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Internship position in BRUSSELS, BELGIUM /




The internship will be compensated with 977.5 EUR/month (full-time). 

Search for Common Ground is the largest dedicated peacebuilding NGO in the world, with operations in 30 conflict-affected countries across the globe, and headquarters in the USA and in Belgium. Search Belgium is an international AISBL with around 30 staff based in our Brussels office. Our mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative approaches. In order to achieve this, we apply the “Common Ground Approach” in all our work. As per our 2018-2028 strategy, Search for Common Ground is entering its expansion phase and is looking at increasingly influencing policy-makers in Belgium, Europe, and across the world to make peacebuilding a credible option, based on insights from our experiences in conflict-affected countries. 

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In this context, Search runs several policy and advocacy projects out of our Brussels office, funded by the Belgian and Dutch governments, that focus on highlighting the importance of peacebuilding and conflict-sensitivity. Through these projects, we promote some of our key organisational priorities around youth, peace and security; religious engagement; the Triple Nexus; climate change and conflict; and digital peacebuilding. This portfolio is managed by the Global Programmes Team, in close collaboration with Search’s Policy Team, technical teams, certain country teams, and the Institutional Learning Team. The Global Programmes Team is looking for a committed intern who is passionate about gaining practical experience in the peacebuilding field. The intern will make concrete contributions to the day-to-day project and grants management, implementation, and monitoring and learning under these projects. 

Key responsibilities

  • Help prepare, attend and take notes of programme meetings, strategic reflection and planning sessions, and other meetings of our policy and advocacy projects
  • Assist in updating relevant grants and projects management tools and in tracking deliverables (costed work plans, budget meetings, report submissions) on the policy projects
  • Gather data from different sources (activities, colleagues, reports, websites, etc.) and enter into the relevant trackers and monitoring tools, assist in data validation and verification processes and support the development of M&E reports
  • Assist in preparation of events, logistical and procurement processes (hiring of consultants, preparation of tenders, reviewing of documents, etc.)
  • Researches and collects materials for documentation, briefings and presentations
  • Support donor reporting, collection of success stories, and other written contributions
  • Perform general administrative tasks as needed.


  • Works cooperatively and effectively with other employees, team members and managers
  • Uses logical thinking to structure, interpret and analyse data
  • Possesses excellent analytical, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines and to prioritise essential tasks
  • Listens actively and is open to learning
  • Values multicultural teamwork
  • Has knowledge of and respect for the values and norms of the organisation 
  • Is able to identify essential information for a task or project
  • Is able to organise information or materials for others
  • A self-starting, detail-oriented and flexible approach to tasks
  • Is resourceful and uses Search tools to support efficiency for self and team members

Minimum required qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master (completed) in international relations, conflict resolution, development studies, social sciences or related field
  • Demonstrated interest in policy and advocacy work or conflict resolution
  • Possesses excellent analytical, writing and editing skills
  • Proficiency in English  and French (oral and written)
  • Computer literate with practical experience in Microsoft Office applications

Desired qualifications

  • Practical experience with project/grants management or monitoring & evaluation 
  • Working knowledge of French is a big advantage
  • Working knowledge of Dutch would be desirable
  • Experience with research and data collection
  • Experience working at a (non-)governmental organisation/non-profit or similar international environment


The intern will be part of the Global Programmes Team and will be supervised by a Programme Officer, with a strong dotted line to another Programme Officer. 

Working conditions

Usual office environment in Brussels. Search Belgium currently has a policy requiring at least 2 days per week presence in the office.  

Salary and contract

The internship will fall under the Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle (CIP) or Beroepsinlevingsstage, a framework for internships in Belgium for recent graduates. Hence the candidate must have completed their studies and have the legal ability to live and work in Belgium (this includes citizens of the European Economic Areas and Switzerland). The internship will be compensated with 977.5 EUR/month (full-time). 

We are expecting this internship to be full-time and for a duration of 6 months, exceptions to this can be discussed during the recruitment process.

Foreseen start date

September 2023.

Application process

The deadline for applications is August 20th, 2023. Please submit your CV and motivation letter through our online application portal Lever. Indicate clearly in your motivation letter if you are available full-time for 6 months, or would like to suggest an alternative arrangement. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and Search reserves the right to identify a suitable candidate ahead of this deadline. The successful interviewee will be asked to provide the names and contact details of 3 references.

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website for full details of our work. 


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