Advocacy Trainee

Civil Rights Defenders
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 18

Position description

The Advocacy Trainee is responsible for assisting with our programme in Brussels. Their primary responsibility will be to assist the Europe and MENA department (focusing mostly on the Western Balkans, Turkey and a few MENA countries) with the implementation of their advocacy strategy with the European institutions. However, cooperation with some of CRD’s other programmes (Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Legal and Latin America) is foreseeable.

The Advocacy Trainee is based in Brussels and reports directly to the Brussels Programme Officer, but their work is not limited to a particular country of focus.

Your key activities will be:

  • Following and analysing the human rights situation in Europe, including in particular the Western Balkans and Turkey;
  • Assisting with organising and participating in advocacy visits (in-person if possible or else remote) for partners from the regions we work on (Western Balkans, Turkey, Eurasia, MENA, South-East Asia, Latin America, Africa) to Brussels, in cooperation with the respective POs;
  • Participating in Civil Rights Defenders' general advocacy before relevant EU bodies;
  • Monitoring of the EU’s activities concerning our target countries;
  • Drafting programme-related documents, to be used for advocacy and awareness-raising purposes;
  • Possibly assisting with the drafting of fundraising applications;
  • Building upon and managing a pre-existing network of EU contacts, including MEPs, European Commission officials, and staff of the European External Action Service;
  • There is also the possibility of coordinating a part of the work and occasionally providing support to the Europe Team’s interns.

About you

As a person, you like to take initiative, start activities and achieve results. You are outgoing and socially active in professional contexts and can create and maintain relationships.

To thrive in this role, you are able to plan, organise and prioritise your work in an efficient way to meet agreed timeframes. You are analytical and able to solve complicated problems.

We assume that you share our values.

To be suitable for this role you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations or similar, including education on international and European human rights mechanisms;
  • A good understanding of the functioning of relevant European institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission and EEAS) and of their potential impact on human rights, especially in non-EU countries;
  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is essential;
  • Availability to travel in Europe if needed.


  • Some previous internship/work experience, preferably in the non-profit sector or with the EU, UN or other international organisations;
  • A basic understanding of the political context in the Western Balkans and/or in Turkey;
  • Fluency in a Balkan language, Turkish, Spanish or French.

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