European Union External Action

Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain – Political, Press and Information Section

11/01/2021 - 10:10
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is 31/01/2021

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 Saudi Arabia?

We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Political, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain, starting in March 2021.

The Political, Press and Information section is responsible for political analysis and reporting about the relations in this field with the host country interlocutors as well as coordination with EU Member States. It also covers press and information activities, including substantial cultural diplomacy. There is a growing cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain in different sectors, and this includes political as well as press and information aspects.

Main tasks:

  • Assist with the analysis of the current and future dynamics of cooperation between EU and Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain;
  • Conduct research and draft background notes on specific issues;
  • Monitor local media regarding domestic and foreign policies; draft press reviews
  • Help with outreach to relevant local stakeholders;
  • Support the organization of events related to the work of the Delegation;
  • Attend and report from meetings, academic lectures and think tanks, events
  • Contribute to and manage the content of the social media platforms of the Delegation

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Due to the very evolutive context of the COVID-19 breakout, only applicants currently residing in Saudi Arabia will be considered;
  • A least a Bachelor degree in international relations, political science, law, journalism or similar degree relevant to the section above
  • Excellent spoken and written English; excellent analytical and drafting skills
  • knowledge of Arabic is an advantage
  • Deeper knowledge and past experience in Saudi Arabia, other Gulf countries and Middle East is an advantage

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address DELEGATION-SAUDI-ARABIA-RECRUIT@eeas.europa.eu  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 - PPI.

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 the host country 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.