Research/Project Assistant in Policy Implementation and Programmes Practice
ICF International specialises in applied research, evaluation and policy analysis, working across the public and voluntary sectors. We work at a local, national and international level, with teams based in the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Our basic proposition is simple: better use of evidence leads to better decisions, and better decisions lead to better outcomes. This is reflected in our approach to working with clients, combining the best elements of academic rigour with the practical concerns of consultancy. Check our website is www.icf.com.
We are expanding our services, and to support this growth, we are looking for a Research Assistant to join our Policy Implementation and Programmes practice. The practice provides technical assistance, networking and other implementation services to EU institutions, particular the European Commission, as well as organisations in the UK. We cover a wide range of policy areas, including employment, undeclared work, social inclusion and protection, migration, radicalisation, etc. and are seeking to further expand our thematic coverage.
Our current portfolio of projects reflects the diversity of our work. Examples include technical, coordination and programme support to the European Migration Network, the European Centre of Expertise on labour market policy and labour law; Mutual Learning Services for employment and social inclusion, the Radicalisation Awareness Network, as well as training and services, such as the training programme of the EU Aid Volunteer Initiative.
As a Research/Project Assistant, you will assist with researching, developing and implementing policies or programmes for our clients. You will, initially primarily work on the European Migration Network, but contribute to other projects and proposals at the same time, interacting with all levels of staff and external stakeholders. We are interested in individuals who can demonstrate a real interest in European policy in general, and migration and employment policy in particular, combined with strong analytical, writing, administrative and organisational skills.
- Assist in the daily running of the European Migration Network, including:
- inbox management;
- uploading and downloading content on website and information management system;
- liaison with the national contact points and other network stakeholders;
- taking part in network meetings, site visits, external events, etc.
- Contribute to other implementation contracts;
- Undertake high-quality research and data collection activities;
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis;
- Assist with report-writing;
- Assist with administrative and logistics tasks;
- Collaborate closely with other project teams, and external partners and stakeholders.
- A Bachelor’s degree in sociology, public policy or a related discipline;
- Typically two years’ work experience within the context of networking, programme management and asylum and migration policies;
- Strong organisational and logistical skills;
- Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills;
- Intermediate or advanced computer user skills (Microsoft applications);
- Exceptional writing skills, including editing and proofreading skills;
- Excellent oral and written English; fluency in at least one other European language;
- Knowledge of European policy;
- Experience of working for the European Commission or other EU institutions an advantage;
- Highly developed, interpersonal skills and self-motivation;
- High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
- 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;
- Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as clients and sub-contractors;
- Ability to build knowledge of the business and apply an understanding of ICF’s markets and capabilities to own day-to-day responsibilities;
- Ability to take initiative and work without close supervision;
- Ability to demonstrate a can-do approach, as a problem solver and team player.
If you are interested in this position, then please send us your CV and a covering letter in which you explain why you are interested and well placed for the job.