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European Affairs and Partnerships (EAP) Associate

Global Affairs and Partnerships – Brussels, Belgium
Department Global Affairs and Partnerships
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Search Brussels

Search for Common Ground’s Brussels headquarters is a highly effective presence for the organization in the heart of the European Union (EU), the primary purpose of which is to help advance Search’s organizational priorities by engaging with, influencing, and fundraising from, the EU and European bilateral governments, which compose Search’s largest funding base.

Global Affairs and Partnerships (GAP)

Search’s Global Affairs and Partnerships team, of which our European Affairs and Partnerships (EAP) team is a part, is a dynamic team, combining our field-based expertise with policy and fundraising expertise. Our EAP’s core purpose is to raise and develop Search as a thought-leader in Europe and drive transformational change in the peacebuilding sector, driving more resources towards our field in general, and Search in particular. This individual will reports to European Affairs & Partnerships Manager.

Position Summary

The Programme Associate is an integral part of the European Affairs and Partnerships (EAP) team in Brussels and the broader Global Affairs and Partnership (GAP) team. The programme Associate supports Search’s programme development and donor relations with European donors. The programme Associate plays a key role in the EAP team, working with regional and country teams around the world to build healthy programs. S/he is part of a team that manages relationships with European government partners and identifies new opportunities and partnerships to grow our conflict transformation work around the world. 

Key Responsibilities

The Associate will be responsible for creating and maintaining resources to support programme development, identifying funding opportunities and partnerships, and directly supporting or leading proposal efforts for a diverse group of European donor governments and institutions. 

  • Conduct research and analysis on programme development and partnership opportunities;  
  • Support country and regional teams engagement with European donors, coordinate programme development processes with regional teams;
  • Support, coordinate and write global proposals for European donors;
  • Design, develop, and curate knowledge management tools and provide cross-departmental learning;
  • Represent Search at relevant events and external meetings; 
  • Supervise the EAP programme development intern; 
  • Other administrative tasks relevant to the position.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations, Conflict Studies,or other social sciences., or related area. Master’s Degree preferred, but not required;


  • Two years of work or volunteering experience in the international NGO sector; living or working experience a conflict geography preferred;
  • Fundraising experience preferred: liaising with donors and writing successful proposals;

Skills and knowledge

  • Familiarity with European funding arrangements (government-level and EU);
  • Written and spoken fluency in English (native-level) and another European language (fluency in French and/or German preferred);
  • High level of organisation, detail-oriented, and professionalism.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills. Ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment;

This position will close on March 24, 2019.

 Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits.

Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

  1. minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  2. projected start date,
  3. where you found this posting.

Important notice: We can only consider applicants that are allowed to work in Belgium. We are not able to support work permit applications 

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our for full details of our work.

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