Project Manager, Radicalisation Awareness Network Policy Support (RAN PS)
About RUSI Europe
RUSI Europe studies, promotes, debates and reports on all issues relating to international defence and security in Europe and abroad. RUSI Europe is a not-for-profit international organisation, is independent of government and is committed to objectivity, integrity and impartiality in all of its work.
Based in Brussels, RUSI Europe is committed to help solve the most urgent security and defence challenges. RUSI Europe carries out research and provides a forum for the security and defence sectors in the European Union and other NATO countries.
RUSI Europe collaborates closely with its parent organisation, RUSI, by exchanging expertise, jointly delivering projects and by developing relationships with international stakeholders globally. Our joint fields of expertise include radicalisation, extremism and counterterrorism.
The RAN Policy Support started its activities in January 2021 and is part of the European Commission Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). Its main goal is to provide support to Member States in developing and implementing measures to prevent and counter radicalisation and violent extremism, including by strengthening research and analysis. The Consortium of the RAN Policy Support is made of 16 members (research institutes, think tanks, public operators) coordinated by CIVIPOL. RUSI Europe is a founding partner of the consortium.
In August 2022, the Commission upgraded its support to policy makers by integrating the Western Balkans partners into the activities of the RAN PS. Within the broader framework of the European Union policy on preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism (P/CVE), and the Joint Action Plan on Counterterrorism for the Western Balkans, the main goal of the RAN PS Balkans is to provide support in developing and implementing P/CVE measures, including by strengthening research and analysis.
Job duration: April 2023 – November 2024, subject to extension.
For the RAN PS project, you will act as the Functional Unit Co-Leader for the Research Community. You will provide research management, partner coordination, and will manage and coordinate research meetings. You will also provide support to the research advisory board, development of a research e-library and the establishment of a research community.
Within RUSI Europe, you will work on financial coordination and reporting, and administrative delivery and coordination. This includes budgeting and contracting experts.
Additionally, you will contribute to business development and growing the research portfolio. There may be opportunities to conduct your own research.
- Research management: defining research topics, guiding researchers towards collaboration and meeting client objectives, build on RUSI and RUSI Europe’s research expertise, and assisting all parties to communicate across research and policy objectives.
- Partner coordination: engage with consortium’s 16 members, the Project Scientific Coordinator, and RUSI research teams to ensure timely, high-quality, collaborative, and on-budget deliverables.
- Organise and coordinate events: Organise virtual and in-person events, including identification of expert speakers, drafting meeting documents and reports. Coordinate research meetings implemented by other consortium partners.
- Financial coordination and reporting: Engage with the RUSI Europe accountant to provide regular and end-of-year financial coordination and reporting.
- Administrative delivery and coordination: Arrange contracting of experts, HR reporting for contracted experts, and other administrative matters related to the RAN contract.
- Business development and growing the research portfolio: generate ideas and opportunities for building RUSI Europe and RUSI’s portfolios with the EU and other partners.
- Own research: if conditions allow, propose and deliver research on security and defence.
Qualifications and skills
- University degree in International Relations, Law, Security Studies, or other disciplines relevant to this assignment;
- Fluency in oral and written English; Working knowledge of French will be an asset;
- Excellent communications skills, including facilitating communication between researchers and policy makers;
- Highly organised, rapid-output oriented, and meticulous in achieving delivery targets.
Specific professional experience
- At least 5 years working in research project management;
- At least 2 years working with EU funding and policy mechanisms; ideally specifically with DG HOME, DG DEVCO and research instruments, such as H2020;
- At least 5 years working with research communities, including network and institutions;
- Good knowledge of EU counter-terrorism/ radicalisation policies;
- Proven experience in contributing to organising large events and conferences;
RUSI Europe engages experts who are already proven best in their field and who can independently deliver high-quality, on-time results.
The Project Manager will be working full time (according to Belgian labour regulations) from RUSI Europe’s office in central Brussels, near the EU institutions.
The initial contract will run from April 2023 to November 2024 and may be renewed annually subject to programme requirements, funding, and satisfactory performance.
As a staff member working with RUSI Europe you will be appreciated and valued. Our projects and stakeholders are international and diverse, so we work hard to create inclusive teams that support our efforts and each other. We therefore encourage you to apply regardless of your socio-economic background, ethnicity, sexual preference, marital status or family situation, gender or disability.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and CV to: Clotilde.Sebag@rusi.org.
The closing date for applications is 19 March 2023, 23:59 CET.
We will review applications and start interviews on a rolling basis. Early application is encouraged. If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you first for a telephone and subsequently an in-person interview. The recruitment process will include written tests.
This is a highly demanding, highly influential position for which we expected a large volume of applications. If your application is not short-listed, we thank you for your interest and hope you will apply for future RUSI Europe vacancies.