The European Endowment for Democracy (EED) is a grant-giving organisation based in Brussels.

EED’s goal is to provide flexible support to pro-democracy actors, 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 is seeking a MEL trainee for a one-year traineeship (starting in April/May 2022).

The trainee will assist the MEL Manager with various MEL activities, including reviewing the quality of monitoring data recorded in the Grants Management System, providing support to the Programme Team with drafting grant monitoring plans and final assessment reports, strengthening learning processes within EED, and conducting desk-based research to support internal evaluations and case studies.


  • Master’s degree in development studies, economics, European affairs, politics, sociology or equivalent (preferably including Monitoring & Evaluation and/or research modules);
  • Good knowledge and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  • Proficient in excel (e.g. ability to design complicated formulates to analyse large datasets, run duplicate analyses, use advanced filtering and formatting functions)
  • Relevant MEL experience is an asset; e.g. experience with using log frames/results-based frameworks, collecting & reviewing monitoring information.
  • Strong interest in and clear understanding of the work and dynamics of civil society
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written; and
  • Highly efficient, independent, and able to multi-task.

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


The contractual relations with the trainee will be regulated by a Convention d’immersion professionnelle (a professional immersion agreement under Belgian Law), which requires all trainees to be less than 30 years old.

The internship is planned for the period of twelve months, starting in April/May 2022 (subject to the formal approval from the Belgian authorities).

The expected level of monthly remuneration is around €1,450 net per month, in addition to meal vouchers and the reimbursement of a monthly subscription to Brussels public transport.

Work place: EED Secretariat, located in the centre of Brussels, Belgium.

How to apply

Should you be interested in a position and meet the criteria, please submit your CV (in Europass format), a motivation letter 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. Applications will be subjected to pre-employment screening & vetting, including criminal records check.

The application deadline is 20 February 2022 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.