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Black Sea Trust Trainee

Department: Black Sea Trust
Location: Bucharest, ROM
Job Type: Internship

Reporting to: Program Officer


The Bucharest Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States is looking to hire trainee for a period of six months. The trainees are expected to start on April 1st, 2023.

This is a paid traineeship, and the selected candidates will work part-time (20 hours per week). The duties and responsibilities will be carried out exclusively on site at the GMF Bucharest premises. Please note, GMF does not cover relocation costs.

Qualifications and requirements

The ideal candidate should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Academic background in political sciences (international affairs, European studies, security studies, etc.) or international economic relations; students enrolled in a communication, sociology, law or journalism program can apply for this position provided they can demonstrate their interest in working in an international non-profit. It is desirable for the applicants to be enrolled in a BA or a MA program.
  • Fluency in English and Ukrainian language.
  • Strong interest in democracy building processes.
  • Good writing, communication, and research skills required.
  • Flexibility to multitask, have an eye for detail, ability to perform under tight deadline and work independently.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is essential.
  • Experience in event management is a plus.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment.

Key areas of responsibilities

  • Assist the grantmaking activities in Ukraine.
  • Provide administrative/logistic support.
  • Conduct background research on Ukrainian CSOs and media outlets, and other topics related to Ukraine Recovery and Reconstruction.
  • Provide assistance for communication tasks.
  • Help maintain the Ukrainian database of contacts.
  • Assist in organizing conferences and other convening events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Why apply?

The traineeship is a great opportunity to learn more about the Wider Black Sea Region, current global political issues, the inner workings of an international non-profit, as well as firsthand experience in what grant-making is and how it is done. Additionally, the program facilitates interaction and dialogue with experts, officials and scholars from the fields of international relations, security and policy through a number of policy events and conferences trainees help organize and attend.

Throughout the duration of the traineeship, trainees have access to our offline and online library. More importantly, GMF can facilitate the interaction with top experts for research purposes.

By the end of the program, trainees gain a deeper understanding of the areas they are studying, develop a readiness to adapt and respond to any kind of challenges related to organizing successful conferences as well as a full set of skills in the workspace: higher attention to detail, increased ability to find solutions to different problems and a substantial experience in working in a team as well as independently.

At the end of the program, trainees will be provided with a certificate which will attest the completion of the program. We provide references upon prior request.

Due to high volume of responses, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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