ECA/2021/15 - Translator - Italian language


The European Court of Auditors (ECA) was established in 1975 as the European Union’s external auditor. One of the EU’s seven institutions, it is based in Luxembourg and employs 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 Language and Editorial 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.


This vacancy notice is being issued on the basis of Article 29(1)(a), (b) and (c) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union.

The advertised position is therefore open ONLY to AD officials of the European Court of Auditors, AD officials of other EU institutions and successful candidates in an EPSO AD competition.

We are seeking to recruit one (1) Italian-speaking translator (M/F) for the Language and Editorial Directorate.

Under the authority of the principal manager, the Italian-speaking translator will:

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

- revise/review in-house documents translated into or drafted in Italian;

- revise/review and evaluate outsourced documents translated into Italian;

- contribute to linguistic and terminology work in the Italian language (ECA termbase), particularly in the audit field;

- provide, when required, linguistic assistance to auditors in the context of their audit missions;

- participate to other communication and language related tasks in the interest of the Institution.


The advertised position is open to applicants who, on the deadline for applications, meet the eligibility criteria set out in the Staff Regulations. The full requirements are given below.

  1. Qualifications

In accordance with Article 5 of the Staff Regulations, applicants must have:

AD 5 to AD 6 grades

- a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of 3 years attested by a diploma, or

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

AD 7 to AD 12 grades

- 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.

  1. Experience and skills

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

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

- a sound knowledge of CAT tools;

- good communication skills;

- sound editing skills;

- ability to work under pressure autonomously and as part of a team;

- ability to respect deadlines;

- willingness to evolve and openness to new technical challenges and to change.

In addition to the above, the following will be considered an asset:

- a degree in translation or language studies;

- strong IT skills.

  1. Knowledge of languages

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

- As English and French are the ECA’s official working languages, a sound knowledge of one of these languages (minimum level C1 in understanding, speaking and writing) and a good knowledge of the other language (minimum level B2 in the same categories) are required.

Knowledge of any other EU language would be an asset.

To assess your foreign language skills, see


The deadline for applications is 12:00 (midday) CET on 1 July 2021.

Applications must be submitted only via the online form provided for the advertised position and must comprise the following documents in English or French:

- a letter of motivation (1 page maximum);

- an up-to-date CV (3 pages maximum) in the Europass format (see;

- (only for EU officials not at the ECA) a document confirming your function group, grade and status as an official.

Successful candidates in an EU open competition must quote the relevant reference number in their CV or letter of motivation.

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

Applications which do not strictly comply with these instructions will be rejected.

Applicants must be able, on request, to provide written evidence of their qualifications, professional experience and current duties.

To ensure that your application is completed on time, we strongly advise you not to wait until the last few hours to apply. Experience has shown that the system may become overloaded as the deadline approaches.


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

If you require any special arrangements for a 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 applicants' 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 our specific privacy statement on recruitment 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 reconsideration of a decision taken by the selection board. This request must be sent, within 10 days of notification of the decision, to

II. Complaints

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

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

III. Judicial appeals

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 ECA, 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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