German Trainee Programme

Staff Regulations and Rules

Starting date

1 February 2018

Duration of contract

12-24 months


attractive scholarship

Your mission:

Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 22 member states of ESA - keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 1 February 2018.

This is your opportunity to join the team at ESA Headquarters, Paris, France
GTP-2018-HIF-HGR - Staff Regulations and Rules

As part of the HR Department you will contribute to make ESA achieve its goals by creating a creative and multicultural workplace. Our mission in HR is therefore to provide an effective human resources management for ESA by developing and implementing relevant policies, programs and services and acting as change agent.
As an intergovernmental organisation, ESA has legal autonomy in establishing its employment conditions and HR policies as well as the associated dispute resolution system. At the same time, HR needs to respond to expectations of the Agency’s stakeholders, be it the ESA Member States or the ESA Staff Association. Your mission is to support our team with your legal expertise, integrity and creativity.
As our trainee, we will make sure that you work on a considerable variety of administrative and employment law issues related to the international civil service, social security, pensions and general HR matters. You will be closely involved in the day-to-day business, attend meetings, conduct research and draft legal documents, including legal briefs in the context of employment law dispute resolution.


You will be assigned to the following tasks under the authority of the Head of the Staff Regulations and Rules Unit, within the Social and Central Affairs Division:

  • support to the drafting, updating and interpretation of the Staff Regulations, Rules and Instructions, as well as policy documents in line with the relevant policy decisions
  • assist in the preparation of legal submissions in the context of dispute resolution proceedings
  • assist in the day-to-day handling of administrative requests
  • conduct research on HR policies and the law of the international civil service
  • carrying out studies and other tasks associated with the activities of the Division, as required, in particular in the field of social security and pensions

Please apply by 6 September 2017.

Your qualifications:

  • applicants should have just completed (conclusion not older than two years) either the Second State Examination in Law or a university course at Master’s level in Law
  • candidates, who are in the final year of their training, may be considered in cases of exceptional qualifications
  • basic knowledge of public and international law is required. Specialisation in public administrative law, labour law and/or public international law would be an asset
  • excellent knowledge of English is required; a good knowledge of French and another language of one of our member states is an asset
  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary

Your start:

We look forward to your e-mail application in English, citing GTP-2018-HIF-HGR to

Please visit the German Trainee Programme page for details of our application procedures. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa Seidlez:

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Vacancy GTP-2018-HIF-HGR