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MPI Europe Jobs

MPI Europe Jobs

Policy Analyst / Senior Policy Analyst


The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe) is a nonprofit, independent research institute based in Brussels, Belgium that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote evidence-based policymaking. MPI Europe provides authoritative research and practical policy design to governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who seek more effective management of immigration, immigrant integration, and asylum systems as well as successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe. MPI Europe works collaboratively with the International Program of its sister organization, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), based in Washington, DC.

MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst to join its dynamic team in Brussels. The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional writing, editing, and analytical skills and a thorough understanding of European policy frameworks and systems to manage immigration and asylum. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Design and lead policy and research projects for MPI Europe (and for MPI’s International Program, as appropriate), supervise project staff, and ensure rigor and quality in all project outputs.
  • Work with MPI colleagues across all programs, as well as with external collaborators, to conduct innovative research and write influential reports, policy briefs, articles, and commentaries on various aspects of migration and asylum policy.
  • Work with senior management to actively identify and pursue new funding opportunities, and lead and develop successful proposals.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships and networks with funders and external collaborators. 
  • Represent MPI Europe and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and public and private settings, including via webinars and teleconferences.
  • Contribute to the planning and strategic direction of MPI Europe, and the broader MPI International Program.
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff, including research assistants and associate policy analysts.

Required Skills:

  • Advanced (PhD or master’s) degree in public policy or a closely related field, and a minimum of five (Policy Analyst) to seven years (Senior Policy Analyst) of experience with strong relevance to MPI Europe’s work. Candidates holding a bachelor’s degree who can demonstrate significant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and highly productive record of accomplishment will be considered.
  • Excellent understanding of the role of public policy in shaping immigration systems, and the ability to analyze, write about, and explain policy issues persuasively.
  • Substantial knowledge of EU and European governments and institutions, legislation, and political and socioeconomic context. Academic and/or professional background in migration policy.
  • Exceptional thinking, writing, and editing skills (finalists will be asked to complete an in-person writing and/or editing exercise).
  • Ability to break down, analyze, and clearly communicate policy issues to nontechnical audiences, and ability to visualize, present, and explain data effectively.
  • Sound knowledge of the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies required for designing and implementing research projects.
  • High motivation and initiative; ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity in fundraising and development, and access to a wide network of decision-makers and opinion leaders in migration and adjacent fields.
  • Substantial publications record, both in the immigration and integration policy fields, and excellent reputation in the research and public policy worlds.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including offering lead presentations and keynoting events.
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage complex projects and work collaboratively with team members.


  • Additional foreign language capability, French strongly preferred.
  • Particular knowledge of how relationships with third countries interact with migration policy and the migration system as a whole.
  • Government and/or direct policy experience.
  • Ability to effectively collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data through both primary and secondary sources.


The position will be remunerated competitively, according to experience. Applicants must have permission to work in Belgium.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and an unedited writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please indicate in your application when you would be available to start.

Closing date

6 May 2019