Plan International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We strongly encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or members of other underrepresented groups to apply. In addition, if you do not meet all the requirements and are very interested in the position, you can still apply by letting us know what you would bring to the work of Plan International.

  • Traineeship title: Communications and Campaigns Assistant
  • Duration: September 2022 – March 2023 (6 months) with the possibility of renewal up to one year (the renewal is not applicable to Belgian nationals)
  • Preferred starting date: 14 September 2022
  • Applications deadline: 27 July 2022
  • Reporting to: Communications and Campaigns Coordinator
  • Responsible for: Supporting the media and communications work of the Plan International EU Office
  • Based in: Brussels, Plan International EU Office
  • Status: CIP (Trainee). Full-time (5 days per week, 37.5 hours)
  • Net Salary: +/- 921 EUR per month
  • Benefits: 10 PLAN holidays for 6 months CIP period, work-related public transport costs reimbursed

About Plan International

Plan International (PI) is a rights-based development and humanitarian organisation working for equality for girls and better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing all children and especially girls. We are active in over 80 countries across the world.

The purpose and ambition of the Plan International EU Office (EUO) is to advance children’s rights and equality for girls in particular in the EU’s external action. In line with Plan International’s Global Strategy, One Million Reasons, and the EUO’s 5-year strategy, we contribute to ensuring that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We work with the EU in its three roles as a donor, policy-maker and promoter of human rights.

Purpose of the role

As part of the EU Influencing Team, the Communications and Campaigns Assistant will support the media and communications work of the Plan International EU Office to ensure that the promotion and protection of children’s rights, with a focus on gender equality, is a priority in the EU’s external action.

Principal Responsibilities

Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the Communications and Campaigns Coordinator:

  • Support Plan International EU Office’s communications and campaign work in key policy areas including Gender Equality, Humanitarian Aid, Development and Peace Policies, Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE), Girls’ Leadership and Youth Participation
  • Support the different online activities of the EU Office (website, social media and newsletter)
  • Daily monitoring of relevant news and updates from the EU Institutions and EU media
  • Support Plan International EU Office’s work to advance girls’ rights and gender equality in the framework of the work of the EU Office, the Girls Get Equal global campaign, as well as any other campaigns of Plan International
  • Support the organisation of key events and activities such as in the framework of the upcoming European Humanitarian Forum, the EU Youth Action Plan, and more, possibly including youth participation related tasks, among others
  • Liaise with the Partnerships Team of the EU Office as wells as with Plan International’s National, Regional and Country Offices to gather information and prepare social media toolkits and case studies on EC-funded projects and collaborate on influencing processes as relevant
  • Working in collaboration with the policy team as relevant, such as drafting articles and setting up influencing plans
  • Provide support for the organisation of both internal and external meetings, seminars, hearings and other events conducted by Plan International EU Office
  • Maintain and manage Plan International EU Office’s contact database and general mailbox, and provide other administrative support as required

Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Commitment to Plan International’s vision and mission;
  • A university degree in a relevant field (Communication, Journalism, International Development, European Studies, Human Rights, Political Science, etc.);
  • Understanding of the functioning of the European Union, and its external action strongly preferred. Understanding of the EU’s humanitarian aid or international cooperation and development aid particularly relating to child rights and gender equality is an asset;
  • Flexible, proactive and resourceful with good organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Ability to work independently / with little supervision;
  • An enthusiasm for social media and its ability to give visibility to Plan International priorities;
  • Experience working with WordPress;
  • Ability to synthesise key information;
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgement under pressure;
  • Computer savvy and creative;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Flexible, proactive and resourceful with good organisational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities and meet tight deadlines in a rapidly changing environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
  • A valid work permit for Belgium.

How to apply

If you meet the skills requirements above and are interested in applying for this post, please send your CV (no Europass) and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) in English to with “Application: Communications and Campaigns Assistant” in the subject.

Deadline for applications is the 27 July 2022 at 23:59, local time in Brussels, Belgium.

Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Visa/passport requirements: the candidate must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Please specify in your application how you hold this right.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy. Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with. Plan International believes that it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

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