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Internship at the EastWest Institute, Brussels. Deadline: 30 April 2011

Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention, Communications Volunteer 
The EastWest Institute is a global think-and-do tank that devises innovative solutions to pressing security concerns and mobilizes networks of individuals, institutions and nations to implement these solutions.

We are currently looking for a volunteer for the Parliamentarians Network for Conflict Prevention, within the Preventive Diplomacy Initiatives Department. The volunteer will be part of a small, dynamic team and will be required to work independently, on different communications, research and administrative tasks. The successful candidate will be able to convey complex ideas in concise and interesting ways; they are proficient in the creative use of social and other forms of media; and they have a deep interest in galvanizing support around issues of conflict prevention.

This volunteer position is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience in working with an NGO on conflict prevention, as well as having practical training in various aspects of project support and communications management.
Key Responsibilities:
Specific duties include:
  • Develop communications materials for the website and newsletter including editorials, interviews, etc;
  • Assist staff with membership management through outreach to Network members in almost 60 countries;
  • Provide research and background materials;
  • Assist in the maintenance of project databases and update project financials;
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Necessary Experience:
  • Only candidates with prior experience in communications, journalism and media (developing communications strategies, designing newsletters, writing articles, engaging in interviews, etc.) will be considered. Candidates with exceptional experience in public relations or marketing may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Fluency in English is a must, other languages (French and Spanish) are a strongly preferred advantage;


Desirable Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Student enrolled in a relevant graduate degree program or a recent graduate from a bachelors or masters program with maximum one year after completing his/her studies; 
  • Good understanding and demonstrated interest in journalism, media studies, international relations, public policy, and/or political science; 
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders;
  • Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
  • Pro-active; highly motivated, flexible, and able to efficiently handle multiple tasks;
  • Creative thinker, able to think ‘outside the box’;
  • PC literate (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); 
If you meet all of the mentioned criteria, please submit your resume and a cover letter that clearly states how your interests and qualifications suit this position, along with your availability, no later than April 30, 2011. Strong preference will be given to candidates available to begin immediately.