Seconded National Expert (SNE) in the European Migrant Smuggling Centre within the European Serious Organised Crime Centre (ESOCC) of Europol



This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates of possibly at least 5 candidates.

Europol is a well-established and recognized organisation that became an EU agency in 2010. It is constantly looking for creative, self-reliant and energetic employees, who are up to the challenges involved in international crime-fighting, to work in its state-of-the-art headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Europol employs more than 1,000 personnel, including around 130 analysts, to identify and track the most dangerous criminal and terrorist networks in Europe. Our people come from a variety of professional backgrounds such us law enforcement, finance, legal, information technologies, human resources, communication, etc.

Working in close-knit teams, our specialists use their expertise and our cutting-edge technology to support investigations into serious organised crime and terrorism within and outside the EU.

Europol has:
• disrupted many criminal and terrorist networks
• contributed to the arrest of thousands of dangerous criminals
• helped recover millions of euros of crime proceeds
• helped hundreds of victims of trafficking and abuse, including children.

The working environment at Europol has a lot to offer. It is:
• highly collaborative
• intellectually stimulating
• multilingual
• multidisciplinary
• international.

Prospective candidates should be prepared to work in a dynamic and fast-moving environment that requires a high level of flexibility, and should have the ability to perform well within a team.

Equal opportunity
Europol is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications without distinction on the basis of gender, colour, racial, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, nationality, age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

We aim to create and maintain a healthy and attractive work environment that supports women and men in their career planning and in achieving a healthy work-life balance.

Employment at Europol is open to nationals of EU Member States. There is no nationality quota system in operation, but Europol is striving for a broad range of nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

If you would like to be part of a supportive team that allows you to make a strong contribution, and if you have seen a position that appeals to you, we'd like to hear from you.


The Operations Directorate deals with the core business of Europol, improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism affecting the Member States. This requires close cooperation with the Liaison Bureaux at Europol and via them with the Operational Teams in the Member States.

Europol delivers a number of products and services to national law enforcement agencies to support them in their fight against international serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism.

Under Europol’s organisational structure, the Operations Directorate hosts five distinct Departments: Front Office, European Serious Organised Crime Centre, European Cyber Crime Centre, European Counter Terrorism Centre, Horizontal Operational Services.

O2 European Serious Organised Crime Centre (ESOCC): ESOCC is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of Europol’s tasks and objectives in supporting Member States’ investigations of serious and organised crime. It includes the European Migrant Smuggling Centre which covers facilitation of Illegal Immigration and Trafficking in Human Beings. The main tasks of ESOCC are to (i) provide Operational Support to prioritised cases; (ii) support the EU Policy Cycle through the implementation of EMPACT priorities; and (iii) support the development of the Strategic Intelligence Picture on Serious and Organised Crime.

The successful candidates will have to carry out the following main duties:

• Providing specialised knowledge and expertise on operational activities aimed at fighting Serious and Organised Crime involved in the facilitation of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean Sea and subsequent secondary sea movements within transit and EU destination countries.

• Encouraging and facilitating the provision of a constant flow of information-intelligence on facilitated illegal immigration from EU MS and other operational partners to Europol, ensuring the availability of data relating to large scale sea smuggling facilitations and its further handling.

• Advising members of EMSC - AP Migrant Smuggling on developments in the area of facilitated illegal immigration via the Mediterranean Sea affecting arrival, transit and destination countries.

• Effectively engaging with third parties that could provide relevant information that can provide strategic information useful for JOT MARE.

• Drafting tailored intelligence and analytical products suitable for internal consumption as well as public release - Briefing Notes, Investigation Initiation Documents, Intelligence and Early Warnings Notifications.

• Directly supporting JOT MARE participants in identifying new opportunities to initiate joint operational initiatives.

• Establishing and maintaining contacts with Europol Liaison Officers, as well as with JOT MARE representatives of the Member States and relevant third parties participating in JOT MARE.

• Supporting the coordination of EMSC related activities at international level such as operational and strategic meetings, trainings and events.

The SNE will be involved in the handling of sensitive data, for which an appropriate level of security clearance is requested.



• Be a member of a competent authority in one of the Member States of the European Union in the meaning of the Article 2 of the Europol Regulation ;

• Produce a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the Union to the extent necessary to the performance of the duties;

• Possess at least 3 years of professional experience in the field of law enforcement relevant to the duties to be carried out during the secondment.


a. Professional experience:

• Experience in supporting and conducting investigations on Serious and Organised Crime activities involved in facilitation of illegal immigration;

• Experience and knowledge in the field of strategic and operational analysis;

• Experience in drafting strategic and intelligence reports;

• Experience on cross border cooperation and international law enforcement co-operation;

• Experience in intelligence handling, development and associated practice;

• Experience with investigations connected with the maritime environment.


• Experience in dealing with judicial authorities in cases related to facilitate illegal immigration, and experience in dealing with and gathering information from relevant agencies and institutions of EU Member States and non-EU Countries, their Law Enforcement Authorities as well as the private sector;

• Experience in supporting and conducting investigation related to trafficking of human beings, as well as investigation involving facilitation of illegal migration by sea;

• Experienced in working in an anonymous internet-based investigation environment;

• Experience as part of a Coast Guard or similar unit.

