The European GNSS Agency (GSA) provides university students and graduates with a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of the GSA, in particular, and of the EU institutions in general
1. THE GSA AND THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world.
The GSA’s core mission is to ensure that European citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. The Agency does this by:
- Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and infrastructure
- Managing the provision of services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost efficient manner
- Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote the achievement of full European GNSS adoption
- Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible
The GSA is operated and supported by a multicultural team of professionals with interdisciplinary expertise working to ensure that the end-user is kept at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.
Underpinning these efforts is the Human Resources Department that proactively contributes to the fulfilment of the GSA’s mission, particularly regarding all matters related to the management of the GSA’s Human Resources.
The Human Resources Department is responsible for designing, implementing, monitoring and updating strategies, policies and decisions concerning: planning and budgeting, selection and recruitment, staff retention, staff administration and payroll management, learning and development, performance management administration as well as the occupational health and social welfare of staff.
2. TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Depending on the HR area of assignment, the trainee will be expected to:
- Support the execution of HR programmes, processes, communications, and other strategic initiatives which may include:
- Assistance with all aspects of recruitment
- Assistance with on-boarding of new hires
- Assistance with benefits administration as needed
- Assistance with all employees’ HR Learning & Development events
- Other administrative support upon need and requirements (e.g. assisting the HR team in document and file management).
The area of assignment within HR may change as required by Agency’s needs.
3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The traineeship is open to applicants who have not previously undertaken a traineeship at the GSA and who meet the following requirements:
- Nationality of any Member State of the European Union or Norway
- Possess or pursue a recognised higher education degree (university education or equivalent), evidencing completion of a full cycle of study, or in the case of candidates who are at the end of their studies, an official attestation from their university or school stating the marks obtained have an initial experience or specific expertise in one of the areas of work of the Agency obtained either through specialisation as part of the applicant’s studies for a university degree, a dissertation or other research project conducted as part of their studies or through professional experience or a previous traineeship or otherwise
- Possess a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union; one of these languages must be the working language of the Agency (English)
- A clean criminal record
4. SELECTION CRITERIA
- Experience of work or study in the area of Human Resources Management / Business Administration / Public Administration / EU Studies etc.
- Knowledge and/or experience of the workings of the EU institutions will be an asset
- Good knowledge of IT applications (word, excel and any other is an asset)
- Proactive attitude and ability to adjust to new tasks in demanding work environments
- Service mind-set
5. SELECTION PROCEDURE
The eligibility of the applications will be assessed by the Human Resources Department.
The eligible applications received will be evaluated on a regular basis.
The Head of the recruiting department will nominate the department’s evaluators to carry out the selection of the most suitable candidates. The evaluators will assess the eligible applications and select those best matching the selection criteria required for the available traineeship.
The best suitable candidates may be invited for a phone/video interview which may include other appropriate testing.
Engagement for a traineeship will be decided by the Agency’s Executive Director on the basis of a list of suitable candidates proposed by the evaluators. The established list may be used for other similar traineeships depending on the Agency’s needs.
The starting date of the traineeship depends on the Agency’s needs and budget availability.
All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application within three months after their application.
If an application is unsuccessful, candidates may re-apply to future vacancies for which they satisfy the criteria.
6. APPLICATION PROCEDURE
In order to be considered for this position, candidates need to create an account by registering via the GSA e-recruitment tool.
Only applications submitted via the e-recruitment tool will be accepted. Applications sent via email or post will not be taken into consideration.
Multiple applications received for the same position via different accounts will lead to the exclusion of the applicant from the selection procedure.
All sections of the application should be completed in English in order to facilitate the selection procedure.
In order to be considered, applications must be received by the closing date indicated in the vacancy notice.
Candidates are advised to submit the application well ahead of the deadline in order to avoid potential problems during the final days before the closing date of applications’ submissions. The Agency cannot be held responsible for any last-minute malfunctioning of the e-recruitment tool due to heavy traffic on the website.
Please consult the e-recruitment guideline for instructions on completing the application.
7. APPEAL PROCEDURE
Applicants have the right to file a complaint to the European Ombudsman or send an application to the General Court of the European Union, should they consider they have been adversely affected by a particular decision.
If at any stage during the procedure it is discovered that any of the information a candidate has provided is incorrect, the candidate in question will be disqualified.
8. SUMMARY OF CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Trainees receive a monthly grant for full-time traineeship of €1,000.00. If the traineeship is part-time, the grant will be proportionate.
Trainees may also be entitled to the reimbursement of their travel expenses from/to their place of origin.
Trainees shall be responsible for organising their own sickness insurance against health risks and their own accident insurance.
Before the start of the traineeship, the candidate will be required to provide the following documents:
- proof of nationality
- diplomas or academic qualifications needed to prove s/he satisfies the admission criteria
- an excerpt from police records
- a medical certificate confirming that s/he is fit for work and free of any contagious diseases
- documents showing that the trainee has public or private cover for accident insurance and sickness insurance against health risks for the entire duration of the traineeship period
- a statement indicating whether the trainee is in receipt of a grant or other subsistence allowance from another source and if so, the amount of these grants or allowances
- declaration of confidentiality and absence of conflict of interests
For detailed information about rights and obligation related to traineeships, please refer to the Decision of The Executive Director on the Rules governing the Traineeship Scheme of the European GNSS Agency.
 The official European Commission rates will automatically apply for grants paid in non-Euro accounts. All bank charges for incoming payments shall be carried by the trainee.
9. COMMITMENT TO PROMOTE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
The Agency is an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourages applications from all candidates who fulfil the eligibility and selection criteria without any distinction whatsoever on grounds of nationality, age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or other family situation.
10. DATA PROTECTION
The purpose of processing of the data submitted by candidates is to manage each application in view of selection and recruitment as a trainee at the GSA. The personal information requested from applicants will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, officers and agencies and on the free movement of such data (repealing Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 and Decision N° 1247/2002/EC).