Research Assistant Programme

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The deadline to submit applications for the January 2018 Research Assistant Programme has passed. Please note that the recruitment process can take up to 6-weeks. Once we successfully recruited our team, we will announce it here. Please check back to find out more about the next call for applications that will take place in the spring of 2018 for an August 2018 start date.

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs ten research assistants every year to work as part of the policy team within the NATO PA International Secretariat in Brussels. The majority of these positions are given to candidates from NATO member countries. However, candidates from non-NATO members are also considered as part of the Loïc Bouvard Scholarship, which was created in tribute to Loïc Bouvard (France) who was President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (1992-1994) and played a vital role in establishing partnerships with non-NATO member countries.

Among the ten research assistants who work each year, five start in January and finish in early June. The other five start in August and finish in late November/early December. Dates vary each year based on the NATO PA's yearly calendar.

Applications are assessed objectively and various factors are taken into account. The NATO PA looks at educational background as well as professional experience, including internships and other projects. Due to the changing nature of topics that the Assembly covers, the Assembly often looks for candidates that have specific experience in areas that compliment current research being conducted at the NATO PA. We also look for candidates that exhibit flexibility and are interested in conducting research on a wide range of topics. In addition, there is a need to reach a regional balance among candidates. It is, therefore, rare that two candidates of the same nationality are chosen for the same programme period.

Tasks

The research assistant's main task is to contribute, at the request of Committee Directors or Senior Management, to the research and writing necessary for the drafting of Assembly reports and other documents such as background information documents and drafts of speeches. Research assistants attend the parliamentary Sessions of the Assembly and are asked to assist in note taking and summary writing. As part of the larger NATO PA team, research assistants are occasionally asked to complete basic administrative tasks.

Qualifications

Candidates must have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field. Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their degree as long as all requirements for their MA have been fully completed. Candidates still in the middle of their MA studies will not be considered. Experience in government or policy research institutions is a further asset.

Preference is given to candidates who have recently completed their Master’s degree.

The two official languages of the NATO PA are English and French. We are looking for candidates that are fluent in either or both languages. If French is your stronger language, please note that a high level of proficiency in English is also required for the position. If neither French nor English is a mother tongue, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate certified evidence of language skills upon request. Knowledge of another language(s) is a further plus.

Conditions

Research assistants are hired for a 3.5 to 5-month period, depending on the Assembly's yearly calendar. The programme begins in either January or August, with a one month probation period. Research assistants receive a monthly stipend and are also provided with spacious, shared accommodation in a recently renovated, five-bedroom house in the European quarter of Brussels. The programme includes a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the programme. Reimbursement for travel to and from Brussels is considered on a case-by-case basis and must comply with the financial procedures of the Assembly.

More details about the conditions for the programme will be provided to selected candidates upon receipt of an official offer from the Director of the Research Assistant Programme.

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"We are very proud of the Assembly’s Research Assistant programme. 

Even though the researchers are with us for only a few months, they rapidly become part of the team and find themselves making a real contribution to the Assembly’s substantive work.  This is often related to the researchers’ existing knowledge and expertise, but it can also take them into less familiar areas, which they find both challenging and rewarding.

The researchers are a valuable resource and we try to make their time with us as fulfilling, useful and enjoyable as possible."

- David Hobbs, Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly