EU Advocacy Assistant (Intern)

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22 Apr 2019

Internship – EU Advocacy Assistant

Position: Internship – EU Advocacy Assistant

Reports to: EU Advocacy and Policy Advisers

Supervision of: None

Duty station: Brussels             

Duration and type of contract:   2 months full-time unpaid internship (transport and lunch costs are reimbursed) – June and July 2019 (University Agreement required)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation providing assistance, protection and long-term solutions to displaced persons worldwide. NRC is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, and has operations in over 30 countries, as well as representation offices in Addis Ababa, Brussels, Dubai, Geneva, London and Washington.

NRC’s representation in Brussels was established in 2005 in order to strengthen the existing relationship between NRC and the European Union. NRC Europe’s main role is to support NRC’s country programmes in their collaboration with the EU institutions by improving communication with EU donors, and by providing evidenced based policy analysis on issues affecting refugees and displaced persons to decision makers in the EU.

1. Role and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities:

Support the EU Advocacy and Policy Advisers by conducting research into relevant EU foreign, humanitarian and development policies, analysing opportunities for policy change in the EU, and assisting with advocacy and communication tasks.

Specific responsibilities 

  • Support the advisers by monitoring and preparing notes, briefings and updates on EU institutions and Member States’ humanitarian and development policies and activities;
  • Conduct background research on relevant EU and Member States policies and activities, and analyse official EU documents;
  • Attend relevant meetings organised by the EU, Member States and NGOs, redact meeting notes and report and;
  • Assist in the organisation of events and meetings, including contacting EU and Member States’ officials;
  • Assist in preparing meetings and missions in Brussels for visiting field-based colleagues, including conducting research on EU policies towards those countries and drafting briefing notes;
  • Assist in the distribution of reports, updates and briefs from the field to EU interlocutors;
  • Support NRC in developing analysis of the new incoming EU Parliament
  • Manage and update NRC Europe’s contact database.

2. Competencies 

Professional competencies: 

Generic professional competencies:

  • University degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as international relations, European affairs, humanitarian assistance, international development, political science or advocacy.
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of other EU languages (French in particular) is an asset
  • Fully computer literate

Context/Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Good knowledge of EU institutions and EU policy
  • Demonstrable interest in humanitarian and displacement issues
  • Eligible to work in Belgium
  • Previous humanitarian or advocacy experience desirable
  • Previous experience abroad desirable
  • Experience with database is an asset

Behavioural competencies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in english
  • Organizational skills including the ability to multitask, prioritize and work efficiently with limited supervision
  • Comfortable in a multicultural professional and/or NGO environment
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence

3. Miscellaneous info

Contract: This internship is only open to candidates registered in a University/school/institute, as a contract must be signed between NRC and the student's home university. Please note that this is a compulsory condition; applications that do not match this criterion will not be short listed 

  • Contract period: June & July 2019
  • Deadline for applications:  22nd of April (2019)
  • NRC Europe will provide support on the transport and lunch costs.

To Apply

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