Traineeship (Finance and Operations)

European Endowment for Democracy
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Posted
    Oct 06

Position description

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. EED believes in taking an unconventional approach to supporting democracy through investing in transformational ideas and the people behind them. Its geographic mandate covers the European neighbourhood and beyond.


EED seeks trainees for an 12-month traineeship (starting December 2020).

Finance, Operations, Audit Preparation and Administrative Support – Administrative assistance is required to support the finance team of the EED Secretariat, including preparation of timesheets, processing of invoices, supporting the preparation for a series of expenditure verification and systems audits required by EED donors. Specifically support will be needed in administrative tasks such as archiving, scanning and records management.

We seek candidates who have a background 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.

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

EED’s working language is English; accounting and administrative language is French. Knowledge of other languages of the countries of EED operations would be an asset.

Start date: December 2020

Should you be interested in a position and meet the criteria, please submit your CV (Europass format preferred) and a cover letter specifying to which position you are applying 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 Saturday 31 October 2020 at midnight Brussels time.

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every application, therefore only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. All applications will however be kept on file and candidates will be contacted if a suitable opportunity arises in the future. The information provided in the applications is subject to EU legislation on protection of personal data and confidentiality of information.

Terms and Salary

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 €1,400 net per month.

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