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Finance and Operations Trainee

  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium
  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium


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 including independent media actors, 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. Its geographic mandate covers the European neighbourhood, Turkey and Western Balkans and beyond.

EED seeks trainees for a 12-month traineeship (starting end of October 2024) in EED’s Finance team.

  • Administrative assistance is required to support the finance team of the EED Secretariat, including preparation of timesheets, processing of invoices, records management, supporting the preparation for a series of expenditure verification and systems audits required by EED donors;

  • This traineeship is aimed at recent graduates that want to start their career in the Finance/Operations sector and that want to work for a dynamic and international non-for profit organisation;

  • The ideal candidate has a background in or experience with finance and administrative processes. Previous audit experience or knowledge of basic accounting an advantage. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel required. Candidates must be organised and have an eye for detail;

  • EED’s working language is English (fluency required); accounting and administrative language is French (knowledge an advantage).


Should you be interested in this position and meet the criteria, please submit your CV (Europass format only), a motivation letter 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, 11 August 2024 at midnight Brussels time.

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every application, therefore only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. The information provided in the applications is subject to EU legislation on protection of personal data and confidentiality of information. Applications will be subjected to pre-employment screening & vetting, including criminal records check.


Preferred contractual relations with the trainees is a Convention d'immersion professionnelle (a professional immersion agreement under Belgian Law). The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,900 net per month, in addition to meal vouchers.

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

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