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Location : Brussels
Publication end on external website : 10/09/2021 12:00
Service : 00-Parlement Européen
Guide for Candidates :

General remarks

Before applying, please read carefully the Guide for candidates attached to this recruitment notice.

The guide is an integral part of the recruitment notice and helps to understand the rules governing selection procedures and how to go about applying.









1. General remarks

The European Parliament has decided to open, on the basis of Article 29(2) of the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Union, the procedure for filling six officials’ posts (AD 7) in the Directorate-General for Logistics and Interpretation for Conferences and the Directorate-General for Communication. The profiles being sought are those of audiovisual engineer specialising in the integration of broadcast systems and multimedia.

These posts call for specific qualifications, as set out in section A.3.(b) of this notice.

Recruitment will be at grade AD 7, first step, the basic salary for which is EUR 6 294.84 per month. This salary is subject to Community tax and to the other deductions provided for by the conditions of employment of officials of the European Union. It is exempt from national tax. The step at which the successful candidates are recruited may be adjusted in accordance with their professional experience. Moreover, in certain circumstances allowances will be paid in addition to the basic salary.

The European Parliament is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without discrimination on any ground such as gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or family situation.

Job description

2. Job description

Posted to Brussels, the successful candidates recruited, under the authority of the head of unit and in the context of programmes and priorities drawn up by Parliament’s governing bodies and their management, will:

- oversee the design, development and implementation of professional audiovisual and conference systems in connection with projects carried out by the technical department, the unit and the directorate;
- contribute to the functional and operational technical deployment and commissioning of audiovisual infrastructure and infrastructure for conferences with simultaneous interpretation;
- participate in the operation and maintenance of broadcast, multimedia and conference production installations;
- provide support to the users of these installations and advice to their management as regards strategic guidelines on technologies and technical infrastructure.

This field encompasses all technologies associated with the production and broadcast of media content (TV, radio, in-house production, coverage of meeting rooms, webstreaming, webpublishing and conference systems with simultaneous interpretation), and calls for detailed knowledge of electronics, IT, analogue and digital signal processing and new digital technologies.

The duties involved also call for the ability to analyse and solve complex problems, drafting, coordination (internal and external staff), administrative management (files, invitations to tender and contracts), communication and learning skills, and good practical knowledge of office and computer-assisted project management systems and signal measurement equipment. The successful candidates recruited must also be able to communicate in English or French with technical and administrative staff in order to resolve technical or administrative problems and build consensus in working groups.

The duties involve frequent travel between Parliament’s places of work and contact with many different people inside and outside Parliament.


3. Eligibility

On the closing date for applications, you must meet the following conditions:

(a) General criteria

Under Article 28 of the Staff Regulations of officials of the European Union, you must:

– be a national of one of the European Union’s Member States,
– enjoy full rights as a citizen,
– have fulfilled any obligations imposed on you by the laws on military service,
– be able to produce the appropriate character references as to your suitability for the performance of the duties concerned.

(b) Specific criteria

(i) Qualifications required

You must have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four years attested by a diploma in one of the following fields: audiovisual broadcast and multimedia technologies, electronics, IT, audiovisual broadcast and multimedia production or sound and conference production,


a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years in one of the following fields: audiovisual broadcast and multimedia technologies, electronics, IT, audiovisual broadcast and multimedia production or sound and conference production, followed by at least one year’s relevant professional experience.

(ii) Professional experience required

After gaining the qualifications specified in section A.3.(b)(i), you must have acquired at least six years’ professional experience in:

  • the integration of broadcast, conference and IT systems for audiovisual applications, in particular in the following technologies: cameras, audio and video mixers, matrix switchers, video servers, SDI and IP routing systems, networks (TCP/IP and UDP/IP), encoders and decoders, production platforms and transmission platforms for acquisition, editing, transcoding, broadcasting (satellite, webstreaming, webpublishing), archiving;
  • broadcast and multimedia technologies, IT and IP architecture in a broadcast production environment (theory and integration) and signal processing (analogue and digital);
  • the audiovisual technical environment for the production and transmission of audiovisual broadcast and multimedia programmes for television and/or in-house production;
  • the management and coordination of professional audiovisual projects;
  • team coordination.

(iii) Knowledge of languages

You must have a thorough knowledge (at least level C1) of one of the European Union’s official languages (language 1): Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish or Swedish,


a very good knowledge (at least level B2) of English or French (language 2).

Language 2 must be different from language 1.


The choice of language 2 options for this selection procedure (English or French) has been laid down in the interests of the service. By virtue of the duties involved, the post of audiovisual engineer calls for specific language knowledge as set out in section A.3.(b) of this recruitment notice. Knowledge of one of these two languages is essential in order for the official to fulfil their responsibilities, perform the tasks involved and meet the requirement for excellent communication skills in the context of working relations with people inside and outside Parliament, using mainly English or French.

