Trainee EU Advocacy/ Down to Zero

Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a

Trainee EU Advocacy/ Down to Zero

Full-time, Brussels

About Terre des Hommes

Terre des Hommes Netherlands aims to protect children by preventing and stopping child exploitation. And by empowering children to make their voices count. Terre des Hommes Netherlands focuses on (online) Sexual Exploitation of Children (SEC), Child Labour, Child Trafficking and on Child Protection in Humanitarian Crisis. For each of these forms of child exploitation, Terre des Hommes Netherlands is developing and implementing projects and programmes through local partners, mainly in Asia and Africa.

About the Down to Zero (DtZ) Alliance

In the Down to Zero (DtZ) Alliance, Terre des Hommes Netherlands (lead), Plan International Nederland, Defence for Children – ECPAT, Free a Girl and ICCO Cooperation (part of Cordaid) work together aiming to end sexual exploitation of children in twelve countries in Asia and Latin America, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Since 2016, DtZ led by Terre des Hommes, enables children and young people to get out of exploitative situations and advocate for their rights, enables communities to become safer and protective of their children against sexual exploitation and enables governments to improve and implement related policies, laws and regulations. The Alliance also collaborates with the private sector, for example in the tourist industry and ICT companies.

What will you work on:

  • Support the coordination of a multi-country research on child online safety;
  • Carrying out research and data analysis;
  • Monitoring policy initiatives and developments at EU level relevant to online child sexual exploitation;
  • Supporting advocacy on online grooming and sexual exploitation of children, including in relation to the proposed EU CSA Regulation.

This also includes:

  • Providing research (literature review, consultations, data, etc.) and analysis on various policy areas with a focus on online child sexual exploitation;
  • Events attendance and reporting (e.g. policy conferences, European Parliament hearings and workshops);
  • Supporting the preparation and organisation of meetings and events.

Who are you:

  • University degree in European Studies, Human Rights, Social Sciences, Politics or similar field;
  • Excellent communications and writing skills in English required (spoken and written);
  • Strong research abilities and analytical skills;
  • Good social and organisational skills, including planning;
  • Knowledge and or interest in ​Child Rights, pref. SEC​;
  • Preference for previous internship experience at EU level;
  • Work well independently and in teams, self-starter.

What do we have to offer?

Because Terre des Hommes Netherlands carries out programmes and projects itself, the difference is that the organisation, and therefore also your contribution, is visible and tangible every day. We offer:

  • A traineeship where you can really make a difference for children.
  • An organisation with enthusiastic colleagues, everyone likes to contribute to Terre des Hommes from their own discipline.
  • An easily accessible office in the middle of Brussels, the city of human rights and (EU) politics.
  • A 6 month traineeship contract (convention d’immersion professionnelle)
  • The salary is 958,35 EUR per month based on 38 hours a week in accordance with traineeship regulation.
  • Possible start date 1st July or as soon as possible.

How to apply


Do you like to become part of our Research Expertise and Influencing (REI) team?

Please upload your application before June 7 2023.

You can apply here

For more information please contact

Other information

Terre des Hommes is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are encouraged to apply for this position.

Terre des Hommes aims to attract great talent that not only fits the job but also our high standard of values and principles, who shares and demonstrates Terre des Hommes commitment to prevent and eradicate any type of misconduct including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, any other type of misuse of power or lack of integrity and financial misconduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us. We require a Declaration of Good Behaviour and Signature of our Child Safeguarding policy and our Code of Conduct.

Terre des Hommes is unfortunately not able to provide a work / residence visa for applicants outside the EU.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.

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