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Recruitment - FAQs

Recruitment - FAQs
Candidates shall apply through our e-recruitment tool and when applying must select the ITER Member corresponding to their nationality.

As a reminder, the ITER Members include the People's Republic of China, the European Union (including Switzerland), India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA.
The primary consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is to recruit people of the highest standards of efficiency, technical competency and integrity for the ITER project. (Note: Extensive experience in similar jobs, and/or additional training certificates in relevant domains may compensate a lower education level.) The ITER Organization is a multi-national environment, and prospective staff must be able to cope with cultural differences and various approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. Besides having well-balanced personalities and good communication skills, they should enjoy cultural diversity. Prior experience in a cross-cultural work environment is an asset for all positions as is fluency in English, the working language of the ITER Organization.
ITER offers fixed-term full time contracts for a period of up to five years. Contracts may be renewed when appropriate depending on project needs.
We regularly offer positions in Engineering, Design, Computer Science, Project Management, Procurement, and many more areas. Recruitment for all positions is based on the candidate's qualifications, skills and experience.

Our positions are set at two levels — Professional/Higher Categories or "P/D" staff and Technical Support or "G" staff.

Professional staff members comprise a multicultural group of experts whose responsibility is to carry out the ITER project. Candidates interested in professional positions are expected to have the appropriate degree and prior work experience required for the position.

Technical Support Staff members provide support in the administrative, technical and scientific areas.
The grade level is defined for each position depending on the level of responsibilities and the scope of duties that are to be carried out.

Each grade starts with level 1 and increases incrementally. As an example, G2 is therefore lower than G4, and P2 is lower than P4.
If you do not have the required degree level, then extensive experience in similar jobs, and/or additional training certificates in relevant fields may compensate for a lower level of education.
The advertised position is classified as per our business needs and resources followed by thorough job analysis/ assessment.

Therefore, the grade cannot be increased as per a given candidate's personal profile.
In the case of double nationality, you may submit your application to either ITER Member.

However, once recruited, a staff member who wishes to apply to a new position is not eligible to change their declared nationality/ITER Member.
Candidates who have applied for IO positions and have not been selected, but have been recognised to have relevant competencies, may be endorsed by the DG to be part of a Rostered Membership pool to be considered for similar (at same or lower grade) functions arising simultaneously or in the near future.

The rostered candidate, with reference to a previous application, may then be considered, contacted and selected for another position. If the candidate is interested in the new opportunity offered by the IO, in order to participate in another competition, the candidate must ensure that their profile in the e-recruitment system is up-to-date.(my profile)
The phrasing Direct Employment refers to ITER staff members who are employed directly and solely by the ITER Organization. A large majority of our staff members are recruited through "Direct Employment". Some positions systematically require direct employment including executive management, security and safety, and G positions.

For some professional staff positions, exceptions have been made to allow for "seconded staff". During the hiring phase, and with prior agreement from their Domestic Agency, these employees were able to maintain their employment contract with their current employer (for example, the European Commission) who has accepted to loan the staff member to the ITER Organization on a limited time basis.

Secondment remains exceptional and is subject to specific conditions.
Yes, if there is no conflict of interest. In accordance with Staff Regulations, the appointment of staff members' relatives, including spouses, is subject to some restrictions. Should your relative be eligible for employment, their application will be treated in the same way as all other applications that are received and will be part of the ITER selection process, as described on the job website.
ITER currently offers three social insurance plans to its employees.

The ITER Medical Insurance Scheme is a very comprehensive health care plan that covers the staff member, their spouse and their dependent children starting on their first day of work, at minimum 90% of "reasonable and customary" charges for medical, hospitalization (100%), dental and vision care.

The ITER Pension Fund aims to enable our employees to accumulate and later receive payment of a lump sum or a life annuity with an individual retirement account. A total of four profiles are available in two currencies (euro and dollar), allowing our employees; pension fund to be adapted to their specific retirement and investment needs.

The ITER Death and Disability Insurance Plan entitles our staff members to coverage against risk of sickness and accident (whether work related or not) resulting in their death, temporary or permanent disability.
ITER currently offers a number of benefits for its staff members and their families. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance with French visa and administrative procedures, removal and travel expenses, help with finding accommodation, French language classes, and international schooling for the staff's children. More information on these topics may be found on the following web pages: AIF Welcome Office and ITER Benefits Package.
If you are a non-EU national <u>and if you are not considered a French resident</u>:
The Welcome Office (WO) ( welcome.office.admin@iter.org) is your interface for the French visa procedure. This procedure is specific to International Organization employees since you (and your spouse) are exempt from any employment authorization.
The WO will help you obtain a D-visa, valid for 3 months and enabling you to apply for a French Special Residence Permit upon your arrival in France (again with the help of the WO).
First ensure that you and your family have valid passports. Copies of these will be required by the WO to issue an official document called "Note Verbale", which will then be sent to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enable a free and accelerated visa delivery by the French Consulate in your country.
The ITER Organization offers interim contract opportunities to persons with relevant experience in technical and administrative fields who have the desire to collaborate in an international scientific and multicultural environment.
An interim employee is a person, hired and paid by an interim recruitment agency, who is made available to the ITER Organization under a contract between the ITER Organization and the interim agency, for a fixed term period, for a specific interim mission under the supervision of ITER staff in compliance with the relevant provisions of the French Labour Code.
If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to interim@iter.org
Please also note that interim employees are not considered ITER staff members and shall, therefore, not have the status of "Staff" within the meaning of the ITER Agreement and the Headquarters Agreement (see more information on these constitutive agreements in Legal Resources). Neither the ITER Staff Regulations nor the privileges and immunities granted to ITER Organization staff are applicable to interims.
As a citizen from the United States or US Green-card holder, you are likely to be obliged to file a tax return in the US despite living and working overseas and may be eligible to the Tax Equalization Program indeed , managed by the ITER Project Office (USIPO). The contact point is brogdonbb@ornl.gov — who will provide you with all relevant information and clarifications.
In accordance with the Recruitment Time Frame (see question 2), rest assured that the ITER Organization will duly contact you at each step in the recruitment process.
Please note that only job applications submitted directly through our recruitment website are taken into consideration.