Traineeship at the EFTA Secretariat - Trade Relations Division (TRD)

Please note that the TRD traineeship position from 1 September 2019 till 29 February 2020 has been filled.


Vacancy Announcements

Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies in October for the spring term and in February for the autumn term. Deadlines for applications are in November and in March respectively.

Purpose of the traineeships 

The aim of the traineeships is to provide junior civil servants and other qualified applicants with a background in customs and rules of origin opportunities for training and familiarisation with the work of the EFTA Secretariat, particularly in the area of free trade agreements. 

Field of work 

The TRD is in charge of the exploration, negotiation and implementation of preferential trade arrangements with non-EU partner countries worldwide (Declarations on Cooperation, Free Trade Agreements).

The trainee will be assigned to specific tasks primarily in the field of trade in goods and customs issues, including rules of origin and trade facilitation. They entail technical analyses on market access, review and amendments to customs tariff tables, notifications to partner countries, etc.

Please consult the EFTA Secretariat website for more information on the activities in the area of free trade.


Traineeships in TRD are reserved for customs officials from national administrations of the EFTA States or candidates with a similar background and experience.

The following criteria are taken into account:

  • Adequate educational background. Knowledge of standard office IT applications (Microsoft Office). 
  • Current position, experience and career objectives. 
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English; knowledge of French is an advantage. 
  • An analytical mind with ability to do relevant research and prepare documents in English. 
  • A flexible and motivated team player capable of taking on a variety of tasks. 
  • Alteration between EFTA nationalities and gender balance. 

Duty Station 

Trainees in TRD are assigned to the EFTA Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva. 

Employment Terms 

Traineeships at the EFTA Secretariat–TRD are open to nationals of the EFTA Member States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). 

Trainees receive a flat monthly allowance of CHF 2 425. Accommodation in individual flats is provided by EFTA.

Application Procedure 

Applications should be submitted via the EFTA online recruitment tool

Shortlisted candidates are contacted by phone. Interviews are normally conducted via Skype.  

For any further information, please contact EFTA Human Resources: 

Mrs Inga Hanna Gudmundsdottir, +32 (0)2 286 17 06
Ms Eveline Snauwaert, +32 (0)2 286 17 07

Senior HR Officer

+32 22861 706

Senior HR Coordinator

+32 22861 707

Seminar on the European Economic Area - Brussels 17 September 2019