EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) aims to save and preserve lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering and safeguard the integrity and dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. ECHO ensures rapid and effective delivery of EU relief assistance through its two main instruments: humanitarian aid and civil protection.

Working for ECHO

ECHO has 328 staff members at its Brussels headquarters and through its extensive field network. Moreover, 150 international humanitarian experts and 315 local staff members are employed in ECHO field offices.

Sought profiles

Field offices
For specific tasks related to the execution of humanitarian aid projects, ECHO recruits humanitarian experts as technical assistants and thematic coordinators for a minimum duration of 12 months outside of the EU. Interested candidates need to apply via an online system. Selected experts are then included in a database. Once listed in the database, experts can apply for vacant posts in ECHO field office.
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Brussels headquarters
Regular staff at the Brussels headquarters are recruited through the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).
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Opportunities for students and junior professionals

Traineeship in Brussels
The Commission recruits university graduates for five-month, paid traineeships with possible deployment at the ECHO headquarters.

The traineeship program is open to university graduates from all over the world who have:

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher of at least three years
  • excellent knowledge of English, French or German
  • excellent knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries)

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EU Aid Volunteers brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Individuals can apply to be deployed to humanitarian projects worldwide.
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Brussels, Belgium

Fields of activity
Humanitarian aid, civil protection

Countries of operation
41 countries

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