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Policy Assistant (Intern)

  • European Coalition for Corporate Justice
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 18, 2024
  • European Coalition for Corporate Justice
Brussels, Belgium
Application Deadline: August 18, 2024
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The European Coalition for Corporate Justice is seeking a highly motivated and proactive Policy Assistant for a period of 6 months. The Policy Assistant will support ECCJ’s policy and advocacy work.

The Policy Assistant will report to the Policy Team and will work closely with other members of the ECCJ team.

  • Location: Brussels, Belgium;

  • Duration: 6 months, up to 1 year.


With 21 members representing over 480 organisations from 18 countries, ECCJ is the only European coalition bringing together European campaigns and national platforms of NGOs, trade unions, consumer organisations and academics to promote corporate accountability.

The coalition is driven by a vision of a sustainable world in which corporations’ drive for profit is balanced by the interests of society at large, and where businesses respect human, social and environmental rights. We seek to tackle some of the root causes of corporate injustice by improving European laws governing activities of business and their impacts on people and planet.

ECCJ works as a catalyst, drawing on the expertise and experience of organisations across Europe to provide a united voice at the EU level promoting the need for legal change. ECCJ is currently focused on the EU Corporate Sustainable Due Diligence Directive and coordinates/plays a central role in the broader civil society movement following this legislative process.

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  • Support ECCJ’s policy and advocacy work in the framework of the transposition of the EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence;

  • Monitor developments of other related legislative files, both at the EU and national level, relevant to the corporate accountability movement;

  • Carry out research and drafting tasks as required, including on climate change, environmental due diligence, and artificial intelligence among other topics of interest for the organisation;

  • Research and draft policy and legal reports, briefs and internal notes for the ECCJ and assist with member organisations’ policy analysis; support ongoing projects;

  • Draft and execute advocacy strategies by reaching out to EU policy makers to advocate for ECCJ’s policy positions and priorities;

  • Draft and translate advocacy material: advocacy papers, letters, emails and other materials;

  • Support member organisations in their advocacy work;

  • Participate in and strengthen a group of Brussels-based NGOs working on corporate accountability and, particularly, on the EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence.


  • A commitment to, and understanding of the mission of ECCJ and its vision of corporate accountability and policy change;

  • Ability to understand complex legal concepts and understanding of EU policy and legislation in the field of corporate accountability, business and human rights, and due diligence;

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in law, political science, international relations, or a related field;

  • A good understanding and knowledge of the EU, its institutions and their functioning;

  • Knowledge of corporate accountability, human rights, climate justice and environmental issues;

  • Strong research and analytical skills;

  • Very good IT skills;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English;

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;

  • Experience in policy analysis or advocacy is a plus;

  • Have a valid residence and work permit for Belgium (Not limited to EU citizens, international students graduated from Belgian higher education institutions can benefit from the zoekjaar).


  • Knowledge of additional European languages;

  • Experience in policy advocacy on corporate due diligence;

  • Experience in research and policy analysis, including drafting policy and legal reports;

  • Experience in organising events;

  • Experience / understanding of working in or with a very small organisation;

  • Expertise in international and/or European law.


  • A contract for the duration of six month under Belgian law (Convention d’immersion professionnelle, CIP);

  • A net salary of 1.161,50 Euros, meal vouchers, and public transportation reimbursement;

  • Training opportunities to further develop your professional skills;

  • A flexible policy allowing for 3 days a week working from home;

  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment in an international team, working on one of the most exciting human rights dossiers in Europe while being part of a large civil society movement.


Please send a cover letter (max 1 A4), together with your CV (max 2 A4) and a sample of a writing piece written by you by 18th August midnight CET time to with the following email subject: “Policy Assistant – Your name”.

Interviews will be scheduled online between 26th of August and 6th September. Only candidates selected for interviews will be notified.

The starting date is ideally October 2024.

ECCJ welcomes applications from all and is against any form of discrimination, whether based on age, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic or social origin, religious, philosophical, or political beliefs, language, present or future state of health, disability, physical or genetic characteristics, sex, gender, pregnancy, childbirth, maternity, or change of sex.

The search year (also known as zoekjaar or orientation year) is a type of work permit that allows graduated international students to stay within Belgium for 1 year after their studies to find a job. The benefit of a search year is that you have an unlimited access to the labour market during that year.
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