GPPi Seeks a Research Associate in Peace and Security

The Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), an independent, non-profit think tank, seeks a full-time research associate to join its peace and security team. The role is particularly well-suited for a recent graduate (bachelor’s or master’s level) and initial internship or work experience. 

The focus of this role will be to support the Stabilization Lab, a multi-year project funded by the German Foreign Office to improve key instruments for crisis prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The successful candidate will contribute to targeted research on conflict-related topics, including a study on interventions in the material political economy of fragile environments (e.g., targeted sanctions and measures against transnational organized crime).

We are looking for an entrepreneurial and intellectually creative individual with a passion for understanding complex crisis settings and helping to reduce violence. Our new colleague will be closely involved in research design, data collection through desk and field research, analyses of qualitative as well as quantitative data, and the drafting of research findings in the form of reports, policy papers and other output formats (in English). This role will also involve stakeholder interactions with the German Foreign Office and other institutions involved in stabilization policy. Like all GPPi staff members, the successful candidate will also be expected to perform related administrative duties and contribute to operational tasks within the institute.

We offer a fixed-term contract until October 2024, with the possibility of extension. The position will be based at GPPi’s Berlin office – while limited periods of remote work are possible, the successful candidate would be expected to work from Berlin.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A strong academic background (bachelor’s or master’s degree) in politics, international relations, political economy, peace and conflict /​security studies, or a related field. We value a demonstrated drive and ability to further educate yourself on complex issues over the name of the university you attended. 
  • A keen interest in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, political fragility and stabilization policy. Familiarity with debates around the material political economy of conflict, illicit flows, targeted sanctions, and similar topics is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and an interest in applying them to rigorously address real-world policy issues. Initial internship or work experience (up to a maximum of 2 years after completion of a graduate degree, if applicable) in relevant organizations is a plus. 
  • Excellent command of English and the ability to formulate arguments concisely and in a fashion that is targeted to the respective audience, including practitioners and the general public.
  • Sound judgment regarding the use of sources and evidence as well as sensitivity to the risks and ethical challenges that may arise when researching conflict environments.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to handle several tasks independently and in parallel.
  • The ability to conduct independent research and project work with support of the project manager (with progressively greater independence over time) and to work as part of a mutually supportive project team.

Starting date: No later than 1 October 2022. An earlier start would be possible and advantageous, but is not an assessment criterion. 

Additional information:

GPPi offers a dynamic, collaborative work environment in the center of Germany’s capital and an international team working in a strong global network. Our working language is English, and while some communication with project partners will take place in German, German language skills are not required for this position. We encourage applications from anywhere in the world and will support the right candidate with the relevant visa and work permit procedures.

  • Remuneration for this position depends on qualifications and experience within a framework of salary brackets applied across the institute. 
  • GPPi strives to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for colleagues of all backgrounds. We welcome and encourage applications from interested individuals regardless of age, sex, gender identity, disability status, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief.
  • We also know that there are great candidates who will not fit everything we have described above, or who have important skills that we have not mentioned. If that is you, please do not hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a single PDF document with your CV (no Europass and no pictures, please), a brief letter of interest (tell us about your thematic interests and what you hope to bring to this role), informal transcripts of your academic courses and grades, and two writing samples to applications@​gppi.​net.

For the writing samples, please use existing pieces not exceeding 3,000 words each – one of which can also be considerably shorter. Please choose your samples with a view to demonstrating your suitability for the specific role and thematic focus outlined above.

Please make sure to clearly state​“Research Associate, Peace and Security” in the subject line.s

Closing date for applications: Sunday, August 21, 2022. You can expect a confirmation that we have received your application within a few working days. After that, or if you have questions about the formal requirements for the position, you are welcome to inquire via email to applications@​gppi.​net. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview via video conference.

Please do not call with questions or to inquire about the status of your application, and please do not submit paper applications.