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Civil servant in international and European organisations and institutions

Functions in the work environment:

The functionary of international and European organisations and institutions:

  • represents  and promotes interests (both public and private) of their own state or organisation and is tasked with analysing, formulating, monitoring and evaluating public policy, as well as mediating and negotiating. Their activity can be related to political, economic, commercial, social and cultural sectors;
  • coordinates the administrative activities related to international and European contexts, analyses and interprets the policy-making, proposes solutions through the dialogue aimed at institutional innovation, and, more generally, adopts flexible approach and takes initiative in the work environment.

Competences related to the function

The figure should:

  • possess the competences requested by the relative public competition in particular in the historical, legal and economic disciplines with a focus on the international dimension of the political, economic and social phenomena, as well as the perfect command of the English language and at least another foreign language;
  • possess the specialised historical-legal, political-economic and linguistic knowledge related to the geographic and thematic areas;
  • be capable to interact with experts in law and justice, economics and finance, internal security and defence,
  • be capable to adapt to the various realities and developments , interpret them in a political, economic, legal and cultural keys and evaluate their international dimension,
  • be capable of elaborating and promoting their own solutions (problem-solving) inside the expert groups (team management) and in the complex, interdisciplinary and high-risk environment (risk-taking) and have a propensity to networking,
  • possess skills in persuasion, mediation and bargaining and developed oral and written communication skills,
  • use the software for the open source intelligence, know the national and international information databases and be an advanced user of instruments of analysis and strategic planning, context analysis, impact analysis, scenario analysis and game theories,
  • be skilled in international and European project management and coordination of research, reform and policy making teams in various geopolitical areas.

Career prospects: Diplomatic representations or international institutions, such as the European Union and the United Nations.

International Affairs Reporter

Functions in the work environment:

The international affairs reporter:

  • collects, reports and comments the news and developments of international relevance to be published in the daily and periodic press, radio and television, web-sites and other means of mass communication, using the primary and the secondary sources and various techniques, such as focus groups with the experts with various professional profiles,
  • produces studies, investigative dossiers, recommendations, seminars for institutional bodies, businesses, representative associations, national and international research institutes, media – both the traditional and the new ones regarding the international matters of strategic interest, such as conflict resolution, environmental protection, managing migration flows, tackling criminality or the sustainability of the welfare systems,
  • interviews the relevant figures on the issues of international importance, writes editorials on the facts and developments of international significance,
  • reviews, selects and organises articles and other informative materials for publishing, in compliance with the legislation on privacy,
  • acquires, selects and processes information on the international developments, transforming it in the final product – a news report, an article or a radio/TV report,
  • monitors, collects and organises information and data regarding the political, institutional, economic and social context at the international context that is subsequently utilised to produces the original analysis (historical and forecasting) that can translated into essays, specialised articles a
    and studies.

Competences related to the function

The figure should:

  • have a knowledge of the functioning of the international system at the political, legal, historical, economic and social level and be able to conduct a comparative analysis between the countries,
  • have an advanced command of one or more foreign languages,
  • possess the general journalistic competences and the – possibly outstanding – capacity of oral and written production,
  • possess communication and interaction skills and be able to enter into multicultural social contexts and networks and to manage the social networks,
  • possess the transversal knowledge of the policy sectors to critically evaluate various problems and to apply legal and policy transfer.

Career prospects: New media, such as blogs, web-sites, web radio and web TV, traditional media, such as radio, television, press, national and international research institutions, often as freelance.

Journalism is a profession governed by the relative professional ordinance and by the domestic legislation and can require additional education or practice.

