Major Grants Unit Volunteer

WV EUREP - World Vision Brussels & EU Representation

Brussels, Belgium

Overall purpose of the volunteer position:

The volunteer will contribute to the optimal functioning of WV EU Representation (EUREP) and to the achievement of one of its strategic objectives: facilitation of the development of sustained and increased EU revenue by European offices and their partners.

Reporting to: Head of major grants unit
Duration: 6 months
Status: Full-time

Job Context

WV EUREP is an international non-profit association constituted and registered in Belgium. Its membership includes World Vision organisations in EU member states and World Vision International.

WV EUREP is one of the key ‘Global Capitals’ offices of World Vision international, established in places where issues are discussed and decisions are taken that are of global significance and importance to all of World Vision’s work across the globe.

WV EUREP supports the work of the international partnership of World Vision. Specifically, it enables member organisations and the Partnership as a whole to work more effectively with the EU institutions in terms of resource development and in terms of influencing policies that reduce poverty and promote justice in the developing world.

As one of its core activities, WV EUREP assists World Vision organisations in their efforts to successfully apply for grants from the European Union and to successfully implement the programs for which these grants are awarded. WV EUREP initiates policy dialogue, and policy lobbying with EU institutions on behalf of and in consultation with members on issues relevant to WV's operations and facilitates contacts between World Vision entities and the EU institutions. In this context, WV EUREP also coordinates the work the European Programmes Reference Group (EPRG), bringing together programme and grant managers of member organisations. This group specifically deals with programmes, partnership and grants from the EU.

Within the Programme and Resource Acquisition team, the Major grants unit is focusing on establishing a long term partnership with the European Commission to improve WV’s strategic approach and coordination on EC development funding with a view to access larger support for our programming, in particular with EU Trust Funds.

Specific responsibilities, tasks and activities

a) Support EUREP Major grants unit to increase WV partnership with DEVCO and NEAR, specifically with EUTF:

  • Monitor on a daily basis EUTF funding opportunities at global and country level;
  • Analyse EUTF programming documents;
  • Disseminate EUTF funding related information to World Vision’s Grants Acquisition and Management (GAM) staff in Support Offices, Regional Offices, National Offices and other relevant World Vision constituencies;
  • Assist in the follow-up of information requested to/from World Vision Offices (Support, Regional, National) regarding large funding opportunities, specifically EUTF funding issues;
  • Assist in reviewing and analysing WV’s results regarding EUTF funding;
  • Support external engagement with DEVCO and NEAR (meeting organisation, note taking, ect…).

b) Support the development of internal tools for EC grant acquisition and implementation:

  • Support the revision of major grants applications submitted by WV;
  • Support the elaboration of tools for internal coordination, information sharing and quality control of application submitted to the EC.

c) Support the PRA team to link with Brussels based NGO networks:

  • Attend relevant civil society working groups and meetings taking place in Brussels.

d) Any other activities contributing to the achievement of WV Major Grant unit’s strategic objectives for EU funding.

Volunteer profile


  • University degree or equivalent experience in development, economics, politics, international relations or a field relevant to World Vision’s mission;
  • A good understanding of the functioning of the European Union institutions, development policies, specifically related to children;
  • Excellent written and spoken command of English;
  • Team spirit and willingness to work in a multicultural team;
  • Able to communicate effectively and to collaborate with colleagues based in all regions and countries where WV works;
  • Good organisational skills, with the ability to work at high standard even under pressure, good prioritisation skills and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Fully computer-literate: skilled and confident user of office applications;
  • Wholehearted support for World Vision’s core values;
  • To be a either a citizen of an EU member state or have a valid residence and work permit for Belgium (Nota Bene: WV EUREP is unable to assist candidates in obtaining the required residence and work permits).


  • Good command of French will be an asset;
  • Understanding/experience with EuropeAid grants;
  • Previous experience in a related field (EU institutions, fundraising for NGOs, etc).

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