expertise Development (TED) Department, which is responsible for the development of methodological instruments and policy approaches to support ETF partner countries in the fields of Vocational education and training, labour market and enterprise skills.

The Department ensures that ETF’s thematic policy support to partner countries is inspired by EU policy frameworks and is adapted to partner countries realities and framework conditions.

Job profiles

Reporting to the Head of TED Department, the national expert will be responsible for contributing with specific knowledge and expertise in the field of labour market and employment policy.


The national expert will:

  • Undertake in depth analyses on labour market developments and employment policies in the partner countries with a particular focus on the demand and supply of skills;
  • Build capacity in partner countries on labour market analysis and employment policy development and assessment, also including public employment services (PES) and active labour market measures;
  • Act as a member of ETF country teams as labour market economist and/or employment policy specialist, and monitor the labour markets of partner countries in terms of jobs and skills;
  • Support the delivery of EU assistance to partner countries in the framework of the EU project cycle: programming, identification, appraisal, follow-up, evaluation and impact assessment;
  • Support the ETF as a centre of expertise through:
    • publication of articles and reports on labour market and employment policy issues in the partner countries;
    • dissemination of information and networking and exchanges of practice between the European Union and partner countries, international organisations and amongst partner countries in the field;
    • participation in ETF’s community of practice on employment and innovation and learning projects in the field of labour market and employment policy to provide help-desk function to ETF staff and share the knowledge of employment-related issues with wider experts community.
Eligibility criteria

To qualify for secondment to the ETF, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. be employed by a public, international or non-governmental organisation, or exceptionally by a private organisation;
  2. have worked for their employer on a contract basis for at least 12 months before the secondment;
  3. remaining in the service of that employer throughout the period of secondment;
  4. continuing to receive his/her salary (including contributions related to social rights, notably social security and pension) by that employer while maintaining his/her administrative status throughout the period of secondment;
  5. have at least three years' full-time experience of administrative, scientific, technical, advisory or supervisory functions;
  6. have a thorough knowledge of one of the Community languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another Community language to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties.

Please note that in order for the application to be valid, the requirements listed under points from 1 to 4 must be certified by a formal declaration from the candidate’s employer – see template available at the bottom of the webpage.

Selection criteria

In addition to a university degree, candidates must have at least 6 years professional experience in the field of labour market and/or employment policy issues and its links with education and training.


Candidates’ experience will be proven by evidences of previous assignments implemented, projects involved and/or publications and policy documents written in at least two of the following fields:

  • Analysis of the labour market and employment policies in developing and/or transition countries;
  • Labour market economics;
  • Links between employment and education and training policies (e.g. returns to education, transition from school to work and employability of youth);
  • Anticipation and matching LM and skill needs and increasing employability of workforce;
  • Employment policy solutions for socio-economic development, poverty reduction, social inclusion, as well as for cross-cutting issues such as social partnership and gender equality;
  • Analysis of linkages between labour migration and skills and its impact on local labour markets, as well as the issues of transparency and portability of skills and qualifications linked to labour mobility;
  • Employment policies at EU and (at least one) Member State level;
  • Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of employment policies and programmes.

Required technical competences
  • Skills in policy advice and analysis in partner countries or EU Member States or international organisations
  • Excellent2 business writing, and public speaking skills in English.

Required core competences
  • Good communicating and negotiating skills – i.e. ability to organise and present information, views and concepts in a concise, understandable and interesting way for a variety of multicultural audiences. Ability to influence audience;
  • Developed analysing skills – i.e. ability to grasp and analyse complex and wide-ranging questions, issues or information. Tackle issues and problems in a logical, step by step way. Having a systematic approach in analysing ETF issues;
  • Good service orientation skills
  • Good team working skills, notably in an international and multi-cultural environment, with a capacity to share knowledge effectively – i.e. ability to establish and maintain excellent working relations at all levels in the multicultural context of ETF both at team and individual levels. Ability to share within a group a common goal and the responsibility for achieving it.

  • Work experience in EU external relations policies, programmes and instruments or similar;
  • Excellent3 knowledge of French.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure will be carried out in two phases:

First phase – 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.

Second phase – Test and Interviews

Candidates short-listed will then be invited for an interview with the selection assessment board.

  • Interviews are expected to take place between June and July 2011 and will be held in English.
  • Candidates will also be asked to undergo a series of written tests. The written tests will cover the following areas:
    • General aptitude and language skills to the extent necessary for the performance of the duties linked to the post;
    • Specific competences according to the profile required for the vacancy.
Upon completion of the assessment phase, a reserve list of the most suitable candidates will be proposed to the Director by the selection assessment board. The Director will then decide on the establishment of the list and on the appointment of the successful candidate.

This reserve list will be valid for up to twelve months from the date of the establishment of the list and its duration may be modified by decision of the Director.

Inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee secondment.

When an Employment and Labour Market Expertposition becomes vacant, the Director may choose to offer a contract of secondment to a candidate from the established reserve list.

Please note that the selection assessment board’s work and deliberations are strictly confidential and any contact with the board members is prohibited.

Submission of applications

Candidates are invited to send their applications via the ‘Job vacancies’ section of the ETF website.

The following documents must ALL be provided in English:

  • A typed motivation letter of no more than one page, explaining why the candidate is interested in the post 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 ‘Selection criteria form’ available on the ETF website detailing the candidate’s professional experience in support of each of the points under the Selection Criteria section
  • A formal certification by the candidate’s employer supporting the secondment and certifying that the employer will comply with the Rules governing the secondment of National Experts to the ETF thereby confirming the candidate’s eligibility as per points from nr 1 to nr 4 of the Eligibility criteria – a template of such declaration is available on our website.
Applications may also be sent by fax to the ETF HR Unit at the following number: (+39) 011 630 23 88.
Please note that only applications using the Europass CV format and received by the closing date for submission and, if sent by fax, clearly quote the reference number ETF/SNE/11/01, 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 20th June 2011 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. Equivalent to C1 level in all dimensions as per the level scale of the common European framework of reference for languages.
  3. See footnote nr 2.

You can download the pdf version:

Extended ETF-SNE-11-01 vacancy.pdf

Selection and eligibility form to be filled in and attached to your application:

Selection criteria form ETF-SNE-11-01.doc

Declaration to be filled in by your Employer and to be attached to your application:

ENDs, declaration to be filled in by employer.doc

Director's decision no ETF-009-DEC-001 on the secondment of national experts to the ETF:
Director's decision no ETF-009-DEC-001 on the secondment of national experts to the ETF - FR.pdf
Director's decision no ETF-009-DEC-001 on the secondment of national experts to the ETF - EN.pdf

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