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    Job Vacancy: Ethno Project Assistant

    Join the international team that makes a difference through music.

    JM International (JMI) is the world's largest youth-music nonprofit organisation with members in over 60 countries worldwide. JMI’s network of 40,000+ annual musical activities outreaches 6 million young people, using the power of music for social change.

    JMI offers a dynamic, creative and challenging work environment where young professionals are able to engage themselves fully in meaningful work, together with passionate colleagues and a vibrant international network of driven music institutions.

    JMI was established in Brussels, Belgium in 1945 with the goal to enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries and borders., we look for a colleague to join us who can stand for this powerful mission, lending their unique strengths and abilities to build on 70+ years of youth empowerment through music.


    Ethno is JM International’s programme for folk, world and traditional music. Founded in 1990, it is aimed at young musicians (ages 13­-30) with a mission to revive and keep alive global cultural heritage. Present today in over 20 countries, Ethno engages young people through a series of annual international music camps as well as workshops, concerts and tours, working together with schools, conservatories and other groups of youth to promote peace, tolerance and understanding.

    At the core of Ethno is its democratic, peer­ to ­peer learning approach whereby young people teach each other the music from their countries and cultures. It is a non­-formal pedagogy that has been refined over the past 30 years, embracing the principles of intercultural dialogue and understanding. Ethno provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music in a manner that is characterized by respect, generosity and openness.

    The Position

    JMI looks for a highly skilled, “all­-round” Ethno Project Assistant to join the Ethno team. It is a multifaceted position and we seek for a candidate with a wide range of expertise to take all Ethno­-related project tasks to the next level. The Ethno Project Assistant will be tasked with working for one specific JMI project – Ethno – and will report directly to the Ethno Global Coordinator. The Ethno Project Assistant will also work in close cooperation with the JMI Programs Director, the JMI Communications Manager and the JMI Executive Director.

    The Ethno Project Assistant is expected to deliver on­-time, innovative work that meets top international standards. Strong organizational skills, an analytical mind and an eye for detail are all crucial. The candidate should be well ­organised and result­-driven, handling themselves well under pressure. They must be passionate about music, people and culture, with a proven track record when working independently on high­-level projects within the creative professional field. The candidate should have experience managing cultural projects and preferably event management experience as well.

    The Ethno Project Assistant should have the hands­-on technical skills needed to be able to deliver texts, publications and content. A background in design is required, with at least an intermediate knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop/Illustrator/Indesign).

    Although no programming knowledge is required, the candidate must be able to manage Ethno’s web projects as well as ideate on, develop, and deploy content for the Ethno website and social media. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of social media and how to reach out to various communities through it.

    The Ethno Project Assistant must be flexible and able to adapt to the fast­-changing music/communications environment, where you may be called on to take up others aspects of cultural management where needed. The candidate must be open to travel and be able to represent the organization abroad, working with our international network to make a difference through music.

    Direct experience of Ethno camps as a participant, Artistic Leader, Organiser, crew member or volunteer is a plus.

    If this sounds like you, please don’t hesitate to apply!


    • Project Management: Logistics
    • Project Documentation Management and Reporting
    • Development and dissemination of the JM International Ethno brand and strategy
    • Management and development of JMI’s Ethno website content, online projects and social media
    • Coordinate, produce and update visual and written content for JMI’s Ethno websites, social media platforms, newsletters, blogs and podcasts
    • Graphic Design: Making edits in projects made in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign as required periodically
    • Coordination with all Ethnos involved in project grants, and dissemination of project grant information, collection of data, timely preparation of grant reports and adherence to project deadlines
    • Coordination/sourcing of Ethno interns


    • Three­-five years of work experience or the vocational equivalent
    • Excellent English, both spoken and written
    • Project / Organisational management / Grant Writing / Reporting
    • Strong organisational skills
    • Intermediate Graphic Design Skills (Adobe Creative Suite)
    • Website management skills (familiarity with common CMS platforms)
    • Must be able to start at the latest June/July 2019


    • The position is full­ time (9 am to 5 pm), based out of the JMI Head Office in Brussels, Belgium
    • The candidate must be willing and able to travel abroad at least 2­-3 times per year
    • JMI is looking for international candidates, who are able to work from Brussels, Belgium by the end of June / beginning of July 2019 (relocation costs and costs of separate life are not covered by the employer)
    • An initial 6 months will be given to the selected candidate after which the employee will be evaluated and the contract extended should the employer be satisfied with the work result.
    • The Ethno Project Assistant is responsible for sourcing and overseeing the Ethno Interns
    • NET Salary (after tax) is €1800,00 / month. Other benefits include hospitalisation insurance, monthly allowance for mobile phone expenses, meal vouchers (€8 per office working day) and local transport costs
    • The contract runs until the 31st of December 2021, and could be extended should funding be obtained


    • Apply via this online form: https://podio.com/webforms/22742878/1609423
    • Applications are open until 31 May 2019.
    • If you do not receive news from us 2 weeks after you apply, please assume that you have not been selected
    • The selected candidate must be willing and able to start immediately (June/July 2019)

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