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Country: Belgium
Organization: Oxfam
Closing date: 12 Oct 2021

Contract: Fixed term 10 months internship

Allowance: €1140 net per month plus €75 home allowance

Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must have and be able to retain the legal right to work in Belgium.

Flexible working: We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of working arrangements that might work for you.

The Role

Oxfam International Secretariat is looking for an enthusiastic and well-organized intern to help promote our work on issues ranging from the coronavirus crisis to migration, from tax justice to climate change, from income inequality to humanitarian assistance through creative and strategic media and communications work. You will gain hands-on experience working with the EU advocacy and the global media team of a leading international non-governmental organization. You will develop your media drafting, social media, project management and analytical skills; and you will acquire practical knowledge of EU policy-making and legislative processes.

Please see the Internship profile for further details.

Key responsibilities

  • Help design, implement and review Oxfam’s EU media and communications strategies.
  • Keep Oxfam’s EU social media accounts up-to-date, help identify opportunities for social media engagement, further develop the social media strategy, extend reach and improve targeting of social media posts.
  • Draft media products such as press releases as well as contributions to the weekly internal newsletter.
  • Conduct media monitoring and analysis.
  • Support in keeping Oxfam’s website up to date.
  • Help organise advocacy and media events.
  • Support in developing the media database.
  • Support in managing the Oxfam EU media inbox.
  • Secondment: there are opportunities to discuss spending a portion of the traineeship with the advocacy team to gain an insight into a particular theme (e.g. climate justice).

Our next EU Media and Communications Assistant will require a range of skills and experience.

  • Candidates should show a strong interest in communication and politics to achieve change in the world.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills. Good knowledge of other major European languages is a plus.
  • Some previous work experience or volunteering, especially in social media and/or journalism, is desirable.
  • Candidates must be effective team players with the ability to work and think independently, to help coordinating work in a team, and to be resourceful and proactive.
  • Candidates must be organised and be able to multi-task.
  • A strong command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) is a must; social media, layout/design, photo and/or video editing as well as multimedia skills are highly desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of EU decision-making politics and processes is a plus.
  • An educational background or training in communications and journalism or international politics and development is desirable, but not a must.

What we offer

This role will give you an opportunity to get hands on experience in a busy NGO working to influence EU policy as well as gaining exposure to many aspects of Oxfam International’s EU Advocacy Office’s work and activities, in the context of the worldwide Oxfam confederation

At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. If you have the same opinion, together with the ability to meet the challenges involved, this role offers scope for immense personal fulfilment – as well as outstanding opportunities to develop your career.

Oxfam is committed to providing a fair internship allowance and to providing a flexible, supportive, working environment

About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 20 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries.

Oxfam’s EU Advocacy Office challenges EU policies to make them work for people in poverty.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality.

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. Please note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

How to apply:

Please apply via Oxfam International website here.

Please upload a current CV and answers to the questions below in one document.

Please note applications that do not have a CV and a completed questionnaire will not be considered.

Questionnaire for applications

Please answer all questions and respect the maximum length indicated for each question, otherwise your application will not be considered.

  1. How is your previous experience related to this internship offer? What do you expect to get out of this internship? (Max. 150 words)
  2. What can you bring to Oxfam International’s EU Advocacy Office and its team? (Max. 150 words)
  3. Name the three most important methods or tools available to NGOs to influence EU policies through communications and media work and give a short explanation for your choice. (1-2 sentences of explanation per bullet point)
  4. Please explain in one paragraph each why the following two topics are important for Oxfam, and what its top-line position is/should be. (70-100 words per paragraph)
  5. The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis
    1. The situation of refugees and migrants
    2. The economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis
  6. Please summarise your application in one tweet. (Max. 280 characters and emojis welcome)

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