Junior Advocacy Assistant - Paid Internship

OVERVIEW:

Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping.

OBJECTIVE/PURPOSE:

The Junior Advocacy Assistant will support the Global Advocacy Team of Fairtrade International, which currently comprises two persons (the Director of Global Advocacy and the Senior Advocacy Manager). She/he/they will be based in the office of Fairtrade Belgium (together with the Director of Global Advocacy) and will also work closely with Fairtrade Belgium Head of Advocacy.

PRINCIPAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Junior Advocacy Assistant, depending on her/his/their expertise and experience:

  • Helps to conduct research (on topics related to trade agreements, gender equality, protection of the environment, agroecology, etc.) and drafting of policy positions (on those topics).
  • Supports the organization of events (webinars, meetings, conferences), both in relation to contents and logistics.
  • Drafts internal newsletters and articles.
  • Takes part in conferences and shares notes, summarizes articles and other relevant publications.
  • Helps with administrative tasks when needed
 

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

Professional experience:

  • University degree in any of those fields: economics, political sciences, human rights, environment, law or comparable qualifications.
  • At least 6 months of work experience (including as a volunteer) in the field of advocacy/policy/project management.

Professional and personal competencies:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • Alignment with Fairtrade values - Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Partnership.
  • Fluent English, both spoken and written. Other languages are an additional advantage (in particular Spanish).
 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

 
  • This is a full-time position.
  • 6 months internship contract  (CIP - Convention d’immersion professionelle)
  • Workplace : the Fairtrade Belgium office (at least twice a week).
  • The applicant cannot be a student at the time of applying for this position.
  • The internship cannot be preparation for practising a liberal profession, subject to deontology, such as lawyer or auditor.
  • 21 days of holidays per year pro-rata
  • International Business travel may be required (but less than 10% of the time)
  • Salary: 1.600,00 € brute
  • Period: ideally, the contract would start May/June and end at the end of December 2024.
 

HOW TO APPLY?

Please send your CV and cover letter to Sophie Aujean, Director of Global Advocacy, s.aujean@fairtrade.net by the 18th of May.