Advocacy & Public Affairs volunteer position

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) is now recruiting a volunteer, on a full-time basis, to help with its tasks and mission in its Brussels’ office.

The European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) is the European representation of a network of NGOs composed of Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) seeking to promote human rights and democracy in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Region.

The ECDHR is in charge of representing the network at the EU level to engage in awareness raising and conduct a public affairs strategy with EU stakeholders in order to defend and uphold human rights and democracy in the Gulf.

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The intern will:

  • Monitor and report on the EU policy, legal and political developments relevant to ECDHR’s mission;
  • Follow and report on hearings, briefings, and other meetings in Brussels to help foment ECDHR’s work;
  • Assist with advocacy campaigns by conducting research and preparing background memos and other written materials;
  • Assist in social media campaigns and the drafting of external communications, including blog posts, editorial pieces, and informative backgrounders;
  • Engage in mapping and outreach exercises with EU stakeholders;
  • Assist with administrative duties as required.

Qualifications and Skills

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • A university degree (minimum 3 years of higher education) in European Studies, Law, Politics, International Relations or Communications; A Masters’ degree in a similar discipline is desirable;
  • A minimum of previous 6 month’s experience in working on EU Public Affairs or EU Communications in highly desirable;
  • Full working knowledge of the EU Institutions and the EU’s decision-making process;
  • Interested in and knowledgeable of human rights issues, particularly with respect to freedom of speech, expression, and association, due process rights, and/or prisoners’ rights;
  • Proficient analytical and writing skills;
  • Ability to work in a team and on a tight schedule;
  • Solid organizational and time-management skills;
  • Committed to ECDHR’s mission;
  • Proficient English (both written and spoken) and sound knowledge of at least another EU Official language.

ECDHR is an equal opportunity employer.


How to apply

Please email your CV and Cover Letter (max. 1 page) to the attention of Ms. Cerdá Marcos by 15 April 2015 – 18.00 CET to

Please specify in the email subject your name + ECDHR Volunteer

The expected start date is end of April 2015. Please note that this is a voluntary position and no economic remuneration is foreseen for the moment.

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