Professional knowledge:

• Knowledge of the law enforcement environment and practices in the field of Facilitated Illegal Immigration, preferably at international level;

• Knowledge of police and judicial cooperation in the field of Facilitated Illegal Immigration apart from knowledge on national investigation procedures;

• Knowledge of Organised Criminal Networks involved in Facilitated Illegal Immigration from third countries (non EU Countries) and the European dimension of such crime phenomena;

• Sound understanding of the maritime matters.


• Knowledge on analytical software such as i2 or ANB (certificate);

• Knowledge of other non-European languages;

• Knowledge of Arabic and/or Farsi-Urdu.

b. General competencies:


• Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to draft clear and concise documents on complex matters for various audiences.

Analysing & problem solving:

• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
• Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet;
• Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines.

Delivering quality and results:
• High degree of commitment and flexibility.

Prioritising and organising:
• Good administrative and organisational skills.

• Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and in a team.

Living diversity:
• Ability to work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment.


Application process

Candidates endorsed by the national competent authorities are required to complete the application form available on Europol’s website in English and submit the original application form together with 2 copies via their Europol National Unit, and, if necessary, the Liaison Bureau to the Human Resources Unit – Recruitment and Selection – at Europol. The application form must be accompanied by a letter from the sending authority to the Executive Director of Europol expressing willingness to second the candidate.

 Applications must be sent to Europol by the date of the deadline indicated on the vacancy notice at the latest. The stamp on the envelop serves as proof of the sending date. Applications received after the deadline cannot be accepted.

Selection Procedure

A Selection Committee chaired by the Head of the relevant Department or a senior representative and composed by a representative of the respective group as well as the Recruitment and Selection team determines candidates’ suitability by assessing their skills, experience and qualifications in relation to the notice of secondment and will make an initial selection from the applications received.

For the initial selection, the operational contributions from the competent service to the project to which the expert will be seconded will be taken into account. The Selection Committee then conducts at least a structured telephone interview with the shortlisted candidates in English in order to evaluate their language skills, validate their experience and assess whether they possess the key skills required.

On the basis of the initial assessment of the application and the outcome of the telephone interview the Selection Committee makes a recommendation for the Director to endorse. If no recommendation can be made following the assessment of the application form and the telephone interview a further interview can be arranged, if necessary face-to-face at Europol.

The Secondment is finally authorised by the Executive Director and effected by an exchange of letters between the Executive Director and the seconding authority, specifying the details of the Secondment as described in the MB Decision. Detailed rules regarding the secondment of national experts to Europol are described in the Decision of the Director on the selection procedure for Seconded National Experts of 22 February 2011.

Detailed information on the selection procedure, including the appeal procedure, is available in the Europol Recruitment Guidelines which can be found on Europol’s website.


The SNE shall remain in the service of the sending authority throughout the period of secondment and shall continue to be paid by that employer. The sending authority shall also be responsible for all social rights, particularly social security and pension entitlements.

During the period of secondment the SNE is entitled to a daily subsistence allowance paid by the agency, and may also be eligible for a monthly allowance depending on the distance from the place of origin. If the SNE receives any allowance from other sources similar to the subsistence allowance paid by Europol, this amount shall be deducted.


Detailed rules regarding the secondment of national experts to Europol are described in the Management Board Decision laying down the rules on the secondment of National Experts of 12 May2016.



The data submitted is processed in order to assess the suitability of candidates for a position at Europol. All personal data collected for the purpose of the selection procedure will only be used within this specific context and will not be disclosed to any third party, except for restricted posts in which the application may be transmitted to the National Unit as part of the application process.

Any data provided will be treated in strict confidence and in full compliance with all applicable data protection rules. The legal bases for the processing of personal data are the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (Title III Chapter 1) and their implementing rules.

All documents provided to Europol will be kept in Europol’s files and will not be returned to the candidate. Applications of non-recruited candidates will be kept for a maximum of seven years. Data of non-recruited applicants on the reserve list for appointment will be kept for a maximum of five years after the expiry of the reserve list. Data of recruited candidates will be transferred to their personal file. The Head of Human Resources unit is responsible for the data processing operation.

Candidates have the right to access, rectify, block and erase their personal data in accordance with the applicable data protection rules. Candidates have a right of recourse to the Europol Data Protection Officer (Europol - Data Protection Office – Eisenhowerlaan 73, 2517 KK The Hague, The Netherlands) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (


Deadline for application: 31 January 2018, 23:59
Duration of the secondment 1 year with a possible extension up to 3 years in total
Starting date of employment: to be confirmed

Please refer to the Europol Recruitment Guidelines available on Europol’s website for further details on the application process and the selection procedure.

For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1583 or +31 (0) 70 353 1298. You may also contact us by email.



31 January 2018

Contract type

Seconded National Expert


Operations Directorate

Reports to

Team Leader Facilitation of Illegal Immigration