Policy Assistant at the EASPD

EASPD is looking for an intern to assist the Policy team to start in February 2018


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) represents 15,000 social and health service provider organisations across Europe and across disability. The main objective of EASPD is to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities through effective and high quality service systems, as based on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
More information about EASPD is available at www.easpd.eu.

Job description

We are looking for a junior profile willing to complete his/her (ongoing) studies with an exciting working experience in EASPD’s headquarters in Brussels. The Intern will work directly with and under the supervision of EASPD’s Policy Manager and in close cooperation with other members of the Policy team. The work would involve covering a broad variety of topics:

  • EASPD’s annual conferences and events
  • the European semester, the European Pillar on Social Rights and the Social Scoreboard
  • the funding and financing of social services
  • the next EU multi-annual financial framework
  • The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • The promotion and development of inclusive employment, education and early childhood intervention

Expected tasks

  • Support the organisation of EASPD’s annual conferences and events
  • Support and prepare the work done in the EASPD working groups (position papers, briefings, coordination, administration, etc.)
  • Help to monitor –and respond to– policy developments in the European Commission and Parliament
  • Assist in the management and administration of European projects
  • Attend and represent EASPD at external meetings in Brussels and possibly abroad.

Persons with disabilities are particularly welcome to apply for the position.

Qualifications/Skills/Experience Required


  • University degree (Minimum 3 years of higher education) in Human Rights, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Communications, or similar degree.

Skills required

  • Strong interest in learning about and taking part in the European Union’s policy-making processes; in particular on issues related to social affairs and human rights
  • A basic understanding of the European Union and its functioning, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its principles or willingness to learn about this
  • Proven experience in policy analysis
  • Excellent writing skills in English (other languages are an asset)
  • Proven ability to work successfully both independently and in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and Social Media tools.

Terms of the contract

  • 38 hours / week based in Brussels (BE), flexible hours possible and to be negotiated
  • No   remuneration   will   be   provided, but   there will be a reimbursement of €100/month
  • Minimum 6 months internship
  • The preferred starting date is beginning of February 2018.

Application procedure

  • Candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to Ms Sabrina Ferraina sabrina.ferraina@easpd.eu. The motivation letter should concisely describe how the candidate responds to each of the skills required in no longer than one page.
  • The deadline for applications is 22nd January 2018. Interviews will take place on the 29th January 2018either in person or via Skype.
  • Due to the number of applications we expect to receive only selected candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.

Read more and apply here.


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