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Traineeship for Grant-making (Eastern partnership)

  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 18, 2024
  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 18, 2024


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. Its geographic mandate covers the European neighbourhood and beyond.

EED seeks a trainee for a twelve-month traineeship for Grant–making Support (Eastern Partnership region), starting in autumn 2024.


  • 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 Russian and English) as well as internal memos;

  • Translate brief texts from Russian to English and vice-versa;

  • Update the database and maintain the archive;

  • Assist with other administrative tasks of the Grants team.


  • Knowledge of grant-making cycle and experience in administrative work and assessment of financial reports strongly preferred;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel necessary;

  • High drive for detail and accuracy;

  • Proficiency in Russian language required, in addition to English (proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Georgian language would be an asset).


The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,900 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.

The contractual relations with the trainee will be regulated by a Convention d'immersion professionnelle (a professional immersion agreement under Belgian Law). Citizenship of an EU Member State or residency in the European Union is preferred, but not mandatory. EED requires all trainees to be less than 30 years old.

Non-EU nationals must fulfil the following criteria at the time of selection in order to be eligible for receiving a Belgian work permit:

  • Have a university degree which is not older than 24 months or be currently enrolled at a university in a third country (non-EU); or

  • Be enrolled at a Belgian university and be in possession of an Annex 15 or residence card A that allows them unlimited access to the Belgian labour market.


Should you be interested in this position and meet the criteria, please submit your CV (Europass format), 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. Applications will be subjected to pre-employment screening & vetting, including criminal records check.

The application deadline is Sunday, 18 August 2024 at midnight Brussels time.

The internship is planned for the period of twelve months, starting in autumn 2024 (subject to the formal approval from the Belgian authorities).

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 the protection of personal data and confidentiality of information.
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