Following the phasing out of the Junior Experts in Delegation (JED) programme by the end of 2012, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (High Representative) and the European Commission (Commission) decided to establish a successor regime from 2013 to continue to attract highly qualified
Junior Professionals from the EU Member States in the European Union Delegations (Delegations).
The purpose of this programme is to enable talented and promising junioruniversity post-graduates who hold at least a Masters Degree from the EU Member States to gain first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and a deeper insight into their role in the implementation of EU external relations policies, including the Common Foreign Security Policy (CFSP).
The programme is open to those trainees (JPD) showing a great interest and motivation for the mission entrusted to Delegations, sharing the values and principles of the European Union and committed to defend the latter and the place of the European Union in the World.
Junior Professionals in Delegation will similarly be deployed, depending the nature of their functions and tasks, in both the EEAS sections of the Delegations (for political, press and information functions) and in those under the authority of the Commission (aid management, trade, economic issues, etc.).
Number of traineeship positions in 2014
The EEAS plans to commit in 2014 credits covering the expenses of 1 JPD/traineeship position per EU Member State (i.e. a total of 28 JPD) to be deployed in the Delegations for political, press and information functions.
The Commission has also decided to finance 1 JPD/traineeship position per EU Member State to be deployed in the Delegations (i.e. a total of 28 JPD).
Trainees or “JPD” will get a monthly basic grant of 1,300 EUR, as well as a monthly accommodation contribution of 1,000 EUR to which a monthly hardship contribution will be added. Overall, trainees will receive a monthly package within a range of +/- 2,300 EUR to +/- 3,000 EUR, depending on the place of the traineeship. Further financial contributions are foreseen: 2,000 EUR installation contribution, 2,500 EUR contribution towards the cost of the journey and 500 EUR contribution towards the cost of the insurance premium.
Finally, credits will also be allocated to Delegations (not to trainees) to cover the mission and security expenses of the JPD.
Deadline for applications to EU Member States: 3 March 2014