Europol:VACANCIES/INTERNSHIPSSeconded National Expert (SNE) in the Strategic Intelligence – Direct Support Unit, Special Tactics Team (O54)

Seconded National Expert (SNE) in the Strategic Intelligence – Direct Support Unit, Special Tactics Team (O54)

Deadline: 23 March 2018

Seconded National Expert

Operations Directorate


This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates (indicative number is 3). There is currently 1 available vacant post.

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.

It 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, and Horizontal Operational Services.

Horizontal Operational Services (HOS) delivers support across the Operations Directorate. These functions deliver added value to all three Centres and the Front Office.
Under the direction of the Head of the HOS Department, overseeing the activities of the Special Tactics Team, the Seconded National Expert (SNE) will contribute to the work of the team in building and supporting networks of European experts focussing on special investigative support (e.g. the handling of covert human intelligence sources, covert (technical) surveillance, specialist intervention, witness protection, fugitives active search, crisis hostage negotiation, etc.
The team aims to support capacity building, improve the sharing of specialist knowledge and expertise, provide operational coordination and support, pioneer and develop new areas and support mechanisms.
The Seconded National Expert will be involved in the handling of sensitive data, for which an appropriate level of security clearance is requested, which is EU CONFIDENTIAL.
Under the supervision of the senior specialist, the successful candidate will carry out the following main duties:

• Provide assistance and specialist knowledge on international cooperation for law enforcement in general and on special investigative techniques in particular, especially in the expert areas of technical surveillance and the use of open source intelligence in near real time;
• Participate in working groups, meetings or conferences and maintain direct contact with the specialists in the field;
• Identify opportunities for the provision of operational support, steer  and participate in the delivery of related products and services;
• Support projects and actions in relation to specialist law enforcement techniques and new developments;
• Liaise with relevant internal and external partners and facilitate Europol’s cooperation and coordination with them;
• Raise awareness and general knowledge on Special Tactics both internally and externally and promote suitable specialist support mechanisms and tools;
• Support the delivery of presentations and training course at Europol.
• Ensure the user- and content management of internal and web-accessible tools used or maintained under the responsibility of the Special Tactics team;
• Provide project support and draft reports;
• Follow up on the team’s recurrent planning and reporting duties and organise the timely coordinated response;
• Assist in the organisation of conferences, meetings, training courses and exercises;
• Manage the team’s common inboxes and follow up on recurrent and assigned tasks.


• Be a member of a competent authority in one of the Member States of the European Union in the meaning of the Article 3 of the Europol Council Decision;
• Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one Community language 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 phase):
• Experience in project management, strategy planning, follow up of implementation and the use of measurement tools;
• Knowledge of and hands on experience in supporting covert police operations and the deployment of specialist law enforcement techniques.
• Hands-on experience and expertise in the field of technical surveillance;
• Experience in developing or deploying investigative methods for the use of open sources;
• Experience in developing or deploying investigative methods for the use of new forensic methods.
• Experience in working in an international law enforcement environment;
• Experience in the organisation of meetings and the practical delivery of training, workshops or exercises, ideally in an international context;
• Experience with HTML;
• Very good understanding of social media and open sources.

b. Professional knowledge (assessed during the Selection procedure – Written/Practical test and/or Interview):
• Thorough knowledge of the EU internal security framework, its strategic and operational mechanisms involved in shaping the EU internal security architecture;
• Good understanding of political and operational priorities in the EU with regard to law enforcement issues and cooperation;
• Practical knowledge of specialist investigative techniques and mechanisms for close cooperation with investigators in the field;
• Good knowledge of international law enforcement co-operation, regulations and procedures.

c. General competencies (assessed during the Selection procedure – Written/Practical 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;
· Very 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 May 2016.



Deadline for application: 23 March 2018
Duration of the secondment 1 year with a possible extension up to 3 years in total
Starting date of employment: to be determined

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.

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