Health - Public Affairs – Trainee Consultant

Hiring By - Biostaffic



Job Highlights

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Posted 4 months ago
Job details

Are you passionate about promoting health at both European and Global level? Are you a policy nerd? Are you proactive, solution-driven, willing to take the extra mile and eager to help us grow the business by delivering excellent service to our clients? Do you want to be part of an amazing team? 

Then this opportunity is perfect for you! 

How to apply? 

We are interested in talented people who are interested in us. In your application, please take the time to explore what added value your unique personality and competences could bring to us. 

To apply for this position, please submit your application (both cover letter and resume) online: 

Candidates who have a profile matching what we are looking for will then be contacted for an interview. 

What we are looking for: 

We are looking for a Trainee Consultant to work with and complement our Healthcare practice. You need to be proactive, solution-driven, willing to take the extra mile and having excellent attention to detail. 

The role includes daily monitoring of various issues (legislative and non-legislative), conducting research, drafting newsletters and policy briefings, helping in organising trainings and workshops, and providing overall support to more senior staff members. 



  • EU national or work permit holder as the traineeship is in Brussels, Belgium 
  • A previous traineeship in the health and/ or pharmaceutical sectors. Candidates without experience in these sectors will not be considered 
  • Perfect command of English; additional language skills an asset - ideally German or French 
  • Strong planning skills 
  • Advanced research and writing skills, including the ability to summarise issues quickly and accurately 
  • Ability to work in a team, whilst at the same time carrying out own tasks independently and to agreed deadlines 
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, ability to work under tight deadlines in an international environment 
  • Proficient with IT and new media tools 


  • Previous experience/traineeship in one of the European Institutions – especially in DG SANTE or working for MEPs in the Parliament’s ENVI Committee 
  • Good, demonstrated command of social media – experience in organising social media campaigns 
  • Previous experience in Organizations working on Global and Public Health (WHO, GAVI, Global Fund, World Bank, OECD etc.) 

What we offer: 

  • A six-month paid traineeship, with opportunities for a long-term contract after the traineeship period. 90% of our trainees get a Consultant contract after their traineeship 
  • A fantastic work environment 
  • Training opportunities 
  • Opportunities to broaden your network, expand your knowledge and expertise in the healthcare field and fast-track your career 

Starting date: ASAP 

The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of topics and assignments and get client exposure. 

About Acumen: 

At Acumen we have built a culture to meaningfully shape policy and deliver impact that lasts. We bring more than experienced counsel and a winning record to the table. We pride ourselves in being the kind of advisers clients want at their side during their most complex, difficult decisions. We delight in what we do and look after our clients. 

We are always looking for talent to contribute to our purpose. And as our people can attest and the awards show, we are a great and a meaningful place to work.  

We look forward to meeting you! 

The Acumen Team 

For more interesting opportunities within our company, please see our website:  

Benefits Offered?

  • No

Bonus Offered?

  • No

Travel Required?

  • No


  • Belgium


  • Internship

Global Experience Needed?

  • No

Specialized Experience Needed?

  • No

Apply before:

  • Apr 13, 2024
Company Overview
Acumen Public Affairs
Acumen Public Affairs

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Acumen Public Affairs is an independent consultancy set up in 2010 to combine the very best of big agency experience with hands-on senior support. Founding partners Elaine Cruikshanks and Giles Keane together with Nikos Manaras and Max von Olenhusen have an unrivalled track record in public affairs and strategic communications gained over more than 50 years of working for corporations, governments, trade associations, NGOs and international institutions in Brussels, Geneva and beyond. They now relish the opportunity to work in close partnership with clients and bring the benefits of their expertise and contacts to achieve goals that are both business-focused and sustainable. Acumen Public Affairs' philosophy is to provide clients with value adding strategic counsel and high quality execution – by the same people. When we commit to an assignment, this means personal supervision and implementation by Acumen partners from beginning to end. That way we can ensure that we deliver results and surpass expectations – and do so at competitive prices that only an independent agency can offer. Acumen Public Affairs believes in the power of taking an integrated approach to advocacy and communication to achieve outcomes that have a tangible impact on business performance. We have a track record of developing winning strategies that are sustainable, by identifying a confluence of interest among key stakeholders. In other words, we are skilled at squaring the circle between the private and public sectors and ordinary citizens by addressing the human aspects of issues in a regulatory or business context.
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