Current Vacancies

Vacancies at QCEA

We are currently accepting applications from people who have recently completed their education (or re-education) to join the QCEA team under special one-year early career contracts. The deadline is 4 May 2015 for positions beginning in July and in October 2015. Please read the job description and person specification before completing the application form. (We are not able to accept CVs as applications; only fully completed applications will be considered.)

Programme Assistants


QCEAposterPAapplicationssmallThese are paid positions for people starting out in their careers. Duration: 1 year starting in summer or autumn (tbd). Location: Brussels.

Programme Assistantships are early career positions for people who have recently completed education, to work in the QCEA team in Brussels. This is an opportunity to:

  • To gain work experience in an international Quaker setting
  • Work on one of QCEA’s programme areas:
    • hate crime and social conflict,
    • economic justice,
    • peace, or
    • sustainability, and
  • To assist in the day to day tasks of QCEA and Quaker House

Applicants need to have an understanding of and interest in European institutions; commitment to the advancement of Quaker concerns at the European level; sympathy with the Quaker approach; willingness to undertake routine and domestic tasks; and good working knowledge of English (written and spoken). The work is intensive and varied.

A reasonable knowledge of French or Dutch will be helpful though not essential. Knowledge of other European languages would be very welcome. Appointees must already have the right to work in the EU and must have recently have completed a stage of (tertiary) education.

Accommodation and living allowance are provided.

You are encouraged to read our publications and our blog to get a sense of the work of QCEA prior to completing your application. Please be sure to complete all the question as incomplete applications cannot be considered. Click here for the the job description and notes to applicants, and here for the application form.

Closing date: 4 May 2015 by 9.00 am Brussels time. Please send your completed applications to with the subject line ‘Programme Assistant [and add the programme theme for which you are applying]’.

It is envisaged that Skype/VoIP or phone interviews will be held between 25-29 May and in-person interviews on 11 and 12 June (both days).



There is currently an opportunity for Friends to volunteer – information below.

Policy Volunteers
Are you a Quaker who is seeking a way to live your faith through supporting policy advocacy? Do you see helping shape European policy as one way to be the change you wish to see in the world? There may be an opportunity to serve as a policy volunteer at QCEA!

A policy volunteer may serve in any of QCEA’s programme areas: peace, sustainability, human rights, democratic governance, or economic justice.

The specific topics on which a volunteer might work in 2014 might be something like:

  • the changing political spectrum in Europe and the rise of nationalism,
  • youth unemployment now and then – what are the solutions?,
  • effects of our economic system and austerity measures on social (in)equality,
  • free trade agreements,
  • the functioning of the EU internally,
  • the role of the EU in the world through other international organisations (UN, Council of Europe),
  • ecosystem services,
  • early Quaker activism and the role for Quaker women in advocacy.

Each volunteer works on a single topic, producing two publications on the basis of desk research:
1. A QCEA background paper which will inform QCEA’s advocacy and also explain the importance of the topic to the Quakers we represent.
2. The background paper will serve as the basis for a short briefing paper which condenses the advocacy recommendations.
Volunteers who stay longer will also produce at least one article for Around Europe or our blog.

Policy volunteers are part of the team in the QCEA office and are supervised by the relevant programme staff. Staff meetings and joint tasks are part of the staff activities in which the volunteer takes part. Policy volunteers make a committment for 2 or 3 months. These positions are unpaid, but accommodation in a shared flat is available in Quaker House.

Volunteering opportunities are open to all Friends with relevant skills and knowledge or experience: early or mid-career or end-of-career Friends are all welcome to apply, as long as they have tertiary education. Some past volunteers have been advanced third-level students. Please read some of our publications on

To apply: please send a CV, contact details for two referees including at least one Quaker, relevant writing sample of 1 page, and a letter of motivation to Alexandra Bosbeer at In your letter, please tell us how your faith leads you to work on the specific part of QCEA’s programme areas on which you propose to focus, and how you see the relvance of the topic to EU policy.

We are currently seeking a residential volunteer to start in the early winter of 2014 or early 2015. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For any questions, please contact Alexandra Bosbeer at


Person specification, policy volunteer:

  • Quaker or long-term attender interested in living your faith
  • Excellent writing skills; able to write in your own words for pan-European audience
  • Ability to analyse and synthesis information
  • Excellent research skills
  • Willingness to serve as part of the QCEA team in Brussels
  • Ability to make a commitment for two or three months


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