The Junior Programme is about to be renewed. As of 2018 a new 4 year programme will be launched with slightly different accents. The explanations underneath about the admission criteria and selection procedure will most probably also be altered in the fall of 2017. You can subscribe to our newsletter (bottom of our homepage) to be informed automatically of the upcoming changes.
You can apply for the Junior Programme if you completely fulfil the following 5 conditions:
- Hold the Information Cycle certificate. This is an 8-day training session which aims to promote and strengthen citizen's understanding and involvement in global challenges.
Given the fact that the Information Cycle will stop by the end of 2017, admission criteria for the Junior Programme will also be reviewed as of 2018. The Junior Programme is currently rethinking its approach for a new programme as of 2018. More info will follow in the fall of this year. In any case, for the moment we continue to recommend anyone to enroll in one of the remaining Infocycle courses as this training offers a good preparation for any (work) experience in international development whether it be through the Junior Programme or through any other means.
- At least hold a professional bachelor's degree (PBA)* or an academic masters, either issued in Belgium or recognized as having equivalent status by competent Belgian authorities.
(*) This is a bachelor's degree providing direct access to a specific profession (formerly dispensed by so-called higher education instances of the short type). As opposed to an academic bachelor's degree (ABA), which simply provides access to an academic masters 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.
- Hold Belgian nationality or be a citizen of a member state of the European Union or the Swiss Confederation.
These 3 above conditions must be fulfilled at the latest on the last day of the Call for candidates, i.e. on 13/03/2017. The call for candidates of March 2017 is closed. There will not be any other call this year. A new programme will start in 2018.
At this moment we have no further details about the calendar of the next selection procedure. We hope to give you more information this autumn 2017. To stay informed about the future of the Junior Programme, please subscribe to our newsletter (button 'subscribe' below & on the right of the homepage).
- Be younger than 31 years of age on 05/06/2017. This date is the last day of publication of job openings for candidates from the recruitment pool.
- 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.
The recruited applicant must, upon signing his/her contract, prove that (s)he fulfils the 5 admission requirements. (S)he must also undergo medical examination for medical aptitude for his/her country of assignment.
The call for candidates is the 1st stage of the procedure following which you can enter the Junior Programme recruitment pool.
The last call for candidates in 2017 took place between March 3rd and 13th. The call is closed and is the only call for this year. There will not be any other selection because a new Program will start in 2018.
If you passed all steps of selection, you are added in the recruitment pool.
As a recruitment pool member, you can apply for job openings in the 2nd stage, i.e. the publication of job openings.
There is no specific profile that you must have to be allowed to apply and participate in the selection procedure.
During selection, the Junior Programme takes into account certain motivation and competence criteria which are indicative for one's future functioning in the field. We assess the 8 following competences: attitude towards learning, taking-on initiative, ability to adapt, problem-solving, stress-resistance/stress management, conflict management, team work and empathy.
The Junior Programme organises two selection cycles per calendar year.
Each selection cycle consists of three steps: pre-selection, the written test and the spoken test. As a whole, this procedure takes approximately 3 months.
Following the Call for candidates, it is checked whether you fulfil the 5 conditions for admission. You are informed via e-mail whether your application is accepted or not, and, where applicable, you are invited to the next stage.
If you fulfil all conditions for admission, you are invited to participate to the written selection with the invitation that was sent to you in hand.
This test is organised in Brussels by Selor, the recruitment and selection agency for the Belgian federal administration, on a single set date in the month following the Call for candidates.
The next test will be on March 31, 2017.
The test is a computer test that you must complete within a set time. It consists of 3 tests:
Participation to this test is required to be able to continue the selection procedure. It is not possible to do the tests on another date or at another location.
You are informed about the results obtained for the written test. To further participate to the procedure, you must have obtained a total score of minimum 60% and be ranked among the 70 best results of the written selection.
The spoken test is organised one month later in Brussels at the head office of the Belgian Development Agency and consists of 2 steps.
For each of these, the retained candidate may choose a rendez-vous date via a doodle link, which is sent to him/her in advance. There is no possibility to have an interview via Skype.
Step 1 – You fill out a personality test in advance and have a motivation interview of 40 minutes with a selection committee consisting of 2 persons;
Step 2 – Only if you have succeeded for step 1, you are invited to participate in an assessment centre consisting of a competence-oriented interview and an exercise with 4 other candidates. Different competences will be evaluated.
At the end of each of the steps in the selection cycle you will be informed by e-mail whether you have been retained or not. Two situations may occur:
- You are retained = You have successfully completed all written and spoken tests
You are now included in the recruitment pool of the Junior Programme. This is not a guarantee though for actual recruitment as a Junior Assistant.
Indeed, twice every year, you can consult +/- forty job openings that are only available for recruitment pool members.
During 10 days you can apply for one or several of these job openings by filling out an online form (CV and motivation letter). You can apply for these job openings until your 31st birthday.
You are also invited by e-mail for an evening information session in Brussels on the further procedure and how to apply for specific job openings.
After you have applied, the Junior Programme checks whether your profile matches with the job chosen. The most suitable profile(s) are then forwarded to the projects in the field which have the last say in the final selection of any applicant.
If the project picks you, you are officially assigned to the job and invited for a mandatory 12-day pre-departure briefing at the Belgian development agency in Brussels (in February or September).
- You have not been selected = two possibilities arise
- Request for exemption
You passed the written selection with a total score of minimum 60%, but you were not ranked among the 70 best candidates.
Or, you passed the written selection but did not pass the 1st or 2nd step of spoken selection.
You may request an exemption when you participate again in one of the 2 following selection procedures.
Still, you will have to submit a new application and still fulfil the 5 conditions for admission at that time.
Your request for exemption must be specified (written selection, motivation interview, competence-oriented interview) in the online application form. When exempted from the written selection, the score of the preceding test will be used for the new ranking of candidates.
- Try again
Likewise, you may decide to redo the written test. You resubmit your application in response to a Call for candidates and specify in the online application form that you want to redo the test. In this case, only the score obtained on the last test – even if it is lower than the first score obtained – will be taken into account.