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VSE Internship Recruitment of a capacity building and policy Intern 6 months (September 2023 – March 2024)

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 75 organisations from more than 34 countries. VSE advocates on behalf of victims, to make sure that throughout Europe all victims’ needs are respected and their rights recognised. The organisation aims to ensure that every victim of crime in Europe is able to access information and support services in the aftermath of crime, regardless of where the victim lives or where the crime took place.

VSE is currently looking for a full time Capacity Building and Policy Intern. The position will run for 6 months, starting ideally 4 September 2023. The key candidate will be highly organised, be attentive to details, have good drafting skills and have a pro-active and dynamic approach to work with the ability to solve problems and create solutions using their own initiative. A knowledge of victims’ rights, project management and experience at the EU level will be an advantage.

Key activities:

  • Support with review of membership applications;
  • Support the organisation of capacity building events and meetings, such as workshops, staff exchange, national meetings;
  • Support the development and delivery of training, both online and in-person;
  • Support the implementation and development of VSE’s standards and accreditation process;
  • Update and maintain VSE membership database;
  • Support research and draft policy documents in particular in the context of the revision of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive, draft responses to EU consultations and advocacy letters;
  • Support the organisation of internal and external meetings and events; including draft minutes of meetings and prepare presentations;
  • Monitor relevant EU policies and processes, attend meetings and conferences, take notes and report back to the team;
  • Update and maintain EU contact database, identifying relevant contacts;
  • Monitor case law of the ECHR and ECJ relevant to victims’ issues and write summary and articles;
  • Support with administrative and financial activities as required.

Skills & Experience:

  • Relevant degree in political science, international relations, law, victimology or related field
  • Knowledge of EU institutions and EU decision making process
  • Strong research, analysis and drafting skills
  • Knowledge or experience in victims’ rights is an advantage
  • Previous experience in an EU NGO is a plus
  • Fluent oral and written skills in English, knowledge of another EU language is an advantage
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Good command of MS Office tools

Terms of the contract

The position is based in VSE’s head office in Brussels, Belgium (3 days working from the office, 2 days working from home). Applicants must have the legal right to work in the EU. VSE cannot assist non-EU Nationals to obtain a work permit or help with relocation costs.

The selected candidate will be offered a Belgian Convention d’immersion professionnelle (CIP) (38 hours/week) subject to a payment of 1000 euros per month. VSE grants our interns up to six days of extra-legal paid leave during the internship.

Desired starting date of assignment:  4 September 2023



Send your CV and letter of motivation (1 page max) by email at noting “Capacity Building and policy Intern – YOUR NAME” in the subject line, by 28 July 2023, 17:00 CET. Incomplete or late application will not be considered.

Online interviews will take place mid-August. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

By sending your application you agree that VSE processes and stores your personal data for the purpose of this recruitment process. You are entitled to ask VSE to erase your data at any time. VSE retains personal data for the period of maximum of two years following the end of the application period, unless you opt out of this data retention period, which can be done at any time.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace which is why people from communities that experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, (cultural) background, people with disabilities, and LGBTIQ+ people are welcomed to apply.

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