EU Foreign and Security Policy Assistant

Submitted by BIC on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 15:24

JOB DESCRIPTION

The BIC is currently seeking applicants for a EU Foreign Policy Assistant position. The position will require  research, policy analysis, and engagement with policymakers. The candidate will contribute directly to BIC`s 2020 flagship research project Rethinking Security in 2020.

 

This project takes a critical aim at conventional approaches to defence, with a view towards developing new solutions to the evolving nature of insecurity and hybrid warfare. It also seeks to build strategic responses to new drivers of conflict, such as transnational challenges in climate and energy, and reassess how the EU's Common Foreign and Security policy can be improved to prevent tomorrow's crises.

 

The successful candidate will be someone who thrives in a demanding policy role, advances their own cutting-edge production of policy analysis, and proactively delivers creative ideas to advance BIC's goals. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience and interest in EU policy-making and EU's security architecture.

 

Main tasks include:

 

  • - Help to monitor – and respond to – policy developments on the EU's foreign and security policy, and contribute to the drafting of policy reports, policy briefs, background papers and ad-hoc articles under the project "Rethinking Security in 2020."

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  • - Assist in identifying advocacy opportunities, both within and outside of the European Institutions, which would advance BIC's goals.

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  • - Support the organisation and execution of conferences, workshops, and round-tables on international security by contributing to the preparation of concept notes, discussion papers, and event reports. 

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  • - Establish close cooperation with key decision-makers and stakeholders, particularly in the European Parliament, related to the assigned policy areas.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

  • - Strong interest in learning about and taking part in the European Union’s policy-making processes; in particular on issues related to foreign affairs and international security.

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  • - Must be adept at problem-solving, including being able to identify issues and resolve programs in a timely manner.

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  • - Excellent writing skills in English (other languages, such as French are an asset).

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  • - Must possess strong interpersonal and critical thinking skills.

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  • - Proven experience in the organisation of advocacy events.

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  • - Proven experience in producing policy analysis and reports.

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  • - Ability to work successfully both independently and in a small team.

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  • - Flexibility and willingness to engage with new tasks that may be required.

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  • - Authorisation to work in Belgium.

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APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications should include a motivation letter of no more than 1 page explaining why and how you would excel at this position, your CV, and contact information with three references. In a separate document, candidates should answer the following question (in no more than 500 words): How should the EU adapt its foreign security policy to 21st century challenges and reflect its stated geopolitical ambition? 

 

The complete list of documents should be sent to fernando.aguiar@bic-rhr.com  and brandon.locke@bic-rhr.com

 

Please note that this job application will be reviewed on a rolling basis and due to the large number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted. The BIC is not responsible for arranging accommodations or facilitating visa applications for prospective candidates.