GPPi Seeks a Project Associate in Data & Tech Politics

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a project associate who will contribute to our work on data and technology politics. The position is based at GPPi’s Berlin office and initially offered on a part-time basis (50%) with a fixed-term contract (until December 31, 2021), but with the potential to grow into a full-time position contributing to GPPi’s research and consulting activities in this area.

The main responsibility of the project associate will be to organize the Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD), a fellowship program that will bring together young professionals from Germany and the US to discuss key challenges at the intersection of technology and policymaking. The successful applicant will work on all aspects of the project, which will take place over the course of 2020 and 2021. Main tasks will include selecting the next cohort of TDD fellows, organizing and facilitating dialogue sessions in Germany and the US, coordinating with the fellows to produce outputs (e.g., blog posts, op-eds or podcasts), building the alumni network, and managing grants. Through the program, the project associate will have the opportunity to engage with outstanding young professionals, interact with leading experts in Germany and the US, and contribute to the transatlantic debate on digital policy.

This is a junior position with the potential for rapid professional growth in different directions, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications and interest. The project associate will have the opportunity to develop his/​her own fields of interest through individual research and writing.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong academic background in political science, law, computer science, or the social sciences (BA, MA or equivalent). In the case of an undergraduate degree, a few years of relevant work experience are an asset; 
  • A strong interest in issues at the intersection of technology and democracy, cybersecurity policy, data protection, or technology and regulation; 
  • A passion for fostering transatlantic dialogue and, to this end, working closely with young professionals from Germany and the US (an initial track record of work on data and technology policy will be considered a strong asset);
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (experience with facilitation methods for groups will be considered a plus);
  • Extreme attention to detail and excellent time management skills;
  • The ability to work independently in a team context;
  • Excellent English-language skills in both writing and speaking (command of German will be considered a plus).

GPPi offers a dynamic work environment in the center of Germany’s capital, a young and international team working within a strong global network, and an attractive platform for innovative thinkers to develop their research interests and sharpen their academic as well as professional profile. Our working language is English.

Further information:

Start date and scope: The contract will preferably start on January 6, 2020 (but no later than February 1, 2020) and run until December 31, 2021. In your application, please clearly indicate your possible start date and let us know in case there are any constraints preventing you from committing to the entire contract period. A commitment of at least one year is preferred.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a single PDF document including your CV (no Europass and no picture, please), a brief letter of interest, and two English writing samples (existing work, ideally but not necessarily on a technology-related topic; one should be academic in nature, the other more policy-oriented) to dtp_​applications@​gppi.​net. Please make sure to clearly state Application Project Associate /​DTP” in the subject line.

If you have questions regarding the formal application requirements, you are welcome to email us at dtp_​applications@​gppi.​net. Please do not call GPPi for questions or to inquire about the status of your application. You can expect a confirmation that we have received your application within a few working days. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the next steps in the selection process.

Closing date: The deadline for applications is November 27, 2019. We will interview shortlisted candidates in December 2019