Vacancy for Policy and Advocacy Traineeship

6 September 2018 – 28 February 2019 (6 months)

PICUM, the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a network of organisations working to ensure social justice and human rights for undocumented migrants. Grounded in principles of social justice, anti-racism and equality, PICUM works to ensure that all migrants are entitled to a dignified standard of living and respect. Bringing together the experiences and expertise of its members, PICUM generates and coordinates a humane and informed response to undocumented migrants’ realities and provides a platform to engage policy makers and the general public in the full realisation of their rights.

Based in Brussels, the PICUM secretariat leads the network’s advocacy, alliance-building, communications and research activities. Unlike its members working on the frontline, PICUM’s secretariat does not provide direct assistance to undocumented migrants but works to build a strong civil society network to support each other and challenge discriminatory policies and practices.

The candidate will play an important role in PICUM’s daily work, mainly assisting the three advocacy officers by following policy agendas, supporting membership related activities, and carrying out small research projects, administration, event organisation, and dissemination of policy and advocacy outputs. The work experience will provide an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the different facets of operating a transnational NGO network, and working towards social and policy change in the area of human rights for undocumented migrants.



For the period from 6 September 2018 – 28 February 2019, the candidate will contribute to PICUM’s work in the following areas:

  • Support the PICUM staff with general administrative tasks including contact and database management and information requests.
  • Assist with organising and following up on PICUM internal and external events, including PICUM’s strategic member groups and liaising with PICUM members.
  • Assist in producing content for PICUM’s newsletters, blogs, social media items
  • Assist PICUM’s Advocacy Officers with background research, contact management, drafting of papers and other written materials, attend and report on events in Brussels
  • Follow relevant EU policy agendas and deepen your expertise in at least two of PICUM’s strategic areas of work
  • Translate texts from English into other languages (depending on language skills) and coordinate translations and other support of volunteers.
  • Update PICUM’s library and e-library by classifying and entering into the database various printed and electronic materials on undocumented migrants.
  • Working flexibly alongside other members of the PICUM team to take on reasonable tasks as appropriate over and above those set above.



  • University degree.
  • Knowledge of and an interest in learning more about issues concerning undocumented migrants and human rights.
  • Full professional proficiency of English (orally and written) required. Other languages an asset.
  • Ability to work independently, flexibly and under tight deadlines.
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Strong writing and computer skills are preferred.
  • Some experience in event organisation preferred.



The work is full time and is carried out in PICUM’s office in Brussels.

Starting date:   Thursday, 6 September 2018

Ending date:    Thursday, 28 February 2019



PICUM will provide the candidate with a Belgian contract of ‘Professional Immersion’ (‘Convention d’immersion professionnelle’) with a remuneration of € 766 per month + meal vouchers and local transport.


Selection procedure:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at midnight (CET). Please send your CV and cover letter in English addressed to Ms. Alyna Smith at the following address:, with your last name, first name and PICUM Advocacy traineeship in the subject line.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 22 June. Please note that due to large numbers of applications and our limited capacity, we regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Interviews will take place at PICUM’s secretariat on 28 June. Interviews on Skype are possible.

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