1780 - EU Conflict and Humanitarian Advocacy Assistant (Internship)

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Posted: 18/11/2021 16:03
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: €1140 net per month + €75 home working allowance
Location: Brussels
Level: Administrative
Deadline: 10/12/2021 23:59
Hours: 36.00
Benefits: 2 days holidays per month of work + local public holidays
Job Type: Internship

Closing date: Friday 10th December 2021 @ 23:59 CET

Interviews: to be held the 1st week of January 2022

Location: Based in Brussels, Belgium

Contract: 10 months, February 2022 - November 2022

Expected start date: Early February 2022

Allowance: € 1140 net per month + € 75 working from home allowance

Oxfam International is unable to guarantee the obtaining of a work permit for the role. Candidates must already have and be able to retain the legal right to work in Belgium. 

Flexible working: We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of working arrangements that might work for you. 

Oxfam International is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. 


The Role

Oxfam International EU Advocacy Office is seeking an enthusiastic and creative intern to support the work of its EU Policy Advisors working on migration as well as conflicts and humanitarian issues. The purpose of this post is to provide the intern with an opportunity to strengthen her/his/their analytical and advocacy skills, as well as knowledge of the EU institutions and policy-making processes, through hands on experience working with the humanitarian staff of a leading international NGO. The intern will assist in the implementation of strategies and tactics to influence the EU on its policies regarding protracted conflicts, humanitarian assistance and migration / asylum.

Key responsibilities

  • Support in developing analysis on humanitarian, conflict & migration policies
  • Support the implementation of advocacy strategies to influence the humanitarian / conflict policies and practice of the European institutions and its Member States.
  • Conduct background research, draft letters, notes and briefings, and set meetings with EU and Member States officials as well as with other relevant stakeholders.
  • Attend meetings with EU policy makers and EU Member States representatives together with Oxfam EU policy advisors and represent Oxfam at meetings as required.
  • Assist in small administrative task within the Oxfam EU office.


  • Education: (working towards) a degree in a relevant field such as international relations, conflict resolution, humanitarian affairs, international development, European Affairs.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian, conflict and / or migration issues and of EU institutions, policies and decision-making processes.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential (C2 level); knowledge of French (at least at B2 level) desirable.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to work within a team and with networks and allies.
  • Computer skills: confident user of all Microsoft Office applications.
  • Affinity with the aims and objectives of Oxfam.

Please see the full internship profile here

Candidates with a migration or displacement background and / or from Eastern European EU Member States are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please submit your CV, cover letter and answers to the below questionnaire in one document. Please note: applications that do not have a CV, Covering Letter and answers to the questionnaire will not be considered.

Please submit your application via email to Applica.87jskp3ef8jmlp40@u.box.com.  

Kindly note, that this email address will upload your application to a Box folder. You should receive confirmation from Box once the documents have been received. 

If you need any assistance with submitting your application via Box, please contact recruitment@oxfaminternational.org


Please answer the questions in no more than 150 words, otherwise your application will not be considered.

  1. How is your previous experience (academic, professional and/or other) related to this internship offer? What do you expect to get out of this internship?
  2. Please explain why it is important for Oxfam to follow policy discussions on the following two topics and what its top line message is/should be when addressing EU officials (70 to 100 words per topic). 
    1. EU's integrated approach 
    2. The European pact on asylum and migration 
  3. Please list two lobby tactics used by NGOs like Oxfam to influence EU policies. For each one, explain why you think it is efficient (1-2 sentences of explanation for each tactic). 
  4. Please summarize your application in one tweet (280 characters maximum) 


About us

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 20 organizations (affiliates) plus the Oxfam International Secretariat, working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in around 90 countries.

The Oxfam International Secretariat is currently headquartered in Nairobi, with offices in Oxford, Washington DC, New York, Brussels, Geneva, and a liaison office with the Africa Union in Addis Ababa.

All our work is led by our core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness, Courage, Solidarity and Equality. 

Our commitment to safeguarding

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checksPlease note that Oxfam International participates in the Inter-Agency Scheme for the Disclosure of Safeguarding-related Misconduct in Recruitment Processes within the Humanitarian and Development Sector. Under this scheme, if you have been employed by another member of the scheme, we will request information from that organization on any misconduct history in accordance with the terms of the scheme. For scheme details please click here.


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