Job Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

- Local Applicants

How my application will be taken into account?
We will take into account only application submitted for an open vacancy submitted within the deadline in the job advertisement. It is important to notice that any unsolicited application will not be considered. 
 
Who can apply for local staff positions?
Anyone, regardless of citizenship, can apply for local staff positions
 
Can I send more than one application form?
No, we only accept one application per person per announcement.
 
Can you inform me about the status of my application?
Only applicants who have been shortlisted and called for interview will be kept informed. All other applicants should assume that if they don’t receive any notification from us and a new call for contribution is launched, their application has been unsuccessful.
 
I applied for a previous advertisement; do I need to apply again for the latest call as I am still waiting to hear the outcome from the last one?
If you have heard nothing you should assume your first application was unsuccessful and you are welcome to apply again.
 
How will I be notified if I am selected for interview?
Usually candidates are notified by e-mail. If there is no reply, candidates are contacted by phone.
 
I fulfilled all the requirements asked for in the job descriptions and have a huge amount of experience but still was not interviewed, why?
We receive a large amount of highly qualified and experienced applicants making competition for each advertised position very tough. Not everyone can be selected for a position.
 
 
 
- International Applicants
 
General Questions
Can I send more than one application form?
No, we only accept one application per person per announcement.
 
Can I list more than three priorities on my application?
No, we only accept the first three priorities listed on your application regardless of how many are placed there.
 
I am a retired police officer can I apply?
We accept applications from candidates applying for a contract under 65 years of age. The limit age for seconded candidates is set by the National Authorities according to the internal legislation.
 
The Application Process
 
Can you confirm receipt of my application?
If you applied as a seconded candidate all correspondence is dealt with through your nominating authority. If you applied directly as a contracted candidate, it is impossible for us to acknowledge receipt of individual applications due to the very large numbers of applications.
 
Can you inform me about the status of my application?
Only applicants who have been shortlisted and called for interview will be kept informed, either directly for contracted appointments or through their nominating authorities for seconded. All other applicants should assume that if they don’t receive any notification from us and a new call for contribution is launched, their application has been unsuccessful.
 
I applied for a previous advertisement; do I need to apply again for the latest call as I am still waiting to hear the outcome from the last one?
If you have heard nothing you should assume your first application was unsuccessful and you are welcome to apply again.
 
I previously applied for a position that is being re-advertised, do I need to apply again or will my old application be considered?
Your old application will not be considered and you should apply again.
 
I would like to make an update to my previous application how can I do this?
You cannot update an application after it has been submitted. Only the original application will be considered. Of course if you are applying again for a new Call for Contributions, then you may just submit your updated application form as you application is only considered for the Call for which it is made.
 
Can I send my application at any time for possible future positions?
No, only applications submitted before the application deadline and through the proper channels will be considered. Other applications outside of this timeframe will not be considered.
 
Do I need to sign the electronic version of the application form?
No signature is required when filling and sending the electronic version of the application form. However by submitting the form you are vouching for the accurateness of the information given. Any misleading statement in the application form may lead to your exclusion from the selection process or to a termination of contract.
 
How will I be notified if I am selected for interview?
Usually candidates are notified by e-mail. If there is no reply, candidates are contacted by phone.
 
I fulfilled all the requirements asked for in the job descriptions and have a huge amount of experience but still was not interviewed, why?
We receive a large amount of highly qualified and experienced applicants making competition for each advertised position very tough. Seconded candidates are given priority. Otherwise, all applications for a contract are given equal consideration and decisions concerning the shortlist are made by a panel of international staff members.
 
Seconded and Contracted Positions
 
I am an ‘international’ and I want to work for EUPOL COPPS. What is the difference between the seconded positions and the contracted positions?
There is no difference between the positions concerned; the difference is with the employment regimes. The seconded staff is seconded to EUPOL COPPS by their national employers. The contracted staff is employed by EUPOL COPPS through an employment contract.
 
How can I apply as a seconded applicant?
You can only apply as a seconded applicant through your national authorities. Only applications received through the national nominating bodies will be considered for seconded status.
 
Can you tell me which of my national authorities I should send my application to for a seconded position?
As each Contributing State has its own set of procedures we do not keep this type of information. However, we suggest getting in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs or equivalent for more information.
 
I have applied to my national authorities as a seconded applicant can I also apply to the mission as contracted?
Only if your national authorities do not support your application. If we receive two applications, one from your nominating authority for secondment and the other directly from you we will process only the seconded application.
 
Practicalities
 
I would be grateful if you could let me know where and how I can obtain medical clearance. Could you provide me with any template or form as an example please?
Medical clearance can be obtained from a personal/family doctor in your place of residence. No specific templates are required. You will have to prove that you are physically fit for service.
 
The EU security clearance is necessary only for police officers or even for civilian staff?
The EU security clearance is necessary for every person who joins EUPOL COPPS as mentioned in the job description.