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Call for Candidates: Policy Assistant at Social Services Europe

Social Services Europe is the largest European network for not for profit social and health care providers.  Bringing together eight well known and vast organisations it aims to strengthen the profile and position of social services, and to promote the role of not-for-profit social service providers throughout Europe. Furthermore, the network wants to ensure that the specificity of not-for-profit social and health care service providers is recognised, and that adequate economic, social and legal conditions exist for quality social and health care services.  Social Services Europe seeks to redress the lack of qualitative and quantitative data on social dialogue issues in the sector of social services from the perspective of employers and promote a culture of effective social dialogue and industrial relations.

To support its operations in Brussels, Belgium, the network is looking to recruit a Policy Assistant under the terms of a Convention d’Immersion Professionel (CIP) which regulates internships in Belgium.
What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who wants to learn and develop their advocacy, communication and organisational skills in an international environment.  You must be a self-starter, happy to work autonomously in a dispersed team.  You need to have a passion for addressing inequalities in our societies and ensure that quality accessible, affordable services are available for all.  You need to be comfortable in meeting people and participating in external events and be able to distil complex information into briefings for the members of the network. You should be well organised, a good planner but also able to adapt to opportunities as they arise.  

What do we offer?

We offer a six-month contract with potential for extension to 12 months under the conditions of a CIP.  This includes a monthly allowance of c760€, lunch vouchers, medical insurance and travel reimbursement where applicable.  Additionally, we offer a comprehensive training programme with clear learning objectives and opportunities for personal and professional growth.  This will include participating in activities organised by the members of SSE which will enable the development of a wide range of experience and networks.  The post holder will be initially based at the offices of Eurodiaconia, one of the members of Social Services Europe and Eurodiaconia will also be co-ordinating the recruitment process.

How to apply?
Please send a CV along with a cover letter that specifically answers the following questions:
1.    What is your motivation for applying for this position and what would you like to gain from this internship?  1500 characters (with spaces) maximum
2.    What relevant qualifications, skills and experience do you have for this internship? 2500 characters (with spaces) maximum

Please send both documents as one pfd file of no more than 4 pages in total.  Applications should be sent to  by midnight CET on 7 July 2019 and should be addressed to Heather Roy, President of Social Services Europe.  Interviews will be  carried out by skype or in person during July.  The anticipated start date is 2 September 2019.
Please note that all applicants must have an already existing right to work in the European Union and must be eligible for the CIP contract.

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