Open Society European Policy Institute
The Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). We work to foster open societies inside and outside Europe by leveraging the EU’s policies, legislation, funding, and political influence. OSEPI brings into EU policy debates evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries.
The Open Society European Policy Institute’s role is to propose positive measures that will sustain the open society and widen the political constituency that supports it. We also work to provide warnings when European political actors are moving away from—or even undermining—the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union.
OSEPI is recruiting a Policy Analyst with 7-10 years of experience and expertise to work on EU Migration and Asylum policies. Applicants with more experience are also encouraged to apply.
The Policy Analyst has principal responsibility for strengthening rights, values and respect for international law in EU migration and asylum policies. The analyst will work to identify advocacy opportunities on migration and asylum policies at EU level and will develop and implement strategies to influence the EU institutions, as well as member states, in order to advance the goals of the Open Society Foundations.
The analyst will liaise between EU policy makers and OSF colleagues in relevant grant making and operational roles, and build relationships with OSF partners and grantees. They will also contribute to open societies by holding the EU accountable to its commitments to human rights and international law particularly in the field of migration and asylum, and by leveraging EU policies and political influence abroad.
The analyst will be part of OSEPI’s internal EU policy team, in close collaboration with colleagues working on foreign policy. In addition, within the OSF network, the analyst will be required to collaborate with the International Migration Initiative, Open Society Initiative for Europe, Open Society Justice Initiative and other regional programs that are relevant to EU migration and asylum policies.
The analyst will be expected to maintain and expand OSEPI’s network of contacts in Brussels and beyond to further OSEPI’s advocacy priorities.
Essential responsibilities in this role will include:
- develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence EU policy-makers, as well as relevant member state governments.
- build contacts and strong working relationships with relevant EU officials as well as member state representatives.
- research and write analytical and advocacy documents on EU migration and asylum policies and represent OSEPI at public events.
- advise OSF programs and foundations on grant-making related to his/her areas of responsibility as requested.
- represent Open Society in the media through publication of op-eds, articles and blog posts.
- organise advocacy trips to Brussels with partners and help coordinate campaigns working with numerous stakeholders and experts in Brussels, and in member state capitals if required.
- maintain constructive relationships with relevant NGOs, think-tanks, academics and other stakeholders in policy communities; participate in and if necessary lead civil society coalitions working on migration/asylum in Brussels.
- draft regular updates and policy documents for OSF senior management in collaboration with OSEPI’s policy team, deputy director and director.
- travel to regions of responsibility as well as to OSF offices in New York, Washington DC, Budapest, Barcelona and London, when required and in coordination with local foundations.
- actively participate in organisational development of OSEPI including through sharing best advocacy practices, participating in office retreats, and collaborating in joint projects.
- at least seven years’ experience working in government, EU or international institutions, NGOs, think-tanks or academia. Policy-making and advocacy experience is an asset. Applicants with more experience are also encouraged to apply.
- deep understanding of EU policy processes and how to influence them.
- advanced degree in international law, human rights, European studies, refugee/migration law or related field.
- strong network of contacts in EU institutions, member-states, NGOs and think-tanks is essential.
- excellent written, verbal, organisational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
- ability to convene and facilitate group discussions and collective projects.
- flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of projects, with strong ability to prioritise tasks.
- diplomatic and professional manner in interactions with senior management, colleagues and officials.
- familiarity with open society issues including human rights, civil society, justice, minority rights, transparency and accountability.
- excellent written and spoken English. A high standard of spoken French is desirable. Competence in other languages is an advantage.
We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations, and we welcome and actively seek applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
Closing date: 14 June 2016.
Interested candidates are invited to apply here.