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Become a Frontex Border Guard - We are recruiting!

For the first time, the European Union will have its own uniformed service – the European Border and Coast Guard standing corps. This new border corps, composed of Frontex and EU Member States’ officers, will at any time be able to support the Member States facing challenges at their external borders.

Trained by the best and equipped with the latest that technology has to offer, Frontex border and coast guards will be ready for tomorrow’s challenges at the borders, helping to ensure their proper functioning.

Frontex border guards will work under the command of the national authorities of the country they are deployed in.

Frontex border guards will support EU and Schengen countries in tasks such as:

  • border control at land, sea and air borders
  • border surveillance
  • collecting and sharing information on situation at EU’s borders and beyond
  • search and rescue activities
  • returning people who do not have the right to stay in the EU
  • fighting cross-border crime, including migrant smuggling, document fraud and terrorism.

Frontex border guards will be working in operational areas at EU’s external borders. The officers may also work in non-EU country, provided it signed a Status Agreement with the EU.

Frontex border guards will wear uniforms, carry a service weapon and will have executive powers. This means that the officers will be able to perform tasks such as verifying a person’s identity and nationality, allowing or refusing entry into the EU, patrolling between border crossing points.

All the positions offered for recruitment will be divided into basic, intermediate and advanced levels, depending on the candidates’ professional experience and skills. As a Frontex border guard, you will have a specified function, such as border guard officer, document expert and cross-border crime detection officer.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 16 December 2019.

Each of the selected candidates will receive basic training of up to six months in order to be ready for deployment in operational areas in January 2021. It will ensure that the officers have the necessary skills to work together in any particular operational area, fully complying with the applicable EU law and ethical standards.

After the basic training, the possibility to enter specialised training, taking into account the previous experience, will be offered to Frontex border guards throughout their career.


WHO are we looking for

We seek applicants with experience in the law enforcement field (such as police, customs, border and coast guard), emergency services, civilian crisis management, military or equivalent (active and retired).

In the first phase, Frontex is looking to recruit more than 700 officers.


WHAT level of education do I need to apply

There are different educational requirements for each of the three levels.

For the basic level, you need to have diploma for completing university or equivalent studies of at least three years or professional training of an equivalent level.

For the intermediate level, you need to possess a level of post-secondary education attested by a diploma or a level of secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, and appropriate professional experience of at least three years.

For the advanced level, you need to have a diploma for completing university or equivalent studies when the normal period of university education is four years or more or a diploma for completing university studies and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or professional training of an equivalent level.

For more details, please see the applicable selection notice.

WHERE will Frontex border guards work

Frontex border guards will be deployed mainly at EU/Schengen external borders. The officers may also be deployed in countries outside of the European Union that have signed a Status Agreement with the European Commission.


Recruitment process

After the selection procedure is completed, selected candidates will be offered a five-year employment contract with a probation period of nine months. All selected officers will take part in basic training of up to six months and will undergo readiness tests to assess whether they are ready to carry out their tasks.


WHEN

Timeline:

24 October 2019: Publication of the Selection Notices

16 December 2019: Deadline for applications

March 2020: Selection completed

May-November 2020: Training

January 2021: First Frontex border guards begin work at the borders


Frontex Border Guard Recruitment Brochure


Files available for download


Selection notices

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Basic Level

Reference No
RCT-2019-00068
Deadline
2019-12-16
Status
Open for applications
Link
Apply

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Intermediate Level

Reference No
RCT-2019-00069
Deadline
2019-12-16
Status
Open for applications
Link
Apply

European Border and Coast Guard Officer - Advanced Level

Reference No
RCT-2019-00070
Deadline
2019-12-16
Status
Open for applications
Link
Apply

Quick FACTS (Q&A)

The officers will be trained to perform tasks at the land, air and sea borders. Basic level officers will be performing tasks such as border checks and border surveillance. With more in-depth knowledge, intermediate level officers will perform basic and intermediate border management tasks. At the advanced level, officers will coordinate work of larger teams of border guards and act as specialists in specific areas.





The contract will be for five years with a probation period of nine months. The contract may be renewed for another five years.

You will be deployed in operational areas at EU/Schengen external borders or outside the EU in a country that has signed a Status Agreement with the European Commission. You may also be deployed within the operational coordination and management structures at Frontex headquarters.


To become a Frontex border guard, you must be a citizen of one of the Member States of the European Union or the Schengen Associated Countries.


The recruitment will consist of several steps that aim to assess your capability to perform duties listed in the selection notices. Your physical and psychological aptitude will also be tested during the recruitment process. You will have to undergo medical check-up and stand in front of the Selection Committee for an interview.


Frontex border guards must be physically fit for their duties. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a physical aptitude test in line with the Selection Notice, described in the part “Physical aptitude” (Appendix II). Only candidates who pass the physical aptitude test will be invited for an interview.


Each Frontex border guard will undergo up to six months of basic training that will complement their previous professional training. The training is conducted within the probation period. The aim of the training is to ensure that Frontex border guards will be equipped with the necessary skills to perform assigned duties and comply with applicable EU law and ethical standards.

The training will take place in training centres in different Member States and/or Schengen Associated Countries.

Yes, you will be entitled to receive the salary corresponding to the job you have been offered.

If you fail to complete the training, you will not be able to continue work as a Frontex border guard officer and your contract will not be confirmed at the end of the probationary period. All the details of the performance assessment will be provided at the beginning of the training.

You will be deployed. Later in your career as a Frontex border guard, you will have the opportunity to attend specialised training covering different specialised areas, such as countering different types of cross-border crime, document inspection, return-related activities.


Becoming a Frontex border guard is a unique opportunity to become part of the first European uniformed service, contributing to the safety and security of the EU/Schengen external borders. You will have the possibility to undergo specialised training, acquire new skills through working with experts from across Europe and learn about new technologies and latest equipment in border control.





You will receive a basic salary and applicable allowances, such as:

  • expatriation allowance
  • household allowance
  • dependent child allowance
  • education allowance
  • deployment allowance (when deployed)
  • shift allowance (if working in shifts)

For the exact calculation, as well as information on additional benefits and allowances, please check the Selection Notice.

Frontex border guards will be deployed and re-deployed based on operational needs and may be deployed in their home countries.

No. The location and time of deployment will be based on operational needs.

As new posts become available, you will be able to apply for other positions. If you are recruited as a basic-level officer, to become an intermediate level officer you will need to apply and undergo a new selection procedure.


No, there are only three types of positions the candidates can apply for: basic, intermediate and advanced officer. The selection is mainly based on years of professional experience and assessment of required skills.





Yes. You will be insured under the European Union’s Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS). For more information check the Selection Notice.





You are entitled to annual leave of two working days per each complete calendar month of service. On top of that, there is a number of additional days of leave depending on the level, age and other factors. Public holidays are decided yearly. Special leave may be granted for certain circumstances such as marriage and birth or adoption of a child. For more information please see the Selection Notice.


In order to apply for the basic level position, you need to be younger than 47 years old when applying. There is no age criteria for the intermediate and advanced level.


Throughout the period of employment you may either be a member of the EU pension scheme or you can maintain your pension rights in your country of origin. An EU pension is granted after completing a minimum of 10 years of service and after reaching the pensionable age of 66 years.

Details of the pension related topics will be provided to you by Frontex HR services.






Yes, you will be able to apply for lower-level positions as well.

Yes, you can take part in all open selection procedures.

For any further questions, please contact:

Standing.Corps.Recruitment@frontex.europa.eu

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