Become a Junior Expert

The work of a Junior
Examples of jobs offered
Opportunities after the Junior Programme

 

From monitoring the financial indicators of health institutions in Uganda to the creation of communication tools for an NGA in Bolivia or improving health and phyto-health of food products in Benin … there is a whole range of activities to which Junior Experts can contribute.

Assignments in a project may vary greatly. But regardless of the variety, they all are unique experiences. Junior Experts are assigned in one of the 14 partner countries of the Belgian governmental development cooperation.

Junior Experts contribute directly to a project of the Belgian Development Agency or of one of the NGAs linked to the Junior Programme.

 

Examples of jobs offered

Use the drop-down menu and find out what Junior Experts with a similar profile as yours do or have done.

 

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This list is not exhaustive.
The Junior Programme selects all types of applicants' profiles as long as the applicants are motivated and competent.

Is your profile missing in the list? Please check the ones corresponding best with you by selecting several options.

 

Opportunities after the Junior Programme

 

Is the Junior Programme really a stepping stone for an exciting career in Belgium or abroad?

Our last survey carried out in 2014 among 250 former Juniors Experts showcased this. Indeed, former Juniors Experts are very satisfied about their experience and 90% claim the Programme gave a boost to their career.

Most of them found work shortly after their return to Belgium. Almost two out of three (60%) continue working in development cooperation, mostly with an NGA.

As the objectives of the Junior Programme have been broadened to the SDG, we will shortly set up a survey with the former Junior Experts in order to know how many of them are still engaged, at professional or personal level, in the SDG after their field experience.
 

You will find below all the information relating to the departure of a Junior Expert in the field.

Term of contract
Salary conditions
Country of assignment
Coaching
Training

 

Term of contract

The Junior Expert signs a contract with the Belgian Development Agency or, where applicable, with a partner NGA. The contract is for a minimum of one year, with possible extension to 2 years at most.

 

Salary conditions

During his/her contract time, the Junior Expert receives a monthly gross salary of EUR 1.446,09  (amount linked to the consumer price index).
Further benefits include: 

  • Payment of 13th month,
  • Payment of double holiday allowance,
  • Allowance for accommodation costs (cap defined by the partner country),
  • Payment of fees for RSZ/ONSS overseas social security coverage,
  • Accident, hospital and repatriation insurance
  • A EUR 556 luggage transportation allowance (upon departure and upon return),
  • One round-trip flight ticket per year,
  • Payment of family benefits. The Junior Programme does not reimburse any costs made for the partner and/or child(ren) of the Junior Expert.

 

Country of assignment           

The Junior Expert is assigned in one of the following 14 partner countries: Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

 

Follow-up

Only appropriate follow-up can make such an experience into a real success for a young professional. The Junior Programme attaches much importance to this aspect. Mostly, the follow-up is done by the (‘N+1’) supervisor as well as by an external coach.

In the field, the Junior Expert is part of a team and is accompanied by the supervisor as a full team member. They meet regularly to discuss the Junior Expert’s functioning, the functioning of the team and the evolving package of duties which the Junior Expert is entrusted with. In such a setting, the Junior Expert gradually develops full potential and becomes more autonomous and accountable.

In addition, a Junior Expert can rely on external, professional coaching in support of his personal and career development.

From Belgium, Junior Programme staff members and/or head office staff of the Junior's NGA follow up and support the Junior Expert during the contract period. They debrief the Junior Expert every year.

 

Training

Every Junior Expert is given required training and support prior to departure.

A mandatory pre-departure briefing of approximately 10 working days is organised in Brussels (at the Belgian Development Agency) to prepare the Junior Expert to his/her working environment, the new living conditions, health aspects,…
Also a concise briefing is planned by the hosting organisation upon arrival of the Junior Expert in the country of assignment.

Upon completion of the pre-departure briefing, the Junior Expert is entitled to a training budget of EUR 1,000 per year to develop personal competences in relation to his/her assignment.
This budget may also be used towards training in domains that the Junior Expert considers important for his/her future career.

Requirements for admission

How to apply?

Selection procedure

Results of your application

Requirements for admission

You can apply if you completely fulfil the following 4 requirements: 

  1. At least hold a professional bachelor’s degree (PBA)* or an academic master’s degree, either issued in Belgium or recognised as equivalent by competent Belgian authorities. 
    *PBA: A professional bachelor provides a direct ticket to a specific profession. Such degrees were formerly dispensed following ‘higher education of the short type’, unlike an academic bachelor's degree (ABA), which simply provides access to an academic master's and not to a profession. The PBA programme consists of minimum 180 credits. If you are in doubt about what kind of degree you hold, please check this with your institution of learning.
  2. Hold Belgian nationality or be a citizen of a Member State of the European Union or the Swiss Confederation.
  3. Be 30 years of age maximum.
  4. Be able to submit an extract from one's criminal record stating behaviour in accordance with the requirements of the job and enjoyment of civil and political rights.
     

These requirements must be fulfilled at the latest on the last day of the Call for candidates.

