The EFTA Secretariat has two categories of staff: professional staff (officers) and general staff (assistants).
All EFTA staff are on fixed-term contracts or may be recruited on temporary contracts (max 1 year).
Standard employment contracts are normally for a fixed-term period of three years. Depending on the needs of the EFTA Secretariat, contracts may be renewed once, generally not exceeding another three years.
The EFTA staff also includes several trainees.
The EFTA Secretariat is a place of equality and mutual respect among employees, who shall be treated fairly and enjoy equal opportunities. The EFTA Secretartiat has a Gender Equality Policy, which aims to ensure equal conditions and opportunities for employees at the Secretariat, free from gender bias, and to raise awareness of gender equality in all the work of the Secretariat.
The EFTA Secretariat particularly encourages applications from nationals of the EFTA Member States only for their professional staff. General staff may be nationals from EU and EFTA Member States.
The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO), affiliated to the EFTA Secretariat, offers positions to nationals of both EU and EFTA Member States.
Note that the specific eligibility criteria are stated on each single vacancy announcement.