Traineeship in the Information Governance Division

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General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €1,170 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 13.01.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Information Governance Division in the Directorate General Secretariat. Our Division has about 50 staff providing the policy framework, services and tools to ensure ECB staff can access and make the most of internal and external knowledge and information. We are currently working on the digital transformation of our library, providing content, tools and services that facilitate the retrieval, access and use of online information. We are also working on developing our range of services to strengthen the ECB’s knowledge management and collaboration capabilities. The Library team’s main mission is to draw on our librarians’ skills and expertise to meet the evolving information needs of our users.

In your role as a trainee in the Library Services team, you will be part of a dynamic and service-oriented team of seven members of staff responsible for: 

  • providing knowledge and information management services to support ECB business activities;
  • advising and promoting the use and appropriate sharing of information across the ECB; 
  • supporting the ECB’s knowledge management roadmap and promoting a knowledge-sharing culture through regular and innovative actions;
  • facilitating and assisting the ECB’s business and research activities by helping our experts retrieve information from print resources and online business databases, and by providing newsletters with filtered content.
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 gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Library trainee you will:
  • contribute to the development of tailored information services to meet the business and research needs of ECB staff, advising users on finding, accessing and using relevant information;
  • develop topic-based alerts and prepare annotated reading lists on topics related to the ECB;
  • provide reference services and research support, using print and electronic information resources;
  • help promote and raise awareness of available resources and services.
The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain experience in providing information services in an institutional environment and to gain insight into various topics related to the ECB’s activities. 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 qualification in information management or library science, or, if your first degree is not in this field, a postgraduate diploma, master’s degree or higher qualification – or enrolment in a postgraduate course – in either of those subjects;
  • a sound understanding of the current trends and challenges for libraries;
  • an advanced 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, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • experience in providing library services;
  • knowledge of library management systems and other types of information technology used in libraries.

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

Further information on how to join us is available on our website.

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview via WebEx.