DEVCO EU Donor Relations Traineeship

Job Experience

Job Location

Expiration Date

23 Sep 2019

The Opportunity

Save the Children International is currently recruiting for an exciting DEVCO EU Donor Relations trainee for a 12-month contract, consisting of 6-months in the Brussels office, and 6-months in a relevant Save the Children field office.

We aim to provide trainees with an opportunity to gain experience in a leading international NGO, learn more about DEVCO & NEAR fundraising, and obtain skills in donor information management, contract monitoring and rules/regulations of DEVCO & NEAR.

In Brussels: Provide support as per key areas of responsibility to the EU Donor Relations Team. The team’s goal is to ensure that Save the Children capitalises on donor funding opportunities that are consistent with our strategic and thematic priorities; and to ensure Save the Children engages in efforts to inform and influence donor policies and investment priorities, as appropriate.

In the field (tbc): The specific country or region for this part of the posting will be decided during the first half of the traineeship and will be based on specific capacity needs and on the performance of the trainee during the first part of the traineeship.

The goal for this part of the traineeship is to give the trainee experience working in the field, and, to strengthen the Country or Regional Offices’ work with DEVCO & NEAR.

We aim to provide the trainee with an opportunity to learn closely how to work with DEVCO & NEAR in more practical terms, which includes the whole project cycle from engagement and proposal writing to implementation and reporting.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:  

  • University degree (MA highly desirable) in development studies, political or social science, international relations, European studies, or other related discipline;
  • Knowledge of and/or previous experience engaging with DEVCO & NEAR;
  • The ability to analyse complex data, summarize it and communicate it to different audiences is essential;
  • Well-organised and flexible with the ability to work independently and take on additional responsibilities when required;
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal, fluency English is essential);
  • Working level of spoken and written French;
  • Willingness to work in difficult working environments;
  • Authorisation to work in Belgium 

This is a paid traineeship:  

  • Allowance in Brussels: approximately € 853,50 (+ full transport coverage and contribution to lunch vouchers); and
  • Allowance in the field (if deployed): approximately € 1,000 (+ accommodation, visa, medical insurance, security trainings, and flights covered). Further information to be confirmed.  

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, so early application is advised.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.







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