Validity Foundation - Mental Disability Advocacy Centre

Vacancy – Project Assistant

Validity Foundation (formerly the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre – MDAC) is looking for a Project Assistant to join the team in our Budapest office on a fixed term, two-year contract. The post-holder will provide administrative and substantive support in two areas of Validity’s work: i) a European Commission funded research and advocacy project across seven countries aiming to ensure access to information and effective communication for victims of crime with disabilities in criminal justice processes and ii) the litigation work, which is at the centre of Validity’s mission to promote, protect and defend the rights of people with mental disabilities.


Deadline for applications: ongoing, the ideal start date is early July

Job description and person specification:Word and PDF


Role Description

 The postholder will report to the Project Manager of the European Commission funded project and will work closely with Validity’s Litigation Managers and Co-Executive Directors. Across both areas, s/he will be responsible for tasks including maintaining filing systems and documentation, organising meetings, liaising with partner organisations, providing logistical support for remote and in-person events and other administrative duties in-line with these.

 With a high school qualification and at least two-years work experience in a professional field, the position-holder will have a demonstrable commitment to equality, human rights, and/or ending discrimination against persons with disabilities. The post-holder will be fluent in English, highly organised and adept at creating and managing administrative systems, with a positive attitude towards building and maintaining effective professional relationships. S/he will be proactive, solution-oriented and resourceful and enjoy working in a team. Preference will be given to candidates with proven experience in coordinating high volume administrative roles, such as in law firms.

Note: Candidates must hold the right to reside and work within the European Union; preference will be given to people who self-identify as having a disability. This position will be based at Validity’s headquarters in Budapest.


Qualifications and experience 

  • A high school qualification;
  • A minimum of two years work experience in a professional field;
  • Desirable: Experience working in the CEE region; and
  • Strongly desirable: Experience working in a secretarial or administrative role in a law firm or similar.

Knowledge and skills 

  • Highly systematic in organising and collating information and documentation;
  • Demonstrable commitment to equality, human rights, and/or ending discrimination against persons with disabilities;
  • Fluency in English and high quality in written English;
  • Strong inter-personal skills and communication skills, including when working remotely;
  • Ability to work well under clear instruction and can manage own work effectively once instruction has been provided;
  • Strong computer literacy skills;
  • Desirable: Experience of working in EU funded projects;
  • Desirable: Proficiency in one or more project languages;
  • Desirable: Prior experience working with persons with disabilities;
  • Desirable: Experience of working in an international setting.

Personal attributes 

  • A positive attitude towards building and maintaining effective professional relationships and working collaboratively;
  • Strong commitment to personal and professional development, including the ability to actively seek feedback;
  • A proactive, solution-oriented and resourceful individual, who can take the initiative and approach challenging situations constructively and calmly;
  • Willing to seek information and ask for clarifications where necessary; and
  • Clear commitment to Validity’s mission, vision and organisational values.


Salary: 320-370,000 HUF gross per month


Recruitment process and timetable:

  • Send your CV in English with a cover letter describing your suitability and motivation for the position to as soon as possible.
  • The subject line of the email should read “Application: Project Assistant”.
  • The cover letter should set out clearly how you meet each of the requirements in the job description.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with a view to confirming an appointment as soon as possible.
  • First and second interviews will take place on an ongoing basis, and may require the completion of a short task.
  • The ideal start date is early July.