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Being part of Luxembourg Development Cooperation

Programme support manages and facilitates operations to deploy human resources for cooperation. Specifically, this relates to junior professional officers (JPOs) and volunteers at the United Nations, junior professionals in delegation (JPDs) at the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), as well as the junior technical assistants (JTAs) in the framework of a vocational internship programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and managed by LuxDev, the Luxembourg agency for development cooperation.

In order to give young graduates the opportunity to acquire further training and improve their skills by acquiring a first experience in development cooperation and humanitarian action, the MFA also offers field placements or work placements, with a salary paid for those lasting four weeks or longer. Internships within the international NGO ENDA-Santé and the cooperation volunteer service (SVC), managed by the National Youth Service (SNJ), are the other elements of this varied range of programmes for young graduates.

In addition, the Directorate of Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs grants financial support to aid workers working on behalf of various accredited Luxembourgish NGDOs. In order to enable the members of these NGOs to also participate in development programmes and projects and to assist the target populations, the law makes provision for development cooperation leave of six days per year per beneficiary. Development cooperation leave and aid worker status are granted in the form of ministerial orders.