Cost-free Seconded National Experts to assist Europol with Secondary Security Checks (SNEs for SSCs)



This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates (indicative number is 180).

Organisational setting:
The SNEs for SSCs will be assigned to the Deployment Management & Support Team, Operational Centre Unit (O1-14 DMT).

Purpose of the secondment:
Following the conclusions of the Council of the EU and of the Member States meeting within the Council on Counter-Terrorism held of 20 November 2015 and 10 March 2016, Europol was tasked with implementing a concept to support the screening process, in particular by reinforcing secondary security controls within the migration hotspot framework. The intention is to help Member States (MS) in identifying the movement and activity of suspected criminals and terrorists and thereby contribute to stronger border security.
Europol’s Operational Plan endorsed by Europol’s Management Board on 12 May 2016 sets out the main elements of the deployment of SNEs to the hotspots in order to assist Europol in carrying out the secondary security checks.
Under the guidance of the designated Europol manager for the area of operation, the SNEs for SSCs will support the implementation of the hotspot model in any designated destination in accordance with the EU Regional Taskforce (EU RTF) arrangements and with the prevalent EU priorities.
Europol could be required to deploy approximately 50 officers at a time to meet the required needs. In order to allow for rotation to take place, Europol will need a pool of approximately 180 SNEs for SSCs to be available for deployment.

Reporting lines:
The SNEs will report to and work under the supervision of the Head of Team Deployment Management & Support - O1-14 DMT.



The SNEs deployed by Europol to hotspots will carry out the following main functions and duties:
- Enhance operational cooperation between the concerned national authorities and EU Agencies involved at the hotspots, with a view to acquiring relevant information that will help in the identification of potential terrorist and criminal threats;
- Support the further development of an effective process for secondary security checks, in coordination with the concerned national authorities and EU Agencies involved at the hotspots;
- Reinforce the process for secondary security checks by exchanging best practice in this area;
- Encourage referrals for secondary security checks from frontline actors at the hotspots;
- Support investigations where necessary, in agreement with and under the authority of the ENU of the host state concerned;
- Perform checks against Europol’s systems;
- Refer cases for forensic support to Europol staff where relevant, including data extraction on data carriers, such as mobile phones and memory cards, under the authority of the host state;
- When qualified, provide such forensic support directly, under the authority of the host state;
- Collect and assess information that can lead to the detection of potential terrorist and criminal threats, with a particular focus on smuggling and trafficking offences;
- Ensure that relevant information is referred to Europol for further dissemination as necessary under the authority of the host state;
- Reinforce and consolidate Europol’s relationship with the national authorities and the EU Agencies involved with a view to enhancing overall cooperation;
- Keep abreast of all developments within the area of operation;
- Report regularly to Europol on the daily activities undertaken.



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 of the languages of the European Union and of a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union in accordance with the decision of the Management Board on the internal language arrangements of Europol as referred to in Article 64(2) of the Europol Regulation, with the understanding that the SNE will have to carry out his/her duties in a mainly English-speaking environment;
• Have at least three years of professional experience in the field of law enforcement which is relevant to the duties to be carried out in the context of SSCs.


a. Professional experience (assessed mainly during the shortlisting):
• Experience working in a law enforcement organisation, supporting and/or conducting investigations;
• Experience in the gathering, handling and development of intelligence;
• Experience in international law enforcement cooperation;
• Experience in the fields of facilitation of illegal immigration, organised crime or counter-terrorism;
• Experience in investigative interviewing.

• Experience in working with FRONTEX or other EU Agencies;
• Experience with EU systems such as SIS II;
• International deployments/missions experience;
• Experience in the use of forensic digital extraction devices and other related equipment.

a. Professional knowledge (assessed during the selection procedure):
• Knowledge of the international law enforcement working environment and practices;
• Knowledge of organised criminal networks, of criminal flows, and of modi operandi related to the facilitation of illegal immigration, organised crime and terrorism;
• A good understanding of the geo-political situation of major third countries of origin.
• Knowledge of languages relevant to the area of operation, such as Greek, Italian, Maltese, French or Arabic.

b. General competencies (assessed during the selection procedure):
• 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;
• High level of customer and service-orientation;
• 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.


How to apply
Member States are invited to nominate their Seconded National Experts according to the selection criteria and profile, as specified in this document.
Candidates endorsed by the national competent authorities are required to complete the SNE application form available on Europol’s website in English.
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 filled in electronically, duly signed and submitted by means of email to Europol’s Human Resources Unit, Recruitment and Selection Team, to via the Europol National Unit of the Member State concerned, and, if necessary, the respective Liaison Bureau.
Applications must be received by Europol the latest on the day of the deadline specified in this notice of secondment. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. 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.

Selection procedure
The Deputy Executive Director of Europol’s Capabilities Directorate (DEDC) sets up a Selection Committee, chaired by the Head of the relevant Directorate 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 this notice of secondment. The pass-mark for shortlisting is established as 60% of the total maximum score.
The Selection Committee will invite the 200 highest scoring candidates (short-listed). All candidates having a score equal to the 200th highest scoring candidate will be included to the list of invited candidates.
The Selection Committee conducts a structured remote interview with the shortlisted candidates in English in order to evaluate their language skills, to assess their experience and qualifications and determine whether they possess the key skills required.
Candidates are successful if they score above the pass-mark for interview. The pass-mark is defined by the Selection Committee during the shortlisting meeting.
After the selection procedure has taken place, the Selection Committee proposes a list of successful candidates to the DEDC. Once the outcome is confirmed, Europol informs the candidates.
The secondment is finally effected by an exchange of letters between the DEDC 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.
The Reserve Lists of successful candidates will be valid for 3 years (36 months).

Enquiries and measures of redress
Detailed information on enquiries related to the selection procedure and measures of redress is available in the Europol Recruitment Guidelines for Seconded National Experts 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 for long-stay mission, paid by the agency.




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. nationalities in order to keep a well-balanced geographical distribution among its staff members.

Privacy statement
Europol respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. Your data will be processed in accordance 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 applicable to Europol under Article 46 of the Europol Regulation. For additional information, please consult the applicable privacy statement available on our Europol's website.


Security screening
Selected candidates 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 of secondment 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 or 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:  17 May 2021 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone
Selection procedure:          June/July 2021

Duration of the secondment
The SNEs would be expected to be deployed for periods of no less than 3 months.
They will be included in a pool of SNEs, which will be used for future deployments. Several deployments can take place during the period of secondment, depending on the operational need. The period of active secondment, including any extension, shall not exceed four years.

Contact details:
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1146 or +31 (0) 70 3531152.



17 May 2021, 23:59:59 CEST

Contract type

Cost Free Seconded National Expert


O1 Operational and Analysis Centre (OAC)

Reports to

Head of Team Deployment Management & Support - O1-14 DMT