Information for candidates

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for secondment must:

  • Have a current employment in the national, regional or local public sector or international civil service. Alternatively candidates' may be employed in non-profit or voluntary sector.
  • Hold a university degree in a field relevant to the areas of work described in this call.
  • At least three years of experience in scientific, technical, administrative advisory or supervisory responsibilities.
  • Be a national of a Member State of the EU or a national of the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) or a country with which the Council has decided to open accession negotiations.
  • Be able to communicate in English as this is the working language of ECHA.

Only selected candidates will be invited for a telephone and/or face-to-face interview.

Assessment of applications

Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic and professional qualifications and their relevance to the job.

Short-listed candidates will be required to undergo a telephone and/or face-to-face interview.

Human Resources will contact only the successful candidates and their employers to initiate an exchange of letters between the Agency and the employers.


The secondment will be subject to an exchange of letters between the Executive Director of ECHA and the applicant’s employer. The duration of the first secondment is one year. This period may be renewed for a maximum of two additional years.

Seconded National Experts remain in the service of their employer throughout the period of their secondment. The sending organisation must continue remunerating the SNE, who will thus benefit from social security coverage. In certain cases ECHA may reimburse part of the remuneration costs of the SNE during the period of secondment to its employer.

During their secondment, SNEs will receive subsistence allowances and reimbursement of expenses as set out in the “Rules on the secondment of national experts to the European Chemicals Agency” (Decision ED/66/2018).

It is noted that SNEs will be required to sign a Declaration of Commitment and Confidentiality, as all other non-ECHA staff working at the Agency.

Protection of personal data

The information submitted during the selection process will be used solely for that purpose. The legal basis for the processing is found in the Rules on the secondment of national experts to the European Chemicals Agency (Executive Director Decision 66/2018).

The European Chemicals Agency will ensure on its part that applicants' personal data is processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. Only ECHA staff directly involved in the selection procedure in question shall have access to this data.

For non-recruited candidates the personal data will be stored for a maximum period of two years. Documents related to recruited candidates are kept in the SNE’s personal file, which are kept until 10 years after the SNE has terminated the secondment at the Agency, provided there are no pending claims or any other open issues.

Any party submitting personal data to ECHA is entitled to access and rectify that data (after the closing date of the application deadline, rectification is limited to identification data however). To exercise these rights, contact the data controller at Furthermore, you also have the right to recourse at any time to the European Data Protection Supervisor.