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Seconded National Expert

Type of contract Seconded National Expert

Ref. SNE-JDM-2023

Deadline for applications 11/09/2023 13:00

Place of employment Vienna, AUSTRIA

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is organising a call for expression of interest to constitute a reserve list for Seconded National Experts in the Justice, Digital and Migration Unit.


The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) provides independent, evidence-based advice to policymakers, to help ensure full respect for fundamental rights across the EU, for everyone. To this end, the Agency collects and analyses information and data on a range of fundamental rights issues, provides assistance and expertise to EU Institutions and to EU Member States’ governments, raises rights awareness, communicates its findings, and strengthens cooperation and ties between fundamental rights actors.

Justice, Digital and Migration Unit 

The Justice, Digital and Migration Unit’s work is divided thematically into projects and related activities across three Sectors: (1) Justice and Security, (2) Data and Digital, and (3) Migration and Asylum. The Unit’s work consists of socio-legal research and activities across these three themes, which includes desk research, in-depth qualitative fieldwork, as well as – for example – innovative work with computer scientists to explore the application of fundamental rights principles in practice with respect to Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Unit is also responsible for some of the Agency’s large-scale quantitative surveys – namely on violence against women and antisemitism.  

The Seconded National Expert/s will support the work of the ‘Data and Digital’ Sector and/or the ‘Justice and Security’ Sector, which are engaged in several research projects, including project work encompassing AI and digitalisation as it relates to fundamental rights in these fields.

Current projects include: Remote biometric identification for law enforcement purposes; High risk AI; Online content moderation; Handbook on cybercrime; GDPR and the role of data protection authorities; Justice and digitalisation; Provision of advice, based on the Agency’s research, in relation to law and policy on AI.

The Unit currently consists of experts with a background in law, social sciences and statistics. To support the Unit’s increasing engagement in the field of AI and digitalisation, persons with a profile that can underpin this work are encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

  • Support the conceptualisation and development of research work undertaken in the ‘Data and Digital’ and/or ‘Justice and Security Sectors, focusing on AI and digitalisation with respect to its impact on fundamental rights.
  • Support the Unit’s on-going project work, including the following: support to oversight of research project work outsourced to contractors; analysis and development of research findings.
  • Support in drafting/re-drafting content for reports and other Unit publications aimed primarily at non-technical audiences, in English.
  • Provide in-depth input to research project work reflecting the SNE’s particular area/s of expertise.
  • Present the work of the Unit with respect to its research findings and related advice at various meetings and events, in line with the Agency’s position.

Duties applicable to all SNEs:

  • Actively work towards the achievement of the goals of the FRA in accordance with the Strategic Plan;
  • Perform any other work-related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Head of Unit in the interest of the service.
  • Work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.

Eligibility requirements

To be admissible for this selection, candidates must fulfil all the following conditions by the deadline for submission of applications:

General conditions

  • Be employed by a national, regional or local public administration or an intergovernmental organisation (IGO), or an independent university or research organisation, which is part of the public sector (that does not seek to make profit; in other words – is not a private institution);
  • Have worked for their employer on a permanent or contract basis for at least 12 months before the secondment and shall remain in the service of that employer throughout the period of secondment;
  • Be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union and EFTA or a country with which the Council has decided to open accession negotiations[1].


  • Have a university degree attested by a diploma in one of the following areas:
    • information technology, computer science, artificial intelligence, law, or a related field.

Only diplomas and certificates that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are the subject of equivalence certificates issued by authorities in the said Member States will be taken into consideration. [2]

Language skills

  • Have a thorough knowledge (level C1) of English, as this is the working language of FRA, and
  • Have a satisfactory knowledge (minimum level B2) of another language of the EU.

The levels indicated correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages[3].

[1] Candidate Countries – Enlargement – Environment – European Commission (

[2] Any equivalence certificate shall be issued by the deadline for applications. More information on recognition of academic diplomas available here: 

[3] See

Selection criteria

In order to select the best-qualified candidates for interview and possible test phase, the Agency will consider the following essential criteria:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience at a level equivalent to the post and relevant to the tasks listed under section 2 “Duties”;
  • Evidence of having drafted and published material (not including university theses) in areas related to the work of the Data and Digital Sector and/or Justice and Security Sector, with a focus on AI, digitalisation and/or new technologies. Such experience must be substantiated in the application;
  • Proficiency in the use of various MS Office tools (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

The following criteria will be considered as advantageous:

  • Evidence of qualifications or related experience in computer programming.
  • Experience in the field of the protection of personal data in the context of information technology systems or digital processing of data through artificial intelligence.