Specialist in international and European policies

Functions in the work environment

The specialist in international and European policies:

- studies, describes and interprets the origin, development, functioning and the logic of the political systems and ideologies, diplomatic, economic and political relations between states and other actors of world politics, the policy-making and the interaction between the policies and the public opinion, the activities of governments and political parties, the reasons and the consequences of the electoral outcomes,

- coordinates the designing, elaboration, financing, implementation, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of the national, international and supranational programmes of public relevance regarding various issues, such as conflict resolution, environmental protection, managing the migratory flows, combatting crime and the sustainability of the welfare systems,

- consults, interacts and maintains relations with the top levels of the complex organisations, both public and private, both national and international,

- introduces and uses the valid methodologies for the implementation and evaluation of the impact of the national, international or European public policies, evidencing their public impact,

- participates in the negotiation and deliberations aimed at achieving the goals of and implementing the European policies in different geo-political areas and sectors.

Competences related to the function

The figure should:

  • possess the knowledge of the national, international and European institutional and political system, its historical and legal origins, its operations and its positioning in relation to other types of systems; the functional mechanisms of complex organisations and their decision-making processes; the characteristics and the prospects of global governance,
  • be able to analyse and interprete the political and organisational contexts of the national and international decision-making;
  • be able to manage a public policy project, as well as to monitor its results and promote its objectives via the national, international and European public institutions and in the public opinion, including by means of digital communication and networks and mass media;
  • be able to evaluate the legal and financial implications, in consultation with experts in the relevant field, as well as the operative requirements of the projects;
  • have critical thinking skills and be able to apply alternative approaches to problem-solving; use logical reasoning to identify the pros and cons of the processes and solutions;
  • be empathetic and capable of understanding the motivations and actions of others;
  • be creative and have good communication skills, in particular capacity to engage in dialogue and negotiations on behalf of other administrations or private entities with respect to national or European public administration, and have a propensity to networking;
  • be capable of getting access to, reading and interpreting the programme documents (legislation, bills, decisions, programme descriptions) of the European institutions;
  • use the software for the open sourse intelligence (mental maps, semantic web), know the national and international database and have a good command of the analytical and strategic planning instruments, context analysis, impact analysis, scenario analysis and game theories.

Career prospects:

Think tanks and research institutes, communication, public relations and consultancy firms, NGOs, national, regional and local public administration.

Foreign sales department officer

Functions in the work environment

The foreign sales department officer:

  • applies the marketing and export strategies, ensures the efficiency of the distribution and commercial network, monitors the sales and the market position of the goods and services sold, focusing on the foreign markets;
  • conducts research on the markets conditions at the international level to identify the possibilities of penetration of foreign markets with the available goods and services, evaluates the political and institutional development scenarios of these markets, analyses the competition, the prices and the sale and distribution modalities in them.

Competences related to the function

The figure should:

  • have a good command of English and another foreign language;
  • have a general idea of the most important economic, financial and political processes of the modern society and, in particular, the economic, financial and political problems and issues of each state with which they enter in a trade relation;
  • be capable of conducting empirical research in the international domain and specific geographic areas through the use of the methods of social sciences and scientific analysis;
  • possess the communication skills, including the exceptionally good negotiation skills, and the organisational skills;
  • be flexible and adaptable;
  • have an excellent ability to manage the human and economic resources and resources in general - both material and immaterial.

Career prospects: private entities with international scope of operations.


Functions in the work environment

The peacekeeper

  • engages in conflict prevention activities, peace-making, peace-keeping e peace-building;
  • provides humanitarian aid and organises human security;
  • promotes the disarmament and demobilisation initiatives, projects of economic reconstruction and confidence building, human rights protection, including through elections monitoring and observation;
  • coordinates the ideation, elaboration, financing, implementation, promotion, monitoring and evaluation of the international and supranational programmes in different spheres.

Competences related to the function

The figure should:

  • possess competences in international politics necessary to identify the causes of conflict e their resolution, as well as competences in international relations and development cooperation, in the methodology of political sciences and international security;
  • be capable of applying the techniques of conflict resolution and peace-building;
  • have the analytical, problem-solving, persuasion, negotiation and project management capacities;
  • have a perfect command of English, preferably coupled with that of the language and culture of the destination country, as well as excellent capacity of adaptation to international and intercultural contexts.

Career prospects: international organisations, national and international NGOs and volunteer associations.


The programme gives access to the third cycle - research or specialisation school and university master of second level.

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