Senior Analyst: Russia and EU Eastern Neighbourhood

European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
  • Location
    Paris, France
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 07

Position description

Ref.: EUISS (2023) PER/SEC 02
Contract Staff Member OR appointment by secondment
Grade: A3
Starting date: 1 September 2023
Salary: The salary scale of the EUISS is calculated according to that of the Coordinated Organisations to which the grade A3 makes reference. For a secondment, the salary will remain as determined (and paid) by the current employer plus a daily allowance of €96,40 paid by the EUISS.
Duration: 3 years, renewable for up to 2 further years if under the status of contract staff member; Up to 2 years, renewable for a further period of 1-year maximum if seconded.

Job description

The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is the EU Agency that analyses foreign, security and defence policy issues. With its Headquarters in Paris and a Liaison Office in Brussels, it also acts as an interface between European experts and decision-makers at all levels.

The EUISS seeks to hire an experienced Russia Analyst who will report to the Director and join a highly qualified and motivated team engaged in providing relevant expertise to both EU/national officials and the wider public – through publications, seminars and other activities.

Main responsibilities

  • Leading the analysis on Russia matters, focusing especially on security and defence policies;
  • Leading the analysis on EU’s eastern neighbourhood, focusing in particular on Ukraine, protracted conflicts (e.g., Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh) and energy politics in the region;
  • Authoring high-quality analysis as well as forward-looking quantitative and qualitative reports;
  • Coordinating projects and publications, as required;
  • Contributing to project management tasks on a need basis;
  • Supporting the broader activities of the EUISS through analytical, written and verbal contributions;
  • Representing the Institute within Europe and abroad, participating in relevant meetings of the EU, member states, international organisations and research institutes, as required;
  • Organising meetings designed to disseminate EUISS research and analysis as well as to inform decision-makers;
  • Organising events and meetings for officials;
  • Contributing to the development of the EUISS work programme on Russia and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood with original and relevant ideas;
  • Monitoring developments related to the EU’s relations with Russia and the eastern neighbourhood in the domestic, security and military fields;
  • Monitoring existing EU policies/legislation/strategies/negotiations on Russia and the eastern neighbourhood;
  • Liaising with relevant Directorates and working groups working on Russia and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood across the European Union and its member states;
  • Liaising with government officials, think tanks, universities and regional organisations, as required;
  • Collaborating with EUISS colleagues in order to combine different areas of expertise and create synergy effects;
  • Supervising junior staff;
  • Travelling on a regular basis, as required.

Eligibility criteria

On the closing date for applications, candidates must fulfil all the following conditions:

  • Be a national of a member state of the European Union who enjoys full rights as a citizen, attested by a recent extract from judicial records and/or certificate of good conduct;
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by national law on military service;
  • Be physically fit to perform the required duties.


  • A PhD, preferably in the field of security studies, conflict studies, political science, political economy, international relations or a related field from a university or other institution of higher learning of recognised standing.

Professional experience

  • Minimum of four years’ relevant professional work experience with an EU, research, governmental, academic, or educational institution;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Russia and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood;
  • Excellent knowledge of the European Union, its institutions and policies;
  • A record of publications in the relevant field;
  • Excellent analytical skills, including the ability to identify and distil complex policy issues and propose viable solutions;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills, with a demonstrated ability to write and present effectively to policy audiences;
  • Ability to deliver high-quality results within tight deadlines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment as a team member as well as independently;
  • High professional values and standards characterised by objectivity, analytical rigour, integrity, and confidentiality.


  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills; good command of another official EU language; good command of Russian.


The candidate awarded the position will have the status of either contract staff member or seconded expert. Applicants must state their preference.

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