Making policies work

Vacancy: Junior policy officer working on North Africa-Europe relations (40 hours/week)

Are you interested in developments in North Africa, the EU’s neighbourhood policy and migration? We are looking for an Arabic-speaking junior policy officer with experience and expertise related to the North African region to strengthen our team in Maastricht.

Who are we?

The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) is a leading independent think tank that wants to make policies in Europe and Africa work for inclusive and sustainable development. We have two offices: in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and Brussels (Belgium).

Our more than 60 staff members from over 25 countries worldwide provide independent research, advice and practical support to policymakers, advisors and practitioners in Europe, Africa and beyond. Our focus is on EU foreign policy and policies related to conflict, migration, governance, sustainable food systems, regional integration, business, finance and trade.

About our work on North Africa-Europe relations (including migration)

In the past years, ECDPM expanded its work in North Africa. This reflects the growing prominence of the region in EU external action from a geopolitical, stability and security perspective and regarding migration. We are interested in political, economic and institutional reform dynamics within the various countries of the region and in their evolving relations with the European Union. We explore ways and means to promote more integrated approaches to migration – beyond EU-driven security concerns.

What will you be doing?

As a junior policy officer working on North Africa-Europe relations, you will:

  • Help us conduct research and analysis on North Africa, EU neighbourhood policies and migration.
  • Help us communicate the findings of our research and analysis.
  • Assist in the overall coordination of ECDPM’s North Africa task force.
  • Help us organise events.
  • Help us build, expand and maintain our strategic networks and partnerships.
  • Help us develop funding proposals.

You are based in our Maastricht office and will primarily be part of the migration team.

Who are we looking for?

Our ideal candidate:

  • Has a master’s degree.
  • Has at least two years of relevant work experience.
  • Has a keen interest in development issues and particularly in migration.
  • Is familiar with the North African region and its relations with Europe.
  • Is willing to carry out operational research.
  • Has excellent writing, editing, analytical and synthesis skills, and knows how to structure arguments and present options to policymakers in a non-partisan way.
  • Has good communication skills.
  • Has an excellent command of Arabic, French and English.
  • Has an entrepreneurial attitude and good organisational skills.
  • Knows how to work towards tight deadlines and effectively balance conflicting demands, and is committed to quality.
  • Is a team player.
  • Enjoys working in a dynamic and multicultural environment.

What do we offer you?

  • A one-year contract for 40 hours a week.
  • A salary ranging between € 38,000 and € 45,000 gross per year depending on experience, including a holiday allowance and end-of-year allowance.
  • A generous package of 47 leave days.
  • A pension plan, relocation support and a bike scheme.
  • A lot of space to grow and learn.
  • A home in an international and dynamic organisation, based in one of the most beautiful buildings of Maastricht.
  • An opportunity to travel within Europe and to Africa.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work from home.

More information

If you would like to receive more information about the position or working at ECDPM, please get in touch with our human resources department via or +31 43 350 2900.

For more information about ECDPM and our areas of work, please have a look at our website. You can also take a look at our dossiers on North Africa-Europe relations and migration for more information about our work in these areas.

How to apply?

If you are interested in the position, please complete the online application form before 24 June 2019. We will not take into account incomplete or late applications.

Interviews are expected to take place in the last week of June 2019.

The preferred starting date for the position is 1 September 2019.

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