Call for a Policy Fellow in Social Affairs

SOLIDAR is looking for a policy fellow in the Social Affairs pillar who can possible start as soon as possible for a duration of 3 – 6 months. This fellowship programme is open to students in the final phase of their Masters and recent graduates looking for an experience in a dynamic and international working environment, a learning experience on the development of EU policies in Brussels and their impact on the national level, as well as insights into how policy advocacy in Brussels is shaped.


Key tasks:
Within the fellowship programme related to Social Affairs, fellows will have an opportunity to analyse the impact of EU social and employment policies and EU migration policies. In particular, in the framework of the Social Progress Watch and the Social Progress Lab, fellows will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a new vision for Social Europe. 

During the programme, fellows will be expected to make substantive contributions to:

  • Monitoring of EU policy impact with SOLIDAR members and partners;
  • Developing briefing papers and desk studies about the social situation in EU Member States and Western Balkan countries in the framework of the SOLIDAR Social Progress Watch;
  • Organising visibility and advocacy activities presenting the findings of the policy monitoring process (e.g. bilateral meetings with policy makers, conferences, roundtables).

Key skills and competences:

  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Ability to write briefing papers and monitoring reports as well as news articles
  • Proven familiarity with EU policies (in particular EU employment and social policies, migration policies and fundamental rights)

Preference will be given to scholarship holders (University, EU or other grants). Compensation is foreseen on the basis of the funding available.  

If you are interested in participating in the SOLIDAR policy fellowship programme, please send:

  • your CV in Europass format
  • a one page cover letter (subject: ‘Social Affairs Fellowship’). The cover letter should clearly state: why you think you are suited for this position, and what are your objectives/learning outcomes expected from this experience
  • a writing sample, e.g. a relevant policy/ briefing paper to Eva-Maria Schneider by Monday 30 March 2018.


Please note that due to the high amount of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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Call for Finance and Administration Assistant

SOLIDAR, a European network of membership based Civil Society Organisations who gather several millions of citizens throughout Europe and worldwide, is looking for a Finance and Administration Assistant who can strengthen our team as soon as possible.
The Finance and Administration Assistant will report directly to the Secretary General and the Finance and Administration Manager.


Main Responsibilities

Administration and Finance

  • Assisting the well-functioning of the day-to-day bookkeeping
  • Checking invoices in/issue invoices out
  • Handling of travel expense claims of the Secretary General
  • Supporting to compile staff timesheet for the staff
  • Contributing through check of invoices in/debit notes/expenditure claims and the corresponding supporting documents and through necessary follow up that the specific requirements of the donors are met
  • Assisting the punctual, quarterly and yearly financial reporting to different donors according to their specific requirements (EU funded projects and others), including putting documents and copies together

Office management and maintenance

  • Provide administrative support to the Secretary General, the Senior Coordinator and to the Finance and Administration Manager
  • Liaise with suppliers for maintenance, events and cleaning support

Team Responsibilities

  • Supporting colleagues in the fulfilling their duties and roles
  • Being a member of the SOLIDAR team and contributing to the overall fulfilment of the SOLIDAR mission
  • Attending staff and ad hoc meetings and contributing to the development of SOLIDAR
    Please note that other tasks may be included at the request of Secretary General.

Your profile

  • Relevant education, training and professional qualifications;
  • At least 1-2 years of experience in the field of office administration;
  • Basic understanding of bookkeeping;
  • Knowledge of European project financial procedures;
  • Capable of working independently and extremely accurately;
  • Good organisation skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Open and friendly personality, able to work efficiently in an international team;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken French, working level English;
  • Other languages, i.e. Dutch would be an asset;
  • Comprehensive IT literacy.


  • Working hours: 0.5 FTE (maximum 18.75 hours per week);
  • Length of contract: permanent;
  • Salary: 2346 € gross (FTE) pro rata, plus benefits

Deadline application
Please send your CV, a 1 page motivation letter as well as 2 references in three separate documents by 9th of April 2018 to Karin Lotz, SOLIDAR Finance and Administration Manager at

Starting date: as soon as possible.