Delegation of the European Union to Cameroon


Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea

10/08/2021 - 16:03
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is 25.08.2021

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 Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea?

We offer:

A traineeship of 6 months within the Political Section Section of the EU Delegation to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, starting in October 2021.

Main tasks:

  • Assist the Head of the Political, Press and Information Section in his activities;
  • Contribute to specific research on political, economic, private sector, trade, and security developments;
  • Attend and report from external meetings and conferences;
  • Contribute to prepare press releases, social media content and daily press review;
  • Assist with the organization of EU events;
  • Monitor of issues related to Cameroon's internal policy and development (justice, human rights, governance and economy) and regional policy;
  • Carry out research contributing to the political analysis of the EU Delegation.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

Due to the very rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, only applicants currently residing in Cameroon will be considered.

  • Be registered in a Master’s or post-Master’s programme in International Relations, International Law, Political Science or assimilated.
  • Be fluent in French and English.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Confirmed interest in European studies:
    • Understand the challenges of European foreign policy on the African continent and particularly in Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea, at a political, security, diplomatic and economic level.
    • Learn above the EU diplomatic work (Political affairs, trade) and promotion of its policies in Cameroon.
    • Improve public relations and official communication skills.
    • Improve political and trade reporting skills.
    • Understand the challenges of Cameroon's development, in its socio-economic, political, security and legal aspects.
    • Learn about the overall functioning of an institution like the EEAS.
  • The application form should be accompanied by following documents:
    • Present a research project (FR or EN) between 3-5 pages related to a field of interest to the European Union. E.g.: preventing or countering violent extremism in the Lake Chad Basin; pacification in  the North-West / South-West regions (incl fight against terrorism, protection of civilians, basic social services, DDR) ; the spill over risks of instability in the CAR / Chad; Cameroon’s influence in regional and international fora (United Nations, African Union, CEMAC, CEEAC, etc.); the political implications of Cameroon’s decentralisation policy; Cameroon’s policies in support of bilingualism and multiculturalism; Cameroon’s political democracy and human rights record; role of the Defence and security forces …
    • A recommendation letter by a supervisor.

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 - Name/Political 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.

EU candidates currently residing in Cameroon 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.

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.

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