Become a Junior Assistant

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 NGO in Bolivia or improving health and phyto-health of food products in Benin … there is a whole range of activities to which Junior Assistants can contribute.

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

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

 

Examples of jobs offered

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

 

Select any filter and click on Apply to see results

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 Assistants showcased this. Indeed, former Juniors Assistants 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 NGO.

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

Term of contract
Salary conditions
Country of assignment
Coaching
Training

 

Term of contract

The Junior Assistant signs a contract with the Belgian Development Agency or, where applicable, with a partner NGO. 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 Assistant 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 DIBISS/ORPSS 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 Assistant.

 

Country of assignment           

The Junior Assistant is assigned in one of the following partner countries:

 

* Vietnam, Bolivia, Peru and Algeria are 4 partner countries that are in an exit strategy. Junior Assistants can still be assigned to these countries for a few more years. Junior Assistants are scheduled for departure there until the end of 2017.

 

Coaching

The Junior Programme pays much attention to coaching in order to provide the Junior Assistant with a successful professional experience. Under the contract, the Junior Assistant is coached and assisted by a coach of the Belgian Development Agency or the NGO.
Two kinds of coaching exist.

In the field,  a Junior Assistant is under the direct responsibility of a coach who provides support to the Junior Assistant to:

  • Elaborate the Junior's own action plan based on agreed objectives and bring it to good end;
  • Make most of the Junior's potential;
  • Find own solutions; and
  • Gradually achieve more autonomy and responsibility.

In addition to his support role, the coach acts as an evaluator of the work done by the Junior Assistant by means of evaluation meetings (called development circles).

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

 

Training

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

A mandatory pre-departure briefing of 12 working days is organised in Brussels (at the Belgian Development Agency) to prepare the Junior Assistant 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 Assistant in the country of assignment.

Upon completion of the pre-departure briefing, the Junior Assistant 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 Assistant considers important for his/her future career.

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. 

Admission criteria

You can apply for the Junior Programme if you completely fulfil the following 5 conditions:

  1. 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.  
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. 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).
     

  4. 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. 
     
  5. 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.

Selection procedure

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.

 

The pre-selection

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.

 

Written selection

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. 

 

Spoken test

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 2Only 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.

 

Results

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  

 

  1. 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.
     

  2. 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.

As a reminder, the Junior Programme organises a two-stage selection procedure twice per year.

  • The 1st stage is a "call for candidates" in view of constituting a recruitment pool.
  • The 2nd "job openings publication" stage for recruitment pool members only who can apply for specific job openings, until their 31st anniversary.

Stage 1: During the Call for candidates

People interested in the Junior Programme may apply online only in response to a Call for candidates. Such a call is published on our website for 10 days approximately (in March).

If you fulfill all conditions for admission and want to respond to the next Call for candidates, then make sure to check our website between 03 March (from 00h01) and 13 March 2017 (at 23h59). You will find the instructions for filling out the standard online form there.

Apply

While waiting for the next Call for candidates, you can already create a personal CV account in our career opportunities web tool.

Instructions for creating your CV account

  1. See you on our career opportunity web tool.
  2. 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.
  3. Choose a language (either French or Dutch) via the language choice icon at the top right hand side of the screen. The choice of language will determine the language in which you will do the written and spoken selection tests.
  4. To complete your online CV, please note that the sections preceded by an asterisk must be filled out.
    You can access your CV to update it any time via your account.
  5. Do not forget to save it regularly. You can also print or save a PDF copy of your digital application.

To respond to the Call for candidates during the 10 days of the Call for candidates you must connect via your account. You can update your CV but you must draw up your letter of  motivation for the job opening for which you apply. You will also be asked to answer a few additional questions and to certify, among other things, that you fulfil all conditions for admission for the Junior Programme.
If you are selected but it appears at a later moment that you did not fulfil one or more of the conditions at the closing date of the Call for candidates, your application will be immediately annulled.

 

Stage 2: During publication of job openings, only for recruitment pool members

You are in the recruitment pool and you are then invited by e-mail to apply online in response to job openings during the period of publication. Job openings are published twice per year for approximately 10 days (at the end of May/beginning of June and in November). To allow you to apply for job openings that you are interested in, you will get a password from us, an access code as well as instructions for applying online (fill out the CV and submit motivation letter).

The next publication is scheduled from 24 May to 05 June 2017.

 

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