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Traineeship Grants (Arabic language)

  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: January 2, 2024
  • European Endowment for Democracy
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: January 2, 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 (Southern Neighbourhood/ Arabic Speaker). In accordance with the Grants Management 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.


The trainee will assist in the EED grant-making contractual, financial, and administrative process.

  • 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 Arabic language required, in addition to English (proficiency in French language would be an asset).


  • 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 internship is planned for the period of twelve months, starting in April 2024 (subject to the formal approval from the Belgian authorities);

  • The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,800 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.


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 here. 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 Tuesday, 2 January 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.

NB: In line with Belgian legislation applicants must be in possession of a university degree that is no older than 24 months at the time of selection.
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