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Young International Professionals Programme

The Young International Professionals Programme (YIPP) is a programme for the ‘circulation of talent’ at ECDPM to be implemented in collaboration with partner institutes and peer organisations. The goal is to provide opportunities for junior staff members with nationalities from Africa, the Caribbean and beyond to be recruited to work at ECDPM for a maximum period of one year, and to stimulate staff exchanges and opportunities for external assignments for ECDPM staff members.

ECDPM has long-standing experience with different types of partnerships and collaborative arrangements in Europe and the ACP. These include governmental as well as non-governmental organisations at the local, national, regional and global levels. The objectives of ECDPM’s partnership approach include the sharing of experiences among the partners, the strengthening of capacities and the improvement of quality and impact of the work of the partners, in a long-term relationship. ECDPM is a European institute committed to work with the ACP countries and aims to reflect this in its staff establishment. The YIPP aims to contribute to this in a practical and effective manner, with long-term impact.

We believe this programme will provide young professionals from developing countries with the possibility to develop specialist knowledge, expertise and experience they cannot acquire otherwise. Secondly, we are convinced their interaction with our staff at ECDPM will strengthen our own sensitivity and cultural awareness vis-á-vis our stakeholders in Africa and the Caribbean, and beyond.

From the perspective of building partnerships this programme will be an instrument for strengthening our relationships with our partner organisations and, contribute to capacity development. In intensifying our contact with partner and peer organisations in this way we also expect to identify opportunities for our own staff to spend longer periods of time working with one or other of our partner organisations in the South. As a result, we expect opening this door to the ‘circulation of talent’ to benefit young non-European professionals, partners and peer institutes, as well as ECDPM itself.

Through the Young International Professionals Programme ECDPM aims to reach candidates with a post-graduate qualification in a relevant academic discipline (such as development studies, social sciences, international economics, agriculture economics, political economy of development, finance) and at least one year’s work experience. We expect such candidates to work with ECDPM as junior researchers, and to contribute to ECDPM policy-oriented research, to participate in writing papers, reports and other publications, and to be involved in other activities of the programme s/he will be integrated in. The candidate(s) will be full team members of the ECDPM programme they are attached to, participating in the activities of a wider group of young professionals who work as Research Assistants and Junior Policy Officers at the ECDPM office in Maastricht, in the South of The Netherlands. The mutual commitment is temporary by nature and designed especially to offer young professionals policy-relevant work experience. The contract period will be for a maximum of one year.

There are a limited number of YIP positions due to the size of our organisation. ECDPM will advertise YIP vacancies on this website page and through its external communications (our Weekly Compass newsletter for example). If you are interested in the YIP programme then please check our website regularly. It is also possible to send in an open application. Please use the open application form that you will find here.


Job Profile: YIP Research Assistant


The Policy Officer job family: joining hands for performance and impact

ECDPM core business is the improvement of ACP-EU relations and cooperation. As a small independent foundation it does so by facilitating key ACP-EU policy processes, non-partisan research and knowledge brokering and institutional support to key institutions. ECDPM Policy Officers are at the core of what ECDPM has to offer: professionalism, commitment, process-orientation, flexibility and creativity.

Key commitments of the YIP Research Assistant

  1. To assist in content development and publication, through desk research, information assembly, documentation, reporting and brokering knowledge
  2. To contribute to the profiling of the Young International Professionals programme

Responsibilities of the YIP Research Assistant

  • Assists in the organisation of stakeholder events, workshops and meetings; takes minutes, reports and debriefs on these
  • Assembles and/or executes (desk or field) research and executes policy analysis to advance development policy
  • Delivers and (co-) publishes media content on policy strands to enhance stakeholder insights and knowledge-sharing as well as the Centre’s knowledge brokerage position
  • Contributes to and/or (co-) organises Web-based discussion groups (“D-groups”) that stimulate dialogue and enhance knowledge and insights of stakeholders
  • Provides hands-on collegial support to ECDPM policy, corporate and knowledge management staff upon request as well as on own initiative
  • Contributes to the profiling of the Young International Professionals programme, in particular via social media and representation

Knowledge, experience, skills and characteristics

  • A Master degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Up to one year of relevant work experience
  • Proven interest in global development, European international cooperation and institutional development
  • Proven interest in (project) management in a multi-tasking, multicultural environment
  • Interest and preferably experience in using social media for targeted communication regarding projects, events and publications
  • Knowledge of (academic) English and/or French; other languages are an asset
  • Basic skills in organising, multi-tasking, communication (in a multicultural environment), project and time management, minutes-taking and reporting
  • Presentation skills and ability to network (mature personality)
  • Ability to work in an autonomous manner, requesting supervision if and when needed

The mutual commitment is temporary by nature and designed especially to offer young international professionals work experience. The contract period never exceeds one year.