Delegation of the European Union to Cambodia


31/10/2018 - 11:32
Traineeships in Delegations


Are you a young graduate? Are you curious to learn more about the work of a development cooperation section in a diplomatic mission and better understand how the EU contributes to sustainable and inclusive development in Cambodia?

What do we offer?

A paid six-month traineeship for a young graduate within the Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

We are an international team of around 20 people in the section (around 40 overall in the Delegation), originating mainly from Europe, as well as Cambodia. Our global objective, as set out in the EU's instrument for development cooperation, is to contribute to the reduction and, in the long-term, eradication of poverty in the country. We do this through development cooperation programmes and projects designed to accelerate Cambodia's progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. To enhance the impact of our work and ensure sustainable results, we work in close collaboration with the national and sub-national authorities, the Cambodian civil society and the private sector. In the same vein, we also ensure strong coordination with European and other development partners, present in the country.

The foreseen starting date is 1 December 2018.

Main tasks:

  • Carry out analysis related to various sectors relevant for EU development cooperation in Cambodia, such as social sectors, governance, natural resource management, trade;
  • Assist in reporting tasks on development and planning issues, such as annual management plans, gender action plan, roadmap for civil society;
  • Draft background notes and briefings on various issues, where needed;
  • Contribute to the preparation and follow-up of monthly meetings of European Development Councillors, where necessary;
  • Assist in meetings, and draft minutes from these meetings, with national ministries, development partners, civil society and the private sector, as appropriate;
  • Assist in events, seminars and conferences and report back to concerned colleagues in the Delegation;
  • Contribute to contractual tasks related to projects, such as pre-screening of reports, contribution to terms of reference, drafting of letters/notes;
  • Support to the preparation and implementation of communication and visibility activities, where needed; 
  • Contribute to data and information collection and conduct small research tasks;
  • Contribute to administrative tasks as required.


  • Interest in – and some prior knowledge of – EU development policy and of Cambodia and South East Asia region;
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently;
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues in a responsible manner;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills;
  • Excellent English language skills;
  • Knowledge of French and / or Khmer would be an asset.

Are you eligible for a paid traineeship? Yes, if you:

  • Are a young graduate with at least a Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) and a maximum of one year of professional experience;
  • Are Cambodian national; European citizen or citizen of pre-accession EU member states;
  • Have maximum one year of professional experience;
  • Have no previous professional experience in the EU Institutions of more than six weeks.

Before applying, you are requested to examine the general eligibility criteria for traineeships (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 - Paid traineeship for young graduates)

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How to apply:

Please send your detailed curriculum vitae (two A4 pages maximum) and a motivational letter in English by 16 November 2018 to the following email address:

Before applying you are requested to examine the general eligibility criteria* for traineeships (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 - Paid traineeship for young graduates).

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. However costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and visa 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.

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