Open Society European Policy Institute, Brussels
6-month fixed-term contract
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.
OSEPI is recruiting a Policy Analyst with 7-10 years of experience and expertise to work on EU policy towards Ukraine and the other Eastern Partnership countries. The opening is a fixed term contract serving as maternity cover.
The position reports to the Head of the External Policy Team and works closely with OSF’s national foundations in the region, OSF’s Eurasia Program and the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE).
The analyst will have principal responsibility for tracking and providing high-level analysis of EU policies towards Eastern European countries, particularly Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan. S/he identifies advocacy opportunities, implements advocacy strategies directed towards the EU and EU member states to complement and advance the work of the Open Society Foundations.
In addition, they will conduct direct advocacy with the EU institutions and member states towards a united EU response to the crisis in Ukraine and help shape EU financial aid and technical assistance. They will also lead advocacy efforts on the implementation of reforms in the three EU association countries (Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova) and support advocacy on human rights, democratic governance and civic space in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Essential responsibilities will include to:
- maintain contacts and strong working relationships with EU officials and member-state representatives who make decisions about EU external policies in the Eastern Partnership region.
- write analytical advocacy documents on priority issues; understand and influence EU policy-making processes and political debates relevant to open society.
- implement advocacy strategies to influence EU policy-makers. Organize advocacy trips and relevant advocacy events in Brussels.
- attend and speak at public events, as relevant. Participate in consultations with the EU institutions and provide input in the run-up to bilateral talks.
- liaise and maintain contacts with OSF foundations and programs to facilitate their access to EU policy-makers, and provide support in developing advocacy strategies and materials, particularly for foundations in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia.
- maintain relations with and support the work of relevant networks, coalitions, think tanks, and NGOs in Brussels.
- actively participate in the external policy team, broader policy team and all-office projects and activities.
- at least seven years of experience working in government, EU or international institution, NGO, think-tank 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.
- deep knowledge of the Eastern Partnership region, with a particular focus on Ukraine. Experience of working in any of the countries in the region highly desirable.
- advanced degree in international law, human rights, European studies, or related field.
- a network of contacts in EU institutions, member-states, NGOs and think-tanks is a plus.
- excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.
- 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.
- familiarity with open society issues including human rights, civil society, justice, minority rights, transparency and accountability.
Closing date: 28 July 2016.
Interview date: second week of August 2016.
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.