We are recruiting – Call for Fundraiser officer, Event officer and General Secretary

Dear Members,

We need motivated, creative and ambitious people. BYD offers a large networking opportunities, priority in registering for conferences and seminars, and, most important, practicing new skills.

Are you interested in understanding the world that surrounds you? Do you want to understand the political agenda, economics crises or only to know more about European and international policies? Then get involved and become an active member in BYD.

What do we do?

BYD interacts with various fields of politics and as dynamic organisation, BYD organise talks and debates, visits to public and private institutions and meetings with high-level professionals. We not only provide our members with the necessary tools to understand the world that surrounds us, but members are also given the opportunity to collaborate with our partners in various projects. These experiences not only helps to acquire experiences but also brings an added value to your CV. Being part of an organisation also increases your chance to be noticed by employers and your are more likely to be hire for an internship.

If you are not sure about signing up for a particular role, then you are more than welcome to just join BYD as a member.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions

Do not hesitate and be part of the team!

We offer:

• A small and dynamic team with complementary profiles
• A network of professional contacts
• Development of your skills within the field of International Relations, Political Science and Communications
• Added value in your CV (most employers are likely to hire someone with volunteering work experiences)

Note that this is an UNPAID position & NO Internship.

Download the position descriptions:


Event Officer

General Secretary



LEAD SESSION – Meet & Greet – Conference with Nicolas Michel (former UN Under-Secretary-General) – 12th March

The Belgian Youth Diplomacy team is honored to share with you information about a conference organized by the LEAD Session. LEAD is the acronym of ‘Leaders d’Espérance, Ambition pour Demain’ (Leaders of Hope, Ambition for tomorrow).

This conference hosts a prestigious speaker: Nicolas Michel, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel at the United Nations.

The conference will take place on the 12th March in the evening in Brussels. Nicolas Michel will provide the participants a testimony of his professional and personal background within the UN institutions, his decisions, his challenges as well as the difficulties that he faced during his career.

If the concept of the LEAD Session raised your interest, you can find further information:

Would you be interested by this event, you can subscribe via this online form:

The program of the evening can be found on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/151352988693319/

Brussels Model European Union – Applications are open ! – Deadline : 13 March 2017

Dear former and current BYD members,

The Belgian Youth Diplomacy team is delighted to share with you information about the next Brussels Model European Union.

Brussels MEU 2017 has finally set up the dates and has opened its applications. Do not miss this opportunity to debate and discuss amendments as well as propositions !
The deadline to apply is the 13th March 2017.

Please find below the relevant information regarding this event:

BMEU dates: 1-6th May 2017

Venue: Committee of the Regions and Royal Library of Belgium

Number of participants: up to 150

Committees: European Parliament, Council of the EU, European Council + journalists

Topics: Copyright in the Digital Single Market: 2016/0280 (COD) and Common European Asylum System: 2016/0224 (COD) for the EP and CoEU, The Common Security and Defence Policy for the EC.

Fee: No participation fee. However, the accepted participants will have to pay a deposit fee of 30 EUR, which will be returned in cash during the event.

Travelling: if you are coming from a partner country (which all of you are), BMEU will partially refund your travel tickets – more info on that at this website

Food: Lunches will be covered from Tuesday to Friday. Coffee breaks will be covered during the sessions.

Further information via the following links! :

Call for a Communication Officer/Webmaster

Have you ever wanted to be part of a dynamic organization? To organize conferences, debates, visits of public institutions, and much more? Well, Belgian Youth Diplomacy is the right place for you.

Job description

As a Communication officer/Webmaster, you will be responsible for the overall communication of the organization.

More particularly, your job will consist in helping managing the official website (both content & format) ; updating the website with new events organized by BYD and partner organizations ; writing a short feedback after the BYD events and managing written articles of (non-) members.

You will also contribute to the management of our social media accounts by updating the Facebook page and of the Twitter account of BYD on a regular basis with our activities and similar interesting think tank events organized in Brussels or/and around Belgium.

