17 April 2013

International Rescue Committee Belgium (IRC), Brussels
Advocacy and Policy Internship
Deadline for application: 19 April 2013

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading global humanitarian and post-conflict development organisation, working with people and communities affected by conflicts and natural disasters in more than 40 countries around the world. International Rescue Committee Belgium asbl-vzw represents the IRC’s global network in Belgium. Established in 2001, IRC Belgium carries out policy and advocacy work, provides technical support to IRC programmes in the field, and raises funds to support those affected by conflict and disaster.

The IRC is looking for an Advocacy and Policy Intern for the Brussels office.

6 to 9 months, full-time internship, starting at short notice.

• Assist with research on how the EU and EU Member States address gender-based violence and refugee protection in development cooperation and external action.
• Monitor and analyse the latest developments in the European Institutions, Member States and the media for relevant humanitarian aspects.
• Assist in formulating advocacy and position papers, drafting press releases and liaising with NGOs, networks, etc.
• Assist in the organisation of meetings and conferences with NGOs, EU Institutions and Member States.
• Attend relevant meetings and conferences with donors, policy-makers and other partners, as requested.
• Perform other duties as needed, such as keeping contact database updated, organising travel, translating, proofreading, verifying references, summarizing, helping with presentational as well as administrative tasks.

• Graduate Degree in Political or Social Sciences, Law, International Relations, Humanitarian Studies or a relevant field.
• Good understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions and specifically of the EU’s external action.
• Knowledgeable about the issue of violence against women and/or refugee protection, both in European external action, highly desirable.
• Familiar with current debates on humanitarian and development issues in the EU and its relations with partner countries.
• Strong research, analysis and reporting skills, with excellent writing skills.
• Excellent (spoken and written) English required, combined with fluent French and/or Dutch.
• Proactive and able to work well independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, challenging non-profit setting.

We offer interns a monthly stipend.

How to apply
Please apply online by 19 April 2013. Only applications with CV and cover letter will be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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