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Traineeships in Compliance and Governance at The European Central Bank

Expires in 3 days

Type of contract


Who can apply?

EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme (see further information section)


The trainee grant is €1,070 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time

Full time

Place of work

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date


Your team

You will be part of the Compliance and Governance Division in the Directorate General Secretariat. Our Division, comprising 17 members of staff, supports the Executive Board and the Chief Compliance and Governance Officer in protecting the integrity and reputation of the ECB by promoting ethical standards of behaviour within the institution and by strengthening its accountability and transparency. We are currently reviewing our ethical rules, establishing processes for retaliation protection, consolidating the procedures for the disclosure of ECB documents to national authorities and developing our internal processes for the management of conduct risk.

Within the Division, there are three teams that are responsible for (i) developing and implementing the ECB’s regimes for ethics and access to documents, and conducting regular reviews to ensure that they remain up to date; (ii) taking the necessary measures to promote and monitor compliance with the ECB’s ethics regime, including providing ongoing training and individual advice and guidance; (iii) supporting the enhancement and harmonisation of ethics and integrity standards within the Eurosystem and European banking supervision; (iv) coordinating requests and queries received from the European Ombudsman; (v) performing the secretary function for the ECB’s Audit Committee and Ethics Committee; and (vi) supporting the Ethics and Compliance Officers Task Force, which is made up of chief compliance or ethics officers from the Eurosystem and European banking supervision and helps – based on practical experience – to further enhance and harmonise ethics and integrity standards at the level of the Eurosystem and European banking supervision. You will be assigned to support either one or several of the teams.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply, irrespective of your age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation and other characteristics.

Your role

  • conduct research and benchmarking exercises on topical issues related to ethics, integrity, governance or transparency;
  • monitor and report on current developments in the fields of ethics, integrity, governance or transparency at both the national and the EU level;
  • gradually assume day-to-day first-level responsibility for operational tasks.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to challenge yourself, learn new tasks and gain experience in matters related to ethics, integrity or transparency. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher in law or public administration, ideally from a university within the EU;
  • knowledge and/or experience in the areas of ethics, integrity, governance or transparency;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU,


  • a sound understanding of banking and/or financial law and EU law.

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe. You are keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the objectives of this position.

Further information

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 months in total.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include a pre-recorded video interview in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase, a written exercise and an online interview via Webex.