Traineeship: Policy and Advocacy Assistant

19 May 2022

Plan International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or members of other underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, if you do not meet all the requirements and are very interested in the position, you can still apply by letting us know what you would bring to the work of Plan International.

  • Traineeship title: Policy and Advocacy Assistant
  • Duration: July 2022 – January 2023 (6 months) with the possibility of renewal up to one year (the renewal is not applicable to Belgian nationals)
  • Preferred starting date: 11 July 2022
  • Applications deadline: 9 June 2022
  • Reporting to: Policy and Advocacy Officer and -Head of Influencing
  • Responsible for: Supporting the policy and advocacy work of Plan International EU Office
  • Based in: Brussels, Plan International EU Office
  • Status: CIP (Trainee). Full-time (5 days per week, 37.5 hours)
  • Net Salary: +/- 921 EUR per month
  • Benefits: 10 PLAN holidays for 6 months CIP period, work-related public transport costs reimbursed

About Plan International

Plan International (PI) is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for equality for girls and better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing all children and especially girls. We are active in over 80 countries across the world.

The purpose and ambition of the Plan International EU Office (EUO) is to advance children’s rights and equality for girls in particular in the EU’s external action. In line with Plan International’s Global Strategy, One Million Reasons, and the EUO’s 5-year strategy, we contribute to ensuring that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We work with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.

Purpose of the role

As part of the EU Influencing Team, the Policy and Advocacy Assistant will support Plan International EU Office’s work to ensure that the promotion and protection of children’s rights, with a focus on gender equality, is a priority in the EU’s external action.

Principal Responsibilities

Under the supervision of, and in collaboration with, the Policy and Advocacy Officer and the Head of Influencing:

  • Support Plan International EU Office’s advocacy work on EU policies in key areas including Gender Equality, Humanitarian Aid, Child Protection, Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE), Girls’ Leadership and Empowerment, and Youth Participation;
  • Support Plan International EU Office’s work to advance girls’ rights and gender equality in the framework of Plan International’s global campaign on girls’ leadership;
  • Support the organisation of key events and activities such as the European Development Days and the European Week of Action for Girls, including youth participation related tasks, among others;
  • Liaise with Plan International’s National, Regional and Country Offices to gather information and prepare policy briefs and case studies, when relevant;
  • Monitor relevant EU policies and maintain databases;
  • Draft articles for Plan International EU Office newsletter and collaborate with the communications team as relevant;
  • Provide support for the organisation of both internal and external meetings and events;
  • Represent Plan International in external meetings as appropriate.

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • A university degree in a relevant field (International Development, European Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, Gender studies, …);
  • A good understanding of the functioning of the European Union external action – with a focus on humanitarian aid and international partnerships, particularly relating to child rights and gender equality;
  • A general understanding of gender transformative and intersectional approaches;
  • Ability to analyse and synthesise key information;
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgement under pressure and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Good attention to detail;
  • Flexible, proactive and resourceful with good organisational skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills; (French an advantage);
  • Commitment to Plan International’s vision and mission;
  • A valid work permit for Belgium.

How to apply

If you meet the skills requirements above and are interested in applying for this post, please send your CV (no Europass) and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) in English to with “Application: Policy and Advocacy Assistant” in the subject.

Deadline for applications is the 09 June 2022 at 23:59, local time in Brussels, Belgium.

Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Visa/passport requirements: the candidate must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Please specify in your application how you hold this right.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy. Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with. Plan International believes that it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

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