Missing Children Europe (MCE) 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.


Our offer

MCE is currently recruiting a full-time Policy and Programmes Intern to join a small and dynamic team.


Job purpose

To assist MCE in meeting its advocacy and programmes objectives related to missing children in Europe including background research, administrative and organisational tasks, support to different advocacy activities.



6 months, October 2021 – March 2022 (negotiable)



Brussels, Belgium [N.B: In accordance with the Belgium COVID-19 rules]


Line management

The Policy & Programmes Intern will report to the Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer and will also support the Secretary General and the Project Officers (International Abduction & Cross Border Mediation, Hotlines and Runaways, Children in Migration).


Key responsibilities and tasks

  1. Policy monitoring
  • Monitor policy developments and activities relevant for the organisation’s advocacy and programmes, at the EU, national and local levels related to children in migration, parental abductions, runaways and sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Support the drafting of reports and/or briefs on policy developments as relevant.
  1. Research
  • 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.
  1. Advocacy activities
  • Administrative tasks related to the organisation of advocacy activities including bilateral meetings, public events, production of research reports etc.
  • Maintaining and updating Missing Children Europe’s contact lists.
  • Participation and note taking in Missing Children Europe internal and external meetings.
  • Supporting the drafting policy positions.
  1. Programme activities
  • Administrative work related to the day-to-day running of programmes (parental abductions, children in migration, runaways), including drafting reports to staff, partners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Organisation of events.
  • Coordination of programme partnerships, including organising and participating in
  1. Other
  • Assisting with other tasks (communications, operations) based on the needs of the organisation.


Profile, skills and background

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in social or political sciences, human rights, EU or international affairs or other relevant field
  • Excellent written and spoken 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



This is an unpaid position although expenses such as local travel and lunches (6 euros/day) will be covered.

We are looking for candidates who are required to do an internship as part of their higher education requirements. We prefer candidates who are sponsored (e.g. Erasmus).

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.


Selection Procedure

If you believe you qualify for this position please complete this online form, adding your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter (max 2 pages). All information given upon application will be treated in a confidential manner and according to Missing Children Europe’s privacy policies.

Interviews are planned to take place online in the week of the 6th September.

Please note that due to the large number of applications and our limited capacity, we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel.



The deadline for applications is 27 August 2021 at midnight (CET).


Equal Opportunity Strategy

Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity in its staffing, including based on gender, ethnic origin, disability, and lived experience of migration. We strongly encourage candidates with such diverse backgrounds to apply.



In case of any questions, please reach out to Louise Bonneau by email: administrator@missingchildreneurope.eu

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