Communication Trainee - Brussels office

Application deadline: 3 September 2021 

Dates for interviews: 9-10 September 2021 (virtual or in person)

Start date: 20 September 2021


The NGO Shipbreaking Platform is a global coalition of environmental, human rights and labour organisations that works to prevent the illegal trade of toxic end-of-life ships from wealthy shipping companies and nations to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in South Asia for extremely hazardous scrapping. After 10 years of successful campaigning that has ensured new legislation at the EU level, ship owners being held criminally liable for illicit conducts and investor divestment from companies with particularly poor track records, the Platform is now looking to build up stronger capacity to promote best practice and boost the development of ship recycling capacity that operates in line with the European Green Deal and circular economy goals.


We are recruiting a full-time Communication Trainee to assist us on scaling up the Platform’s communication strategy aimed at promoting sustainable business conduct. As our new Communication Trainee, you will be working directly with our Communication Officer in developing, drafting and designing content for our various communication channels, including an upcoming publication focused on innovation. We are looking for a candidate with excellent writing skills, experience in communication design, and a strong interest in environmental and human rights issues. 


Main Tasks

- Support the implementation of the Platform’s communication strategy

- Develop, draft and design publications and other external outputs

- Develop social media presence and influence

- Assist with the organisation of external events

- Perform investigative research on the topic of metal recycling


Candidate Profile

- University-level degree in Journalism, Communication or related field

- Fluent written and spoken English (native-speaker or equivalent), with excellent drafting, editing and proof-reading skills

- Ability to make complex policy and technical issues easy to understand to a variety of audiences

- Good understanding of the EU institutions and current environmental policies (e.g. European Green Deal)

- Eye for creativity, with proven knowledge of graphic design softwares (e.g. InDesign) is considered an asset

- Additional training or experience in audio-visual storytelling and/or podcasting is considered an asset

- Flexible, well organised and able to work autonomously as well as within a team



- Location – Brussels office, occasional international travel required

- Candidates must be allowed to work in Belgium

- 6 months paid internship – Convention d'Immersion Professionnelle

How to Apply

- Please send a letter of motivation in English, Curriculum Vitae, a sample of graphic design work (if any) and contact information of two references by e-mail to the following address: 

- Application deadline: 3 September 2021

- Due to restricted capacity, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Therefore if you have not heard from us by 6 September 2021, please assume your application has been unsuccessful at this time


For more information on the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, please visit: