Job details and conditions
Duration: January - July 2021 (6 months) with the possibility of prolongation up to one year
Contract: Traineeship under a Belgian « Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle » (CIP)
Preferred starting date: 6 January 2021
Traineeship title: Policy and Advocacy Assistant
Reporting to: Policy and Advocacy Officer and Head of EU Influencing
Responsible for: Supporting the policy and advocacy work of Plan International EU Office
Status: Full-time (5 days per week, 37.5 hours)
Based in: Brussels, Plan International EU Office
Net Salary: +/-813EUR per month
Benefits: 10 Plan holidays for a 6 months CIP period. Public transport costs reimbursed.
Overall purpose of the job:
As part of the EU Influencing Team, the 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.
Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the Head of Influencing and the Policy and Advocacy Officer:
- Support Plan International EU Office’s advocacy work with the aim to bring Plan International’s key asks to European Union stakeholders and influence their policies and actions in partner countries, focusing on key areas including Gender Equality, Humanitarian Aid, Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE), EU Funding (Multiannual Financial Framework, Official Development Assistance etc.), Girls’ Leadership 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 Girls Get Equal;
- 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 the Partnerships Team of the EU Office as wells as with Plan International’s National, Regional and Country Offices to gather information, prepare policy briefs / position papers, and collaborate on influencing processes as relevant;
- Monitor relevant EU policies and maintain contact databases;
- Working in collaboration with the communications team as relevant, such as drafting articles and setting up influencing plans;
- Provide support for the organisation of both internal and external meetings;
- Represent Plan International in external meetings as appropriate.
Skills and qualifications requirements
- A university degree or previous experience in a relevant field (International Development, European Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, Gender studies etc.);
- Understanding of the functioning of the European Union, and its external action strongly preferred. Understanding of the EU’s humanitarian aid or international cooperation and development aid particularly relating to child rights and gender equality is an asset;
- Ability to analyse and synthesise key information;
- Ability to consistently apply good judgement under pressure;
- Flexible, proactive and resourceful with good organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment;
- Ability to work independently / with little supervision;
- Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
- Commitment to Plan International’s values, vision and mission;
- Experience in organising events;
- Understanding of the links between advocacy and communications.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying for this post, please send your CV (no Europass) and cover letter in English to EUORecruitment@plan-international.org with “Application: Policy and Advocacy Assistant” in the subject line by 1st November 2020 at 23:59, Local Time in Brussels, Belgium.
Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in the week of 16th November 2020.
Successful candidates must hold the right to live and work in Belgium.
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.