The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a research assistant to contribute to the institute’s work on peace and security. The position is offered on a full-time basis with a fixed-term contract for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension. The role is particularly well-suited for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate studies. The position is based at GPPi’s Berlin office.
We are looking for a dedicated, entrepreneurial and extremely detail-oriented individual to help manage the PeaceLab blog. The role includes identifying and engaging with authors, editing and proofreading contributions, posting articles through our online content management system, and promoting the PeaceLab blog content via Twitter and in our weekly newsletter. The successful candidate will also support policy dialogue (through online and offline events and workshops), research issues pertaining to crisis prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding, and perform related administrative duties, including project accounting.
This is a junior position with the opportunity for professional growth in a range of different directions, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and interests.
The successful candidate will have:
- Excellent analytical skills and a strong academic background (BA) in the social sciences or a related field;
- Outstanding editing and writing skills in German (native level), excellent English editing proficiency, and sound editorial judgement in German and English (prior experience in editing, copyediting, proofreading, and managing online content are a plus);
- An interest in crisis prevention, stabilization and/or peacebuilding, and German or European foreign policy (prior work experience in any of these fields is a plus);
- A desire to promote effective policy dialogue around these issues, both online (via the PeaceLab blog, social media and webinars) and offline (through workshops and events) – experience with blogging, social media (Twitter, in particular), and workshop facilitation are additional assets;
- Extreme attention to detail, excellent time management skills, and the capacity to handle several tasks independently and in parallel;
- The ability to work independently in a team context.
Starting date: Between July 20 and September 1 – the sooner, the better. Please indicate your availability in your application.
GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital, a young and international team working in a strong global network, and an attractive platform for innovative researchers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. GPPi’s main working language is English, though most of the PeaceLab blog-related activities are happening in German.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are conducting the bulk of our operations from home, though the GPPi office remains open.
- Remuneration for this position depends on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience.
- GPPi is an equal opportunity employer.
- For additional information about GPPi’s work on Peace and Security, please visit: http://www.gppi.net/issue-areas/peace-security/.
How to apply:
To apply, please send a single PDF document with your CV (no Europass and no pictures, please), a brief letter of interest, informal transcripts of your academic courses and grades, and two writing samples (existing work, ideally at least one piece making a policy argument, in either English or German) to email@example.com. Please make sure to clearly state“Research Assistant Peace and Security” in the subject line.
Closing date for applications: June 26, 2020. Early applications are encouraged and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. You can expect a confirmation that we have received your application within a few working days. After that, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you are welcome to inquire via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an editing test. Interviews will take place in late June and the first week of July.
Please do not call with questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications.
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