Research Assistant Trainee

International Co-operative Alliance
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 09

Position description

The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve co-operatives worldwide. It provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about co-operatives. The Alliance's members are international and national co-operative organisations across 100 countries from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, industry, services, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing and insurance. Through its membership, the International Co-operative Alliance gives a voice to one billion of the world’s citizens. More information is available at:

Against the background of cooperative enterprises enabling people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development, the programme ‘Cooperatives in Development – People-centred businesses in action’ will work on promoting the co-operative business model in global and local development policies, and strengthening co-operative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights. This programme will run from March 2016 to September 2020, and be led by the Alliance global office, in coordination with the four Alliance regional offices for Europe, Africa, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.


The Research Assistant Trainee will be responsible for supporting the research activities undertaken within the ICA-EU partnership, which include a mapping of cooperative actors worldwide, an analysis of legal frameworks applicable to cooperatives at regional and national levels, and several thematic researches conducted at global and regional levels. S/he will work in close cooperation with the ICA-EU Partnership Team and report directly to the International Development Director in the Coordination Unit.

The main role of the Research Assistant Trainee is to assist with the coordination activities required for the aforementioned global research processes, and to contribute to the implementation of research activities led at European level within the programme.

Key responsibilities are

  • Assist with the collection of qualitative and quantitative data from cooperative organisations and other key actors;
  • Support the research conducted on legal frameworks analysis;
  • Help drafting and editing the reports, papers and internal notes produced within the global and European research processes;
  • Support the coordination process between the Research Officers from all ICA offices participating in the ICA-EU partnership;
  • Liaise with a variety of stakeholders including cooperative organisations and external research partners;
  • Monitor international development topics relevant for the programme’s research;
  • When relevant, help present research findings in internal or external meetings/events.



  • University degree in economics, political sciences, international relations, development or any other relevant field;
  • 1-2 years of experience related to research activities, preferably conducted in an international context and/or with a focus on international development;
  • Understanding of research processes and methodologies;
  • Very good command of English;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team;
  • Demonstrate commitment to the cooperative values and principles.


  • Knowledge of the cooperative business model is a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of and relevant experience with statistics and statistical software;
  • Knowledge of other languages, particularly French and Spanish;
  • Knowledge of international institutions and the European Union;
  • Experience of work with civil society organisations or membership organisations.

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