ECA/2021/27 - Auditor


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.

Chamber III is responsible for the audits in the areas of the EU external action, security, justice and defence. The Chamber deals with actions in the areas of Migration and Border Management, Security and Defence, Global Europe and also the European Development Funds. Actions in these areas are implemented by the European Commission in the European Union but also in some 150 beneficiary countries of Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific.


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 one (1) auditor in Chamber III.

Under the authority of the principal manager, the auditor will:

- draft task plans for financial, compliance and performance audits,

- conduct preliminary studies,

- conduct risk analyses,

- prepare audit programmes,

- conduct audits using the approaches, methods and techniques described in the task plans,

- participate in recurring audit tasks and continuous audits,

- document audit work performed,

- draft audit reports and audit notes,

- ensure that deadlines are kept,

- respect audit and ethical standards at all times.


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:

- excellent knowledge of audit methodology, in particular in financial and compliance auditing,

- knowledge of internal control methods, tools and techniques,

- ability to implement tasks on the basis of a task plan,

- ability to work independently and effectively in a team and to maintain effective working relations in a multicultural environment,

- practical experience with the annual work programme, risk assessments, and follow-ups,

- excellent communication and drafting skills,

- strong coordination and analytical skills with ability to gather, synthesise and analyse information,

- excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively with various internal and external partners on sensitive matters.

Knowledge in the areas Migration and Border Management and/or Security and Defence will be considered an asset.

  1. Knowledge of languages

As English and French are the official working languages of the Court, 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 B1 in the same categories) is 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 20 October 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 (max. 1 page);

- an up-to-date CV (max. 3 pages) 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.

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 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 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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