PAX means peace. Together with people in conflict areas and concerned citizens worldwide, PAX works to build dignified and peaceful societies across the globe. PAX brings together people who have the courage to stand for peace.
PAX is a peacebuilding organization which works with partners around the world on programs and advocacy related to sustainable peace, refugee policy, and the protection and rights of people affected by conflict. PAX’s EU Office works with our program teams and local partners to influence the policies of the EU and its member states. We develop advocacy and campaigning strategies, produce reports and analysis, and hold meetings, events and other activities. We also regularly coordinate meetings between local civil society partners and EU policymakers, to help ensure that the expertise and perspectives of civil society and people affected by conflict are better incorporated into EU policy.
The role of EU Advocacy Trainee provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience across the range to tasks and skills required to work in a busy advocacy office, and develop a deeper knowledge of peacebuilding and human rights issues relevant to specific contexts.
The EU Office of PAX for Peace in Brussels is looking for a motivated
EU Advocacy Trainee
Responsibilities and Tasks
- Monitoring EU policy and political developments relevant to the work of PAX; producing updates and providing advice for the organization on developments in Brussels.
- Assisting with organizing (online and offline) meetings and events: including bilateral meetings; roundtables; and delegation visits.
- Assisting with strategy development, alongside colleagues and local partners.
- Attending working group meetings with other NGOs and partners.
- Taking notes in internal and external meetings.
- Updating and maintaining contacts lists and the contacts database.
- Assisting with drafting and editing policy, advocacy and legal briefs.
- Project management and coordination of logistics for projects.
- Assisting with the distribution of reports and advocacy briefings.
- Creating content for social media.
- Logging, monitoring and evaluating EU advocacy activities.
- Ad-hoc proofreading or translation, depending on language skills.
- Assisting with hosting country teams and local partners when they visit Brussels: organizing travel logistics; preparing them for meetings with EU policymakers.
We are looking for
- Strong interest in conflict and peacebuilding, refugee and/or human rights policy: gained from studying, previous work or personal experience.
- Commitment to the roles of and aims of NGOs, civil society, and activist groups – and how they can achieve change - demonstrated through activism, volunteering, or previous work.
- A bachelor or master’s level university degree.
- At least 18 months cumulative experience in any paid roles which demonstrate the ability to work hard, take initiative, and build and maintain good relationships with colleagues (this can be from any sector and can include part-time or full-time work.)
- Good political awareness and judgement. Strong interest in policy, political and legal analysis.
- Ability to work hard, be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities, and handle competing tasks and deadlines.
- Strong organizational skills; a methodical approach to tasks, and attention to detail.
- Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
- Strong communication skills, including strong writing skills.
- Ability to organize meetings well and to host colleagues and partners in Brussels.
- Fluent spoken and written English.
- Commitment to working in a way which promotes smaller, local NGOs.
- Commitment to working with integrity, and in a way which is anti-racist and feminist.
- An interest in working in EU affairs.
- Good level of other languages, especially Arabic or French (though other languages are also very useful).
- Educational or professional background in political science, international law, international relations, humanitarianism, conflict studies, or refugee / migration studies.
- 1050 euros a month
- A contract for ten months under convention d’immersion professionelle contract, starting end of September / beginning of October 2021.
- Contributions towards mobile phone and travel costs to the office.
- If moving to Belgium from abroad, a train, bus or flight ticket up to the cost of 200 euros
Please send your CV and cover letter by 25 July 2021 (CET) only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.
- Please upload a CV (2 Pages) and Cover Letter (1 Page) outlining how you meet the required skills and experience to our website.
Interviews will take place online in early August 2021.
Unfortunately PAX is not currently able to sponsor visas for this position, so applicants must have the right to live and work in Belgium where the position is based.
When we shortlist candidates, we will ask about any accessibility requirements necessary for the interview. If you have any which you would like us to take into account during the shortlisting process, please include this in your cover letter to us.
PAX reserves the right to close this position early should we receive a very large number of applications.
PAX is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone with the right skills and interest to apply for positions. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this position.