Public Diplomacy Intern

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    Oct 16

Position description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: Public Diplomacy

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Representation to the European Union (UKRep) in Brussels is part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for an intern for a period of 3 months.

The successful candidate will join the brand new Public Diplomacy team at the forefront of our transition to becoming a third country Mission. This internship will provide an invaluable insight into how we aim to shape the debate in Brussels, which we achieve by leading UKRep’s overall campaign, engagement and public diplomacy strategy in close cooperation with London; event planning; managing cross-cutting senior Ministerial and officials visits and engagement strategy with third countries, industry, NGOs, think tanks and other key opinion former within the Brussels bubble. This is an exciting time to be in Brussels and we all work at the coal face of communicating the UK Government’s key messages to an important range of decision makers and influences.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Business Support: Working with the Team Coordinator to provide secretarial support; diary management (arranging external and internal meetings); preparation of papers for meetings; arranging set up for external meetings; preparing briefing packs;
  • Engagement strategy support: Working with desk officers to support the development of campaigns, events and engagement strategies, including assisting with live stakeholder maps, identifying target audiences and the means to reach them.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluent command of English (oral and written);
  • Strong organisational skills;
  • Good communications and personal skills;
  • Confident in using Microsoft Office Programs.

Required competencies: Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline: 30 October 2018
Grade: Internship
Type of Position: Full-time
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Belgium
Location (City): UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels
Type of Post: UK Delegation
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 781.30.
Start Date: 7 January 2019
End Date: 7 April 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time professional internship with the duration of 3 months, 36.25 hours net for 5 working days a week.

The indemnity for this position is €781.30 gross per month. The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium follow the Belgian minimum pay scales for paid internships as set out under local labour law.

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The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation. Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

Professional Internship Requirements

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old;
  • Proof of valid medical coverage for the period of the internship (European Health Insurance Card);
  • The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance;
  • Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

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