Your Profile

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, fluency in French or Dutch. Other EU languages is an asset
  • Affinity with WordPress as well as with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter
  • Flair for communication, branding, marketing and design; in particular you should be able to have an attention for details
  • Experience in communication is not necessary, but would be seen as an advantage
  • Ability to work under pressure, to manage competing priorities and to maintain a professional approach
  • Higher Education preferred (in progress or graduated) and being passionate about International Relations and Diplomacy

We offer

  • A small and dynamic team with complementary profiles
  • A network of professional contacts
  • Development of your skills within the field of International Relations, Political Science and Communications
  • Note that this is an UNPAID position & NO Internship.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and motivation letter (max 1 page) with ‘Communication Officer/Webmaster’ as subject to secretary.general@bydiplomacy.com and to president@bydiplomacy.com

Apply for APNU

Dear former and current BYD members, 
The Belgian Youth Diplomacy team is delighted to inform you of our future partnership with APNU and its youth section
APNU (‘Association pour les Nations Unies’) has several core missions :
  1. increasing awareness about the United Nations and its specialized agencies by diffusing information related to the UN sphere,
  2. enhancing clarity concerning the professional sphere by trying to become a bridge between its members and professionals,
  3. organizing conferences. Promoting the principles of sustainable development goals is one of the association’s objectives.
BYD also wants to inform you that the youth section of APNU is recruiting new staff in January 2017.
If you are interested, send your CV and cover letter to apnu.sectionjeune@gmail.com.
The application deadline is the 31st December 2016.
Do not hesitate to get more information about this association and to follow its activities on the APNU Facebook page and the APNU Youth Section.
Best regards, 
Wishing you a nice holiday season, 
Wishing you good luck if you decide to apply in order to be part of APNU Youth Section, 
Isabelle Henin
Secretary General

Belgian Youth Diplomacy Christmas Drink

Dear BYD Members,

The Belgian Youth Diplomacy team is pleased to invite you to its Christmas Drink which will be held on the 21st December.

Do you want to meet the new team, share experiences and interests with BYD members, gather around an exciting political quiz and try to win 2 cinema tickets?

Then, this event starting at 07.30 p.m. at the Scott’s Bar (Rue Montagne aux Herbes Potagères, 2 – 1000 Brussels) is for you!

BYD members and non-members are welcome. The more the merrier!

Beyond the opportunity of meeting the new Board and getting to know other members, it will also be a great occasion to know a bit more about Belgian Youth Diplomacy future projects and events J

Best regards,

Wishing you a nice holiday season,

Looking forward to celebrating Christmas time a bit in advance with you,

Isabelle Henin
Secretary General_BYD 

A seminar and meeting at the Commission – CETA

Dear Members,

After that many civilians protested against this deal Belgian Youth Diplomacy is offering this autumn/winter two seminars on CETA with two perspectives, the first with a European perspective and the second with an international expertise.

BYD is pleased to invite you to our first event this autumn: two seminars discussing the topic of the CETA agreement. As for the second event we will soon send you an email with all the information.

The CETA Agreement is the biggest bilateral initiative since NAFTA between the EU and Canada. Both have a long history of economic cooperation. However, this deal has been raising doubts among the civil society, trade unions and especially in Wallonia.

We are offering the opportunity to meet the Commissioner Cecilia MALMSTRÖM who is responsible for the Trade agreements between the EU and other stakeholders. She will give us explanations about how EU conducts trade agreements, especially how the CETA one was negotiated. At this occasion the Commissioner will bring her expertise and will answer all our questions concerning the CETA deal.

This is the opportunity to have a closer look to the European work and the challenges that the Commission has to face.

The seminar will take place on the 1st of December at the European Commission at 4 p.m.

The address is the following: Rue de la Loi, 200 (Berlaymont entrance).

The entrance is free for members. For non-members, it will cost 5€.

In order to be well-prepared, you need to send us a confirmation mail until Thursday the 24th November with:

  • Your name
  • Your date of birth
  • Your nationality
  • Your ID card number
  • The questions you wish to pose
  • The number of people attending

If you have questions feel free to contact the Head of event team Sonya El mouwaffiq under her email address: sonya@bydiplomacy.com

We are looking forward to meeting you there.