Policy and Programmes Intern

Missing Children Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a multi-faceted and versatile Policy & Programmes Intern to support, execute and implement policy & research efforts and support the programmes’ implementation within the organisation.

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 31 organisations from 27 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing.

The Policy & Programmes Intern will report to the Head of Advocacy & Migration and will also support the Secretary General, the Coordinator of the Parental Abductions programme and the Hotlines and Runaways project officer on tasks related to the programme. Tasks may include:

Expected tasks

Policy monitoring

  • Monitor policy developments and activities relevant for the organisation’s programmes (Children in Migration, Parental Abductions & Runaways), at the EU, national and local levels and on a regular basis
  • Compile reports and/or briefs on policy developments relevant to the work of the programmes


  • Support the Hotlines and Runaways Officer in conducting the annual hotlines data collection, supporting the analysis of results and drafting of the report
  • Undertake specific research on various topics relating to: the protection of children on the move, child victims of trafficking, missing children in migration, international protection, parental abductions, runaways, child victims of domestic violence and child sexual abuse.
  • Establish and maintain a database with data on missing children in migration, parental abductions and runaways

Programmes support

Support the heads of programme with:

  • administrative work related to the day-to-day running of the programme, including drafting reports to staff, partners and relevant stakeholders
  • coordination of programme partnerships, including organising and participating to meetings
  • organisation of events

Other tasks upon request.

Profile, skills and background

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in social or political sciences, human rights, EU or international affairs or other relevant field
  • Work proficiency in English
  • Understanding of and interest in human rights and children’s rights/child protection issues
  • Ability to work well in a small team with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to think of the big picture while also having an eye for detail
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant
  • Positive with a can-do attitude and desire to receive feedback and improve
  • Ability to work proactively and to take charge of projects and efforts
  • Ability to work within tight budget constraints and a creative problem solver
  • Experience in working for the NGO sector
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions policy and decision-making

Our offer

An exciting internship for 6 months in a small, dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level.


This is an unpaid position though expenses such as travel and lunches (up to 6 euros) can be covered. We are looking for candidates who are required to do an internship as part of their higher education requirements. Note: While we are working from home during COVID19 restrictions, alternative benefits apply such as compensation for your internet connection and printing, postage and other consumables.


  • 6 months
  • Starting date: 15 January 2021

Application instructions

If you believe you qualify for this position please send along your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter to Federica Toscano of Missing Children Europe, by email by 6 January (12 am CEST). Interviews are planned to take place online 11-12-13 January 2021. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. 


Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel. Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.