On 4th February EASO’s Management Board approved decision EASO/MB/2011/03 Decision No. 3 on the profiles and the overall number of the experts to be made available for the asylum support teams (Asylum Intervention Pool). The Decision is to be reviewed by the MBat the latest by mid-2012.
According to the Decision, the team members must be specially trained and provided by the MS through national expert pools, with EASO deciding on the profile and number of experts for the Pool. The Decision provides further details on the expert profiles, as follows:
Basic qualifications - several years of relevant work experience;
Core competences - the experts must belong to at least one of the following expert groups: interpretation; registration and screening in cases of mixed flows; COI; language analysis; asylum quality management; backlog management; vulnerable persons; UAMs; training; reception; emergency accommodation, transport and medical assistance; EU funds; general asylum management.
Optional skills - these will be specified by EASO and/or the providing MS, as required for a deployment team.
In terms of the number of experts to form part of the Pool, the Decision specifies a number of between 100 and 300.
Under the Core competences, we would have liked to see an added focus on gender issues as well as integration.