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Country: Belgium
Organization: World Vision
Closing date: 29 Sep 2020

Junior Communications and Policy Officer – Traineeship (paid)

Full Time position based in Brussels

CIP Contract (Contrat d’immersion professionnelle)

Founded in 1950, World Vision is a global Christian relief, development, and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty, violence, disaster, and injustice. World Vision has over 37,000 staff in nearly 100 countries. We collaborate with others in pursuit of positively impacting the most vulnerable children, their families, and communities around the world.

World Vision EU Representation (WV EUREP) is one of several “global capitals” based in strategic global locations and an association of WV Offices engaged strategically with the EU. Our main goal is to see a tangible increase in political and financial investment in children by the EU. We work towards this goal and World Vision’s main priority areas through two strategic avenues: advocating for children’s rights at EU level and supporting the World Vision Partnership with expertise and knowledge on EU funding and actions.

Purpose of the Position

The role of the Junior Policy and Communications Officer is to: 1) support the development of engaging communications content and messaging (80%) and 2) support the office’s policy work in the area of nutrition, targeting the EU and its Member States (20%).

Main Responsibilities

  • Profile World Vision as a key child-focused advocacy, development and humanitarian agency and strengthen the relationship with the EU audience.

  • Support the implementation of the EUREP Policy and Advocacy workplan, in the area of nutrition.

Specific duties

  • Develop relevant communication content for social media or online use. Monitor and analyse the impact and reach of communication content put online.

  • Engage online on identified social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook etc.).

  • Contribute to improving the WV EUREP website and explore opportunities for grants communication.

  • Support capacity building sessions on the use of social media for advocacy purposes, if and when relevant.

  • Ensure all written, photographic, video, web and other resources produced are in alignment with World Vision’s standards and protocols (brand guidelines, child protection standards etc.).

  • Support the day-to-day work of the Policy and Communications Manager in the area of nutrition (gather information, organise events, meetings, take minutes etc.).

  • Liaise and maintain regular contact with internal stakeholders and experts.

  • Support the development of World Vision’s input into relevant policies and recommendations towards the EU in the area of nutrition.

  • Keep track and monitor changes in current EU and EC policy debates and legislatives files in the area of nutrition.

  • Participate in internal and external meetings and report back to the Policy and Communications Manager.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in communications, journalism, international relations, EU affairs or other relevant areas.

  • Excellent drafting skills; ability to write compelling and engaging communication and policy messages.

  • Excellent computer literacy, including ability to work with Microsoft Office, web-based software (website management) and programmes such as InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe or equivalent.

  • Knowledge of the EU institutions and ways of working of the EU and its Member States.

  • Excellent written and spoken command of English is essential.

  • Very good organisational skills.

  • Flexible personality, willingness to contribute within a small team and a multi-cultural environment, good humour, diplomatic communicator.

  • Support for World Vision’s core values and Christian identity.

  • Citizenship of an EU member state or a valid residence and work permit for Belgium is a must.

Would be assets, but optional

  • Experience in the field of children’s rights, development cooperation and/or humanitarian aid.

  • Experience working with the EU and/or its Member States.

  • Knowledge of the nutrition sector and EU policies in that regard.

  • French or any other EU language is an asset.

We offer

We offer a varied paid traineeship 12 months to start early November 2020, under Contrat d’immersion professionnelle (https://www.bruxellesformation.brussels/suivre-un-stage/convention-immersion-professionnelle/) and a work environment where good team spirit, collaboration and personal development are held high.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter (no more than one page) outlining how you match the job description to donatienne_desirant@wvi.org and ludovic_wahis@wvi.org with the subject line “First Name + Last Name - Communications and Policy Trainee” by 29 September noon (12.00 PM).

Due to limited resources, we will unfortunately not be able to reply to individual queries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter (no more than one page) outlining how you match the job description to donatienne_desirant@wvi.org and ludovic_wahis@wvi.org with the subject line “First Name + Last Name - Communications and Policy Trainee” by 29 September noon (12.00 PM).

Due to limited resources, we will unfortunately not be able to reply to individual queries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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