Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

22.02.2022 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is 6th March 2022, at 5 pm Colombo time


Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Sri Lanka and the Maldives?

We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka, starting in mid- April 2022.

The Cooperation Section manages the various development programmes of the EU to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, follows development related policies in those two countries and interacts with various stakeholders in the countries on these and related issues.

Main tasks:

  • Analyse and write reports about environment and climate change related developments and policies in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and South Asia.
  • Advise Project Officers and Colleagues on the above-mentioned issues.
  • Follow news on EU Green Deal related topics in the local media and summarise these.
  • Get exposure to project management by assisting to manage one project her/himself.
  • Support other sections in the Delegation on the above issues as agreed.
  • Carry out any other assignment as instructed by the Head of Cooperation or proposed by the Trainee and agreed by the Head of Cooperation.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Bachelor, preferably Master degree (or higher) in environmental science/studies or related fields
  • Exposure to development issues and/or international relations.
  • Fluent English in writing and oral.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
  • Open to work in a multi- cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Sinhala or Tamil would be an asset.

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address and send the following documents:

  • A detailed standard Europass curriculum vitae (CV) (CVs in other format will not be considered)
  • a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  • and an application form

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Cooperation Section (you may only apply to 1 traineeship per delegation, however based on your profile, the delegation could offer you a traineeship in another section).

Important information to read before applying

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a paid traineeship (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 – Paid traineeship)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation must be borne by the trainee.

Applications from non-eligible candidates will not be considered. After the evaluation of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

Non-resident candidates must provide proof that they will be covered against the risk of a pandemic and the costs of repatriation.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation as well as the legislation of the country of origin. In assessing the applications received, account will need to be taken of the COVID-19 situation and its possible effects on access possibilities to the country of assignment and thus candidates currently residing in country of assignment might be preferred.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected candidate, traineeships could be postponed, suspended or even cancelled considering the very evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the host country as well as in the country of origin. The same rule apply if a selected candidate is unable to reach the country of assignment.