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Policy Assistant (Internship): Air Quality & Health


Organisation: European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

Duration: 6 months

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

Starting date: November 2019 

About EPHA

EPHA is a change agent – Europe’s leading NGO advocating for better health. We are a dynamic member-led organisation, made up of 87 public health NGOs, patient groups, health professionals and disease groups.

EPHA’s vision

Our vision is of a Europe with universal good health and well-being, where all have access to a sustainable and high quality health system: A Europe whose policies and practices contribute to health, both within and beyond its borders.

EPHA’s work on Clean Air and Health

Breathing is the most basic human function to sustain life. And yet, air pollution remains the largest environmental health risk in Europe, despite increasing awareness of the health impacts of air pollution over decades. EPHA has launched its campaign ‘CleanAir4Health’ to tackle transport related, health harmful air pollution by targeting European, national, regional and city level policies in cooperation with its members and partners.  


About the Role

EPHA is seeking a highly motivated and proactive individual to support EPHA’s advocacy and policy work on Clean Air and Health, as a European Solidarity Corps Trainee (Policy Assistant). The successful applicant will support the clean air related projects at EPHA  that may include, but are not limited to, engaging with and galvanise the medical community to raise awareness about the health impacts of air pollution and actively engage key health stakeholders in an international campaign against the impacts of transport related air pollution on people’s health.

We anticipate this role to be developing in line with EPHA’s actions on Clean Air and Health, with the post-holder shaping future priorities and responsibilities. This will be a full-time role, initially under a 6 months contract (renewable). Overarching direction and role objectives will come from EPHA’s Secretary General and Deputy Director.


The traineeship is available for a maximum period of 6 months, with a desired starting date during November 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Depending on performance and further funding, extending the period or turning it into a full time paid position could be possible, after May 2020.


The post is full-time (38hr/week) and is offered in accordance with Belgian national legislation for trainee placements: allowance 796,91€/month, plus monthly local travel subscription if conditions fulfilled (30€/month) and meal vouchers (7€/working day). All applicants must be qualified, eligible, and able to work in Belgium without requiring a work visa and must be registered in the European Solidarity Corps portal.  We are unfortunately not able to provide financial assistance to relocate to Brussels/Belgium. 

Roles and responsibilities

The Solidarity Corps trainee will have the exciting and challenging task of managing EPHA’s ‘Doctors for Clean Air’ programme during the placement. The trainee will occasionally assist with tasks relating to the CleanAir4Health campaign, as appropriate. 

He/she will ensure timely implementation of decisions and coordination of actions, and deliver capacity-building activities in line with EPHA’s work on Clean Air and Health. He/she will lead all relevant organisational and administrative tasks, ensure effective planning and assume policy and advocacy responsibilities to complement the planned’ activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Doctors for Clean Air campaign – actively reach out to and build a network of health professionals that will participate in the campaign and lend their voice to it; coordinate the international campaign and its outputs ensuring that all stakeholders are kept regularly up to date on activities and opportunities, contribute to the planning of events and activities, and support the EPHA secretariat advocacy work;
  • Organising media opportunities – which includes the spotting and proactively creating opportunities and making sure the medical community of the DCA campaign is fully supportive and are contributing;
  • Communication – Drafting, editing and contributing to project communications; 
  • Coordination – Liaise and coordinate with stakeholders and partners at national and European level
  • Event management – support the secretariat with the organisation and management of EPHA meetings.  This may involve travel outside of Brussels
  • Working closely with EPHA’s member groups and NGO, academic, industry and government contacts and working in coalition, including participating in studies, report launches, etc.
  • Providing support for project partners, as required.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Strong, demonstrable commitment to the EPHA’s vision;
  • Excellent organisational and problem solving skills, meeting strict deadlines, attention to detail and coordination with international project partners;
  • Fluent and confident English, excellent communication, public speaking, presentation and writing skills;
  • Strong people skills including a developed sense of diplomacy;
  • Independent self-starter with strong interpersonal and team-working skills;
  • The ability to multi-task and to juggle different priorities;
  • Enthusiastic about, and respectful of, working within a diverse community;
  • Sensitivity to operating in a multicultural environment;
  • Willingness to travel.


We offer the chance to join a growing international network of organisations campaigning for improving population health in Europe by reducing air pollution related health harm and to help shape policies with huge implications for public health in Europe and beyond.

Application deadline:

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 18:00 CET TIME

How to apply?

Please submit applications to, (1 page maximum cover letter and a 2 pages maximum CV without a picture) with Subject: “CLEAN AIR AND HEALTH ESC TRAINEE  [YOUR NAME]”.

Please include the following two files as attachments (do not include any other attachments):

1) A CV,  2 pages maximum, with no picture, with filename SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_CV

2) A motivation letter, one page maximum, with filename SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_ML


Please note: applications that do not follow these instructions will be disregarded.

In the motivation letter, candidates are expected to explain how their relevant experience meet the criteria listed under the ‘Eligibility criteria’.

Due to the high number of expected applications, we regret we can only contact those candidates shortlisted for interview.

Interviews are scheduled to be held on the week commencing 28th October. The successful candidate will be expected to start in November 2019.

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