APPLY NOW: Events and Communications Internship - Young Friends of the Earth Europe

5 April 2019

Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE) is seeking an Events and Communications Intern to promote youth participation, food sovereignty and climate justice activities across Europe

Full time and working in the FoEE (Friends of the Earth Europe) office in Brussels. Application details at the bottom of the page.

FoEE campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment. It unites 33 national organisations with thousands of local groups and is part of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International. Please see for more information.

Within the FoEE network, Young Friends of the Earth Europe (YFoEE) is a grassroots network of young people and youth organisations working collectively on a local, national and European level. It unites member groups from 20 countries across Europe, bringing together and training young people to campaign for and share knowledge and ideas about social and environmental justice.

It is an excellent opportunity to work closely with the network of Young Friends of the Earth groups and its volunteers. Through Europe-wide voluntary working groups and annual training events Young Friends of the Earth Europe works in several areas and aims to build young people's capacity through activities on Food Sovereignty and Climate Justice Campaigns and Communications and Equality & Interculturalism.

What is the role?
You will be directly involved in the implementation of the "Growing Together" youth project, funded by Erasmus+ programme, reporting to the YFoEE Coordinator and working closely together with FoEE Network Development team and the YFoEE Food & Agriculture and Communications working groups. You will also help with planning and running youth trainings across Europe.

"Growing Together" focuses on building young people's capacity and knowledge on food sovereignty through innovative communications, political analysis and popular education methodologies. The main objectives of the project are:

  • To build educational and communications capacity of young people, and in-depth analysis on the topic of food sovereignty and enable effective organising with affected rural communities
  • To raise awareness and promote critical thinking among young people (and especially young farmers) from rural communities to engage in decision-making that directly impacts their livelihood and their future
  • To empower young people to become change makers, including support for young people to have a say in European policy development related to food and agricultural policies

Goals and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Organise and develop content for Europe-wide youth trainings and skill-shares on food sovereignty, climate justice communications and transformative education methodologies
  • Collect and disseminate tools and methodologies of communications and popular education to support local YFoE/FoE group activities.
  • Communicate and strengthen relationships with European YFoEE allies working on food and agriculture topics
  • Ensure visibility and outreach of YFoE/FoE group activities on food sovereignty.
  • Develop content for the YFoEE website and social media, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
  • Support the development of the YFoEE 'Food Sovereignty Manifesto'
  • Support the management of the project and the daily work of YFoEE, including support to YFoEE volunteers

Applicants should demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the values, vision and mission of Young Friends of the Earth Europe
  • Strong interest in environmental justice issues, ideally through voluntary or work experience as a social/environmental activist or within an NGO
  • Experience of working with young people and volunteers
  • Previous experience of using non-formal education tools and good facilitation skills
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and social media communication skills
  • High level of IT literacy (Microsoft Office/Excel – Photoshop is a plus)
  • High level of English (written and oral)

The following attributes are also desirable (but not essential):

  • Previous experience with Young Friends of the Earth, Friends of the Earth, or another environmental and social justice group/ organisation;
  • Ability to work in one or more other European languages (aside from English).

The internship will be based in our office in Brussels for 6 months, with the possibility to extend to maximum 9 months depending on funding and performance (full-time, 5 days a week).
FoEE offers a highly motivating working environment in an international NGO and office located in an environmentally friendly NGO building.

Starting date: 19th June 2019

Remuneration: 852 € / month net, meal vouchers and transport allowance + 10 holiday days. Conditions are according to Belgian legislation including the legal ability to live and work in Belgium.

Friends of the Earth Europe adheres to Belgian law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, sexual orientation, marital status, birth, fortune, religious, philosophical or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, maternity, change of sex, nationality, alleged race, skin colour, ancestry, national, ethnic or social origin.

The working language is English, but participants are not expected to be native speakers.

How to apply?
Do you feel that you meet our criteria, and feel inspired by the objectives and challenges of the position?

Then please send an email with an attached CV and a concise letter (no longer than 1 A4 page, one side) explaining your background and your motivation to: by May 1st 23:59 CET, 2019. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.

Interviews will be conducted in English online via Zoom video call on 20th May. If you have not been contacted by May 20th please consider that you have not been short-listed.

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