Project Executive (Trainee)

Development Solutions
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 14

Position description

DEVELOPMENT Solutions (DS) is a European consultancy and serves the international donor and business community in support of sustainable development and investments objectives, primarily in emerging markets. DS work covers the fields of international trade and economy, energy and environment, as well as business facilitation to EU SMEs. This expertise is built on our strong grounding in project design and management, research, policy analysis and business, public and government relations. This expertise is built on our strong grounding in project design and management requiring research, policy analysis, capacity building and business, public and government relations expertise. Further information regarding our projects and expertise is available at

DS is implementing an EU funded project CETA Market Access Support Program for EU Business, Phase II which will be running from March 2019 to February 2021. The overall objective of this action is to help EU business take full advantage of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, notably by providing facilitated access to relevant information and building a structured platform for multifaceted communication and outreach between EU business and stakeholders in Canada.

We are currently seeking a highly motivated individual to join our Brussels team to support the CETA Project Team with their outreach efforts in Europe (e.g. arranging of training events, development of guides, infographics and social media posts). Prospective candidates will preferably have a Master’s degree in communications, economics, international trade, international relations, political science, environmental sciences and/or law. The candidate should have proven experience in communications, stakeholder engagement, outreach, and event management. Additionally, experience in email marketing services (e.g MailChimp), graphic design and video creation and editing tools is highly desirable. Familiarity with intellectual property and the EU’s trade policy would be preferable. In addition, the candidate should have an excellent command of written and oral English while knowledge of French would be considered an asset.

The candidate should also possess the following skills/qualities to perform well in this role:

  • Strong research, analytical and technical writing skills;
  • Reliability, initiative, thoroughness and attention to detail;
  • Strong coordination and organisational skills;
  • Excellent communication skills for interactions with project experts and stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); and
  • Experience in working podcasts and/or infographics is a plus.

This is a paid traineeship for one year, with the possibility of an extension.

Application instructions

Interested candidates are encouraged to send an application including cover letter, CV, and one-page writing sample by applying below. Please indicate clearly whether you are currently available for an interview and your current location. Please also use ‘CETA Project Executive DS Brussels’ in the subject line. Deadline for applications is 23 January 2020. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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