African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Traineeship Programme
Our ACP Traineeship Programme aims to build human capacity in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Partner Countries by offering opportunities to young talented candidates, who wish to contribute towards improving people’s lives by promoting economic and social progress in the ACP region.
We launch the programme each year in autumn for ACP Partner Countries that have entered into a Framework Agreement with the EIB.
The goal of the ACP Traineeship Programme is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international multicultural environment.
This programme, funded from the resources of the EU Member States, looks for candidates specialising in a field relevant to international investment and development banking, such as:
finance (in particular project finance, SME financing, credit and risk analysis)
environment, engineering (ports, roads, energy, etc.) or urban planning
Eligibility to apply
The traineeship programme is open to students or recent graduates who are nationals of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Partner Countries.
Candidates must have a degree from or be in the final year of a course at a higher education institution. Generally, successful candidates will have enrolled on a graduate study programme pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate and/or already have some work experience.
In addition, candidates must meet the following criteria:
demonstrated ability to conduct analytical work, exercise good judgment and work as part of a team
ability and willingness to learn from others
proficiency in English and/or French; knowledge of other ACP languages would be an advantage
some work experience would be an advantage (usually no more than two years)
What are we offering?
We pay a flat-rate monthly allowance to assist with living costs and provide reimbursement of travel expenses (one round trip from/to the point of origin/residence for up to six months traineeship or two in the case of 10 to 12 month assignments). Trainees will be responsible for their own accommodation costs.
Each successful candidate must commit to a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months in the programme, to be spent at the EIB headquarters in Luxembourg.
How to apply
If you wish to apply for an ACP traineeship, click on “View all jobs” and respond to one of the ACP traineeship opportunities by submitting your application online. We will publish positions between November and December every year.
We only accept applications in response to an advertised opportunity – we cannot consider spontaneous applications. The candidate will need to submit a resume and should include one letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor. We will only contact those identified as suitable for an assignment to discuss their application and availability. A panel makes the final selection of candidates, and competition is very high. Good luck!
 The programme is open to nationals of those ACP countries that ratified the Partnership Agreement between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part (Cotonou Agreement), signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000 and revised in Luxembourg on 25 June 2005 and in Ouagadougou on 22 June 2010, and are eligible for development finance co-operation under the European Development Fund (EDF): Angola - Antigua and Barbuda - Belize - Cape Verde - Comoros - Bahamas - Barbados - Benin - Botswana - Burkina Faso - Burundi - Cameroon - Central African Republic - Chad – Democratic Republic of Congo – Republic of Congo - Cook Islands - Cote d'Ivoire - Djibouti - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Fiji - Gabon - Gambia - Ghana - Grenada - Republic of Guinea - Guinea-Bissau - Guyana - Haiti - Jamaica - Kenya - Kiribati - Lesotho - Liberia - Madagascar - Malawi - Mali - Marshall Islands - Mauritania - Mauritius - Micronesia - Mozambique - Namibia - Nauru - Niger - Nigeria - Niue - Palau - Papua New Guinea - Rwanda - St. Kitts and Nevis - St. Lucia - St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Solomon Islands - Samoa - Sao Tome and Principe - Senegal - Seychelles - Sierra Leone - Somalia - Suriname - Swaziland - Tanzania - Timor Leste - Togo - Tonga - Trinidad and Tobago - Tuvalu - Uganda - Vanuatu - Zambia – Zimbabwe.
 The EIB wishes to offer the opportunity of in-service training to as many people as possible. Therefore, applications from candidates who have already had any kind of employment (including an internship, as an intra-muros consultant or researcher, a temporary staff member, a contract staff member, an auxiliary staff member or an interim staff member) will not be considered. For a complete list of EU agencies and bodies, please visit europa.eu.
 Trainees selected for the traineeship programme cannot apply to any other EIB-ACP recruitment programme.
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