Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer to assist with communications 

What is Pax Christi International?
Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working on a global scale on a wide variety of issues in the fields of human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict. The movement has more than 100 Member Organisations active in more than 50 countries and five continents worldwide. The International Office of Pax Christi International is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Intern Position Summary
Pax Christi International is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated media & communications volunteer to assist the Communications Team with the production of content for its newsletter, website, blog and  social media channels. 

Period of assignment
Volunteers must be able to make at least a three month commitment.

Tasks
The volunteer will assist in every aspect of communications, which means the outreach via the website, Facebook, Twitter, the Peace Stories Blog, mass and normal mailings.
The volunteer will assist in tasks such as:

Research:

  • Check Pax Christi International member organisations' websites, newsletters or mass mailings for relevant news, summaries and translate them if necessary into English and add necessary background information for the monthly newsletter
  • Develop a calendar of news items according to time sensitivity, importance and frequency
  • Contact members to encourage the writing of a Peace Story for the blog

Social Media:

  • Post member news on Facebook, Twitter, the website or with mass mailings
  • Assist in doing social media campaigns
  • Publish regularly a Peace Story
  • Do research on and edit licence free photos or videos

Website:

  • Support and develop design and content for website
  • Update website

Newsletter:

  • Create monthly newsletter and adjust it for HTML and PDF version
  • Contact online volunteers to translate the newsletter into German, Spanish and French
  • Update subscriber list

Reports:

  • Track statistic data on target group and outreach

Involvement in general tasks in an international office.

Benefits
This is a great opportunity for young graduates to acquire work experience in an international environment, and gain insight into the dynamics of an International Peace Movement with more than 100 Member Organisations spread over 5 continents.
This is an unpaid position, though travel expenses and other related costs will be reimbursed.
For volunteers coming from abroad, we will provide lodging in a shared apartment.

Requirements

  • Fluency in English writing and speaking skills, knowledge of French is important (Spanish and/or German are a plus)
  • experience in communication / using social media
  • Articulate and basic knowledge of peace work
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office;
  • Multimedia competences with photo, video or audio editing
  • Basic knowledge about HTML and CSS is a plus
  • Ability to work in close co-operation with others in a multi-cultural setting; 
  • Interest in working in a non-profit, non-governmental, international organisation that promotes just peace, peace spirituality and social justice.

To apply, send us your CV and cover letter before 20 May at: communications@paxchristi.net. Applications should be submitted in English. Please indicate your time availability in the cover letter. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Online Volunteer Translators

We are looking for online volunteers to translate/proofread our monthly newsletter as well as occasional advocacy documents and statements pertaining to human rights, human security, disarmament, demilitarization, just world order, religion and violent conflict, from/into: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Arabic, etc. For details, click here.

What is Pax Christi International?
Pax Christi International is a non-profit, non-governmental Catholic peace movement working in ecumenical, interfaith and secular policy circles on human rights, human security, disarmament and demilitarisation, just world order and religion and violent conflict. We believe that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken.
Today, the movement has more than 100 Member Organisations (MOs) active in more than 50 countries and five continents worldwide. The International Office of Pax Christi International is located in Brussels, Belgium.

Why volunteer with Pax Christi International?

  • To gain experience on advocacy, networking and teamwork at the head office of an International Peace Movement with 100 Member Organisations spread over five continents;
  • To learn how to manage and implement programmes in a culturally sensitive and conflict sensitive manner;
  • To learn how to make use of resources at the level of intergovernmental organisations and at the level of the civil networks that Pax Christi is involved in;
  • To acquire an active voice in shaping ideas and values as well as a sensitive ear in hearing others - dialogue, deliberation, and consensus-building out of differences are strong threads in our work;
  • To gain insight into the way an international NGO works;
  • To learn to work in a collaborative manner and in an intercultural environment;
  • To develop organisational skills.

The Secretariat's location of Brussels gives volunteers the unrivaled opportunity to engage in civil society at the international level. Especially for those volunteers interested in human rights issues, Brussels hosts some of the most progressive NGOs and European think-tanks also working on these issues.

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Volunteer to assist with advocacy 

What is Pax Christi International?
Pax Christi International is a Catholic peace movement with 120 member organisations worldwide that promotes peace, respect for human rights, justice & reconciliation throughout the world. Its international secretariat is located in Brussels, Belgium. One of the core activities of the office in Brussels is to coordinate and represent the global movement on the international policy stage.

Intern position description
Pax Christi International is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, dedicated and flexible young volunteer to contribute to our advocacy work for several months starting in September 2017. Information about our advocacy work and priorities can be found here: http://www.paxchristi.net/news/pax-christi-international-announces-new-a....

The volunteer will contribute to our member-based policy influencing work towards international organisations, with a main focus on the EU and UN. He or she will watch international developments, help with the coordination and implementation of advocacy work, carry out communication tasks, participate in gatherings in the EU context as well as undertake other tasks that might pop up, as advocacy work takes place in a fast-changing political context.

Our organisation wishes to offer a young person the opportunity to gain experience within an international working environment and to gain insight into the dynamics of an international grassroots peace network. 

Examples of tasks
The volunteer will assists the Senior Advocacy Officer with some of the tasks listed below. The tasks will be decided upon in consultation with the volunteer.

  • Monitor international media, Facebook, Twitter for developments relevant for our network, advocacy work and priorities.
  • Undertake communication tasks, such as social media and Facebook posting, shooting pictures and videos and create infographics.
  • Help with the coordination of several advocacy groups consisting of members, representatives and partners by making notes of the meetings, compiling information, carrying out research on concrete issues and other tasks that might come up.
  • Assist with the writing of standpoints documents (statements, letters, press releases). 
  • Attend meetings and conferences in the EU context of civil society and with policy officials as well as help organise our own events.
  • Follow-up on advocacy activities, collect relevant information and material for monitoring and evaluation and documentation.

Profile of the ideal candidate

  • University studies in law, international relations, political or social sciences or related field;
  • Advanced level in spoken and written English is required and knowledge of Spanish and French would be an asset;
  • Preferably already work or study experience on international issues of human rights, disarmament and peace. Field experience would be a plus.
  • Sociable, communicative, pro-active and at ease in a multicultural environment in working with people from different countries.
  • Excellent knowledge of communication tools, such as social media and editing programs.

What we offer
This is a full-time volunteer position. The volunteer will work at the International Secretariat in Brussels in close collaboration with the Senior Advocacy Officer. Together with the volunteer, learning goals will be defined and progress will be monitored through supervision meetings.

The volunteer needs to be in order with Belgian law regarding living and working in Belgium. We can provide a small volunteer fee, travel expenses and other costs related to the above-mentioned activities will be reimbursed. Moreover, if needed, the International Secretariat can help with accommodations in Brussels.

Application procedure
To apply, send us your CV and cover letter in English to: communications@paxchristi.net. Please indicate your time frame availability in the cover letter. The deadline is June 30, 10.00 hours Brussels time. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.