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Degree and Recognition: Policy Officer in European and International Organisations

Students who successfully complete the programme receive at the end of the academic year two certifications.

  • The Master diploma, certifying the successful completion of the academic curriculum and granting 60 or 90 ECTS credits at Master level (depending on the chosen programme).
  • The degree qualification "Chargé de mission en organisations européennes et internationales" (Policy Officer in European and International Organisations).
    This qualification is recognised by the French state. It is accredited by France Compétences and registered in the ‘Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles’ (RNCP), which lists all diplomas and professional qualifications recognised by France. The title is recognised as equivalent to a Master 2 level, Bac+5 qualification, corresponding to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Read more about our recognition by France Compétences and about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Why did CIFE opt for a title (level 7) registered in the ‘Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles’ (RNCP) ?

1. A degree registered in the RNCP is fully recognised by the French government. The RNCP is the reference framework for all diplomas and professional qualifications recognised by the French government.
2. The RNCP is the French reference for the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and provides transparent information about the level of certification in accordance with French and European standards.
3. Recognition in the framework of the RNCP is not only based on the quality of the academic programme but on the knowledge, skills and competences which are transmitted and evaluated. France Compétences assesses the necessity of a qualification with regard to the job market, the relevance of the skills and competences for the profession, and the capacity of the degree-delivering institution to update its programme according to the development of the profession.
4. The certification demonstrates not only that our teaching programme is adapted to the job market and that the graduates are employable, but also that they are in employment: France Compétences verifies that at least three quarters of the graduates are actually working in the field related to the certification. Only qualifications which guarantee a high degree of professional integration of their graduates can receive recognition by france Compétences.
5. The profile of the ‘Policy Officer in European and International Organisations’ covers practically the whole range of jobs exercised by graduates of CIFE's Master programmes: senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the framework of the UN, administrators, diplomats, consultants, think tank researchers, lobbyists and academic experts.

Please find here the link to the certification RNCP 36157 and the reference framework (pdf).


Summary of the Competences Certified by France Compétences

The skills listed below are a non-exhaustive overview of the competences attested by the certification Chargé de mission en organisations européennes et internationales (Policy Officer in European and International Organisations) of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE).
This title has been accredited by France Compétences and registered in the Répertoire national des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP). Consult the full description (in French).



Negotiating Public Policies in a European and International Context

 Examining what's at stake in a negotiation based on the political and economic context
 Identifying the national, European and international legal bases (laws, treaties and conventions) to be considered in the negotiation
 Mapping the actors involved
 Writing a summary based on the analysis of the situation, the regulations, the map of actors and the negotiation hypotheses
 Preparing arguments according to the plausible scenarios of the opposing party
 Presenting a position in a convincing and succinct manner to an international audience
 Summarising the results of the negotiation, the commitments made and the implications
 Defining the intervention strategy of a European or international organisation 


Managing  and  Evaluating  European  and  International  Projects

 Structuring a project taking into account the funding rules of European and international organisations
 Creating a network of international partners and involving all stakeholders
 Drafting a project proposal by defining a logical framework, objectively verifiable indicators of achievement, sources and means of verification
 Designing the operational structure of a project based on the logical framework
 Monitor the stages of a project rigorously
 Managing communication, circulation and feedback of information
 Evaluating the impact of an international project and its appropriateness
 Assessing the  legality and regularity of project expenditure and income




Drafting European and International Regulations                         

 Drafting legal proposals anticipating the economic, environmental and social impacts of the proposed legislative initiative
 Supporting one's legislative proposal throughout the legislative process through one's professional network and sources of information
 Drafting fact sheets, summary notes, and progress and political reports
 Advising the relevant bodies on how to apply the regulations
 Monitoring the stages of legal implementation
 Amassing procedural files, taking into account legal provisions


Representing an Institution's Interests in Relation to European and International Organisations

 Building a network of relevant contacts in one’s own establishment and in international or European organisations
 Following a political process on a daily basis and in a foresightful manner
 Drafting position papers, summary notes and arguments for decision-makers in order to support and influence the political processes
 Defending the position of the represented organisation in hearings, parliamentary group meetings, press conferences
 Intervening in the institutional process with key individuals by targeting decisive interlocutors
 Advising one’s own organisation on the basis of an analysis of the political action and decision-making mechanisms of an international or European organisation
 Seizing upon project, fundraising or financing opportunities created by public policies conducted by international and European organisations




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