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Research Assistant/Analyst – Home Affairs (Internal security, border management and police cooperation)

We are looking for an Research Assistant/Analyst to join our well-established public policy practice within ICF that provides evaluation, impact assessment and research services to the European Commission, in particular DG Migration and Home Affairs and its Agencies (EBCGA, EASO, EU-LISA, CEPOL, Europol and EMCCDA) and other European bodies with a similar mandate (e.g. DG MOVE and transport security, Fundamental Rights Agency, etc.). Our current portfolio of projects reflects the diversity of our work in the internal security, border management, organised crime and police cooperation. Examples of some of our recent projects include: an evaluation of the Advanced Passenger Information (API) Directive; an evaluation of the Systematic Checks Regulation; Study on the risks of money laundering, terrorist financing and fraud inherent in the Union Registry and data protection impact assessment; an Evaluation of Internal Security Fund-Police; and a Study on technical support to improving rail passenger security.

The successful candidate will have a background in EU policies in the areas mentioned above, and preferably in evaluation or research context. This includes the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, the fight against serious and organised crime, cybercrime, anti-drugs policies, protection of public infrastructure, police cooperation, crisis management, security markets, etc. The successful candidate will also have experience with business development and in contributing or coordinating proposals for public sector clients. Ideally, the successful candidate will also have a background in quantitative analysis.

What you’ll get to do:

You will be a core part of our growing and dynamic team of policy analysts, economists and social scientists who have a passion for applying their skills and knowledge in helping our clients solve some of the most complex challenges. You will play a key role in further developing our portfolio and track record in internal security and home affairs area. You will be responsible for contributing to evaluations, impact assessments and feasibility studies mainly, but not exclusively, commissioned by DG Migration and Home Affairs. The role provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate strong analytical skills, organisational skills and report writing skills.  You will have the chance to develop your knowledge and skills further through excellent training and development opportunities.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake high-quality research, analysis and data collection activities

  • Contribute towards the preparation of proposals and reports for the European Commission, governments, and other EU clients

  • Carry out research and field work tasks in specific countries

  • Conduct qualitative data collection and analysis (experience with NVIVO an advantage)

  • Conduct quantitative data collection and analysis (experience with Excel is essential and SPSS, STATA desirable)

  • Arrange, conduct and facilitate interviews, surveys and focus groups

  • Accompany colleagues on site visits and to client meetings

  • Collaborate closely with other project teams, external partners and stakeholders

Desirable experience and competences:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, law, political science, public policy or a related discipline. A Master’s degree in similar disciplines is highly desirable

  • Demonstrable interest in internal security, border management and/or organised crime

  • Typically, one to three years’ work experience within the context of EU policies on internal security and organised crime

  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation and analytical skills (experience in impact assessments and feasibility studies preferable)

  • Knowledge of European policy making process and EU Institutions, experience of working for the European Commission an advantage

  • Highly developed, interpersonal skills and self-motivation

  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy

  • Excellent oral and written English; fluency in at least one additional European language

  • Intermediate or advanced computer user skills (Microsoft applications)

Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work within multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams spread across several countries

  • Sound research and business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information

  • Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities, and manage a varied workload to achieve agreed deadlines without compromising quality or standards

  • Highly developed, interpersonal skills and self-motivation

  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy

  • Ability to demonstrate a can-do approach, as a problem solver and team player

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

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