We are currently looking for an experienced
Programme Assistant - Peace, Security & Defence
“Friends of Europe is an independent think thank that connects people, stimulates debate and triggers change. We work for a more sustainable, forward-thinking, inclusive Europe”.
Friends of Europe is recruiting a Programme Assistant for a (modestly) paid internship, to provide support principally in the day-to-day operations for a range of tasks, activities and events relating to its work.
This is a great opportunity to understand the workings of an independent, influential think tank and develop your skills and experience. You will gain an understanding of multiple policy areas and have an opportunity for self-development and learning – as well as a chance to contribute to the dissemination of information through debates, working groups and publications.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY TRAINEESHIP?
At Friends of Europe, we see traineeships as a way of combining initial full-time work experience with hands-on training. That’s why our traineeships are for people who have recently graduated and are eager to acquire a first work experience.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
- Assisting and supporting the team with the organisation, delivery and follow-up of debates (drafting event proposals, invitations and programmes, contacting speakers, preparing moderator briefings and reading materials, registering and assisting participants, drafting and sending evaluation questionnaires, on-site support, etc.);
- 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 databases up-to-date (e.g., entering data, creating mailing lists, etc.);
- Researching and writing briefings on EU and global policy challenges;
- Engaging in work across the organisation and supporting the team as required.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS DO I NEED TO HAVE?
Profile – behavioural competencies
- A highly-motivated personality, hands-on and well-organised
- ‘Can do’ / ‘solution-oriented’ mentality
- Able to meet deadlines while maintaining attention to detail
- Able to work in a multicultural team and with minimum supervision
- A particular interest in working for a think tank
- Interested in event organisation
- Flexibility when having to work at morning & evening, weekend events
Education & Experience
- Relevant university degree (for example relating to political science, European studies, international studies)
- Research experience combined with good analytical skills
Knowledge & skills
- Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in EU policy and public affairs, with particular interest in Peace, Security & Defence
- Fluency in spoken and written English; other languages are an asset
- Excellent writing skills
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools
- Knowledge of social media and information platforms to gather key content is a plus.
Friends of Europe is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all applicants, by providing equal treatment of all job applications received, regardless of applicants’ ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, disability or health status. We especially encourage applications from those who have been historically excluded or not had fair and equal opportunities to apply.
HOW TO APPLY
- Interested candidates are asked to upload their CV and cover letter in English in electronic format to the CV Warehouse tool on our website friendsofeurope.org (careers).
- The closing date for applications is Monday 15th August 2022 at midnight CEST.
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.