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Career Entry Program

We offer a 18-month Career Entry Program for candidates who have graduated from university or technical college, or who have completed a qualifying apprenticeship relevant to the field of humanitarian aid.

Under our Career Entry Program, we employ recent graduates who meet the requirements listed below as ‘Project Assistants’ either at one of our country desks in the Asia, Africa or Middle East department, or as a Communications Assistant at our desk for international communications and public relations.

Program format

The Project Assistants are based at our headquarters in Cologne for the first term of the program in order to gain valuable experience finance, human resources management, logisitics and project management and reporting, including preparation of interim and final reports for institutional donors like EuropeAid, ECHO, BMZ, AA.

The second part of the program is spent in one of our project offices abroad whereproject assistants get first-hand experience in project implementation and administration.

What requirements does the applicant need to fulfil?

We are happy to receive submissions from highly motivated applicants with a high level of interest in humanitarian relief and development aid. Successful applicants need to:

  • Have an appropriate tertiary-level academic qualification
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Be citizens of the European Union, or have permission to reside and work in Germany
  • Speak and write German to at least the B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) at the beginning of the career entry program
  • Identify with our values as a Catholic organization


Knowledge of other languages, such as French and Spanish; experience in foreign countries, internships in international organizations, and previous experience in the field of emergency relief and development cooperation are advantageous.


Successful applicants will be given a 18-month contract with Malteser International drawn up according to the ‘AVR’ employment guidelines of Caritas Germany. They will be remunerated in the first year at a rate of approximately 2.370,00 € gross per month (as of 04/2022) with Christmas and holiday bonus paid subsequent to fulfilling the conditions for these in the AVR guidelines.

We are looking far beyond the career entry program when recruiting project assistants. The program is designed to prepare successful applicants for a long-term commitment with Malteser International.


All vacancies are announced on our Job Portal. Please apply directly to one of the vacancies using the electronic form provided.

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