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Programme Assistant – Focus on Peace, Security and Defence

Friends of Europe

Brussels, Belgium

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?

Essential:

  • 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.

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