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Frontpage News 2008 Looking for a traineeship in project and grants management?

Looking for a traineeship in project and grants management?

At the FMO we recruit young EEA nationals for five-month traineeships to assist on tasks related to the daily running of the EEA and Norway Grants. We are currently accepting applications for traineeships commencing 2009.

The FMO is the day-to-day secretariat for the EEA and Grants, keeping in close contact with both the three EEA EFTA states and the 15 beneficiary states. Each half year 2-4 trainees are recruited to assist on tasks ranging from communication activities, project appraisal to financial management. The next round of traineeships starts on 1 March 2009.

The FMO is comprised of some 40 staff, representing 16 nationalities from across Europe, working together in sociable, fast-paced environment. Individuals from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as well as from all EU member states are eligible applicants. Each trainee will be assigned a mentor, to ease their introduction to the work at the FMO.

Trainees will gain insight into how the FMO assesses and monitors projects, and will also be given work related to information activities, reporting and evaluation. We place emphasis on including the trainees in all staff activities, and provide possibilities for learning and improving expertise in project management.

"With my background in development studies, the traineeship at the FMO gave me a valuable opportunity to gain further knowledge both on European integration and cohesion funding", commented Maria Thorsnes, now an Information and project officer at the FMO.

How to apply
• All applications have to be submitted via the EFTA e-recruitment tool.
• For further information, contact Human Resources, tel. +32 02 286 17 07.

Languages
• Fluency in spoken and written English.
• Working knowledge of a language of one or several of the beneficiary states would be an advantage.

Qualifications
• University degree (e.g. international relations, political science, communications, project management, law) or equivalent experience.

Experience
• Experience of 1-2 years in government service would be an advantage.
• Experience with standard office software (preferably Microsoft Office).

Skills
• Analytical skills.
• Natural team player and flexible, positive attitude.

Employment Terms
• The trainees will receive a flat monthly allowance (net of taxes) of EUR 1 378.
• Accommodation will be provided by EFTA.
• EFTA shall not take responsibility for possible dependants of trainees.
• Applicants must be EEA nationals (EU member countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) and be over the age of 21.

Deadline for applications: 16 November 2008.