English and French are also the languages most frequently used in interaction within and between the units of the two directorates-general of recruitment, as well as in dealings with the other directorates-general and Parliament’s political and administrative authorities, in particular when it comes to the drafting of documents. They are also the standard languages of communication with outside contact points (service providers, administrations and authorities). Accordingly, in order for the persons recruited to perform their duties and ensure the smooth functioning of the service, they must be able to work and communicate effectively in at least one of these two languages.

In addition, in the interests of equality of treatment, all candidates, even if they have one of these two languages as their first official language, are required to have a satisfactory knowledge of a second language, which must also be one of these two languages.

Admission to the selection procedure


The procedure is based on qualifications and tests.

1. Admission to the selection procedure

If you

– meet the general eligibility criteria,
– and have submitted your application in accordance with the arrangements specified and by the closing date,

the selection committee will assess your application in the light of the specific eligibility criteria (section A.3.(b)).

If you meet the specific eligibility criteria, the selection committee will admit you to the selection procedure.

The committee will base its decisions solely on information given in the application form which is substantiated by supporting documents

Assessment of qualifications

2. Assessment of qualifications

On the basis of a marking grid laid down in advance, the selection committee will assess the qualifications of candidates admitted to the selection procedure and draw up a list of the 30 best candidates, who will be admitted to the tests.

In assessing the candidates’ qualifications, the selection committee will take particular account of the following aspects (to be substantiated by supporting documents enclosed with the application file):

1. Knowledge and experience

- in the design and implementation of fixed (infrastructure) or temporary (events) production, broadcast, multimedia and webstreaming systems based on market standards and the standards set by standardisation bodies (EBU, SMPTE, ITU, etc.);
- of broadcast and multimedia technologies and IP architecture in a broadcast production environment (theory and integration) and of signal processing (analogue and digital);
- of the operation and maintenance of fixed and mobile professional audiovisual infrastructure;
- of the design and implementation of conference and interpretation systems (fixed and mobile systems, face-to-face and remote participation);
- IT certification (Cisco and/or Arista) or equivalent knowledge of network implementation and configuration for a multimedia application.

2. Skills and competences

- management and coordination of professional audiovisual projects;
- team management and coordination, general management (building consensus, managing conflicts, scheduling), written and oral communication and teamwork (meetings, working groups, etc.);
- administrative management of files and hardware and software;
- learning (self-teaching and ongoing training) of new technologies.

Marking: 0 to 20 points.


3. Tests

Written test

(a) Drafting test in language 2 (English or French), based on a set of documents, to test your ability to perform the duties set out in section A.2 and your drafting skills.

Time allowed: 3 hours.
Marking: 0 to 40 points (pass mark: 20)
This test will be held online.

Oral tests

(b) Interview with the selection committee in language 2 (English or French) to assess, taking account of all the information contained in the candidates’ application files, their suitability to perform the duties set out in section A. The selection committee may decide to test your language knowledge as specified on the application form.

Maximum time allowed: 45 minutes
Marking: 0 to 40 points (pass mark: 20)

(c) Group discussion or role-play exercise in language 2 (English or French) to enable the selection committee to assess your adaptability, negotiating and decision-making skills and performance in a group or in a given situation.

The selection committee will decide how long the group discussion test will last on the basis of the composition of the groups.
The maximum duration of the role-play exercise will be 25 minutes.

Marking: 0 to 20 points (pass mark: 10)

These tests may be held remotely.

You will receive instructions concerning the written test and the oral tests in good time. The tests will take place at a specific time on a specific date. If you do not reply to an invitation, cannot be contacted by email or fail to show up for a test, you will be disqualified. You must follow the instructions to the letter. Any failure to follow the instructions or any action not consistent with the instructions will lead to your immediate disqualification.

List of suitable candidates

4. List of suitable candidates

The list of suitable candidates will contain, in order of merit, the names of the 12 candidates who have obtained the highest overall scores in the procedure (assessment of qualifications and tests) and have passed each of the tests.

Candidates will be informed individually in writing of their results.

The list of suitable candidates will be published on Parliament’s intranet.

The period of validity of the list of suitable candidates will expire on 31 December 2024. Its validity may be extended by decision of the appointing authority. If it is extended, the candidates whose names have been included on the list will be informed in good time.

If you are offered a job, you will be required to produce the originals of all requisite documents, including diplomas and employment certificates, for verification.

Inclusion on a list of suitable candidates does not constitute either a right to, or a guarantee of, recruitment.



To apply, you must have an account on the Apply4EP platform: You may create only ONE account. To do so, click on the ‘Apply online’ tab at the bottom of the page.

You are asked to read carefully the Guide for Candidates in selection procedures organised by the European Parliament before completing the application form and to provide the relevant supporting documents.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is

12.00 (noon), Brussels time, on 10 September 2021.

An acknowledgement of receipt will automatically be sent to you as soon as you validate your application.

Please DO NOT TELEPHONE to ask about the timetable for the procedure.