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Project Assistant – Finance & Administration

  • Centre for European Policy Studies
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024
  • Centre for European Policy Studies
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: February 28, 2024
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Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs. CEPS’ distinguishing features include its independence, its strong in-house, multidisciplinary research capacity, and its extensive international network of partner institutes. CEPS’ funding comes from a variety of sources, mainly research grants, public procurement, but also from membership and conference fees.


This position will provide general support across the work of the CEPS Finance & Administration unit. More precisely, it will entail the following tasks:

  • Ensuring that each project’s cost overviews are up-to-date and correspond with information from the accounting system;

  • Checking with relevant colleagues that costs booked onto projects are complete and correct;

  • Verifying that project documentation is compliant with funding rules;

  • Providing assistance in preparing financial reports;

  • Providing assistance in setting up project budgets for internal use;

  • Facilitating the implementation of SalesForce across the organisation and seeing opportunities to refine or extend its scope;

  • Other administrative tasks as required.


  • University degree or equivalent;

  • Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of French or Dutch is as asset;

  • You are comfortable in using Excel;

  • You have experience in working in a multicultural and multi-generational organisation;

  • Experience or willingness to learn how to read accounts (but note that this is not an accountant position);

  • Knowledge of EU funding rules is a plus;

  • Experience with SalesForce is a plus.


  • A detailed-oriented person who is willing to learn;

  • Enjoy working with figures and have an affinity for numbers;

  • Absolute respect for diversity and an inclusion-oriented mindset;

  • Can work in a team with junior and senior colleagues and is open to giving and receiving feedback;

  • Enthusiastic to contribute towards the success of the whole of CEPS as an organisation.


We initially offer full-time employment for 12 months. The contract is renewable. The salary will be in accordance with your previous experience as well as the CEPS salary scale. We also offer a benefits package (group & hospitalisation insurance, meal tickets, public transport reimbursement, 20 days legal holiday entitlement per year plus an additional two weeks during the Christmas-New Year period when CEPS is closed, as well as the possibility to telework in Belgium + 20 days per calendar year of teleworking from abroad).

We would like the preferred candidate to start as soon as possible and by April 2024 at the latest. The job will be based in Brussels.


CEPS offers a Learning and Development Programme for all staff to develop the necessary skills for their position.


Further questions/enquiries regarding the position can be e-mailed to Sally Scott, Director of Finance and Administration, at


CEPS strongly values and actively pursues diversity. We especially encourage applications from female, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates belonging to ethnic groups that are under-represented at CEPS.

Applications should include:

  • A one-page letter of motivation, indicating your salary expectations;

  • A detailed CV, including the names of at least two referees. For the CV, please use the Europass template (

Both documents should be e-mailed to with ‘Fin&Admin Project Asssitant’ in the subject line by 28 February 2024, 23:59 CET.

Interviews will be scheduled in the week starting 11 March 2024. Even if you do not strictly have all the necessary competences for this role but you believe your experience and skills could be valuable and would allow you to fulfil the tasks required, we would highly recommend that you still submit an application.

If you are successful but you are not an EU citizen, CEPS will work closely with you to ensure that all relevant documentation and immigration processes are completed to enable you to work in Belgium.
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To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to:

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