ACR+ looking to recruit a Project and Communications Assistant to support with European projects.

Internship duration: 4 months
Start date: 01/07/2019

The Association of Cities and Regions sustainable Resource management (ACR+) is an international network of over 100 members that promotes sustainable consumption and management of material resources through prevention at source, reuse and recycling.

ACR+ membership mainly consists of local and regional public authorities, as well as national networks of local authorities representing more than 1,100 municipalities around Europe (EU-28 + candidate countries) and neighbourhood policy countries.

ACR+ endeavours to:

  • Develop the expertise of public authorities and encourage practical action in waste management, sustainable consumption and production
  • Anticipate new developments and future challenges facing local and regional authorities
  • Promote the creation of partnerships to develop eco-efficient solutions
  • Encourage harmonization of concepts, definitions and standards.

We are offering a volunteering position as Project and Communications Assistant for European Projects.

The successful candidate will be part of the ACR+ Secretariat team in Brussels, reporting to the Secretary General and Project Managers.


The internship will involve a range of activities focusing on research and communications tasks related to different ACR+ projects. The successful candidate will also be involved in preparing ACR+ publications and reports, as well as have an opportunity to take part in different thematic events.

A significant part of the internship will be devoted to providing assistance on projects focusing on waste strategies surrounding different waste streams (such as construction and demolition waste, industrial waste) and a campaign to promote waste reduction in Europe.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Drafting of press releases and other external communication, in collaboration with the partners of the different projects
  • Web content management for project websites
  • Monitoring of news and events
  • Managing social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Drafting of news, articles and information material
  • Propose and implement dissemination activities to promote the projects’ outputs to the relevant target audiences
  • Providing general support to the activities of the ACR+ Secretariat, including supporting Project Managers working on European projects (e.g. website management and preparation of content)

Additional tasks include:

  • Technical support on ACR+ publications
  • Assisting in the organisation of events, trainings and study visits
  • Help with translations


  • Education and experience: University degree with relevant knowledge or experience in communication and/or environmental topics. Previous experience working in project management and communications welcome.
  • Languages: Perfectly fluent in English (native speaker or equivalent), Any other language an asset
  • Computer skills: Obligatory: Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Package (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) Asset: Basic knowledge of graphic design and web management
  • Other skills:

Excellent drafting skills;

High interest in ACR+ themes and activities;

Good knowledge of social media;

Interest in website management;

Good communications skills (oral and written);

Organized working style;

Detail oriented;

Pro-active attitude;

Ability to work in a team, as well as autonomously

Terms and Conditions

This is an unpaid volunteership under a voluntary contract and a full-time position at ACR+ Secretariat in Brussels. Its duration will be four months.

A limited reimbursement of costs will be provided (300€ + public transport tickets within Brussels). The volunteer will be granted 4 days of holidays for the duration of the volunteership.

The volunteership could be followed by a fixed-term employment contract, an option that will be made available depending on performance and fit within the team.


The selection procedure will consist of an email application, followed by an interview with shortlisted candidates. Please send a one page CV and a cover letter to Marie Cardon at [Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.] before 19 June 2019.

You can find the complete job desciption here.

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