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Career advice: EuropeAid

Foreign aid jobs at the EU: A primer

By Elena L. Pasquini20 August 2012

The European Union flag flies in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium. Photo by: Christian Lambiotte / European Commission

With 33,000-plus-strong workforce, the European Commission makes for one of the largest employers in international cooperation. And development-related staff accounts for the biggest chunk: EuropeAid had nearly 3,900 people at the start of 2012.

There are quite a number of job categories at the commission, with each having its own salary scale. Hiring methods likewise vary.

All jobs require candidates to be citizens from European Union member states ─ unless the hiring is for local staff at delegations. In certain instances, recruitment will be open to nationals from countries that are candidates for EU accession. The latter, though, says a human resource officer at the commission, “rarely happens for EuropeAid.”

Below are the categories of staff directly hired by the European Commission. It excludes technical experts, whose recruitment lies with organizations tapped by the commission to implement projects.

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Elena L. Pasquini

Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.


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