GPPi Seeks Research Fellows or Associates in Peace and Security

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks two research fellows or associates to join our team in Berlin.

We are looking for two entrepreneurial team players with a passion for understanding the political, conflict and security dynamics in one or more of Europe’s neighboring regions and developing practical solutions for policymakers. Initially, the successful candidates will work mainly on our new project Stabilization Lab” by conducting targeted research – including opportunities for fieldwork – and crafting practical advice on how to access, analyze and apply local knowledge for decision-making. The role also includes opportunities for contributing to public debate and project administration responsibilities. 

Through this project as well as future endeavors of their own, our new colleagues will help shape GPPi’s work on peace and security. Depending on their interests, we also welcome their contributions to expanding our work in other areas like rights and democracy, data and tech politics, humanitarian action, migration or global order.

The successful candidates will have:

  • Excellent analytical skills, a strong academic background (master’s degree or equivalent). We do not care about which university you attended. What we do care about are sharp analytical and writing skills that you developed and demonstrated over the course of your academic journey. You should be familiar with qualitative research methods commonly used in the social sciences. Experience with data-driven analysis and/​or visually communicating data is a plus.
  • Several years of relevant work experience – i.e., in research-based policy work, policy implementation or field research on a relevant topic in one of Europe’s neighboring regions. Significant time spent both in conflict-affected countries and in a relevant government, international organization or NGO would be an asset.
  • Initial experience (co-)developing a successful policy research project, fundraising and administering grants. Initial experience managing a small team is a plus.
  • Outstanding writing skills in English. Excellent knowledge of an additional language (particularly French, Arabic, Turkish, Russian, or German) would be nice to have.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time management skills and the ability to work independently in a team context.

Starting date: February/​March 2022 for the first position, with the second position to likely start later. We have some flexibility to accommodate the candidates’ plans. Please indicate your availability and whether you are seeking a full-time or part-time position (minimum 50%, please indicate your time commitment per week). The part-time option is particularly suited to be combined with a related PhD project.

Additional information:

  • Job title (research fellow and project manager are equivalent at GPPi; research associate is the more junior role) and remuneration depend on qualifications and experience. 
  • GPPi offers a dynamic, collaborative work environment in Berlin as part of an international team working in a strong global network. Our working language is English.
  • GPPi strives to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for colleagues of all backgrounds. We welcome and encourage applications from interested individuals regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief. 
  • We also know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. 

How to apply:

To apply, please send a single PDF document with your CV (no Europass and no pictures), a brief letter of interest (tell us about your thematic interests, what you are excited to work on and what you hope to bring to this role) and two English writing samples of your existing work to applications@​gppi.​net. At least one of the writing samples should include explicit policy recommendations. Please make sure to clearly state Vacancy, Peace and Security” in the subject line.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early applications are encouraged, and you can expect to hear back within two weeks. After that timeframe, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you’re welcome to inquire via email to applications@​gppi.​net. Please do not call for questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications.