Call for expression of interest for the Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) Programme

Call for expression of interest for the Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) Programme

The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC) have once again established a high-level traineeship programme which gives an opportunity to highly qualified junior professionals from the EU Member States to work in the EU Delegations worldwide. The aim of the programme is to enable young people to gain first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and an in-depth understanding of their role in the implementation of EU external policies.

In line with the Joint Decision of the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, which establishes a High Level Traineeship Programme in the Delegations of the European Union and the Rules Governing this Programme in Partnership with the Member States of the European Union, the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) is once again seeking to deploy Junior Professionals in Delegation (JPD) as from September/October 2023.

The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC) will finance a minimum of 54 JPD posts (two (2) per Member State) for the 2023-2025 round. In this regard, 27 JPD posts will be offered in the EEAS and 27 in the EC. The JPD is aimed at graduates at Master’s Level or equivalent who satisfy the below conditions for eligibility. Applicants are to apply either for sections under the competence of the EEAS (political, press and information sections), OR for sections under the competence of the Commission (aid management, trade and economic issues).

Regarding the location for the traineeship, candidates are to indicate up to three geographical preferences (ideally regions and countries) such as: North Africa (eg Morocco), Southern Africa (eg South Africa and Namibia), East Africa (eg Rwanda), the Middle East (eg Jordan, Lebanon), Eastern Europe (eg Georgia, Moldova) and the Balkans (eg Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, N. Macedonia) for their potential assignment as well as the function (see italics above or EEAS website) they are applying for. A list of the EEAS’ delegations over the world can be accessed on the EEAS Website.

The traineeship agreement is for twelve (12) months with a possible renewal for another period of twelve (12) months.

Selected trainees will be awarded a monthly basic grant for the entire duration of the agreement. The amount of this grant is set at €2,000.00 per month. Additionally, trainees are also entitled to a monthly accommodation contribution set at €1,500.00 as well as a monthly hardship contribution, depending on the Living Conditions Allowance in a Delegation (from 10% to 30% - see LCA table). For security reasons, there are no JPDs allocated in countries with a higher LCA.

Furthermore, JPDs will also be granted an installation contribution of €2,340.00 at the beginning of their traineeship, a contribution for the cost of the journey of €2,926.00 for each period of 12 months of traineeship and a contribution of €1,800.00 for the insurance cost for each period of 12 months of traineeship.

Applicants must undergo a pre-selection process that will be carried out by the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade (MFET). The final selection will be performed by the EEAS and the Commission.

Prospective applicants are urged to read carefully the Joint Decision and the Implementing Rules of the High Level Traineeship Programme before applying for this traineeship programme. Both decisions can be viewed through the EEAS Website.

Conditions of Eligibility

To be considered eligible, candidates must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for the submission of the applications:

  1. be a national of an EU Member State;
  2. hold at least a university degree equivalent to a Master's degree (see Diplomas Annex) in a domain relevant to the activities of the EU Delegations;
  3. have excellent command of English and/or French; knowledge of other languages is an asset;
  4. show a great interest and motivation to work in an EU Delegation;
  5. professional experience and extra-curricular activities such as volunteering or publications are important assets;
  6. No professional experience is required to apply for this high-level traineeship programme. However, preference shall be given to candidates with, by the closing date for applications, up to 4 years of professional experience with relevance to the programme (of which maximum 1 year with the EEAS, the European Commission or another EU institution or body as indicated above).

Applicants undertake to supply, when so requested by MFET and/or EEAS, supporting documentation regarding the above criteria. Any false statement or omission on the part of the applicant, even if unintentional, may lead to the cancellation of his/her application. Candidates, through their application, give their consent for the EEAS to contact, if necessary, any of the schools, universities, enterprises, institutions or persons given as references for above eligibility criteria in connection with their application for the programme.

Submission of applications

Applications are to be submitted solely in accordance with the standard application form.
Interested applicants can either download an application form directly from the Ministry’s website JPD Application Formthe EEAS Website or request a copy from MFET via mail

Applications must be sent exclusively to MFET as Malta’s Contact Point. Spontaneous applications sent directly to the EEAS or to the Commission will be rejected.

Applications may be submitted either by e-mail on or delivered by post or handed to the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Trade, at 331, Allied House, St Paul Street, Valletta, by Thursday, 31 January 2023. Late applications will not be considered.

For any further enquiries, please contact All applications will be duly acknowledged.