• Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 25

Position description

Lumos is seeking a researcher from May to October 2018, for the initiative “Community living in Europe: Structural Funds Watch (CLE:SFW)”, an independent initiative monitoring the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) with specific regard to its powerful role in driving the transition from institutional to family and community-based care.

The aim of this project is to enhance understanding of how the ESIF has been used at Member State level with regards to the transition from institutional to community-based care.

The researcher will also seek to make recommendations for the next funding period post-2020 (2021-2028).

We are looking for an experienced and rigorous researcher who understands the requirements for a report that will be used for policy development audiences at EU and national levels.


  • Produce a report on how ESIF have been used by the Member States regarding the transition from institutional to community-based care, the report will include specific examples and an analysis of the research findings. The report will need to be relevant for a policy-development audience. Based on the evidence, it should therefore conclude with concrete recommendations for the next funding period post-2020;
  • Produce a concept note and framework for the report;
  • Undertake in-depth research (desk research, online survey, interviews etc.) examining the use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) for the transition process from institutional to family and community-based care in the EU Member States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia and Croatia) with a focus on the current funding period 2014-2020;
  • Draw out examples of good practice and areas which require improvement;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Managing Authorities and NGOs in the EU Member States using ESIF, as well as with the European Commission, to gather and verify data;
  • Conduct country visits (i.e. attend conferences of Steering Committee members) to drill deeper into the information provided by the Management authorities, NGOs, monitoring committees and the European Commission;
  • Present the report and its findings at a launch event at the European Parliament in autumn 2018 (possibly in November).


  • Masters’ degree in a relevant field [or equivalent applied experience and skills];
  • At least three years applied research experience, preferably in the areas of social affairs or human rights, with strong knowledge and skills spanning a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
  • Demonstrable experience in identifying research needs, designing and specifying research;
  • Experience of undertaking desk research and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Excellent analysis skills, with the ability to summarise and interpret data accurately, using appropriate data analysis packages;
  • Attention to detail in checking information/evidence for accuracy and validity;
  • Excellent writing skills with experience of conveying research findings effectively for policy-makers and practitioners;
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of EU funding mechanisms, especially the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and policy making processes;
  • An understanding of what is required for policy development;
  • Fluency in English (written, spoken); knowledge of other European languages would be desirable;
  • Commitment to child rights and international development;
  • Highly organised, with the ability to balance competing priorities and plan effectively to meet challenging deadlines;
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative, making sound judgements, as well as working as part of a wider team;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Willingness to travel as and when necessary.

Application instructions

Please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected].

Application should include:

  • A cover letter;
  • CV;
  • A work sample and methodology;
  • Details of two referees;
  • Salary expectations.

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