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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Jobs and opportunities

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Several entry points exist for joining the European Commission's department for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, depending on your profile, type of employment, and location.

Brussels headquarters

Regular staff at our Brussels headquarters are not recruited directly by ECHO. They are rather selected through the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) with all other candidates for the EU institutions.

Besides permanent positions, EPSO also hires contract and temporary agents, as well as interim staff on a temporary basis for specialised tasks. Detailed information on recruitment conditions, eligibility, and open competitions are available on the EPSO website.

In addition, the Commission recruits university graduates for 5-months long paid traineeships with possible deployment at the department's headquarters. Further information on eligibility, conditions, and application process are available at the Commission's Traineeship Office.

Vacant posts

External Auditor

Contract Agent FG IV position in ECHO.E2
Deadline for application: 01/08/2024
until noon (Brussels time)

Vacancy notice

Job description

General publications13 January 2022
Privacy statement selection procedure for contract agents (FR)

Field offices

For specific tasks related to the execution of humanitarian aid projects, the Commission recruits humanitarian experts for a minimum duration of 12 months outside of the EU (unless specified otherwise in case of a short term position).

Candidates with humanitarian background are encouraged to regularly visit our list of vacant positions for humanitarian experts here below as well as to register their candidate profile in our Field Staff Management tool (FSM).

Vacant posts

Country Technical Assistant

Reference number: 2024-10 (to be quoted in all your communications)
Office location: Gaziantep, Türkiye (Country Office)
Geographic coverage: Northwest Syria
Position: Country Technical Assistant
Duration of assignment: 4 years (12 months contract with possibility of extension)
Deadline for application: 22 July 2024
Start date: 1 November 2024

Post vacancy - Job description


General publications11 January 2022
Privacy statement recruitment of Technical Assistants
  • Déclaration de confidentialite recrutement d’Assistants Techniques
    (101.99 KB - PDF)
General publications11 January 2022
Privacy statement recruitment of National Staff
  • Déclaration de confidentialité relatives au recrutement de personnel national des bureaux de la DG ECHO
    (405.03 KB - PDF)

Volunteering in humanitarian aid

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities in humanitarian aid? 

As from 2022, the European Solidarity Corps opens up to the world and offers new cross-border volunteering activities in support of humanitarian aid operations in third countries.

You can choose between volunteering as an individual or volunteering in teams. To join the European Solidarity Corps for humanitarian aid volunteering, you need to be between 18 and 35 years old and legally reside in an EU country or a third country associated with the programme (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Türkiye, and North Macedonia).

More information

Please note that the EU Aid Volunteers programme is no longer active.