Monday, 23 May 2016

Trainee Communications

ICA - International Co-operative Alliance
Brussels, Belgium
The International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve co-operatives worldwide. It provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about co-operatives. The Alliance members are international and national co-operative organisations across 100 countries from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, industry, services, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing and insurance. Through its membership, the Alliance gives a voice to one billion of the world’s citizens. More information is available at:
Against the background of cooperative enterprises enabling people around the world to become protagonists of their own social and economic development, the programme ‘Cooperatives in Development – People-centred businesses in action’ will work on promoting the cooperative business model in global and local development policies, and strengthening cooperative organisations as viable actors in development processes in their own rights. This programme will run from March 2016 to September 2020, and be led by the Alliance global office, in coordination with the four regional Alliance offices for Europe, Africa, Americas, and Asia-Pacific.
The trainee will be in charge of supporting all communication tasks within the EU development program. S/he will assist the preparation of visibility material for conferences, seminars, events, publications, etc. in line with the EU guidelines. S/he will also be in charge of updating the social media and implementing digital, online and off-line communication, including the drafting of press releases and newsletters.
Key responsibilities are:
Implement the joint visibility strategy under the supervision of the communication director;
Create written and visual content for online and offline communication channels including web, intranet, social media and newsletters;
Support the setting-up of an online platform with an external web-design and IT programming team;
Contribute to events’ organisation such as institutional meetings and workshops;
Follow and report on communication statistics;
Analyse media coverage;
Manage the organisation’s outreach database;
Participate in communication training sessions;
Support logistics and other tasks at international meetings;
Conduct any other task linked to the program or to the activities of the ICA.
Master’s degree in related discipline;
Some experience in writing, editing, publishing, graphic design and/or audio-visual production, preferably in the field of development cooperation;
Substantive understanding of political issues and trends;
Ability to maintain effective working relations;
Ability to organise, plan and implement work assignments with tight deadlines;
Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
Strong writing and presentation skills, having a keen eye for detail;
Excellent ICT skills; eager to keep up-to-date with new communication tools and practices; knowledge of classic and social media channels;
Ability to work in a multi-national environment; excellent interpersonal skills;
Demonstrate commitment to the cooperative values and principles;
Communicative team member and good networker.
Knowledge of the cooperative model is a strong asset;
An advanced university degree on International Affairs, Political or Social Science, Communications, PR, Journalism;
Experience on development programmes with a government, international organisation, or civil society organisation is an asset;
Knowledge of other languages, particularly French and/or Spanish.
Starting date is the 20th of June 2016, for a duration of 6 months.
Located at the International Co-operative Alliance Office (Brussels, Belgium). The office language is English.
The internship will be remunerated, with an allowance foreseen by the ‘Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle’.
Interested candidates are asked to apply by submitting the filled in application form and a detailed CV Please mention in the email subject your name followed by ‘Internship Communications’.
Deadline for applications is the 30th May 2016 (18h CET).
Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Interviews will take place at our offices beginning of June 2016.

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