The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs 76 staff members of 19 nationalities.  ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

EFTA Surveillance Authority 2019/20 Trainee Programme

Launch your career in the heart of Europe

For 2019/2020, seven talented candidates will be invited to join the EFTA Surveillance Authority trainee programme for 11 months from September to July. The traineeship provides young professionals and recent graduates from the EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) a unique opportunity to experience and participate in the work of the Authority and the inner workings of the EEA Agreement.

The Authority

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) monitors compliance with the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA Agreement) in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, enabling those States to participate in the Internal Market of the European Union.

ESA is an international organisation, independent of the States, which safeguards the rights of individuals and undertakings under the EEA Agreement, ensuring free movement, fair competition and control of state aid. ESA's work helps remove barriers to trade and open up new opportunities to over 500 million Europeans, creating jobs and growth and adding to the international competitiveness of the States.

ESA is based in Brussels. It currently employs 76 staff members of 19 nationalities.  ESA is led by a College consisting of three members, each appointed for a period of four years by the three participating EFTA States.

Deadline for applications
03-03-2019
Job Reference
08/2019

Role Description

A traineeship at ESA is a great way to kick-start your career. Whether you are pursuing a career in the public or the private sector, at home or internationally, the experience will prove beneficial. Trainees take part in the daily work of the different departments. They gain valuable work experience by assisting case handlers with the ongoing activities of ESA, get hands-on knowledge of the functioning of the EEA Agreement and have the opportunity to live and work in a thriving multicultural environment.

We are looking for engaged young professionals or recent graduates from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, primarily with a background in law but also in other relevant disciplines for our Communications traineeship.  Strong academic results and an interest or specialisation in EEA/EU affairs are required, as is an excellent command of English, the working language of the Authority. Extracurricular activities and community involvement are rated positively.

The trainees work in the Competition and State Aid (CSA) or Internal Market Affairs (IMA) Directorates or in the Legal and Executive Affairs (LEA) Department, which includes the Communications Team of the Authority. 

Essential Skills

  • Applicants must be nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway
  • University degree in law for the IMA, CSA & LEA trainees
  • University degree in a relevant discipline for the Communications trainee (i.e. Journalism, Media or Communications).  Other subjects may be accepted, provided the applicant has relevant work experience in media and communications 
  • Interest or specialisation in EU/EEA matters
  • Experience of working with social media, photography or photo editing would be beneficial for the Communications traineeship, although this is not essential
  • Applicants should be young professionals or final year students who will complete their studies prior to 1 September 2019, with strong academic results
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English, the working language of ESA. 
  • For the Communications traineeship, the ability to communicate fluently in Icelandic, both orally and in writing, is essential.  This is to ensure that the Communications Team is able to handle communications in both Norwegian and Icelandic, the languages of ESA’s largest relevant media markets. 
  • We are looking for people who are engaged, proactive and independent, whilst at the same time being strong team players. You should be accurate and well organised proactive in your work.

Other information

The traineeship at the Authority is a paid position and trainees receive:

  • A monthly allowance of €1600
  • Free, furnished and private accommodation in Brussels
  • Utility and internet costs covered by ESA, and mobile phone provided
  • Health, life and invalidity and travel insurance cover
  • Reimbursement of travel costs upon taking up and leaving the traineeship

For more information about the Authority and the traineeship programme, visit: www.eftasurv.int

In the interests of ensuring that trainee positions are open to as wide a group of individuals as possible, current and former trainees of the EFTA Secretariat will not be eligible to apply for ESA trainee positions.  Current and former trainees of the EFTA Court will, however, be eligible to apply in light of the short-term nature of traineeships in the Court as compared with those in the Secretariat.

Application procedure:

Only nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are eligible to apply.

Further questions regarding the traineeship programme may, in the first instance, be addressed to Kathryn Bryan, Head of HR: KBR@eftasurv.int  or +32 (0)2 286 18 32.  

Deadline for applications: 3 March 2019 (midnight CET)             Start Date: 1 September 2019

Interviews will be held in March/April 2019 by telephone or Skype and the selection process will be finalised by the end of April 2019.

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