Notice of vacancy: FEPS is recruiting a Policy Analyst on International Relations


Notice of vacancy: FEPS is recruiting 1 Policy Analyst on International Relations Policy (6 month long determinate contract aimed at continuation with indeterminate contract).

Deadline for applications: 21.01.2022 noon CET

Download the Notice of Vacancy in PDF

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS – is currently looking for a Policy Analyst for a thematic field: International Relations.

The successful candidate is to join the FEPS Team based in Brussels from early February 2022 onwards (cf. selection timetable below).

FEPS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing fairness and to achieving workplace diversity. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation.

About FEPS

FEPS is the leading think tank of the European centre left political family. It works with almost 50 Member political Foundations and think tanks across Europe. It embodies a new way of thinking on the social democratic, socialist and progressive scene in Europe. It seeks to serve as a platform for innovative research, policy advice, training and debates to tackle the long- and short-term challenges that Europe and European integration faces today. It strives for more and better-quality democracy in Europe

To do so, it forges connections and coherence among stakeholders from local, regional, national, European and global levels, and fosters dialogue between diverse stakeholders from the world of politics, academia and civil society.

FEPS’ work is in most cases carried out in the form of projects with its Members and partners. The outputs of said projects feed into the work of the broader progressive family – starting with the Party of European Socialists (PES), the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), their constituents and Member parties, as well as in the broader public debate.

Reporting Line:

FEPS’ Policy Analysts report daily to the delegate of the Secretary General (i.e. the Director appointed to supervise the thematic field in question)

Mission of the role:

The mission of the Policy Analyst is to substantiate FEPS’ work on international relations with particular attention given to issues related to EU foreign, security, defence, and development cooperation policies; to the EU’s take on multilateralism, as well as to peace and human security in the broad sense.

S.he will embody FEPS’ internal expertise in the field. To do so, the Policy Analyst will steer and implement a coherent portfolio of FEPS (co-)funded projects (including its development and consolidation) aimed at impacting policies, political debates and/or public awareness related to the EU’s approach to, and position in the world. This is expected to be done by building on the social democratic tradition of international cooperation and development – acknowledging peace and human security being central pieces of progressive identity – while understanding the centrality of the strategic autonomy concept for contemporary EU foreign policy.

Main tasks:

  • § Monitor key trends and major debates (both political and academic) regarding the international positioning of the EU, at various levels, ensuring FEPS’ long-term capacity to provide innovative analyses, implement impactful projects and propose pioneering ideas
  • § Provide FEPS leadership and network of foundations with insights and analyses that contribute leveling up the social democratic approach towards the EU’s international positioning
  • § Develop, organise and manage FEPS’ network of stakeholders, primarily FEPS’ Members and partners
  • § Organize expert meetings and input for the benefit of FEPS projects and activities
  • § Inform, frame, lead the implementation and follow up on FEPS’ projects and activities in compliance with applicable rules and procedures
  • § Coordinate the drafting of policy related content within a variety of formats (e.g. policy briefs, policy studies, project summaries, briefing notes, etc.)
  • § Liaise with EU institutional and political stakeholders, as also with International Organisations and partners in view of influencing agendas
  • § Produce strategic input for FEPS’ Annual Framework Activity Programme
  • § Support FEPS with an expertise regarding data analyses and design of surveys
  • § Contribute to the coherent articulation of projects and activities (to be) enshrined in the FEPS’

Annual Work Plan

  • § Act as a contact point for international relations of FEPS
  • § Represent FEPS’ views as assigned
  • The ideal candidate will have the following profile:
  • § At least an MA or MSc degree in a relevant field. A PhD will be considered a relevant asset and account to the years of professional experience
  • § At least 5 years professional experience in a field connected to International Relations including: familiarity with the evolution of EU foreign, security, defense, cooperation and development policies; familiarity with the mission and operations of multilateral institutions; and understanding of the concept of strategic autonomy
  • § Knowledge and interest for EU affairs and political sensitivity
  • § A set of both realist and idealist thoughts about international relations, geopolitical thinking and international political economy
  • § A set of ideas and thoughts about the EU’s role in reviving peace politics and disarmaments talks; contributing to the social democratic approach to a peaceful world order
  • § Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, data analyses and surveys design
  • § Capacity to follow developments at international, European, national, regional and local levels, and analyse relevant trends across political, economic and social dimensions
  • § Experience in overseeing and managing multi-stakeholders’ projects
  • § Written and oral proficiency in English and in a second European language. Any additional European language will be considered an asset
  • § Proven ability to draft analysis, research and policy recommendations
  • § A strong set of soft skills, with specific reference to:

Innovative and out-of-the-box thinking
– High organisational and time-management skills
– Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
– Advanced interpersonal and social skills
– Exceptional team player with the ability to contribute positively to a team
– Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines

  • § Readiness to travel and adapt to flexible working hours

Employment conditions:

The position is to be filled out as from early February 2022 onwards.

The duration of the contract is determinate; 6 months, and aimed at being continued in the form of an indeterminate contract (CDI).

The salary – which is paid on a 13,9 months per year basis – will be discussed depending on experience and qualifications. It is part of a generous remuneration package (including benefits such as: a complementary pension scheme, DKV hospitalization insurance, public transport compensation, a professional phone including the right to use it for private purposes and ecocheques).

The workplace will be Brussels (Belgium): applicants must be able to work and reside in Belgium.

FEPS has put in place an internal policy allowing for telework, under conditions.

As FEPS is registered in Belgium, the contract will be under Belgian law.

Applications’ composition and deadline:

Please send your application via email (in English) to by Thursday the 20th of January 2022 at noon CET.

The title of your application email should follow this naming convention:
“NAME_Surname_Application_FEPS_Policy Analyst_International Relations”.

The application should contain:

  • § A cover letter outlining your motivation for the post and your understanding of progressive values (maximum 2 pages)
  • § A detailed CV (Europass format)
  • § A sample of work authored in the thematic field covered by the present notice (links or attached)
  • § The name of 2 referees with the related contact details

Applications not respecting the instructions for completing and submitting the application will not be considered.

The selection timetable will be the following:

  • § Deadline for submission of complete applications: 20.01.2022 noon CET
  • § Eligibility check and first assessment of written applications

– This will result in a shortlist of no more than 10 candidates who will be invited for the subsequent step. Candidates preselected at this stage will be requested to provide a Criminal Record Extract (i.e. “Certificat de Bonne Vie et Moeurs” in Belgium) as well as a transcript of the highest degree obtained

  • § First round of online interviews of candidates with a panel including FEPS’ management and expert(s) followed by a written test will take place between 25.01.2022 and 27.01.2022

– This will result in a shortlist of no more than 3-4 candidates who will be invited for the subsequent step

  • § Second interview of shortlisted candidates with a minima FEPS Secretary General will take place between 31.01.2022 and 04.02.2022
  • § Communication of the final results to candidates: early February 2022

During the entire selection procedure, FEPS is absolutely committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and lived experience, and acknowledge the underrepresentation of people from certain backgrounds. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential. The equal opportunity principle encourages all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, origins or disabilities.

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