Traineeships for Grant–making Support (Arabic language skills required)

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.


Position Summary


EED seeks a trainee for a six-month traineeship (starting around December 2018) for Grant–making Support (Arabic language skills required). 


Assistance is required to the EED grant-making contractual, financial and administrative process. Knowledge of grant-making cycle and experience in administrative work and detailed assessment of financial reports strongly preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel necessary. High drive for detail and accuracy. Proficiency in Arabic required, in addition to English.




In accordance with the Grants Management office policies and procedures, the Grant-Making Support Trainee shall:


  • Assist in preparation of grant agreements, addenda and other standard contractual documentation;
  • Assist in the review of financial reports to ensure compliance with EED requirements and draft  feedbacks to beneficiaries (mostly in Arabic and English) as well as internal memos;
  • Translate brief texts from Arabic to English and vice-versa;
  • Update the database and maintain the archive;
  • Assist with other administrative tasks of the Grants team.

 Terms and Salary


The contractual relation with the trainees will consist of a Convention d'immersion professionnelle (a professional immersion agreement under Belgian Law). The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,450 net per month.


In line with the professional immersion agreement provisions, the maximum age of applicants shall be 30 years old.


For practical reasons, citizenship of an EU Member State or residency in the European Union is preferred.


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.  Applications should be made online using the “apply” panel on this page. After successfully submitting your application, you will receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your application. Please no phone calls/emails/letters.


The application deadline is Sunday, 19 November 2018 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.