Secondments

“Working in a multicultural environment is always a challenge for employees coming from a national administration. This was one of the major reasons why I chose to apply for a position at EFSA. Being part of a rewarding mission in a multinational setting has been an excellent platform for strengthening my professional skills. Working in EFSA’s Human Capital Unit has allowed me to build on the aforementioned as we deal with professionals from many different countries. This experience will definitely improve my competencies and be a positive input when I return to my national public service post.”

Panagiotis Kalavros, Greece - Seconded National Expert, Human Capital Unit

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Civil servants from national authorities can work in our scientific or administrative units as Seconded National Experts (SNEs) or Seconded National Experts in Professional Training (NEPTs).

SNEs and NEPTs serve a dual role: they bring their expertise to EFSA and take back to their home administration the knowledge acquired during their period of secondment, fostering mutual exchange and strengthening cooperation between EFSA and its partners.

Applications are open to staff from public administrations of EU Member States, EFTA countries, public intergovernmental organisations and universities. Staff from third countries and international organisations may be accepted on a case by case basis and subject to the EFSA Executive Director’s approval.

Good communication in English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) and the ability to work in a multicultural environment are essential.

EFSA offers flexible working hours, wellbeing initiatives, training and development opportunities.

Secondment of SNEs can be from a minimum six months up to four years, while NEPTs can work at EFSA for between three and five months.

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