To provide informed and timely research and analysis on designated area of specialisation on Russia/the former Soviet Union, both in response to requests and at own initiative, for use by FCO and other Government policymakers and based on in-depth specialist knowledge. In addition, you will be required to maintain regular contact with outside expertise, including the academic community, and other parts of Government.
Roles and Responsibilities
This vacancy is located within Eastern Research Group (ERG), a small, highly motivated team of all-source analysts with deep experience of the former Soviet Union. Our role is to deliver the best possible quality of analytical services for the FCO’s Eastern Europe & Central Asia Directorate (EECAD) and the rest of the FCO and Government, informing and improving UK policy-making towards Russia and the other countries of the former USSR.
Typical regular tasks are likely to include:
• Delivery of tailored analysis (orally and in writing) for policy customers on particular aspects of Russian domestic affairs, foreign policy, etc., both in response to specific tasking and at the Analyst’s own initiative.
• Organising and chairing in-house round-tables on policy-relevant issues with the participation of officials from other Government departments and external experts.
• Representing the FCO at cross-Government analytical discussions on Russia-related issues.
• Maintaining and developing relationships with UK-based experts on Russia outside of Government, including representing the FCO at academic and other conferences on issues of relevance to the Analyst’s portfolio.
This role offers the chance to make a real difference to the formulation of the FCO’s policy agenda towards Russia, a high-priority area of focus for the FCO. Developing the FCO’s understanding of how Russia operates, its relations with the rest of the world (including us), and how to overcome existing obstacles to co-operation, will continue to command the close interest of Ministers and senior officials. The successful candidate will be uniquely placed to inform and shape that understanding.
The specific portfolio to be covered within the Group would be for agreement, depending on the successful applicant’s specific skill-set and operational requirements. For this particular vacancy, expertise on Russian domestic politics, the Russian economy and/or Russian foreign & security policy would be essential. Applicants would be expected to have acquired such expertise through appropriate academic study (preferably at higher degree level) and/or through extensive work experience on relevant issues.
A good working knowledge of the Russian language is essential, as are strong analytical and drafting skills, a creative approach to developing the FCO’s corporate knowledge and understanding of the FSU region, flexibility and team-working skills, and an aptitude for informing and challenging policy-making.
- Significant relevant work experience (e.g. in academia, think-tank, commercial organisation, risk consultancy, etc.)
- Demonstrable expertise on Russia-related issues
- Strong communication, analytical and drafting skills
Degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline (ideally Russian studies)
The following academic disciplines are all considered to be relevant:
- Russian language/literature or Russian Studies (including in combination with another language or subject)
- Slavonic or East European Studies
- International Studies/International Relations
- Politics or Political Science
A good working knowledge of the Russian language is essential.
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