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Analyst / Researcher EU Policy

Job Reference tbigc/TP/53380/752 #LI-NM1

Number of Positions:
1
Contract Type:
Permanent/Full Time
Contract Details:
Ongoing
Salary:
Competitive
Working Hours:
35
Location:
Brussels
Closing Date:
15/12/2022
Seniority level:
Associate
Company Industry:
Public Policy, Think tanks
Job Function:
Analyst, Research, Strategy/Planning

Focus of the Role

The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) is a not-for-profit organisation which advises reforming political leaders and governments on strategy, policy and delivery, with technology as an enabler across all three functions.  In so doing we make a significant and positive impact for citizens around the world.  

 

Job Introduction

This new  role, located in Brussels, reporting to the Head of Public Affairs, is responsible for supporting the team in understanding and reporting on the issues relevant to our ambitious objectives in establishing a TBI presence in Europe.

The researcher will work with the small Brussels office team and in collaboration with colleagues across TBI to scan and filter information, undertake research on topics of interest and support the drafting of briefing documents and presentations. The main topics of interest are Tech regulation and global tech issues, progressive politics and policies and international relations and cooperation.

The ideal candidate will have proven research and writing skills, an ability to grasp a wide range of topics and issues, an understanding of the goals on the Institute and ability to work collaboratively and often under time pressure with colleagues across TBI. An ability to work in different EU official languages (in particular German or French) as well as excellent written English are requirements. Some travel within the EU and to London will be required.

As a new position in a new innovative and energised team, the role will be exciting and creative with potential for success and personal growth.

Please note that applicants must have the right to work in the EU and we will be sifting applications as they are received given the priority of delivery of our work in country and the region.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Set and deliver annual OKRs
  • Working with the Director and Brussels team and in close collaboration with colleagues in Government Advisory, Business Development, Tech & Public Policy and Political Teams, create an information gathering strategy to cover the main developments on the European scene. 
  • Scan key info websites and media on EU topics and in particular in the areas of focus (Tech, Progressive politics and Policies, global affairs).  Feed back relevant information to TBI colleagues.
  • Using these information sources, support the team to provide daily-style briefings, one off- event or issue papers and more detailed papers on European topics.
  • Support the team produce high quality PowerPoint presentations and other reports including graphics
  • Support the Director and Head of Public Affairs in the preparation of comprehensive and substantive briefs, reports, statistics for TBI leadership, also in context of meetings with high-level officials from the EU and member states
  • Support the Brussels office with organisational and logistical arrangements around events organised by TBI

Key internal relationships: Director and Head of Public Affairs Brussels office, S&P colleagues, Comms colleagues and focal points (‘Europe team’) from Global Client Solutions, Global Advisory and Policy & Politics.

Person Specification

This post would be a fit for a talented and motivated individual with proven research and presentation skills and experience in European affairs.    

  • Relevant research and/or communications experience
  • Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree (e.g. international or European studies, Economics, political science or Communications) and/or equivalent practical experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the European Union and its institutions, their workings and structures
  • Research skills to cover a broad range of subjects with an ability to appreciate and communicate the key elements of topics from green hydrogen to cyber security and from education reform to security in the Sahel through election results in Moldova
  • Concise and accurate writing skills employing precise use of facts and statistics
  • Impact focused, you will have a background of delivering operationally with a positive impact
  • Excellent networking and diplomatic skills and the ability to work autonomously and with imagination as well as to tap into and collaborate with colleagues in a highly matrixed organisation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and at least one and preferably two other EU languages
  • A proven self-starter and is entrepreneurial in spirit
  • Keenly interested in the work of TBI and share in our mission and values

Please note, it is essential you have an existing right to work in the EU to apply for this role.
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About The Institute

The Tony Blair Institute (TBI) is a mission-driven not for profit organisation. We exist to equip political leaders and governments to build open, inclusive and prosperous societies. We work hard, every day, to make a difference. When governments work well they are able to create economic and social change in a way that promotes fairness, social justice and opportunity. We work relentlessly to support leader and governments with the challenges they face. Giving them practical solutions and actionable insights, that once implemented, can be transformative for their people  

We do this within two connected divisions: 

 Government Advisory 

Our Government Advisory teams work directly with political leaders and governments around the world to implement reforms that improve the lives of their citizens. It works with a variety of partners and its outputs cover a range of disciplines and projects across countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

 Policy Futures 

Our Policy Futures work encompasses three broad areas: 

  • Renewing the Centre: developing a bold and innovative domestic policy programme to help renew the centre ground of British politics; 
  • Tech and Public Policy: exploring the policy challenges and opportunities presented by the technological revolution; and 
  • Extremism Policy Unit: creating solutions designed to tackle the threat of extremist ideologies in the UK and around the world. 

As an organisation, the core beliefs we all embrace are: 

  • Open and Progressive: you’ll believe in the value of teamwork 
  • Bold and Pragmatic: you’ll approach everything you do with integrity and authenticity 
  • Optimistic Changemaker: you’ll be focused on results 

TBI believes embracing diversity and inclusion make us a better place to work.  It’s our goal to reflect everyone in society and we actively welcome applications from individuals and groups who are under-represented in the workplace. We celebrate difference be it ethnicity, religion, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. We will only ever assess you on your abilities and fit for a role. We’re happy to discuss any adjustments you need to ensure a level playing field during recruitment and, if you\'re successful, discuss any adjustments you might need to thrive in your role.