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EASPD is looking for a Policy assistant (internship)


The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) represents 17,000 social and health support 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


2. Job description

We are looking for an intern to join the 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:

  • The European Pillar on Social Rights and its implementation through the European semester, and the Social Scoreboard
  • EU policies and activities impacting the funding and financing of social services (EU Investment Plan, EU Structural Funds, Public Procurement, etc).
  • The implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, primarily through European and International Policy Frameworks
  • European initiatives in the field of inclusive employment, education and early childhood intervention

The intern will be expected to:

  • Support EASPD’s work related to the European Semester and the European Pillar on Social Rights
  • Support the drafting of policy reports, briefings, articles and studies on several of the aforementioned policy areas
  • Support the organisation of policy events at national and European level
  • Monitor policy media and publications
  • Assist in the management and administration of European projects

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


3. Qualifications/Skills/Experience Required


-University degree in Human Rights, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Business Studies or similar degree.
-Proven understanding of policy analysis and policy making processes
-Basic experience in the organisation of policy and/or project events
-Basic experience in the drafting of policy inputs
-A basic understanding of and commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, its principles and what it means for care and support providers
-Excellent oral and written skills in English (other languages are an asset)
-Proven ability to work successfully both independently and in a team
-Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office


4. Terms of the contract


-No salary is foreseen.
-The internship is established for a duration of 5 months; part-time schedule is possible.
-Desirable starting date: March 2020
-Monthly reimbursement of public transport is foreseen along with a compensation of 100 Euro.
-Available as soon as possible

5. Application procedure

-Candidates should send their CV and motivation letter to Ms Sabrina Ferraina The motivation letter should concisely describe how the candidate responds to each of the skills required in no longer than 2 pages. 
-The deadline for applications is 23rd February 2020. Interviews will take place on the 3rd March 2020 either in person (preferably) or via Skype.

  • Due to the number of applications we expect to receive only selected candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview.

Please access the full job description in PDF here.