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Internship: European Affairs and Partnership Policy and Outreach

Brussels, Belgium
Search for Common Ground seeks a professional, motivated intern for its European Affairs and Partnership (EAP) team to assist European advocacy and outreach activities. Candidates must be enrolled at university during the internship, and available for at least 30 hours per week for a period of four to six months from March 2021 onward. Depending on the intern’s individual learning goals and interests, which will be determined at the beginning of the internship, the EAP Policy & Outreach Intern will gain the following knowledge and skills:

- Knowledge of peacebuilding and conflict transformation methodologies and programming
- Knowledge of the work of European institutions and European governments on the topic of peacebuilding and related fields 
- Experience of advocacy and outreach in the field of peacebuilding 
- Skills to better organize and prioritize own work, time management
- Expanded network in Brussels

Progress against the learning objectives will be monitored by the intern and their supervisor. The learning objectives and/or tasks may be modified during the internship if this is deemed appropriate by both parties. 

The EAP Policy & Outreach Intern will be an integral part of the EAP team and Search Brussels Headquarters team. The intern’s responsibilities will depend on the internship priorities and will include:

Advocacy and outreach (90%):

  • Assist with the organization of internal and external events (online/in person) and meetings;
  • Attend external events on behalf of Search and report back to the relevant teams;
  • Research European policy updates in the peacebuilding field and write a monthly digest about relevant news and developments;
  • Support the creation of outreach materials such as policy papers and social media content;
  • Support contact management;
  • Other tasks related to European advocacy and outreach.

Other support (10%):

  • Support knowledge management and database administration;
  • Provide general support to the EAP team.

Education and skills requirements

  • In the pursuit of a university degree - preferably in the field of international relations, conflict studies, development studies, political science, communications, or similar;
  • Knowledge of European institutions and understanding of EU decision-making procedures; 
  • Research skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Prior (volunteering) experience in a related field is an asset;
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English; knowledge of other European languages, especially French, German, or Dutch, is an asset;
  • Good organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within a demanding environment.

Duration: The candidate must be available for at least 30 hours per week for a period of four to six months from March 2021 onward; candidates available for a full-time, six-month internship are preferred. 
Compensation: This internship is unpaid; a stipend will be provided to cover food and transport costs.
Location: Due to the COVID-19 situation, Search’s Brussels office is currently closed. While the office remains closed, the EAP policy & outreach intern will be asked to work from home.
Deadline: Candidates are asked to apply by February 8, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.

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

All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity - Tenacity - Empathy - Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Search for Common Ground does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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