Seconded National Expert in the CBRN & Explosives Team, in the Expertise and Stakeholders Management Unit



This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates (indicative number is 3). Europol may retain the right to make use of the reserve list to select candidates for similar secondments, should business needs require so.


Organisational setting
The secondment will be carried out in CBRN & Explosives Team, in the Expertise and Stakeholders Management Unit (O4-A), European Counterterrorism Centre Department, Operations Directorate.
Mandate of the team
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 Business Areas: Front Office, European Serious Organised Crime Centre, European Cyber Crime Centre, European Counter Terrorism Centre, and Horizontal Operational Services.
O4 - European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC)
The ECTC was established in January 2016 at Europol and is responsible for facilitating Counter Terrorism cooperation and Counter Terrorism information exchange among the Counter Terrorism authorities as well as to provide operational analysis. The centre includes the newly established Internet Referral Unit (IRU) dealing with online jihadist investigation. The emphasis of the centre is to build further on the already established tools and CT networks of Europol. It aims to enhance the CT capabilities and improve the information exchange among CT authorities, to bring the cross border cooperation in the CT field to a new level. The current focus of the ECTC is on Foreign Fighters, which is the most significant threat now. The ECTC is structured in such a way that it can adapt in a flexible way to new developments.
Purpose of the secondment
The Seconded National Expert will contribute to the work of the team by providing his/her expertise in with regard to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN).
Reporting lines
The Seconded National Expert reports to the Head of the CBRN & Explosives Team.


The SNE will carry out the following main functions and duties:

• Provide assessments and reports with regard to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) related incidents, threats and developments;
• Contribute to the day-to-day management of the Europol Platform for Experts - European Bomb Data System (EPE/EBDS) and the Europol Platform for Experts - European EOD Network (EPE/EEODN), with particular focus to the CBRN pages;
• Monitor OSINT and draft ad hoc documents;
• Be involved in Europol projects in the CBRN domain, contributing to the production of Europol specialized reports, and other products and services;
• Ensure a timely information exchange with relevant partners;
• Participate in ECTC operations groups activities;
• Maintain an active interest in the manner in which current intelligence is handled by Europol and contribute to developing new methods and techniques for the benefit of the organisation;
• Represent the ECTC during internal meetings.


Candidates must:
• Be a member of a competent authority in the meaning of the Article 2a) of the Europol Regulation and enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State;
• Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one the Union languages and a satisfactory knowledge of a second language;
• 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 (assessed mainly during the shortlisting):
• Previous experience of working as CBRN expert in a national and/or regional CBRN unit or equivalent/similar unit/team, in one of the EU Member States;
• Previous experience of working in major security events and soft targets protection;
• Experience in dealing with sensitive and/or classified information and intelligence;
• Experience using computerised systems for the storage of information related to CBRN incidents.
• Experience and understanding of international police cooperation;
• Experience Working within a Member State’s Counter Terrorism Unit;
• Experience in international networking within CBRN fora, including conferences and training;
• Experience in using popular content management systems (Liferay, Drupal, Convio, Kintera, etc.);
• Experience in project management.

b. Professional knowledge (assessed during the selection procedure – written/pracrical test and/or interview)
• Completed training as CBRN expert, recognised and certified by an EU Member State Competent Authority;
• Working knowledge of initiatives and decisions on the EU level with regard to the field of CBRN materials;
• Sound knowledge of the products and services of the Europol ECTC;
• Completed training as a bomb technician - EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and/or IEDD (Improvised Explosive Device Disposal), including investigations, forensics, etc., recognised and certified by an EU Member State Competent Authority;
• Additional IT training on information systems and databases.

c. General competencies (assessed during the selection procedure – written test and/or interview)
• 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;
• Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines;
• Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet.
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;
• Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise with other departments, groups and teams as well as with external partners.
Living diversity:
• Ability to work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment.


The Deputy Executive Director of Europol’s Capabilities Department sets up a Selection Committee, chaired by the Head of the relevant Department or a senior representative, and composed of a representative of the respective Unit, as well as of the Human Resources Unit.

The Selection Committee assesses the applications received in order to make an initial selection of candidates meeting all eligibility criteria and examines their qualifications, experience and skills against the selection criteria set out in the notice of secondment. Only candidates scoring above the pass-mark of 60% of the total score will be considered to participate in the selection procedure.

The Selection Committee will invite the 5 highest scoring candidates. All candidates having a score equal to the 5th highest scoring candidate will be included in the list of invited candidates. The Selection Committee conducts a structured video-conference or 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. Candidates will also be invited to participate in a written exercise conducted remotely. The overall pass-mark for the selection procedure is 70% of the total score for test and interview.

After the selection procedure has taken place, the Selection Committee proposes a list of successful candidates to the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities. Once the outcome is confirmed, Europol informs the candidates.

The secondment is finally effected by an exchange of letters between the Deputy Executive Director Capabilities and the seconding authority, specifying the details of the secondment in accordance with the Management Board Decision laying down the rules on the secondment of National Experts of 4 October 2019

Europol may also establish a reserve list of successful candidates valid for up to 12 months. The validity of the reserve list may be extended once for up to 12 months. The list of SNE selection procedures for which reserve lists have been established or extended is accessible on Europol’s website. Candidates who have been placed on a reserve list are informed by Europol.

Europol retains the right to make use of the reserve list to select candidates for similar posts within the organisation, should business needs require so. Inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee secondment.

Appeal procedure

Candidates for SNE positions may submit a complaint to the Executive Director of Europol about a decision taken by Europol adversely affecting him / her, with the exception of decisions which are direct consequences of decisions taken by the seconding authority.

The complaint must be lodged within two months of the date the person concerned is notified of the decision. The Executive Director of Europol shall notify the person concerned of his / her reasoned decision within four months from the date on which the complaint was lodged. If at the end of that period no reply to the complaint has been received, this shall be deemed to constitute an implied decision rejecting it.


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.


How to apply

Candidates are required to complete the SNE Europol application form in English and submit the original application form plus two copies via the Europol National Unit of the Member State concerned.

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. The list of addresses of the Europol National Units can be found on Europol’s website.

Applications must be received by Europol by the deadline indicated in this Notice of Secondment. Applications received after the deadline won't be accepted.

The application form must be filled in electronically and printed, signed and completed in accordance with the above requirements. Handwritten application forms cannot be accepted. Candidates who do not provide all necessary information, send the application after the specified deadline, or do not comply with any of the above will not be considered.

Receipt of all applications is confirmed by an email of acknowledgement. Candidates may check the progress of the relevant selection procedure on Europol’s website.
Europol does not accept unsolicited applications.


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.
Europol aims to create and maintain a healthy and attractive work environment that supports our colleagues 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.

Privacy statement
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For additional information, please consult the applicable privacy statement available on our website.

Security screening

Candidates who have been selected to an SNE post are required to furnish a valid security clearance certificate before the start of the secondment. Failure to obtain or provide the requisite security clearance certificate at the requested level before the start of the secondment may render the offer invalid.
In case the security clearance certificate expires within six months of the start of the secondment, the renewal procedure will be initiated expeditiously. Europol may at any time terminate the secondment if the result of the security screening is not positive and the necessary security clearance level is not granted /extended.
The security clearance level required for this secondment is CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL.

Main dates
Deadline for application: 11 February 2020, 23:59 CET
Duration of the secondment: 1 year with a possible extension (up to 4 years total)
Selection procedure: February/March 2020

Contact details
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1146 or +31 (0) 70 302 5235.



11 February 2020, 23:59:59 CET

Contract type

Seconded National Expert


Operations Directorate

Reports to

Head of the CBRN & Explosives Team