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We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Research Assistant Programme (July-October).
Please click on the Application Process link below for details. The deadline for applications is 18 April 2021.
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.
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.
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 by the start of the programme. 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.
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.
"The Assembly’s Research Assistant programme is a great opportunity for recent graduates. This is not an internship: The Research Assistants are part of the team from the beginning. In the few months they are with us, they make vital contributions to our work. Most importantly, they provide background information, write briefing notes, and contribute to minute-writing. They contribute based on their previous experiences and expertise, but they also venture into topics totally new to them – an experience some have made a career out of. The Assembly’s current and former Research Assistants make us very proud. The Research Assistants remain part of the NATO PA family even after they leave. Our network of alumni is vibrant and strong. We can now even count a European Commissioner among them! But the most important thing: all our alumni tell us they have had fulfilling, useful, and enjoyable experiences with us".
Henrik Bliddal, Deputy Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
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