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Researcher – Policy Evaluation and EU Public Finances

  • Centre for European Policy Studies
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 5, 2024
  • Centre for European Policy Studies
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
Application Deadline: June 5, 2024
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To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to: applications@ceps.eu


ABOUT US:

Founded in Brussels in 1983, CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) is a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, which has been consistently ranked among the world’s top 10 best think tanks.

CEPS’ distinguishing features include its strong in-house research capacity and an extensive international network of partner institutes. CEPS’ funding comes from a variety of sources, mainly research grants and, public procurement, but also from membership and conference fees.

Within CEPS, the Economic Policy Unit conducts research on the Economic and Monetary Union, EU macroeconomic policies, European economic governance, the EU budget, and other EU funding instruments. Collaborating closely with other teams, our researchers come from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds, blending expertise in macroeconomics, political science, and labour economics.

In recent years, the Unit has been highly active in integrating policy advisory work for EU institutions with forward-thinking academic research on EU public finances, notably focusing on the EU budget, NextGenerationEU and other EU funding instruments. CEPS is currently seeking an expert in policy evaluation methodologies applied to EU public finances and related socio-economic policies.

MAIN TASKS:

You will become part of the Economic Policy Unit and you will:

  • Contribute to research projects related to the EU budget, the Recovery and Resilience Facility, and the EU’s economic governance;

  • Assist in acquiring new research projects;

  • Participate in international research teams that carry out projects for the European Commission and other funding organisations;

  • Contribute to the writing of reports, studies, academic papers and policy pieces;

  • Deliver presentations in your area(s) of expertise at project meetings and external events.


YOUR BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • You hold a Master's degree in economics or a related field, with a minimum of three years of professional experience in applied relevant work;

  • You have at least two years of experience in applying the European Commission Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox (impact assessments, policy evaluations, cost-benefit analysis etc.);

  • Experience in conducting quantitative analysis, including econometric analysis, is a plus;

  • You have experience in writing proposals for funding from European institutions, foundations and other donors;

  • Experience in coordinating externally funded research projects with an international team is a plus;

  • You have a proven record of writing and presentation skills, and can critically read and comment on academic and policy publications in the relevant fields;

  • You have an excellent command of English, both orally and in writing; knowledge of other EU official languages is a plus;

  • You are willing and able to organise, moderate and contribute to events hosted by CEPS and its partners.


YOUR PROFILE:

  • You can work in a research team involving junior and senior colleagues and can organise your own workload;

  • You are willing to develop insights into ongoing legislative and policy debates;

  • You are willing to assist in acquiring projects;

  • You are eager to invest in building and maintaining a growing research network;

  • You can respect deadlines and juggle multiple tasks and changing priorities;

  • You possess a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;

  • You are proactive, self-motivated, result-oriented, creative and enthusiastic;

  • You enjoy teamwork and are open to giving and receiving feedback;

  • You are kind with a deep respect for diversity, an inclusion-oriented mindset and a strong sense of empathy towards colleagues;

  • You are enthusiastic to contribute not only towards the success of the Economic Policy Unit but also the whole of CEPS as an organisation.


YOUR PROFILE:

  • You can work in a research team involving junior and senior colleagues and can organise your own workload;

  • You are willing to develop insights into ongoing legislative and policy debates;

  • You are willing to assist in acquiring projects;

  • You are eager to invest in building and maintaining a growing research network;

  • You can respect deadlines and juggle multiple tasks and changing priorities;

  • You possess a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;

  • You are proactive, self-motivated, result-oriented, creative and enthusiastic;

  • You enjoy teamwork and are open to giving and receiving feedback;

  • You are kind with a deep respect for diversity, an inclusion-oriented mindset and a strong sense of empathy towards colleagues;

  • You are enthusiastic to contribute not only towards the success of the Economic Policy Unit but also the whole of CEPS as an organisation.


WHAT CEPS CAN OFFER:

We initially offer full-time employment for 12 months. The contract is renewable. The salary will be in accordance with your previous experience as well as the CEPS salary scale. We also offer a benefits package (group & hospitalisation insurance, meal tickets, public transport reimbursement, 20 days legal holiday entitlement per year plus an additional two weeks during the Christmas-New Year period when CEPS is closed, as well as the possibility to telework in Belgium + 20 days per calendar year of teleworking from abroad).

We would like the preferred candidate to start in September 2024. The job will be based in Brussels.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROSPECTS:

This position will give you the opportunity to progress on your career path and gain the valuable skills, training and experience that would potentially allow you to take on the role of Research Fellow or beyond. CEPS offers a Learning and Development Programme for all staff to develop the necessary skills for their position.

MORE INFORMATION:

Further information about the position can be obtained from Cinzia Alcidi, Head of the Economic Policy Unit, cinzia.alcidi@ceps.eu

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE:

CEPS strongly values and actively pursues diversity. We encourage applications, especially from female, LGBTQ+ candidates and candidates belonging to ethnic groups that are under-represented at CEPS.

Applicants are requested to send:

  • A letter of motivation, explicitly describing point-by-point their relevant experience and linking it to the requirements for the position, indicating their salary expectations and where they came across our advert, in one page maximum;

  • A CV, including a list of your publications, specifying your role in previous research projects and the names and contact details of at least two referees (including your current or last employer). For the CV, please use the Europass template (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/).


Please send the documents (drafted in English) to applications@ceps.eu by 5 June 2024, 23:59 CEST with ‘Researcher – EU Public finances’ in the subject line. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to produce one or two letters of recommendation.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Pre-selected candidates are invited to a short online interview. Based on these first interviews, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an in-person interview.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CVs and the personal data of non-selected candidates are not shared with anyone outside CEPS and will be deleted immediately after the recruitment process. For more information, read our privacy policy available on the CEPS website.

Even if you do not strictly have all the necessary competences for this role but you believe your experience and skills could be valuable and enable you to fulfil the tasks required, we would still highly recommend that you submit an application.

If you are successful but not an EU citizen, CEPS will work closely with you to ensure that all relevant documentation and immigration processes are completed to enable you to work in Belgium.
Apply now

Apply for this job

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to: applications@ceps.eu

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