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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. Otherwise, check the website mesetudes.be or onderwijskiezer.be.

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 the institution or establishment of learning.

In order to apply, you must

  • Hold Belgian nationality,
  • Or be a citizen of a State of the European Union or of 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, i.e. after the publication period, you can apply for a last time.

No, only professional bachelor’s and academic master’s degrees are accepted.
More about a postgraduate and ‘mastère’ below.

  • The post graduate degree:
    a post graduate may follow a master’s or an academic bachelor’s degree. It aims at continuous professional training, broadening and deepening acquired competences.
  • ‘mastère’: 
    this is offered by institutions of higher learning. This label offers students access to master’s degrees. It is therefore not an academic master’s degree.

No, the period for the written (online) test is fixed.

For the oral test at Enabel's (part 1: motivation interview, and part 2: assessment center) applicants can choose from among several dates that have been e-mailed to them (via Doodle). The applicants can choose the date that suits them best.


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

The written test is online so you just need a good internet connection.

For the oral test (part 1 – motivation interview): If you reside abroad, a Skype interview can be organised. For the other applicants, the test is organised at Enabel’s head office.

For part 2 of the oral test (assessment center): You must be present in Belgium. The test is organised at Enabel’s head office.

Yes, you do. The Junior Programme recruits from a variety of backgrounds, also so-called 'non-technical' profiles.
Some 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 jobs of former Junior Experts on the website.

A general information session is organised a few days after publication so you can get to know the Junior Programme better. This is not the right moment to ask questions about specific job openings. Twice a hotline will be opened with the Project Officer who is responsible for the job (specified in job ad). Carefully check the calendar on the website.

You may apply for several job openings. In the selection steps, your application may be retained for one or several job openings. If you make it to the step of the ‘Skype interview with the project team in the field’, you will be proposed for the job which matches your profile best.

No, we do not pay back transportation costs related to or accommodation costs during the selection.

The material and contract conditions are the same for Junior Experts who are assigned to an NGA project or to a project of Enabel. So, the salary and advantages (insurance, flight ticket, accommodation...) are the same.
Please check the section "To become a Junior – Contractual conditions" on our website to find out more.



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 always 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. So, you can only be 100 % sure of the date of your departure when you have received the ‘fiat’ of the country.

For you to attend the 2-week pre-departure briefing on a full-time basis, we advise you to take (paid or unpaid) leave with your employer for that term.

Yes, because at the time of the briefing, you are under an employment contract with Enabel.

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 Project Officer mentioned in the specific job description before applying.

Yes, these costs are borne by us. Keep in mind that we prefer that the most ecological and least expensive means of transportation are used.
We will contact you once you have been chosen by the project team in the field.

On average 30 new Junior Experts are sent out every year to the field. 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 and Enabel take no responsibility for the presence of a 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. Furthermore, the Travel service only books the flight ticket of the Junior Expert. However, relatives can subscribe to insurance coverage at a special rate via 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 quite unlikely that both of you would be simultaneously selected for jobs suited to your 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.