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Funded traineeships for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Nigeria – Regional Cooperation & Trade Sections

Funded traineeships for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Nigeria – Regional Cooperation & Trade Sections

As a recent graduate, are you considering a career in international relations?

Are you interested in finding out more about the duties of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation stands up for the principles and interests of the EU in Nigeria?

Calling all Recent Graduates with a Passion for Global Affairs

Are you a bright and curious recent graduate with a strong interest in international relations?

Do you dream of a career where you can bridge cultures, tackle global challenges, and make a real difference on the world stage?

If so, then this is an exciting opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Demystifying the World of Diplomacy:

This program offers you a unique chance to delve into the fascinating world of diplomatic missions and gain firsthand insights into how the European Union Delegation functions in Nigeria.

Here’s what you can expect to learn:

  1. The Role of a Diplomatic Mission: Uncover the inner workings of a diplomatic mission and how it represents the interests and values of a foreign entity (in this case, the European Union) in a host country (Nigeria).
  2. EU in Action: Explore the specific activities and priorities of the EU Delegation in Nigeria. See how the EU works to foster cooperation, promote shared values, and address critical issues facing both Nigeria and the broader international community.
  3. The Intricacies of International Relations: Gain valuable knowledge about the complex dynamics of international relations, including diplomacy, negotiation, and global governance.

This program is perfect for you if:

  1. You have a strong academic background in international relations, political science, or a related field.
  2. You possess a genuine curiosity about the European Union and its role in the world.
  3. You are eager to learn from experienced diplomats and gain practical insights into the world of international affairs.
  4. You envision a career where you can contribute to building bridges between nations and promoting positive change.

Take the Next Step

If this description ignites your passion for international relations, be sure to research the specific program offered by the EU Delegation in Nigeria.

Their website or social media channels might have further details about eligibility criteria, application deadlines, and the program format (workshops, internships, etc.).

This is your chance to step outside the classroom and gain invaluable experience in the exciting world of diplomacy!


A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Regional Cooperation & Trade Sections of the EU Delegation to Nigeria, starting in mid-June 2024.

The trainee will share their time between the Regional Cooperation Section (OPS4) and the Trade & Economics Section (T&E).

The Regional Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation is in charge of managing regional programs and the relationship with ECOWAS.

The regional programs span over sectors such as peace & security, transport, energy, trade, maritime security, blue economy, agriculture etc.

The geographical scope is dependent on the program but includes the broader West Africa region, all of ECOWAS member states, Gulf of Guinea etc.

The Trade & Economics Section of the EU Delegation is responsible for monitoring relations with Nigeria in trade and economic sectors.

This includes analysis and reporting on developments in these sectors within Nigeria and on occasion in the West African region.

Main tasks:

  1. Conduct research and analysis on key trade and economic developments between EU and Nigeria;
  2. Review regional trends, as well as programs and activities undertaken by the international community;
  3. Contribute to the programming, identification and appraisal of programs and projects in close cooperation with the beneficiary institutions in ‘ECOWAS’ region;
  4. Draft reports on regional events and contribute to sector analysis;
  5. Contribute in the follow-up of the implementation of projects and the performance of project managers and partners;
  6. Attend, and draft reports of, public events and meetings with ECOWAS and various implementing partners;
  7. Media monitoring of developments in Nigeria-EU trade and economic developments;
  8. Monitoring progress of legislative changes in the area of trade and investment (analysis of the new draft laws);
  9. Follow positive developments of EU companies operating in Nigeria.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  1. Taking into account the local health and security conditions, citizens of Nigeria currently residing in Abuja will only be considered;
  2. Young graduates with at least a Bachelor Diploma (or equivalent)
  3. Maximum one year of professional experience
  4. No previous experience of more than six weeks in the EU Institutions

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address [email protected] and send the following documents:

  1. A detailed standard Europass curriculum vitae (CV (CVs in other format will not be considered)
  2. a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  3. and an application form

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship – OPS4-T&E

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 travels, 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 candidates are not able to present the required documents, their application will be rejected.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation.

The deadline for submitting applications is 24/05/2024.

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