Recruiting a Trainee Office Manager

Trainee Office Manager


 LIFE is seeking an enthusiastic trainee for its European office in Brussels.


The Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) is a European umbrella organisation, established to represent the interests of the small-scale, low impact commercial fishers who fish in the coastal waters of Europe. Its mission is to achieve conditions in which fishing is performed in a sustainable manner and small-scale, low impact fishermen and women in Europe can maximise their social and economic viability. More information can be found on our website .



(a) Manage the day to day operation of the LIFE’s Brussels office

(b) Track and manage incoming and outgoing correspondence and circulate appropriately

(c) Act as a first point of contact for telephone calls

(e) Make necessary travel arrangements; arrange trains, flights, hotel and venues bookings as required

(g) In liaison with the Finance Manager process orders and invoices, maintain records of expenditure and monitor budgets

(h) Manage and monitor the annual organisation planning and reporting timetable.

(i) Maintain filing systems and records for all documents – including managing HR files and contacts with Belgian social security services



(a) Organise meetings by preparing and circulating agendas & documentation, in particular, for LIFE Board meetings and Annual General Assembly

(b) Take responsibility for meeting logistics, interpretation and equipment

(c) Take minutes of meetings as required, arrange translations of all papers as necessary and; track action points




Listed below are the requirements needed to undertake this job. Selection of candidates will be based on the extent to which these requirements are met.


  • Proven experience in a related role
  • Experience of working with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience of and familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint) packages and video conferencing systems
  • Experience of administering meetings, including minute taking
  • Expérience de travail avec une organisation similaire


  • Capacité d'organiser des conférences, des réunions (voyage, hébergement, lieu, restauration, etc.)


  • Un haut niveau de compétences en communication écrite et orale
  • Fluency in English and French (both written and verbal)
  • Fluent in at least one Northern or Eastern Mediterranean language

Qualités personnelles

  • Un haut degré de motivation et de professionnalisme
  • Excellentes compétences interpersonnelles
  • Respect de la confidentialité à tout moment
  • Capacité à développer des relations de travail efficaces à tous les niveaux.
  • Capacité à travailler sans supervision et avec un haut niveau d'initiative.
  • proactivité, créativité et souplesse dans la recherche de solutions aux problèmes
  • Capacité à rester calme et à respecter des délais serrés sous pression.
  • assimile l'information et apprend rapidement de nouvelles compétences

Flexibilité et fiabilité

  • Willingness to work unsocial hours if required
  • Willingness to travel within Europe if required

Based in Brussels, eligible to work under Belgian law and immediately available

This is initially a 6 months contract under Belgian “Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle”  with a monthly remuneration of € 781,30. If you are interested, please send a CV + Cover letter in English to . Deadline for applications is Friday 3/11, interviews will take place in Brussels mid-November with a view to start as soon as possible after that. Due to the high number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.