Programme Assistant – Africa

Internship

Africa

Friends of Europe is recruiting a Programme Assistant (traineeship) to provide support and assistance for a range of tasks, activities and events relating to its work. This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of an independent, influential think tank and develop your skills and experience. You will gain an understanding of multiple policy areas and have an opportunity for self-development and learning – as well as a chance to contribute to the dissemination of information through debates, working groups and publications.

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY TRAINEESHIP?
At Friends of Europe, we see traineeships as a way of combining initial full-time work experience with hands-on training. That’s why our traineeships are for people who have recently graduated and are eager to acquire a first work experience.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

  • Support the team with the implementation and monitoring of Friends of Europe Africa-related activities (outreach activities, publications, research, experts roundtables, online debates, …) and ensure conformity to expected outputs, objectives and work plan;
  • Actively support the team in their efforts towards knowledge sharing and outreach through conducting research, building networks, entering data and writing case studies, briefings and fact sheets;
  • Conduct administrative tasks relating to the Africa-related activities of the organisation (e.g. managing correspondence, developing and maintaining a filing system, providing logistical arrangements, background documentation, report writing);
  • Engage in work across the organisation and supporting the Programme Managers / Leadership Team as required.

WHAT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO HAVE?

Profile

  • A highly-motivated personality, hands-on and well-organised
  • ‘Can do’ / ‘solution-oriented’ mentality
  • Able to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
  • Able to work in a multicultural team and with minimum supervision
  • A particular interest in working for a think tank
  • Interest in event organisation
  • Flexibility when having to work at morning & evening events

Education & Experience

  • Relevant university degree (for example relating to political science, European studies, international studies)
  • Research experience combined with good analytical skills

Knowledge & skills

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in at least one of the following thematic areas: peace, security and defence; digitalisation; EU-Asia relations; and/or more generally European and global affairs
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; other languages are an asset
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
  • Knowledge of social media and information platforms to gather key content is a plus

WHO CAN APPLY?
This position is open only to nationals of EU/EEA member states or Switzerland or non-EU nationals in possession of a valid work permit.

Candidates must be legally and permanently allowed to work in Belgium (no assistance provided to obtain a visa or work permit).

HOW DO I APPLY?
The internship will be paid and will be based in Brussels. The position is for a six-month period and will start as soon as possible.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter – each no more than 1 page – indicating the position and your surname in the subject line, to jobs@friendsofeurope.org

Please use the following subject line: “YOUR NAME SURNAME – Africa Programme Assistant

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2020 at midnight CEST.

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