Friends of Europe is recruiting a programme assistant for a paid internship, to provide support principally in our Peace, Security and Defence area of expertise, amongst other responsibilities.
Friends of Europe is a leading think tank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change to create a more inclusive, sustainable and forward-looking Europe.
This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of an influential think-tank and develop your skills and experience. You will gain an understanding of policy areas, whilst gaining greater in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field of Peace, Security and Defence, and have the chance to learn, give your input, and have an impact.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
- Assisting in and supporting programme managers with the organisation, delivery and follow-up of Friends of Europe events (e.g. drafting event proposals, invitations and programmes, contacting speakers, preparing moderators’ briefings and pre-reading materials, registering and assisting participants, drafting and sending evaluation questionnaires, on-site support at events etc.);
- Researching and writing briefings on EU and global policy challenges in the field of Peace, Security and Defence;
- Researching speakers, authors, themes and background information for our debates and articles;
- Providing input to developing programme content for our events, planning publications and requests for articles;
- Assisting in the organisation and follow-up of meetings and conducting other administrative tasks relating to the activities of the organisation (e.g. managing correspondence, providing logistical arrangements, background documentation, report writing);
- Developing and keeping-up-to date databases (e.g. entering data, creating mailing lists, etc.);
- Conducting specific research in the areas of work (e.g. drafting fact sheets, updating documents, etc.);
- Engaging in work across the organisation and supporting the leadership team as required.
WHAT SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED TO HAVE?
- Relevant university degree (for example relating to Peace, Security and Defence, or general social policy; politics, European studies);
- Be fluent in English (knowledge of other European languages is an asset);
- Excellent organisational, communication, writing and editing skills;
- Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in Peace, Security and Defence and more generally European and global affairs;
- Research experience combined with good analytical skills;
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (a knowledge of social media is also desirable);
- A highly-motivated, creative and enthusiastic personality – you need to be able to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Knowledge of our organisation, an interest in working for a think-tank and commitment to the work of the non- profit and civil society sector;
- Good understanding of EU institutions;
- Interest in event organisation.
- your CV (maximum 2 pages)
- a cover letter (maximum 1 page)
- if possible, an example of written work
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 6th January 2017.
Interviews will take place the week commencing 9th January 2017.
Please note that due to the high volume of applications, only a short list of candidates will be contacted.