This selection procedure is intended to establish a reserve list of successful candidates. It is envisaged to start using the reserve list in Q2/Q3 2022.

Europol retains the right to make use of the reserve list to select candidates for similar secondments within the organisation, should business needs require so.


The SNE will carry out the following main functions and duties:

  •    Facilitate the exchange of information, providing advice and operational support in the field of cybercrime;
    •    Assist law enforcement agencies during joint investigations and operations focussing on cybercrime;
  •   Produce technical reports based on the tasks assigned;
  •   Perform forensic analysis on contributed devices with the purpose of data extraction and ingestion in Europol databases;
  •    Keep up-to-date with relevant developments in cybercrime and technology that may impact law enforcement environment;
  •   Participate in meetings, working groups and conferences and present results from the work developed by the team if and when required;
  •    Provide on-the-spot operational support to specific operational enquiries and events if and when required.


Candidates must:

  •  Be a member of a competent authority in the meaning of the Article 2a) of the Europol Regulation and enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State;
  •    Produce evidence of a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and of a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union in accordance with the decision of the Management Board on the internal language arrangements of Europol as referred to in Article 64(2) of the Europol Regulation, with the understanding that the SNE will have to carry out his / her duties in a mainly English-speaking environment;
  •    Have at least three years of professional experience in the field of law enforcement, which is relevant to the duties to be carried out during the secondment.


Professional experience (assessed mainly during the shortlisting):

•    At least 2 years of experience in law enforcement working supporting cybercrime units dealing with cyber-dependent crime;

  •    Experience performing digital forensic analysis on computers, servers, network and volatile memory;
  •    Experience in programming and/or scripting required to process large volumes of data (e.g. Python);


  • Experience using SQL (e.g. MySQL, MSSQL) and NoSQL (e.g. Elasticsearch, Apache Solr, MongoDB) databases;
  • Experience in computer network services installation and administration on various operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux, FreeBSD). Law enforcement working experience at international level;
  • Working experience in a central cybercrime unit.

Professional knowledge (assessed during the selection procedure):

•    Knowledge of the law enforcement techniques and analysis methods applied to cyber-dependent crimes;

  •    In depth knowledge of computer and network forensics;
  •    Sound knowledge of programming and/or scripting;
  •    Sound knowledge of malware analysis.

General competencies (assessed during the selection procedure):


  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to draft clear and concise documents on complex matters for various audiences.

Analysing & problem solving:ù

  •   Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
  •   Keen eye for detail with the ability to maintain standards of accuracy under pressure of tight deadlines;
  •   Competent user of Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the internet.
    Delivering quality and results:
  •    High degree of commitment and flexibility;
  •    High level of customer and service-orientation.

Prioritising and organising:

  • Good administrative and organisational skills.
    •    Ability to work well under pressure, both independently and in a team;
    •   Very good interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively liaise with other departments, groups and teams as well as with external partners;
    Living diversity:
    •    Ability to work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment. 


How to apply

Member States are invited to nominate their Seconded National Experts according to the selection criteria and profile, as specified in this document.
Candidates endorsed by the national competent authorities are required to complete the SNE application form available on Europol’s website in English.
The application form must be accompanied by a letter from the sending authority to the Executive Director of Europol expressing willingness to second the candidate.
Applications must be filled in electronically, duly signed and  submitted by means of email to Europol’s Human Resources Unit, HR Operational Support Team, to via the Europol National Unit of the Member State concerned, and, if necessary, the respective Liaison Bureau. Candidates who do not provide all necessary information or do not comply with any of the above will not be considered.
Applications must be received by Europol at the latest on the day of the deadline specified in this notice of secondment. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Receipt of all applications is confirmed by an email of acknowledgement. Candidates may check the progress of the relevant selection procedure on Europol’s website. 

Selection procedure

The Deputy Executive Director of Europol’s Capabilities Directorate (DEDC) sets up a Selection Committee, chaired by the Head of the relevant Directorate or a senior representative, and composed of a representative of the respective Unit, as well as of the Human Resources Unit.
The Selection Committee establishes the pass-mark for interview and a written test or comparable practical exercise. The pass-mark for shortlisting is established as 60% of the total maximum score.

The Selection Committee assesses the applications received in order to make an initial selection of candidates meeting all eligibility criteria and examines their qualifications, experience and skills against the selection criteria set out in this notice of secondment. Candidates scoring above the pass-mark are invited to participate in a selection procedure.

The Selection Committee will invite the 5 highest scoring candidates (shortlisted). All candidates having a score equal to the 5th highest scoring candidate will be included to the list of invited candidates.
The Selection Committee conducts an interview with the shortlisted candidates performed remotely in order to evaluate their language skills, to assess their experience and qualifications and determine whether they possess the key skills required. The shortlisted candidates will also be invited to participate in a written test performed remotely.

Main dates      
Publication date:                          30 March 2022         
Deadline for application:             11 May 2022 23:59 CET        
Selection procedure:                     May – June 

Contact details
For further details on the application process please call +31 (0) 70 353 1319 or +31 (0) 70 353 1340.


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