Current Vacancies

Vacancies at QCEA

We are not currently accepting any applications. We are also not able to review open applications – please don’t send us your CV for consideration as it cannot be processed. Thank you for your interest in QCEA, and please do check back soon for other opportunities!

Programme Assistants

We anticipate opening an application cycle in early 2016 for Programme Assistants. The information below is provided to whet your interest!


QCEAposterPAapplicationssmallThese are paid positions for people starting out in their careers. Duration: 1 year. 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. Click here for the 2015 job description and notes to applicants. Please note that we are not able to process any open applications – please check back in early 2016 for the next application cycle.


On occaision, QCEA also offers opportunities for Friends (Quakers) 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

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


At Other Quaker Organisations

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