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CONCORD is looking for Policy & Advocacy trainees

CONCORD is the European confederation of NGOs working on sustainable development and international cooperation. We are made up of 59 member organisations 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).

We are looking for two people who are passionate, motivated, creative, cooperative, and committed and 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.

As a trainee, you will support CONCORDs Policy and Advocacy work. You will work within our Policy and Advocacy team under the supervision of two Policy and Advocacy Coordinators. We are now looking for two different trainees to support the work in the following areas:

● Gender Equality and AU-EU relations
● Financing and Funding for Sustainable Development

Main learning objectives

You will be able to acquire a good understanding of decision-making processes in the 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,
You will be able to enhance your coordination skills, process management skills and organisational skills.
You will be able to learn more about policy analysis and advocacy processes, including drafting relevant documents, enhancing the engagement of members in order to develop and advocate for CONCORDs positions, monitoring EU institutional policy processes, drafting minutes of meetings, and learn about the political process.
All while working in an international, multicultural environment.

Main responsibilities and tasks

The role involves supporting the implementation of CONCORDs policy and advocacy objectives, coordinating our members in the collective policy and advocacy work vis-à-vis EU institutions. The trainee will divide her/his tasks between 2 Coordinators working approximately 2,5 days per week with each Coordinator. Under the supervision of the Coordinators, the trainees will conduct:

Policy and advocacy work:
Participate in and contribute to the coordination within the Policy and Advocacy team and with other teams in CONCORD;
Support the organisation of meetings and events;
Monitor relevant EU policies and processes;
Support projects within working groups and the drafting of joint positions and analyses;
Contribute to knowledge sharing and management within working groups and CONCORDs wider membership;
Other relevant policy and advocacy tasks.

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 studies

Technical Skills/Expertise:
✔ Knowledge of the functioning of the European Union institutions and EU policy-making processes;
✔ Good spoken and written English.

Desirable skills
✔ Ability to organise 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 to achieve tight deadlines;
✔ Understanding of project management;
✔ Analytical and problem solving skills;
✔ Capacity to research, synthesis and analyse information;
✔ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
✔ Eager to take initiative;
✔ Good spoken and written French or other European languages;
✔ Strong computer skills.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter as one pdf document (in English) through CONCORD's portal setting out your reasons for applying for the internship and outlining the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role: by 5 August 2021.

Please indicate clearly in the name of the document: APPLICATION FOR POLICY AND ADVOCACY TRAINEESHIP_NAME and please state clearly which of the two traineeships you are applying for:

1. Gender Equality and AU-EU relations
2. Financing and Funding for Sustainable Development

Short listing and interviews:
Short listing is based on CV and cover letter. Successful candidates will be asked to attend a face to face or Skype interview.
Please note that due to the large number of expected applications only successful candidates will be contacted. In advance, we thank all candidates for their interest.

Closing Date: 5 August 2022

Interview dates: Second and third weeks of August 2022

Aimed starting date:
For trainee working on Gender Equality & AU-EU relations: Beginning of September
For trainee working on Financing and Funding for Sustainable Development: Beginning of October

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