 In addition to the essential and advantageous criteria, candidates invited to the interview and test phase will also be assessed against the following requirements:

  • Communication: communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing;
  • Analysis and Problem-solving: ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and to develop creative and practical solutions;
  • Working with Others: work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people; create a sense of team spirit by encouraging shared goals and exchange of knowledge and experience;
  • Prioritisation and Organisation: ability to prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly and organise own and others’ workload efficiently;
  • Quality and Results: take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard quality within set procedures; show clear customer orientation (internal and external); build systematic and methodical processes into projects and work of self and own team;
  • Resilience: remain effective under work pressure, be flexible and adapt to a changing work environment; encourage others to do the same and adjust own and team’s approach to embrace changing circumstances.

Conditions of secondment

Seconded national experts are staff employed by a national, regional or public administration or IGO, who are seconded to FRA so that it can use their expertise in a particular field. The secondment will be subject to an exchange of letters between the Appointing Authority of FRA and the representative from the sending employer. 

A seconded national expert remains in the service of his/her employer throughout the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer. The SNE shall be entitled to a daily and monthly subsistence allowance in line with the MB Decision 2017/01[1].

The initial period of secondment will be for one year and the secondment may be renewed in line with MB Decision 2017/01, subject to the continuation of funding under the administrative cooperation agreement between the EEA and Norway Grants and FRA, renewable up to a maximum of four years in total. The place of secondment shall be Vienna, Austria, where FRA is located.

[1] Rules on the Secondment to FRA of National Experts and National Experts in Professional Training:

Submission of applications and deadline

Candidates are requested to submit their application electronically through the Agency’s website: fra.europa.euOnly applications submitted in English via the e-recruitment system will be accepted.

Applications must be sent no later than 11/09/2023 13:00 (Central European Time (CET)).

Information concerning the status of the selection procedure can be found at the following address: .

In case you experience technical problems during your application please contact, within the above mentioned deadline, the e-mail address below providing an explanation of the issue:

Please note that due to the large number of applications we receive, the system may face problems in processing such amounts of data when reaching the deadline for submission of applications. We therefore advise to apply well ahead of the deadline.

Selection procedure

A Selection Committee is nominated by the Appointing Authority of FRA.

Eligibility of candidates will be assessed according to compliance with all formal requirements by the closing date for the submission of applications (please see section 3 “Eligibility criteria”).

Only the applications of eligible candidates will be evaluated in accordance with the selection criteria (see point 4). The Agency will invite the top candidates among those who have obtained at least 60% for a test/interview.

The selection procedure will be composed of an interview and may include a written test, which will be held in English. They will take place either in Vienna (Austria), the place where the Agency has its seat, or online. The shortlisted candidates will receive further detailed information in due time. Shortlisted candidates may be requested to submit a non-certified copy of their diploma(s) and evidence of their professional experience, clearly indicating the length and nature of their experience and whether full time or part time work.

Following the proposal of the Selection Committee, the Appointing Authority will decide on the establishment of the reserve list, which will be valid from the date of its establishment (in year ‘N’) until 31 December of year ‘N+1’. Its validity may be extended. The reserve list may be used for future recruitment, should vacancies arise. Candidates should note that inclusion on a reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

On the basis of the reserve list, the Appointing Authority may offer a contract of secondment. Prior to contract signature, the successful candidate/s will be requested to provide FRA with original or certified copies of all relevant documents proving the eligibility requirements.

Please note that the Selection Committee’s work and deliberations are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is strictly forbidden.

Due to the large volume of applications, the Agency regrets that only candidates selected for the interviews will be contacted. Applicants are invited to follow the recruitment process on the FRA website. 

Equal opportunities

FRA is an equal opportunities employer and ensures that its recruitment procedures do not discriminate on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation. 

FRA encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. If you consider yourself to have a physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability that may require special adjustments to the recruitment process (e.g., interview), please indicate any adjustments or arrangements needed, relating to your disability, to, so FRA can ensure your full and equal participation in the recruitment process.

Data protection

Personal data shall be processed solely for the purpose of the selection procedure.

Please note that FRA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information FRA requests from applicants will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) 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, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.

Should the candidate have any query concerning the processing of their personal data, they shall address them to

For further information with regard to the processing of personal data, please see FRA’s Privacy Statement published on the vacancies page.

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