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The Migration Policy Institute Europe (MPI Europe), established in Brussels in 2011, is a nonprofit, independent research institute that aims to provide a better understanding of migration in Europe and thus promote effective 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 in order to promote successful outcomes for newcomers, families of immigrant background, and receiving communities in Europe.
MPI Europe seeks a highly motivated, experienced professional to become the Director of Brussels-based MPI Europe. The new Director will be responsible for providing leadership to MPI Europe at a critical time of growth for the Institute and a pivotal time for migration in Europe and around the globe. He/she will work with a team of recognized experts on migration and integration based in Brussels and coordinate with the staff of its sister organization in Washington, DC (MPI), as needed.
Key requirements for the position include strategic vision and leadership; a deep knowledge of migration issues in Europe and proven expertise in one or more of migration’s many policy strands; cooperative management skills; proven fundraising skills; and the ability to write clearly and communicate research results and their policy implications to key audiences.
Background, Mission, and Programs
Founded in 2011 by Demetrios Papademetriou, with Elizabeth Collett as its first Director, MPI Europe has played a crucial role in providing independent research and original thinking around migration issues in Europe and the European neighborhood. The Institute regularly collaborates with MPI, which conducts comparative research and generates policy ideas for immigration issues around the world. Both institutes are guided by the philosophy that international migration needs active and intelligent management so that migration’s benefits accrue to receiving communities and immigrants themselves.
The Director of MPI Europe will be required to carry out the following responsibilities:
- Work with the MPI Europe Administrative Council to set the overall vision and strategic direction for the organization.
- Work with the senior management team to design a research agenda over the coming years that reinforces and expands MPI Europe’s reputation as the go-to institution for innovative, forward-looking analysis on migration-related issues in Europe.
- Establish and maintain productive relationships with MPI Europe’s supporters, including a range of philanthropic organizations and governments.
- Coordinate with the Deputy Director, who will have primary oversight of day-to-day operations, in order to ensure managerial excellence, the optimal functioning of the team, and to attract and retain highly qualified professionals.
- Together with the Deputy Director, oversee the design, management, execution, and financial health of MPI Europe’s projects and initiatives, ensuring rigor and quality in all work products.
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with MPI Europe’s partners and collaborators across diverse research and policy communities, with intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental and migrant-led organizations, business leaders, scholars, journalists, and analysts.
- Together with MPI Europe’s analysts, represent the Institute and promote its research and policy ideas in the media and in public and private settings.
- Strategic leadership, including the ability to develop and articulate a vision for MPI Europe’s future, design a strategy to implement it, and inspire staff and stakeholders to participate.
- Expert knowledge on a broad range of migration issues in Europe and a record of accomplishment in research and/or government service on migration-related issues.
- Strong communication skills verbally and in writing to translate research into policy ideas for specialist and nonspecialist audiences and to represent MPI Europe with multiple stakeholder audiences.
- A proven track record of high-quality research and research design with an emphasis on understanding practical and policy constraints and translating research into action.
- Strong management skills, including the ability to oversee and lead diverse staff teams, liaise actively with MPI Europe’s Administrative Council and other institutional stakeholders, oversee finances responsibly, and ensure compliance with policies and regulations.
- Proven fundraising skills to ensure a diversified, sustainable funding base, and expand this base of support over time.
- Professional fluency in one or more of the main EU languages, in addition to exceptional oral and written English.
This position is based in Brussels, Belgium and requires frequent travel. The successful candidate must have permission to work in Europe. Salary and benefits will be highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Director reports to the Chair of the Administrative Council and to the Council as a whole.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference “MPI Europe Director” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.
Applications will be considered until June 30, 2019. Due to the expected large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. Please no phone calls.
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.
- 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 email@example.com. Please indicate in your application when you would be available to start.
15 June 2019