Vacancy for a Policy and Programmes Intern

Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a dedicated and motivated Policy and Programmes Intern to support, execute and implement policy & research efforts and support the programmes’ implementation within the organisation.

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 30 organisations from 26 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies and organisations on the ground, to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by, or results from them going missing.

The Policy & Programmes Intern will report to the Heads of Programme and the Secretary General, across the programmes on Children in Migration, Parental Abductions and Runaways.  Tasks may include:

Expected tasks

Policy monitoring

· Monitor policy developments and activities relevant for the organisation’s programmes (Children in Migration, Parental Abductions & Runaways), at the EU, national and local levels and on a regular basis

· Compile reports and/or briefs on policy developments relevant to the work of the programmes


· Undertake specific research on various topics relating to: the protection of children on the move, child victims of trafficking, missing children in migration, international protection, parental abductions and runaways

· Creation of an extensive bibliography of existing literature on runaways and an overview of the most relevant findings

· Establish and maintain a database with data on missing children in migration

Programmes support

Support the heads of programme with:

· administrative work related to the day-to-day running of the programme, including drafting reports to staff, partners and relevant stakeholders

· organisation of events

· coordination of programme partnerships, including organising and participating to meetings

Membership support

· Membership overview and mapping: creation of an overview of existing member organisations as well as mapping potential new members on the basis of our strategic priorities including runaways and children in migration and to ensure that the network has a representative in every EU Member State, on the basis of the member expansion strategy. Assist with other membership projects or efforts on the basis of the membership strategy or deriving from the above-mentioned mapping

Other tasks upon request.

Profile, skills and background

· Undergraduate or graduate degree in social or political sciences, human rights, EU or international affairs or other relevant field

· Work proficiency in English

· Understanding of and interest in human rights and children’s rights/child protection issues

· Ability to work well in a small team with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds

· Ability to think of the big picture while also having an eye for detail

· Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant

· Positive with a can-do attitude and desire to receive feedback and improve

· Ability to work proactively and to take charge of projects and efforts

· Ability to work within tight budget constraints and a creative problem solver

· Experience in working for the NGO sector

· Knowledge of the functioning of the EU institutions policy and decision-making

Our offer

An exciting internship for 6 months in a small, dynamic organisation dealing with problems related to the disappearance and sexual exploitation of children at a European level.


This is an unpaid position though expenses such as travel and lunches (up to 6 euros) can be covered. We are looking for candidates who are required to do an internship as part of their higher education requirements.


· 6 months

· Starting date: October 1, 2019

If you believe you qualify for this position please send along your CV (max 2 pages) and cover letter to Reinhold Erdt of Missing Children Europe, by email: by 31 July (12 am CEST). Interviews are planned to take place in September. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Staff recruited by Missing Children Europe will be asked to comply with our child protection policy, including necessary vetting and background checks of personnel. Missing Children Europe is an equal opportunity employer and does not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

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