Research Associate in Peace & Security

Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
  • Location
    Berlin, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 08

Position description

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a research associate to join our team in Berlin.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial self-starter with extreme attention to detail who will help shape GPPi’s work on peace and security. The primary focus of the position will be on European foreign, security, and defense policies. The successful applicant will work mainly on a new three-year research and policy development project on external security risks and threats to the European Union (EU), on which GPPi will collaborate with 13 universities and think tanks as well as several foreign ministries.

As part of a team that includes specialists in foresight and strategic foresight methods, the main focus of work for the successful candidate will be to analyze and help develop improvements for how EU institutions and key member state governments (such as those of Germany, France, and Italy) anticipate, prevent, and respond to external security risks and threats to the EU. The role will be an opportunity to gain insight into the policy-making process in foreign ministries and EU institutions, primarily with regard to the dynamics of conflict and violence in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. In particular, the role will be an opportunity to contribute to innovation in collaborative foresight methods (drawing upon both qualitative expertise and quantitative data) for better identifying and monitoring risks, and innovation in collaborative strategic foresight methods for designing better policy options.

No prior formal training or work experience with foresight/strategic foresight methods, quantitative conflict research, public administration, or European foreign and security policy is required, but any previous exposure to these fields will be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be expected to work on all aspects of the project, which includes the design, implementation, and analysis of expert surveys, development of custom digital collaboration tools based on standard apps (e.g. Google Suite), help with the facilitation of workshops for researchers and policymakers, independent qualitative policy research, including fieldwork as well as writing own academic and policy publications, and outreach and project administration tasks, including accounting.

The successful candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic background in the social sciences or law and strong analytical skills (MA or equivalent);
  • A passionate interest in improving foreign policy strategies and decisions using (strategic) foresight and scenario methods (prior research or professional exposure to these topics or methods is a plus);
  • A keen interest and a strong knowledge base in a relevant academic field (such as international relations, qualitative or quantitative conflict research, public administration/administrative science/organizational sociology) as well as in EU foreign and security policy and the national foreign policies of major EU member states (prior research or professional experience are a plus);
  • A keen interest in policy-making as well as organizational and bureaucratic processes (internships or professional experience in major international or internationally focused bureaucracies are a plus);
  • Excellent communication skills, ideally including some experience with facilitation methods for groups, and excellent intercultural communication skills based on substantive personal experience in a culturally diverse work/study environment;
  • Excellent (spoken and written) English language skills; command of German is a plus, as is command of any widely spoken or project-related languages (e.g. Arabic, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish etc.);
  • Extreme attention to detail and excellent time management skills;
  • The ability to work independently in a team context.

Starting date and scope: to be determined, preferably in March 2018 but no later than April 15, 2018. Ideally, we seek to fill this position as a single full-time job but alternative options may be possible, particularly if combined with a PhD project. Please indicate your availability.

GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital, a young and international team working in a strong global network, and an attractive platform for innovative researchers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. Our working language is English.

Remuneration depends on qualifications and experience.

Application instructions

To apply, please send your CV (no Europass and no picture), a brief letter of interest, and two English writing samples (existing work) to [email protected]. Please make sure to clearly state “research associate / EU” in the subject line, since we are currently hiring for several positions. If you are a non-EU citizen, please clearly indicate whether you already have a valid EU work visa.

If you have questions on the formal requirements for the application, you are welcome to e-mail us at [email protected]. Please do not call for questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the next steps in the selection process.

We will keep accepting applications until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged and you can expect to hear back within two weeks.

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