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EU Affairs Intern

UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Brussels, Belgium

The internship will focus on supporting the daily work of a multicultural team of experts. This includes back up support and research into EU and Member States policy of relevance to UNRWA programs/projects, and monitoring developments related to the Middle East. We offer full exposure to our inter-disciplinary and multi-facetted subjects and full integration in our highly-motivated team. You will leave having gained hands-on deep in- and oversight of how the EU is ticking. We therefore look for a motivated individual who wants to complement his/her academic knowledge with a reality check on EU policy implementation, internal and external awareness raising, fundraising, communication and visibility events: all this as issue driven work on Palestine refugees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in gathering and updating of information and contacts related to the EU Institutions, EU Member States and other sources;
  • Screening of EU Institutions and Member States foreign policy developments related to the Middle East in general and Palestine refugees in particular;
  • Drafting of bi-weekly internal EU newsletters;
  • Assisting with the follow-up and updating various donor countries profiles;
  • Attending conferences, meetings and other events relevant to UNRWA and reporting back;
  • Supporting advocacy activities towards European Institutions and other stakeholders;
  • Assisting in the preparation of high-level visits of UNRWA representatives to Brussels, including preparation of substantive background documents;
  • Assisting with general requests for information pertaining to Palestine refugees;
  • Assisting with updating the office contact database and other general office tasks;
  • Assisting on an ad hoc basis with communication and EU visibility activities.

Candidates must meet the following criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s desirable) in a relevant field such as European Studies, Political Science, International Relations (preferably with a focus on European Affairs and Palestinian/Middle Eastern issues);
  • Understanding of the EU decision-making processes and foreign policy and/or prior experience working on EU related matters;
  • Excellent command of English; additional language(s) such as French, Dutch, German or other EU official language are an important asset;
  • Excellent communication (orally and in writing) and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent research and drafting skills;
  • Ability to work within a small multicultural team;
  • Ability to prioritize work and manage time effectively;
  • A quick learner with a positive and proactive approach to work;
  • Excellent knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications and databases;
  • Eligibility to reside and work in Belgium;
  • Availability and commitment to a 6-month internship up to February 2018.

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