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A professional bachelor (formerly dispensed by so-called higher education instances of the short type) is a direct ticket to a specific profession, 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 inform with your institution of learning.

Yes, you can apply if you have indeed finished your studies with success and are just waiting for the official diploma. In that case, we accept a proof of successful completion delivered by your learning institution.

In order to apply, you must

  • Hold Belgian nationality, or
  • Be a citizen of a Member State of the European Union or the Swiss Confederation.

Candidates whose nationality is not listed above are automatically excluded.

Your application will not be taken into consideration. Indeed, you may not be 31 on the last day of publication of job openings.

For instance, if job openings are published from 27 May to 5 June and your 31st anniversary is on 30 May, you cannot apply.
If, however, your 31st anniversary is on 6 June, you can apply for a last time.

No, the written test is on a set period of days. 
For the oral test at Enabel's (part 1: motivation interview, and part 2: group exercise and  competence-oriented interview), candidates can choose from among several dates (via Doodle) that have been e-mailed to them. The candidates can choose the date that suits them best.

No, you must be present in Belgium to do the selection tests.

Yes, you do. The Junior Programme recruits candidates from a variety of backgrounds, also so-called 'non-technical' profiles.
Certain job openings are for 'soft' project aspects like raising awareness or mainstreaming gender, communication, or monitoring and evaluation.

Have a look at the examples of tasks of former or current Junior Experts on the website



The material and contract conditions are the same for Junior Experts who are assigned to an NGA project or to a Enabel project. The salary as well as the conditions (insurances, flight tickets, accommodation costs,...) are the same.
Please check the section « Become a Junior - Contractual conditions » on our website to have additional information.



No, the first contract of a Junior Expert always is a minimum one-year contract. Afterwards, depending on the needs of the project, it is possible to extend it for a year (or less).
The term of the assignment (1 year, 1 year with possible extension or 2 years) is mentioned when the job opening is published.

Yes, according to Belgian legislation you can combine two employment contracts simultaneously.

We even recommend staying under a contract with your current employer as long as possible because the administrative procedures for obtaining a work permit in the country of assignment can be lengthy. The date of your departure will be confirmed once the Junior Programme receives the country agreement.

To be able to attend the two weeks pre-departure briefing, we advise you to take leave (paid or unpaid leave) during this period.

Yes, after all, you are already under contract with Enabel during the pre-departure briefing.

Departure to the field is at the earliest on the first day of the month following the end of the pre-departure briefing.
The exact date of departure depends on the needs in the field, the time needed for administrative procedures (visa request…) and your period of notice. Because of these factors departure can sometimes take place one or two months after the pre-departure briefing ends.

No, the jobs offered by the Junior Programme are to be taken on within three months after the pre-departure briefing

When you apply for a job, you actually commit to liberating for the briefing and for the departure period set in the job description.

In case of doubt, you can contact the Junior Programme colleague mentioned in the specific job description before applying.

An average of 40 new Junior Experts are sent to the field every year. Everything depends of the demands and the needs of the field, but also of the number of Junior Experts in the field that extend their contract.

Of course, but the Junior Programme takes no responsibility for the presence of the partner or of relatives in the field. More specifically, this means that we do not intervene in any way for booking a flight ticket, getting visa, school costs, hospitalisation or repatriation for the partner and/or children. In addition, the travel service orders only a flight ticket for the Junior Expert. However, at a special rate they can subscribe to the coverage provided by the insurance of Enabel. 

Yet, the Junior Programme does intervene for the family allowance for children of the family that are present in the field.

There is nothing against this, but in reality there is very little chance of achieving this. It is unlikely that you can simultaneously be selected for a suited job to both profiles in the same place of assignment.

However, each of you can apply while indicating whom to put first in case both of you would be shortlisted for jobs in different places of assignment.