Call for ECHO/EuropeAid Trainees, Brussels

Deadline: 16 November, 2012
Open to: candidates who hold University degree in the field related to political or social science, international relations, or European studies, with good command of English and knowledge of EU institutions
Remuneration: not specified

The EuropeAid/ECHO Partnership Management Unit in Save the Children’s EU office in Brussels is looking for 2 trainees:

  • 1 vacancy starting in January 2013, mainly focused on EuropeAid;
  • 1 vacancy starting in March 2013, mainly focused on ECHO.
About EuropeAid

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, EuropeAid promotes good governance, human and economic development and tackles universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.

About ECHO

The Commission’s European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) was created in 1992 as an expression of the European solidarity with people in need all around the world. In its 20 year existence it has provided €14 billion of humanitarian assistance to victims of conflict and disasters in 140 countries around the globe. Over the last five years ECHO’s annual budget has averaged €1 billion. In 2011 alone these funds reached nearly 150 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in over 80 countries.

The Unit’s goal is to 1) to ensure that Save the Children capitalises on donor funding opportunities that are consistent with our strategic and thematic priorities; and 2) to ensure Save the Children engages in efforts to inform and influence donor policies and investment priorities, as appropriate.

During 6 months of the internship  trainees with opportunity to gain experience in a leading International NGO, learn more about EU fundraising, and obtain skills in donor information management and contract monitoring.


Support the Partnership Managers with the Management of Donor Information (40%)

  • Donor intelligence: Monitor EU newsletters, press releases, key internet portals, EU websites, and events corresponding to the EU Office objectives and disseminate relevant information to relevant staff members across the Save the Children EU members;
  • Funding opportunities: closely monitor EuropeAid and ECHO funding opportunities at global and country level and provide regular updates to be shared with Save the Children members;
  • Collaborate in writing and editing the Save the Children EU Funding Newsletter, using the above mentioned monitoring information as a basis;
  • Manage and update the EU Funding Intranet page;
  • Maintain an up-to-date contact database of staff in ECHO, EuropeAid, Save the Children, etc.

Support the Partnership Managers with Grants Monitoring (30%)

  • Track the Save the Children applications through a central data base and provide updates on progress and success rates.

Support the Partnership Managers with administration (20%)

  • Organise meetings, take minutes, etc.

Support the Partnership Managers with other issues as needed (10%)

  • Strategy Development, Donor Engagement Plan, Funding Advocacy, etc.



  • University degree in political or social science, international relations, European studies, or related discipline;
  • Knowledge of EU institutions;
  • Fluent written and spoken English;
  • Well-organised and flexible with the ability to work independently and take on additional responsibilities when required;
  • Strong computer skills: website updating, Excel, Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Strong writing and editing skills;
  • Authorisation to work in Belgium.
  • DG DEVCO and DG ECHO knowledge and/or previous internship;
  • Working level of spoken and written French;
  • Strong affinity for working with statistics.


Save the Children will pay remuneration for the trainee.

How to apply?

Application form can be found here

Please make sure to specify to which traineeship you are applying. Send the application form to:

Save the Children

1-2 Avenue des Arts

1210 Brussels


Email: [email protected]

For emails, please use the subject line: “Application for Internship – January or March”

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted no later than 23rd November 2012.

The deadline is 16 November, 2012.

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