Project Graduate: Protocol Officer

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Job Description

Are you passionate about International Relations?

Would you like to contribute to the Protocol activities at the world’s leading particle-physics laboratory?

Come and join the Protocol Office in the International Relations sector at CERN!

The Protocol Office leads the organisation of high-level visits and events at CERN.
Every year, CERN receives close to high-level 150 delegations, representing more than 50 nationalities, led by heads of state and government, ministers, secretaries of state, ambassadors, members of parliament, and university rectors or representatives of scientific establishments and industries.

CERN will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2024, which will bring an unprecedented number of delegations and involves planning and execution of a series of visits and events.

As a Protocol Officer, you will join the small, multi-tasking team of the Protocol Office and will contribute to the development of its work and support its mission.

The successful candidate will be an active member of the Protocol Office, mandated by CERN Director-General to organise the high-level components of the CERN 70th anniversary programme throughout 2024. Specific tasks include:

  • Developing content of high-level events and visits, including the main ceremony;
  • Lead defined work packages on logistics, specific protocol requirements and related budget;
  • Coordinate with national delegations, develop national programmes and follow up (with permanent missions, CERN delegates and national ministries, train advisers, management liaisons);
  • Participate in the daily activities of the Protocol Office, organising fully and independently technical visits and management of projects.


In close collaboration with the Chief of Protocol, the successful candidate will undergo training on protocol and its international standards as well as the complete organisation of technical visits in a complex scientific environment, whose facilities underground are the special feature.

Qualifications/skills required

Eligibility criteria:

  • You are a national of a CERN Member or Associate Member State.
  • You hold a master’s degree and have more than 2 years’ experience in the protocol field after your latest degree.
  • Kindly note that experience prior to the latest obtained degree will not be taken into account for the calculation of your overall years of experience.

Essential skills and experience:

  • You are service-oriented and fully aware of your obligations as a protocol officer.
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English and fluent French are essential. Another CERN Member State language would be most welcome.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Able to manage delicate situations tactfully and adapt to constantly changing requirements.
  • Knowledge (user level) of common office software tools.
  • Rigour, desire to set high standards and speed of execution of tasks are important.
  • Desire and ability to work in a team.

This vacancy is within the CERN Project (Quest) Graduate Programme.

The expected start date of the post is 1st November 2023.

For further details and to submit your application, please, go to the CERN Graduate Programme pages