Publication date: 28 January 2015

Job Description SNE-FRA-2015-ECR Legal Research and Analysis (152.94 KB)

Please note that this vacancy is now closed.

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) wishes to set up a list of candidates interested in a fixed-term work opportunity as Seconded National Expert (SNE).

National Experts are seconded to the FRA [en] according to the European Commission's rules on the secondment of National Experts C(2008)6866 of 12.11.2008 [en].


Please read carefully these general conditions before applying to make sure that you fulfill the criteria for secondment

Seconded National Experts are staff employed by a national, regional or local public administration, or an IGO, who are seconded to the FRA so that it can benefit from the high level of their professional knowledge and experience, in particular in areas where such expertise is not readily available and gives the opportunity to the National Authorities to profit from the exchange of professional experience.

The persons covered by these rules:

  • MUST be employed by a national, regional or local public administration, or an IGO;
  • MUST have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before their secondment and;
  • MUST remain in the service of that employer throughout the period of secondment.

The SNE's employer shall undertake to continue to pay his/her salary, to maintain his/her administrative status (permanent official or contract staff member) throughout the period of secondment and to inform FRA 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 administrative status (permanent official or contract staff member) may lead to the termination of his secondment by the FRA.

The secondment contract may not be less than six months nor more than two years. The initial duration of the secondment is one year. The contract may be renewed once or more, up to a total period not exceeding four years and does not lead to subsequent employment at FRA. The contract duration is for full time employment.

Before the period of secondment begins, the national or international civil service from which the SNE is to be seconded, shall certify to the FRA that he/she will remain, throughout the period of secondment, subject to the social security legislation applicable to that civil service and will assume responsibility for expenses incurred abroad.

Candidates are requested to have a good level of English.

FRA pays for a daily subsistence and monthly subsistence allowance depending on the distance between the place of origin and place of secondment.

The FRA is a multicultural work environment and is located in Vienna, Austria

The FRA urges anyone meeting the eligibility criteria and interested in the position to apply. The FRA is an equal opportunities employer and ensures that its recruitment procedures do not discriminate on the basis of gender, colour, racial, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation, or any other status.

FRA encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. If you consider yourself to have a physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability please tick the appropriate box on the on-line application form and indicate any adjustments or arrangements, relating to your disability, that you require to enable you to take part in the interview and tests.

A complete description of FRA’s activities and structure can be found in the sections Who we are and What we do.

The Selection Committee has been established as follows:

Decision of the Director in respect of the establishment of the Selection Committee for the posts of “Seconded National Experts”, ref. SNE-FRA-2015-ECR – Legal Research and Analysis

Please note that the Selection Committee’s work and deliberations are highly confidential: any contact with its members is strictly forbidden and may disqualify candidates from the selection.


  1. Make sure that you meet the conditions for secondment as indicate under the General Conditions Section;
  2. Read carefully the information in the “Application Instructions” and the Job Description
  3. Prepare your:

Please clearly indicate in CV your current employer, the date of engagement in your current position and the length of your contract;

  • Motivation Letter.

Please clearly indicate in your motivation Letter if your employer is agreeing with the possibility of your secondment;

These two documents must be attached to the “Online Application Form”.

ONLY .doc and .pdf format will be accepted.

  1. Complete the “Online Application Form”:

Please note that this vacancy is now closed.


The closing date for submission of the applications is 26/02/2015 at 13:00 (Vienna local time).  FRA reserves the right to disregard any application sent after that date.

The FRA will not return applications to candidates. The personal data provided by the candidate shall be processed pursuant the European Regulation related to personal data protection and in particular Regulation EC n. 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the community institutions and bodies, and on the free movement of such data. Personal data shall be processed solely for the purpose of the secondment to the FRA. Should the candidate require further information or wishes to exercise his/her rights (e.g. access or rectify data) he/she shall address to: