Trainee - Eastern Europe and Caucasus

19 August, 2018

The European Institute of Peace (EIP) is an initiative at the heart of Europe with a global scope. EIP contributes to and complements the global peace agenda of Europe and the European Union, mainly through mediation and informal dialogue. The Institute pursues multi-track diplomacy and acts as a flexible, external tool in support of European mediation efforts where the EU has limited freedom to act. It also serves as an operational hub, connects existing expertise and shares knowledge and lessons on mediation and private diplomacy. Learn more about EIP at

We are looking for a trainee to support EIP programme activities in the region of Eastern Europe and Caucasus. The trainee will support running activities managed by the project team and report to the Programmes Director.

Tasks include

  • Supporting the team on all aspects of programme development and implementation
  • Information gathering and in-depth analysis on EU Eastern Partnership; regional peace and mediation initiatives
  • Liaising with diplomats as part of the EIP team
  • Assisting in planning and organising meetings, workshops, trainings and other events
  • Assisting in compiling briefing materials for team and senior leadership
  • Preparing donor proposals and reports
  • Supporting relationship-management
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum requirements

  • University degree in political science, international relations, or related field. Affinity with conflict prevention and resolution and/or preventive diplomacy
  • In-depth knowledge of Eastern Europe and Caucasus essential
  • Prior relevant working experience on the Eastern Europe and Caucasus region, and/or in the fields of mediation or diplomacy is an advantage
  • Excellent command of English and Russian essential. Proficiency in additional language(s) from the region an advantage
  • Ability to work in a professional environment, including with diplomats and with colleagues – male and female – from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Self-driven, motivated and able to take the initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Belgium work permit or EU citizenship is an advantage

EIP offers

  • 6 months trainee contract with a possibility of extension at €1,000 per month
  • Lunch vouchers
  • Contribution to public transportation to and from the office
  • 40h/week (with 12 RTT days – one day earned per month), and
  • An exciting, international environment


Deadline for application is end of day on 19 August 2018. Late applications will not be considered. Kindly note that we will begin to analyze applications upon arrival.

Please send your CV and a letter of motivation in pdf format to clearly specifying Traineeship Eastern Europe and Caucasus in the subject-heading of the email.

Final candidates will be contacted for an interview. Unfortunately, we cannot accept telephone inquiries or pop-up visits.