In case of recruitment, you must, upon signing your contract, prove that you fulfil the 4 admission requirements. You must also undergo medical examination for medical aptitude for your country of assignment.

 

How to apply?

If you are interested by the Junior Programme, you can apply (online only) during the publication term of the Call for Candidates which is posted twice every year for approximately 10 days (see upcoming events). You may apply for several jobs.

In expectation of the next scheduled Call for candidates, you may already create a CV of your own in our career opportunity web tool.

Instructions for creating your CV account

  1. Please go to our career opportunity web tool. A first step is to create your CV account. Do not forget to save/keep the e-mail address and password used for accessing your account.
  2. Choose French or Dutch via the language choice icon at the top right hand side of the screen. The choice of language determines the language in which you will do the written and spoken selection tests.
  3. To complete your online CV, please note that the sections preceded by an asterisk must be filled out. You can access your CV and update it any time via your account.
  4. Do not forget to save the changes you make. You can also print or save a PDF copy of your digital application.

When a Call for candidates is posted, you must connect via your account to apply. You can update your CV at that time. You must copy your letter of motivation in the purpose-made box; do not attach it. You will also be asked to answer a few additional questions and to certify that you fulfil all requirements for admission to the Junior Programme. If you are selected but it appears later that you did not fulfil one or more of the requirements on the closing date of the Call for candidates, your application will be immediately annulled.

Selection procedure

We post approximately 15 jobs twice per year. Then, in view of applying, you must follow the instructions given in our recruitment system.

Selection for each of the jobs is as follows:

Step 1: CV screening

We check whether you fulfil all requirements for admission to the Junior Programme as well as the specific requirements for the job.

Step 2: Written test

If you fulfil these requirements, you are invited to do a few psycho-technical tests online.  Only 7 applicants (per jobs) with the best results (and at least 50% of the points) for the written test are selected for the next step.

Step 3: Oral selection

The oral selection is in Brussels at the head office of the Belgian development agency and consists of 2 eliminatory phases:

  • Phase 1:  You have a motivation interview of 40 minutes with a selection committee consisting of 2 persons, in which your motivation, for both the Junior Programme and the specific job is assessed.
  • Phase 2Only if you have passed the 1st phase of oral selection, you fill out an online personality questionnaire and participate to an assessment center comprising an oral exercise with other applicants as well as a competence-based interview.

    For each of these phases a doodle link is sent to you in advance so you can choose a rendez-vous date. You must be personally present; these tests cannot be done via Skype.

 

Step 4: Interview with the field project team

 

If you passed oral selection, you are invited for a Skype interview with a team member of the project for which you applied. This interview aims to rank the last applicants competing for the job and is to confirm whether you actually are a suitable applicant for the job.

 

Results of your application

If the project picks you 

You are officially assigned to the job and invited for a mandatory 2-week pre-departure briefing at the Belgian development agency in Brussels.

You have not passed the oral selection (phase 1 or 2) or your application is not retained by the project? 

In case you were not retained in step n°3 (motivation or Assessment center), you may ask dispensation ONLY for step n°2 (written test). In that case, your result is again included in the ranking and must again be among the 7 best. To benefit from such dispensation, you must notify so via the online form at the time you apply during a later selection procedure.

In case you were not retained in step n°4 (application not retained by the project), you may ask dispensation for step n°2 (written test) and for step n°3, phase 2 (Assessment center). You will have to redo step n°3, phase 1 (motivation) though. If you ask dispensation for the written test, your result is again included in the ranking and must again be up among the 7 best.  To benefit of such dispensation(s), you must notify so via the online form at the time you apply during a later selection procedure.

Applicants who are currently in the recruitment pool (former procedure)

Because of changes in the Junior Programme the selection procedure has changed too. A Call for applicants and specific job postings are not addressed to the recruitment pool exclusively anymore. As from 2018, we post all job openings via the Junior Programme website and other publication channels. If you have already passed a selection procedure in the past and are in the recruitment pool, you must apply like all other applicants. However, you may ask dispensation for step n°3, phase 2 (Assessment center).

Calendar

Mind, the timing given below is indicative and subject to change

 

1st job posting

2nd job posting

Job postings

Mid-April

End-September

Step 1: CV screening

End April – beginning May

Beginning /mid-October

Step 2: Written test

Mid-May

End-October

Step 3: Oral selection - Phase 1: Motivation

End May – beginning June

Beginning/mid-November

Step 3: Oral selection - Phase 2: Assessment center

Mid-June

End November

Step 4: Interview with the field project team

End June – beginning July

Beginning/mid-December

Briefing

September

February

 

 

Upcoming events

01 to 20 October to December

Departure moments

Sunday, 01/10/2017 - 8:00 to Wednesday, 20/12/2017 - 8:00
09 to 19 April

Job opening publication

Monday, 09/04/2018 - 12:00 to Thursday, 19/04/2018 - 22:59
15 to 17 May

Written test: tests online

Tuesday, 15/05/2018 - 8:00 to Thursday, 17/05/2018 - 17:00

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