Counter-terrorism, International Organisation and Security
Temporary employment
Den Haag
Bachelor (EQF 6), Master (EQF 7)
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The Operations Directorate deals with the core business of Europol, improving the effectiveness and cooperation of the competent authorities in the Member States in preventing and combating serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism affecting the Member States. This requires close cooperation with the Liaison Bureaux at Europol and via them with the Operational Teams in the Member States.


Europol delivers a number of products and services to national law enforcement agencies to support them in their fight against international serious and organised crime, as well as terrorism.


The Operations Directorate hosts five distinct Departments: Operational and Analysis Centre, European Serious Organised Crime Centre, European Cyber Crime Centre, European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) and the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre.


The position of Specialist – Internet Referral Unit (IRU) is located in ECTC. The ECTC is responsible for facilitating Counter Terrorism cooperation and Counter Terrorism information exchange among the Counter Terrorism authorities as well as to provide operational analysis. The centre includes the IRU which is dealing with online Jihadist investigation. The emphasis of the centre is to build further on the already established tools and CT networks of Europol. It aims to enhance the CT capabilities and improve the information exchange among CT authorities, to bring the cross border cooperation in the CT field to a new level. The current focus of the ECTC is on Foreign Fighters which is the most significant threat at the moment. The ECTC is structured in such a way that it can adapt in a flexible way to new developments.


Under the supervision of the Head of the IRU and/or the Head of Team the successful applicant will be responsible to contribute to Europol’s activities in the field of collecting, processing and analysing operational or strategic criminal intelligence in the area of online Jihadist investigations.



The successful applicant will have to carry out the following main duties:

• Detect, collect and analyse violent extremism and terrorist related propaganda on the Internet;
• Provide support to operational cases;
• Provide expertise on internet investigation techniques;
• Produce operational and strategic reports;
• Establish close contacts with the Member States and Third Parties’ Liaison Officers to encourage and support operational activities in the field of responsibility of the EU IRU.
• Any other duties in the area of competence as assigned by line management.