Justice & Home Affairs Intern

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
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  • Posted
    Aug 22

Position description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: UKREP (UK Representation to the EU)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The UK Representation to the European Union (UKRep) is part of a worldwide network of diplomatic missions, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. The work of UKRep involves representing UK views and positions, as well as advising colleagues, Whitehall officials and UK Ministers on EU business and ongoing negotiations, undertaking projects towards meeting UK Ministers’ objectives.

UKRep works within the EU and its member states to maximise British influence on issues such as trade, the single market and economic growth and is now looking for an Foreign & Security Policy Intern to join the team for 3 months.

The successful candidate will join the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Team. The dedicated, motivated and friendly team deals with high-profile and sensitive issues in the fields of judicial cooperation (civil, family and criminal law), immigration, asylum and counter‑terrorism including data protection and human rights. While incorporating administrative responsibilities, this role will provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of UK and EU Justice and Home Affairs policy in general, as well as more in-depth exposure to particular issues.

This is a challenging and rewarding role, working in a fast-paced, exciting and international environment. The position allows for broad personal and professional development. JHA is looking for someone who is enthusiastic about developing their skills and who will make the most of the opportunities available to them during the internship. It would suit a graduate with an interest in EU and UK politics and ambitions to work in an international environment.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Support UK representatives to Council working groups, particularly in the CSDP and wider world portfolios;
  • Contribute to the team’s political reporting of events and developments in Brussels;
  • Assist with the organisation of team events (meetings, etc...), both during the preparation and on the day itself.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluent in English and at least intermediate French, both oral and written;
  • University Graduate;
  • Good organisational skills;
  • Good Communications and Personal skills;
  • Ability to work and deliver results;
  • Demonstrated initiative, problem solving and judgement skills;
  • Confident in using Microsoft Office Programs.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluent in French;
  • Experience of working within EU institutions and/or Whitehall departments;
  • Familiarity with EU processes and institutions, or willingness to learn;
  • Some prior knowledge of the EU institutions.

Required competencies

  • Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally.

Application deadline: 4 September 2018
Grade: Internship
Type of Position: Full-time, Temporary, Intern
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Country/Territory: Belgium
Location (City): UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, Brussels
Type of Post: Political Office
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 766
Start Date: 15 October 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time professional immersion traineeship with the duration of 3 months, 36.25 hours net for 5 working days a week.

The professional immersion indemnity for this position is €766. The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium follow the Belgian minimum pay scales for paid internships as set out under local labour law.

For more details, please follow the link: http://www.emploi.belgique.be/defaultTab.aspx?id=3460.

The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation. Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

Professional Immersion Traineeship Requirements:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old;
  • Proof of valid medical coverage for the period of the internship (European Health Insurance Card);
  • The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance;
  • Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

Application instructions

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