ECA/2020/26 - Translator – German language (2 posts)


The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is the European Union’s external auditor. Established in 1975, the ECA is one of the EU’s seven institutions. We are based in Luxembourg and employ around 900 audit, support and administrative staff of all EU nationalities.

The ECA operates as a collegiate body of 27 Members, one from each EU Member State. Our auditors check that the EU keeps good accounts and correctly applies its financial rules, and that its policies and programmes achieve their intended objectives and deliver value for money.

Through our work, we contribute to improving the EU’s financial management and promote accountability and transparency. We warn of risks, provide assurance, indicate shortcomings and successes and offer guidance to EU policymakers and legislators. We present our observations and recommendations to the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, and national governments and parliaments, as well as the general public.

The Translation, Language Services and Publication Directorate is made up of 23 language teams and three horizontal support teams. Its mission is to provide the ECA and its various departments with high-quality translations, publications and other services as promptly and efficiently as possible, in order to facilitate internal and external communication in the European Union's official languages. To accomplish its mission, it has developed a wide range of services, ranging from translation/revision to drafting assistance, linguistic support for auditors on mission, and coordinating the publication and distribution of the ECA's documents.


The ECA has decided to launch this vacancy notice on the basis of Article 29.1 (a), (b) and (c) of the Staff Regulations for two (2) German-language translator posts (F/M, grades AD5-AD12).

Therefore, this vacancy notice is open ONLY to officials of the European Court of Auditors, officials of other EU institutions or EPSO competition laureates.

The selected candidates will work as translators in the German-language team. The team consists of four translators working under the authority of a Principal Manager.

The German-language translators will:

- translate into German texts requested by the ECA’s directorates or the Court from at least two EU official languages (English and French are the working languages at the ECA);

- revise/review documents translated into German;

- edit machine-translated output;

- evaluate outsourced translations into German;

- contribute to the team’s linguistic and terminology work, particularly in the audit field; and

- provide linguistic assistance to auditors in the context of their audit missions.


This vacancy notice is open to applicants who, on the deadline for applications, meet the eligibility conditions set out in the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union (hereinafter the Staff Regulations) and will have:

1. Qualifications

In accordance with Article 5 of the Staff Regulations:

-   a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or

-   a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years, or

-    where justified in the interests of the service, professional training of an equivalent level.

Given the nature of the documents produced by the ECA, a degree in law or economics will be considered an asset.

2. Experience and skills

Applicants should have:

- relevant professional experience in translation and revision, especially of EU-related documents;

- a sound knowledge of CAT tools;

- good communication skills;

- sound editing skills.

Strong IT skills will be considered an asset.

3. Knowledge of languages

- Excellent command of German (mother tongue or minimum level C2 in understanding, speaking and writing);

- as English and French are the official working languages of the ECA, a sound knowledge of English (minimum level C1 in understanding, speaking and writing) and a good knowledge of French (minimum level B2 in the same categories), are required.

Any additional official EU language would be an asset.

To assess your foreign language skills, see:


Deadline for applications is midday on 11 December 2020 (CET).

Applications must be submitted only via the online form provided for the vacancy advertised and must comprise the following documents, drafted in EN or FR:

- a letter of motivation (max. 1 page);

- an up-to-date CV (max. 3 pages) which must be in the "Europass" format;

- for officials working outside the ECA: in addition to the two above-mentioned elements, a document confirming your function group, grade and status as an official must be provided.

Successful candidates in open competitions or those placed on a reserve list must indicate the reference of the competition or reserve list in their application (CV/letter of motivation).

Please note that only the information provided in your CV, motivation letter and, when applicable, certificate of official status will be taken into account in evaluating your application.

Applications failing to adhere strictly to these instructions will be rejected.

If necessary, applicants must be able, on request, to provide written supporting documents relating to their qualifications, professional experience and current duties.

Interested applicants should complete their online application in time. We strongly advise applicants not to wait until the last few hours to apply. Experience has shown that the system may become overloaded closer to the closing date for applications. It may therefore prove difficult to apply on time.


In line with the ECA's equal opportunities policy and Article 1d of the Staff Regulations, the ECA embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. The ECA accepts applications without discrimination on any grounds and takes steps to ensure that recruitment is evenly balanced between men and women, as required by Article 23 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The ECA also takes measures to reconcile working life with family life.

If you require any special arrangements (for specific handicap or disability) in order to take part in this selection procedure, please send an email in good time to


The ECA is committed to ensuring that candidates' personal data are processed in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.  

For more information, see the specific privacy statement for employment vacancies which is available at the following address:


If, at any stage in the selection procedure, you consider that a decision taken in your regard is wrong, the following options are available.

I. Request for the selection board to reconsider its decision

You may submit a written reasoned request for a board’s decision to be reconsidered. Such a request must be submitted to the following address within 10 days of notification of the decision:

II. Complaints

Under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations, you may submit a complaint against the ECA’s decision to reject your application within three months of being notified thereof. This complaint should be sent to the following address:

The Secretary-General
European Court of Auditors
12, rue Alcide De Gasperi
L-1615 Luxembourg

III. Judicial appeal

Under Article 91 of the Staff Regulations, you may appeal against a decision to reject your complaint, insofar as it adversely affects you, to the Court of Justice of the European Union. The action must be brought by a lawyer within three months of notification of the decision to reject the complaint.

IV. Complaints to the European Ombudsman

If you believe that the handling of your application has involved maladministration by the European Court of Auditors, you may lodge a complaint with the European Ombudsman, having first contacted the ECA with the aim of settling the dispute. You must submit your complaint in writing within two years of discovering the relevant facts. An online complaints form is available on the European Ombudsman’s website. Applying to the European Ombudsman will not suspend the appeal deadlines given above.


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