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Communications & Advocacy Assistant


Description of tasks to be undertaken by the trainee(s)

Support the running of the social media accounts of the Network (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube) and the website management

Monitoring the info email account and being the first line of contact for public enquiries (with support from the CO).

Assist in the planning and preparations of Network events.
Support the CO in drafting and preparing information and promotional materials relating to the Network for various target audiences - newsletters, FGM in the news, infographics, leaflets, videos, pictures, etc.

Support the CO in maintaining, producing and processing website content using Network’s Content Management System (CMS). Contribute to improving the website, CMS and mailing lists and social media accounts.

Support in monitoring policy developments at EU and international level and assist in identifying policy-related opportunities to raise the issue of FGM

Support in drafting policy-papers, position-papers, submissions, briefings and other advocacy tools and material as requested

Assist in preparing talking points and presentations for meetings, events and conferences for the Policy & Advocacy Officer


Profile of Trainee

Qualification: Educational Qualifications/Vocational Training

University degree in Humanities, Social sciences, Political Sciences or Communications

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Experience of using and updating website content management
Ability to use social media in a professional setting
Experience in developing and producing communications deliverables: newsletters, leaflets, etc.

Personal and Social Skills

Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.

Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organisation.

•Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organisation.

•Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
•Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness.

•Organise: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities

•Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.

Language Skills

Professional fluency in oral and written English, good knowledge of French, other EU languages would be an asset

Information Technology (IT) Skills

Windows Office
Social media (Twitter, Facebook)
MODX: desirable
Design and editing softwares/applications: desirable

Other Prerequisites/Skills

Demonstrable concrete knowledge of EU institutions and understanding of policy and decision-making in the European context

Professional fluency in oral and written English, good knowledge of French, other EU languages would be an asset

•Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

•Experience of using and updating the website content management system MODX

•Ability to use social media in a professional setting

•Experience in developing and producing communications deliverables: newsletters, leaflets, etc.


•Experience of working in an EU institution or in a European non-profit organisation

•Experience in gender-based violence and human rights

•Understanding of debates on FGM, violence against women (VAWG) and gender issues

•Experience of working with journalists

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Region: Bruxelles-Capitale

Area: Information and Journalism

Duration: 6 month(s)

Beginning: 05 Mar 2018

Ending: 29 Aug 2018

Language course


6 mois

Number of trainees



Brussels, Belgium

Includes trips abroad


Work schedule

The role is required to work 38 hours a week in the Network’s office in Brussels, Belgium

This is a fixed-term appointment for 6 months from approximately beginning of January 2018.