Traineeship (Western Balkans Programme Support)

Job description


The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is a grant-giving organisation based in Brussels.


EED’s goal is to provide flexible support to democracy activists, complementing other EU and member state democracy support programmes. EED provides context-based, demand driven support based on a principle of fostering democracy and facilitating initiatives of local actors. EED believes in taking an unconventional approach to supporting democracy through investing in transformational ideas and the people behind them. Its geographic mandate covers the European neighbourhood and beyond.


EED seeks a trainee for Western Balkans Programme Support – The trainee will assist Programme Managers Western Balkan with a range of tasks including reviewing proposals from the Western Balkan countries, monitoring/assessing ongoing projects, collecting and providing information about EED partners’ work and assisting with arranging events and advocacy meetings for relevant EED partners.


We seek a candidate who has an interest in and clear understanding of the work and dynamics of civil society, good knowledge of the region’s political context, and strong (preferably fluent) Serbo-Croat-Bosnian or Albanian language skills. Knowledge of other languages from this region would be an asset.


Start date: March 2020, duration: 12 months (subject to the formal approval from the Belgian authorities)


Terms and Salary

The contractual relations with the trainee will be regulated by a Convention d'immersion professionnelle (a professional immersion agreement under Belgian Law), which requires all trainees to be less than 30 years old.


Citizenship of an EU Member State or residency in the European Union is preferred, but not mandatory.


The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,450 net per month, in addition to meal vouchers and the reimbursement of a monthly subscription to Brussels public transport.


Work place: EED Secretariat, located in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.


How to apply

Should you be interested in a position and meet the criteria, please submit your CV (Europass format preferred) and a cover letter specifying to which position you are applying and contact information for two referees. Please no phone calls/emails/letters.


The application deadline is Sunday 5 January 2020 at midnight Brussels time.


Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every application, therefore only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. All applications will however be kept on file and candidates will be contacted if a suitable opportunity arises in the future. The information provided in the applications is subject to EU legislation on protection of personal data and confidentiality of information.