Policy and Advocacy Traineeship
CONCORD is the European confederation of Relief and Development NGOs. We are made up
of member organisations: 28 national associations, 20 international networks and 3 associate
members that represent over 2,600 NGOs, supported by millions of citizens across Europe. We are
the main interlocutor with the EU institutions on development policy. We are a not for
profit organisation, registered under Belgian law as an a.i.s.b.l - Association Internationale Sans But
Lucratif - (An international not for profit association).
CONCORD is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard
to race, colour, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other legally protected status. All employment decisions are made entirely on merit.
We strongly encourage persons with disabilities to apply.
We are looking for a person who: would like to gain valuable work experience and contribute to the
work of a confederation of NGOs whose vision is of a world in which poverty and inequality have been
ended; in which decisions are based on social justice, gender equality and upon our responsibility to
future generations; where every person has the right to live in dignity, sustainably, on an equal basis,
free from poverty.
You will work within our Policy and Advocacy team under the supervision of your mentor, the Policy
and Advocacy Coordinator responsible for sustainable development. Your main role will be to
contribute to realisation of the policy and advocacy objectives in the areas of sustainable development
and the role of the private sector in development. Throughouth the traineeship, you will be regularly
given feedback on your performance to help you grow.
Main learning objectives
- You will be able to acquire a good understanding of decision-making processes in EU
institutions as well as the ways of working in an EU NGO confederation, bringing together
networks and national platforms from across the European Union.
- You will be able to obtain knowledge about EU development policies in general, with a special
focus on financing for development and promoting civil society space. This includes in
particular our work on the role of the private sector in development and the MFF 2021.
- You will be able to improve your policy analysis and advocacy skills as well as your
coordination, process management and organisational skills, while working in an
international, multicultural environment.
▪ Main responsibilities and tasks
Financing for Development:
- Support the overall policy and advocacy work on financing for development;
- Support the coordination of the wider group working on FfD, including information sharing
(drafting of newsletters) and logistical arrangements (setting up meetings) drafting minutes
Specific focus: Role of private sector in development:
- Support the policy and advocacy work on the role of private sector in
development: Facilitate the advocacy activities of the CONCORD position paper;
organise a conference
Promoting Civil Society Space:
- Support the overall policy and advocacy work on promoting civil society space;
- Support the coordination of the wider group working on civil society space, including
information sharing (drafting of newsletters) and logistical arrangements (setting up
meetings) drafting minutes etc.
Specific Focus: MFF 2021
- Support the policy and advocacy work on the future of the MFF
- Organise a training on MFF 2021
Specific focus: Funding study
- Research and analyse data related to funding intruments of DG DEVCO and DG
- Facilitate the preparations of the research paper
Generic policy and advocacy work:
- Coordination within the Policy and Advocacy team and with other departments and
contributing to generic policy and advocacy work.
Staff coordination and work:
- Participate in staff coordination meetings and contribute to generic staff work.
Qualification and Experience
✓ University Degree or equivalent in development studies, political science, EU or other relevant
✓ Knowledge of the functioning of the European Union institutions and EU policy-making
✓ Passion for and expertise in statistics and data
Minimum Professional Experience required: none
Languages: Fluent English, French an asset
Personal qualities/interpersonal skills:
✓ Ability to organize ones own work and manage ones own time;
✓ Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others and towards shared objectives;
✓ Ability to work under pressure and towards tight deadlines;
✓ Analytical and problem solving skills;
✓ Capacity to synthesize and analyse information.
Conditions of Employment:
Post based in Brussels, Belgium.
The contract will be an immersion professionnelle contract for a duration of 6 months (possibility to
renew once under certain conditions).
Salary will be approximately 800 euros per month. CONCORD also provides hospitalisation insurance,
meal vouchers and a monthly commuting allowance on local public transport or by bicycle.
Please submit your cover letter and CV in English by e-mail to Zuzana Sladkova, Policy and Advocacy
Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org and Alexandra Rosen, Policy and Advocacy
Coordinator, email@example.com by 22 August, 12:00 midday CET.
Please include the position (CONCORD Policy & Advocacy Trainee) plus your name in the title of the
Thank you all for your interest but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Closing Date: 22 August, 2017, 12:00 midday CET
Interviews dates: 30-31 August 2017
Aimed start date: As soon as possible