Vacancy for Policy Fellow (Social Affairs) in Brussels, Belgium


SOLIDAR is looking for a policy fellow in the Social Affairs pillar who can start as soon as possible for a duration of 4 months. This fellowship programme is open to students in the final phase of their Masters and recent graduates looking for an experience in a dynamic and international working environment. This role will allow you to discover the working environment of the NGO and member-based network and give you an understanding of advocacy strategy on the EU level also understanding the impact on the national level.

Key tasks:
Within the fellowship programme related to Social Affairs, fellows will have an opportunity to support and analyse the policy developments on both the national and EU level in the area of social, employment and migration policies. In particular, in the framework of the newly developed Social Right Monitor, the fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to one of SOLIDAR publications.

The fellowship program is under the form of “La convention d’immersion professionnelle” registered under Belgian law. The position foresees the allowance of approximately 750 Euro per month. Preference will be given to scholarship holders (University, EU or other grants).

During the programme, the fellow will be expected to make substantive contributions to:

  • Monitoring of EU policy impact with SOLIDAR members and partners;
  • Supporting the drafting of the first edition of the Social Rights Monitor based on the new methodology developed in partnership with members and academics to complement the Social Scoreboard of the European Pillar of Social Rights, briefing papers and desk studies about the social situation in EU Member States in social affairs;
  • Supporting the organisation of visibility and advocacy activities presenting the findings of the policy monitoring process (e.g. bilateral meetings with policy makers, conferences, roundtables).

Key skills and competences:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Ability to conduct desk reach
  • Ability to write briefing papers and monitoring reports as well as news articles
  • Interest in employment and social policies, migration policies and fundamental rights
  • Eagerness to learn about EU policies and EU decision-making process
  • Fast learner and capacity to work with limited supervision

If you are interested in participating in the SOLIDAR policy fellowship programme, please send:

  • Your CV in Europass format
  • A one page cover letter (subject: ‘Social Affairs Fellowship’). The cover letter should clearly state: why you think you are suited for this position, and what are your objectives/learning outcomes expected from this experience to Laura de Bonfils at laura.bonfils@solidar.org by Monday 11th  June 2019(09.00 am).

Please note that due to the high amount of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.