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Self-Assessment

After receiving an automatic Sysper Notification that your CDR 2015 has been launched, you have to fill in your self evaluation within 8 working days. Justified absences (holiday, sickleave, missions) do not count for this deadline, and therefore prolong it.

Refer to the Common appraisal standards: before drafting your self evaluation, have a look at the common appraisal standards that will later on be used by your hierarchy!

Use as much language as possible applicable to your own situation. Why? Because your hierarchy will use these texts to draft your evaluation report .

Check your objectives and job description, and draft your self evaluation with reference to them. If your job description or objectives are not up to date, do mention this fact in your self assessment.

It is advisable to start with an introductory phase stating something like:

  • I fulfilled all my objectives
  • I outperformed my objectives because…..
  • I was not in a position to fulfil the objective X entirely because of (add objective reason)
  • under particularly difficult circumstances such as…..
  • etc

Be aware that your self assessment will remain in your electronic personnel file forever. Therefore make sure to retain the right tone and to avoid statements that could be turned against you.

Do not discuss medical issues in your self assessment. This is no criterion for the evaluation process nor for promotion.

In the text make reference to the following seven criteria:

  • Efficiency
  • Ability
  • Conduct
  • Languages
  • Responsibilities
  • Learning
  • General comment

Certification for AST  who wish to become AD: It is essential that you mention your intention to apply for certification in the self assessment, both in the text and by clicking the relevant box in the Sysper sheet. You also should list in the text of your self assessment all AD worth tasks you already performed in your current job in 2015. Your hierarchy needs to confirm their assessment of your ‘potential’ to become AD staff, by clicking an icon in Sysper. You definitely need to discuss this issue and strategy for certification in-depth with your reporting officer during the dialogue. For example, you may wish to take on more AD tasks in future, in order to improve your chances.

Work in the interest of the institution: If in the course of 2015 you have carried out work in the interest of the institution, as member of joint committees, competition juries or correcting competition papers, you have to mention this in your self assessment and click “Yes” in the General comment section. Your evaluator in this case has to ask for a contribution by the Group Ad Hoc to the appraisal report for this part of your 2015 activity, refer to it and duly take it into account in your appraisal report.

Keep it short and simple. Your hierarchy should know what you have achieved over the year, and what difficulties you have encountered. Remember that drafting factual and concise texts is one of the qualities that mark a good EU staff member.

At a later stage, after having received the report and if you are not happy with it, an appeal against the appraisal report is possible in a dialogue with your evaluator’s hierarchy: in most cases this will be your Director. On this occasion, you will not be able to bring up new facts that you did not previously present in your self assessment or during the dialogue. Your Director is not allowed to take such issues into account when deciding whether to modify or not your appraisal report following the 2nd dialogue. You may be accompanied by a colleague or staff rep during such a 2nd dialogue, if you wish so. R&D experts stand ready to come with you.

Important :  It is important to underline your expectation as to your career development taking into account the average seniority of your grade.

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