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EEA and Norway Grants trainees 2018
The trainees 2018-2019 from left to right: Ida (Norway), Norbert (Romania), César (Spain), Øyvind (Norway), Katarina (Slovenia), Stian (Norway), Zhasmin (Bulgaria), Sabina (Slovenia), Selja (Norway), and Amelia (France). Not pictured is Helene (Norway).

Are you one of our new trainees?

We are currently looking for young graduates to join the EEA and Norway Grants secretariat in Brussels for a 12-month traineeship! 

The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) is the Brussels-based secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants. Each year, a few talented recent graduates are selected to participate in a 12-month traineeship programme where they get an excellent opportunity to put their knowledge into practice and gain skills to enrich their future careers. 

What are the EEA and Norway Grants?

The Grants aim to reduce economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to strengthen bilateral relations between the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the 15 Beneficiary States in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. 

In the 2009-2014 funding period the Grants allocated €1.8 billion to 149 programmes under which over 7000 projects were carried out. Implementation is now starting under a new funding period (2014-2021) which totals €2.8 billion. The priority sectors of the Grants are:

  • Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
  • Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
  • Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
  • Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
  • Justice and Home Affairs

What will you do?

The content of the job largely depends on the department you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of communication, law or with specific sectors. Typical tasks include:

  • assisting on programme management
  • coordinating events
  • drafting minutes, information material and reports
  • document management in the online documentation and reporting system
  • assessing and communicating progress and results using indicators, statistics and other information 

This year we offer ten traineeship positions in the following fields:

  • Legal Affairs
  • Finance and Control
  • Administration and Human Resources
  • Communication
  • Results and Evaluation
  • Priority Sectors
  • Funds and Horizontal Concerns
  • Country and Bilateral Cooperation

You can find more detailed information about the different roles here.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for recent graduates from a range of educational and professional backgrounds with high motivation to learn about grants management and European cooperation. Fluency in English and a university graduate degree are required. For one of the positions in the Funds and Horizontal Concerns unit, knowledge of Romani is considered an asset.

What do we offer?

An exciting international environment

The trainees gain work experience in a truly international and multicultural environment. The FMO has caround 60 staff members of 18 nationalities. Together we work with the three donor countries and 15 beneficiary countries in Europe.

A mentoring system

We want our trainees to have a quality experience. Each trainee is therefore assigned a mentor. The mentor is a member of the FMO staff who provides the trainee with supervision and guidance.

A monthly allowance and housing

We believe that traineeships should be an equal opportunity for talented young people to kick-start their careers irrespective of their financial background. This is why our trainees receive a monthly allowance of EUR 1 570 and accommodation in individual studio apartments.  The trainees also receive accident/health insurance, and reimbursement of their travel expenses.

How to apply?

The FMO is affiliated to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). All applications must be submitted via the EFTA e-recruitment tool.

The deadline for applications: 3 March 2019.