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Sarah G., Prevention Advisor for the European Commission

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“I joined the European Commission’s Internal Service for Prevention and Protection at Work (ISPP) in Brussels, in early 2022, but have been working for the Commission for nearly 30 years! I started as a secretary but then passed an Assistant competition in the field of human resources. Since then, I have continued to learn and grow in my career, in line with my centres of interest, namely, people and the environment. In my previous job, I was an occupational health and safety (OHS) auditor but fancied I needed a more practical approach involving more field work. I wanted to contribute to ensuring that my colleagues stay healthy and safe whilst at work, in practical terms.

Back in 2018, I completed successfully a training course as Prevention Advisor (‘Conseiller en Prévention niveau 2’ – Belgium) which gave me a more in-depth insight as to the various fields related to prevention and protection at the workplace. Along with my colleagues, I’m expected to carry out OHS risk assessments, develop prevention measures, advise on fire prevention, psychosocial risk management, ergonomics, the use of equipment and substances and contribute to wellbeing at work in general, to name but a few of my interesting and challenging tasks.

In my job, there are never two days that are the same: I can be drafting procedures in the morning and carrying out an annual fire drill in the afternoon! I work in a wonderful and friendly team and was made welcome from day one. We look out for each other and Commission services trust and seek our expertise.

There is an interinstitutional network of OHS services to exchange on best practices and keep us up to date with latest developments or threats to people’s health and safety at work. Given the recent consequences of the pandemic and the new ways of working, occupational wellbeing is high on the agenda and plenty of challenges lie ahead. So apply for this competition and be part of the change for the better!”

Israel J., Team Leader at the Field Security Division of the EEAS

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“I currently work at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in the Field Security Division. My Division is responsible for providing security services to EU Delegations around the world. I’m the team leader for Asia & Pacific region. My main role consists of coordinating a team of security professionals located in Headquarters (HQ) and 15 Regional Security Officers, posted in Delegations from Afghanistan to Fiji.  In the past, I was also deployed in EU Delegations as Regional Security Officer. I have a Master’s Degree in Law and have also pursued several technical studies on security management, including several security training courses during my former life as a civil servant in the Spanish military and police. What I like the most in my job is that I am able to provide tangible and direct support to so many colleagues posted in Delegations, allowing them to operate safely in the field and to achieve EU goals. My job is highly demanding but satisfaction for delivering is always a plus! There are many advantages to working in an international environment. The one that I like the most is that in my 6 years in the EU institutions I have travelled to almost 15 countries, some of them I would have never had visited otherwise. I  encourage security professionals to apply for this job. You will have opportunities to work both in HQ and in the field, in any of our Delegations around the world, having a real impact on the safety and security of our colleagues.“

Maria M., Safety Advisor at the Council of the EU

What I like about my job is that I am contributing to a safer and better workplace for my colleagues and I can see how my job makes a difference to them.

I joined the Safety Unit in 2016 as a crisis management assistant dealing with emergencies. I moved internally in 2021 to the Policy and Advice sector, where I focus more on projects and in-depth analysis of accidents. My tasks are very varied, ranging from analysing risks at the workplace to organising official events, and whatever the current task I enjoy being at the beating heart of Europe! - Is it challenging? Yes. -Is it stressful? Quite often. - Is it interesting? Absolutely!

Ciprian S., Security Officer at the Council of the EU

Milieu d'excellence et d'importance vitale pour le fonctionnement d'une institution européenne, le domaine de la sécurité technique offre aux spécialistes la possibilité de valoriser leurs connaissances, leur talent et leur expérience en développant, chaque jour, de nouvelles compétences. Je suis heureux de pouvoir partager mes idées et mon expérience avec mes collègues dans un cadre professionnel dynamique qui est toujours en phase avec l'évolution technologique. J'apprécie énormément cet environnement professionnel, complexe et performant, qui nécessite une action/réaction précise et exige de faire preuve d'un profond sens du respect institutionnel, couronné par des solutions techniques de haut niveau et adaptées aux réalités pratiques.