Communications and Networks Assistant

Fair Trials Europe

Communications and Networks Assistant

Fair Trials Europe

Brussels, Belgium

RESPONSIBLE TO: Campaigns and Networks Director
LOCATION: Rue de la Pépinière 10A
1000 Brussels
HOURS Full time (38 hours per week). Evening and weekend work will be required from time to time.
SALARY €27‐€32,000 (including 13th month and holiday pay)


To assist Fair Trials’ Campaigns and Networks team in all aspects of the delivery of the organisation’s communications and networking activities.



  • Support the Campaigns and Networks Team to implement Fair Trials’ core communications strategy and to implement the communications features of specific advocacy plans;
  • Helping to maintain the Fair Trials’ brand by reviewing communications content and other materials to ensure consistent application of the charity’s visual identity;
  • Assist with the maintenance and development of Fair Trials core communications platforms (website, newsletter, core publications and social media), including by supporting the production of written and audio‐visual content that is accurate, relevant, engaging and communicates the human impact of Fair Trials’ work;
  • To support media work including monitoring, drafting and distributing press releases, producing copy and liaising with media outlets;
  • Support the Campaigns and Networks Team with monitoring Fair Trials’ communications activities, including by gathering relevant statistical information, compelling images and quotes;
  • Coordinating weekly internal staff updates.


  • Coordinating communications with the Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP – a network of over 200 criminal justice and human rights experts from across Europe), including through administering the LEAP Forum on the Fair Trials website;
  • Assisting the Campaigns and Networks Team with the coordination of LEAP, including coordinating surveys, contributing to the drafting of newsletters and helping to manage regular calls with LEAP Advisory Board members to ensure an appropriate two‐way information flow;
  • Assisting with the logistical support for LEAP events, most prominently the LEAP Annual;
  • Conference, including: arranging venues, catering services and IT equipment and other relevant logistics as required by the event; and linking with speakers and attendees for invitations, reimbursement claims and other relevant issues.


  • Contributing to the development of strategy with respect to networks, core communications and campaigns as a member of the Campaigns and Networks Team;
  • Producing internal updates on the work of staff members across Fair Trials;
  • Administrative tasks (tender and administrative procedures in line with Fair Trials policies);
  • Support the development of fundraising applications for communications‐specific projects and reporting to funders;
  • Carry out any other duties commensurate with the post;
  • Promote and implement Fair Trials’ equal opportunities policy in all aspects of work.

Person Specification


  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent experience in a communications role within a campaigning organisation;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Excellent persuasive written communication skills;
  • ‘A demonstrable commitment to human rights and the mission of Fair Trials’;
  • Professional experience of managing website content and social media accounts;
  • A quick learner with experience of working well under pressure;
  • Strong organisational skills including excellent time management and ability to manage deadlines and competing priorities;
  • Conscientious, with close attention to detail especially in written communications;
  • A team‐player and a willingness to be flexible according to the current demands of the organisation;
  • Must have permission to work in Belgium.


  • Knowledge of another European language would be an advantage;
  • Experience of being involved with campaigns, in grassroots or professional organisations;
  • Experience of organising events.

About Fair Trials

Fair Trials is an international human rights NGO, which exists to build respect for the human  right to a fair trial in criminal cases. We have grown gradually over the past five years and have an established track‐record as a trusted voice on criminal justice. We have 20 staff across offices in London, Brussels and Washington DC, and are in the process of increasing the geographical reach of our work.

Fair Trials Europe

Fair Trials has become a leading contributor to exciting developments in the field of criminal justice across the European Union. Fair Trials Europe was established as a nonprofit public foundation in Belgium in 2014, to act as Fair Trials’ hub of expertise in Europe. It is, itself, at the heart of an engaged EU‐wide network of over 200 criminal justice and human rights experts (the Legal Experts Advisory Panel, LEAP) which it coordinates.

Salary and conditions

The post of Communications and Networks Assistant is full time. The gross salary is €27,000‐€32,000 per year (including 13th month and holiday pay). The role is based in Brussels.

To apply

Please send a CV and cover letter electronically to no later than 5pm on 1st March 2020. Applications received after this will not be considered. Please clearly include your name and “Communications and Networks Assistant” in the subject field of the email.

Your CV and cover letter should include

  • Your name and contact details;
  • Your educational history, including universities/colleges attended with dates and significant qualifications obtained;
  • Your employment history, including all significant posts you have held – with dates, the names of the employers, and a description of the main duties, together with your present or most recent salary, and your contractual notice period. (You should also explain any significant gaps, e.g. covered by travelling, self‐employment etc.);
  • An explanation of why you would like the job; the qualities you would bring to it; how you would approach the task if you were you awarded the post;
  • The names and contact details of two referees who know your work, who may be contacted if you are short‐listed;
  • Information about how you learned of the post.

If you have any queries, please send them to the same email address.

The selection process

We will aim to inform short‐listed candidates by end of week commencing 2nd March 2020, with interviews for short‐listed candidates being held in Brussels during week commencing 9th March 2020. For those unable to attend the interview in person, Skype interviews may be possible.

Fair Trials is conducting this appointment on equal opportunity principles and will welcome applications from candidates who can fulfil the requirements of the post irrespective of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.

The personal data which you have provided, and which we may request, in connection with your application, will not be retained beyond 12 months should your application be unsuccessful. If you are appointed, your personal data will only be used for the purposes of human resources management.

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