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Vacancies: Senior Analyst / Research Fellow

Position description:

The Center for the Study of Democracy is looking to hire highly motivated and experienced senior analysts / research fellows to support its ongoing projects in the following areas:

Migration, vulnerable groups and fundamental rightsInclusion of Vulnerable Groups

  • Migration and asylum
  • Prevention of radicalisation
  • Trafficking in persons
  • Fundamental rights


Security and home affairsCrime and policing, organized crime

  • EU border security and illegal migration
  • Radicalisation and terrorism
  • Corruption and economic crime


Comparative political economyForeign economic footprint and good governance risks

  • Energy security and energy transition
  • Anti-corruption and the EU Neighborhood and Enlargement policies
  • State capture: from practice to theory


Requirements:

Eligibility:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field of the Social sciences and at least 4 years of relevant professional experience (PhD would be an advantage);
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative methods of research;
  • Strong written and analytical skills;
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills;
  • Experience in presenting research results and policy analysis to academic, professional and lay audiences and the media;
  • Strong-problem-solving skills;
  • High level of proficiency in the English language;


Advantages:

  • Experience with project development and coordination;
  • Publication track record;
  • Knowledge of other EU languages;
  • Experience in English language working environment.


Responsibilities:

  • Project development;
  • Project coordination and implementation;
  • Design of research methodologies;
  • Conduct of policy research and analysis;
  • Drafting of analytical texts;
  • Present research results at academic, professional audiences and the media;
  • Interact with a broad range of partners nationally and internationally.


The successful candidates should:

  • Express strong interest in the above-mentioned research areas;
  • Be able to prioritize tasks and deliver under pressure;
  • Keep strict and sometimes conflicting deadlines;
  • Be self-reliant, yet strong team player.


Job conditions: The positions are full time and project-based, temporary contracts limited to up to 2 years with possibility for permanent employment beyond this period. Pay will be commensurate with educational level and experience.

Please Note:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview

Application: Please, send your CV, motivation letter (1 page), contact information and a writing sample in English (possibly published article) to csd(at)online(dot)bg. Please provide the contact details of at least two references.

 

CSD Internship Program

Position description: The Center for the Study of Democracy offers internship opportunities for outstanding university students, who are interested in gaining experience in an interdisciplinary public policy think tank. The main thematic areas of research and policy analysis for 2018 and 2019 are: crime and justice, corruption and anti-corruption, human rights and social inclusion, energy security and competitiveness, and Russian economic influence.

Requirements:

     - excellent university credentials

     - fluency in English (second major EU language will be considered an advantage)

     - computer literacy (spreadsheets, presentations)

     - very good written and analytical skills

     - organizational skills

     - ability to quickly and efficiently perform searches in databases and in the Internet

     - ability to work under pressure

Responsibilities:

     - assist project preparation

     - assist project management

     - assist the day-to-day work of the organization

Interns are expected to be well organized and able to adapt to a varying workload. They should have a strong desire to learn, a sense of responsibility as well as adaptability and flexibility, team work, initiative and enthusiasm. CSD offers half-day or full-day internships, with precedence being given to candidates with a minimum commitment of three months. Interns should devote between 20 and 40 hours per week with a possibility for flexible working time.

Upon entering CSD internship program, each intern will be assigned a long-term commitment task, based on their individual competencies/interests and built around CSD’s core policy/research focus. Interns will also be assigned short-term tasks corresponding to the needs of the current program/project development and implementation cycle. For the period of their commitment, interns will be granted full access to CSD’s library and to interviews with CSD experts, as well as to CSD’s network of external contacts and associates. Please

Note: The internship is unpaid. Specific tasks might involve remuneration.

Application: Please send your CV, motivation letter and writing sample in English (5-10 pages) at csd@online.bg. Please also indicate to which CSD program you would like to apply, along with your main topics of interest and preferred internship term and period of placement.

Approval of candidates: Internship applications are reviewed at the end of each month. Only the candidates listed for an interview will be contacted. Prior to joining the CSD internship program, approved candidates from abroad should obtain any relevant medical, accident and/or liability insurance for the whole period of their commitment with CSD.

 

Internship at the Economic Program

The Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy offers two to six months’ internships for outstanding university students, who are interested in gaining experience in the premier Bulgarian public policy think-tank. You will have the opportunity to work with leading policy analysts on current economic, political and social issues in Bulgaria and the European Union. Students from economics, sociology, political sciences, international relations, and public administration, are particularly welcome to apply.

Priority internship opportunities are offered in the following domains:

  • Clean energy transition policies in Europe & Bulgaria - research on socio-economic factors, driving individual and collective energy choices in Europe; decarbonisation and decentralisation energy policies in Bulgaria;
  • Energy security and governance - research on national, regional and EU energy security; foreign economic footprint and soft power mechanisms in CEE energy sectors;
  • State capture risks and good governance – research on corruption, good governance and state capture risks in Central and Eastern Europe – energy, financial and telecommunication sectors, governance of public procurement, management of state owned enterprises, etc.;
  • Hidden economy – research on drivers and manifestation of hidden economy in Central and Eastern Europe, studying the population, business and public sectors;
  • Competitiveness and innovation: preparing the annual Bulgarian competitiveness profile following the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook methodology; assisting the preparation of the annual national assessment report Innovation.bg.

Requirements:

  • fluency in English (second major EU language will be considered an advantage)
  • good computer literacy (spreadsheets, presentations)
  • good research, analytical and written skills will be considered an advantage
  • organizational skills and ability to work under pressure will be considered an advantage

Responsibilities:

  • assist in drafting new project proposals
  • assist in drafting policy reports and analyses
  • assist in preparing events, publicity, and outreach
  • assist CSD staff in any other current assignments

Upon entering the CSD internship program, each intern will be assigned to a senior researcher from CSD to oversee and mentor her/his work. Outcomes from the intern’s work are discussed internally and might be included or quoted in CSD’s official publications and papers. Upon the successful competition of the internship each intern receives an individual Certificate of Completion and can request a letter of recommendation.

Note: The internship is unpaid. Specific tasks could involve remuneration. Students could apply for the Ministry of Education and Science project “Students Internship Programs” and if approved, get remuneration according to the project conditions.

Application: Please, send your CV, motivation letter and writing sample in English (5-10 pages) at csd(at)online(dot)bg. Also, please indicate your main topic of interest and preferred internship term and period of placement.

Approval of candidates: Internship applications are reviewed at the end of each month. Only the candidates listed for interview will be contacted.

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