Handicap International

Handicap International is looking for a bright and enthusiastic trainee to assist the humanitarian and development advocacy team, with a focus on EU policy and communications.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.


You will join the Advocacy and Institutional Relations Unit (AIR) at Handicap International, office in Brussels. This unit coordinates, organizes, manages and implements the activities related to advocacy at Handicap International.

You will work under the under the supervision of your mentor, the Deputy Director for Advocacy. You will also work closely with the Information and Publications Manager. Throughout the traineeship, you will be regularly given feedback on your performance to help you grow.



Support the strengthening of HI advocacy towards the European Union policy- and opinion-makers, and the efficiency of HI external communication tools.


  • You will be able to further strengthen your understanding of decision-making processes of EU institutions and the diverse players involved.
  • You will be able to improve your knowledge about EU policies in humanitarian and development areas.
  • You will be able to improve your policy analysis and communication skills as well as your organisational and logistical skills.
  • You will be able to gain an understanding of the ways of working of a busy NGO, in an international, multicultural environment.


Support to EU-level advocacy

  • Managing and updating the database of EU policy makers and stakeholders
  • Mapping the relevant EU policy processes relating to HI advocacy priorities and producing a series of policy briefs
  • Monitoring EU institutions work; occasionally attending meetings
  • Contributing to the preparation of a training module on advocacy at EU level for HI staff

Support to external communications and logistics

  • Assisting with the management and content of the advocacy blog and twitter : updating list of tweet handles (followers + targets); monitoring the twitter account; drafting blog articles and other internal or external communication material; occasionally conducting interviews for the blog
  • Assisting with the organization of advocacy events in Geneva and Brussels:  logistics; preparing communication material (flyer, media pack) and event material (invitation, report)
  • Participating in team meetings and team life events
  • Providing general administrative support as required


  • Master Degree (could be under preparation), preferably in EU, development, political sciences or communication studies
  • Knowledge of the functioning of the European Union institutions and EU policy-making processes (essential)
  • Knowledge of social media (twitter) management
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others and towards shared objectives
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Capacity to synthesize and analyse information
  • Very good writing skills in English
  • Self-organized and attention to details
  • Interest in voluntary sector and humanitarian affairs


  • Unpaid position - volunteering contract
  • Daily allowance to cover transportation and meals


In order to apply, send your curriculum vitae and a brief cover letter before 15 August to Please include the position (Advocacy trainee - Brussels) plus your name in the title of the e-mail.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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