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Young Graduate Trainee for Diversity & Inclusiveness

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Director General's Services.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.

Young Graduate Trainee for Diversity & Inclusiveness

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Our team and mission

The issue of Diversity & Inclusiveness (D&I) has been placed high up the Agency’s corporate agenda. Through this initiative, ESA intends to enhance its wealth of diversity and at the same time ensure that the values and objectives pursued through D&I actions become an inherent feature of its policies and business practices. The fundamental aspiration is to become a modern, attractive employer that serves as a model to the space community and beyond, as ESA wishes to attract and develop a diverse pool of talent and leverage the rich treasure of experience, know-how and potential of its employees. 

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Under the direct authority of the Chief Diversity Officer, you, as a YGT, will provide analytical, administrative and project support in matters related to Diversity & Inclusiveness, which includes:

  • supporting analysis including benchmarking of best practices relevant to D&I for the space sector and other comparable organisations;
  • supporting the Chief Diversity Officer in proposing measures and devising solutions to address D&I challenges and contributing to their implementation;
  • establishing and maintaining a database with information, statistics and analysis on D&I;
  • supporting organisation of events with other organisations and follow-up;
  • supporting implementation and follow-up of corporate communication on D&I, including maintenance of the D&I intranet portal.
Technical competencies
Knowledge of relevant technical domains
Relevant experience gained during internships/project work
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects
Behavioural competencies
Self Motivation
Continuous Learning
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

You should have just completed, or be in the final year of a university course at Master’s level (or equivalent) in economics, political science or other related fields of study.

Additional requirements
  • Knowledge of the persistent issues regarding women’s empowerment and the participation of girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
  • Relevant experience gained during internships and/or project work.
  • Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities.
  • Knowledge of the specificities of international organisations, and science and technology driven organisations like ESA.
  • Knowledge of ESA’s institutional framework and its position and status as an international organisation.
  • Knowledge of advanced power point presentations techniques would be an asset.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

You should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

During the interview your motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2019.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Slovenia, as an Associate Member, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment

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