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Job: Western Balkans Research Analyst, FCO, London‏


The Research Analyst is vital to the department’s policy-making in this region and can expect to be a central player in policy discussions concerning issues such as internal stability, EU enlargement prospects and the rule of law. The role Term: 3 years (with optional 11 month extension by mutual agreement) You will support policy work primarily on Kosovo, but also on Albania and Macedonia by providing oral and written specialist advice, expertise, comment and analysis on domestic and external issues of policy relevance. The Research Analyst is vital to the department’s policy-making in this region and can expect to be a central player in policy discussions concerning issues such as internal stability, EU enlargement prospects and the rule of law. The specialist expertise required for this position relates mainly to the politics of Kosovo, but also of the wider region and could stem from either academic study or previous experience in the area. Knowledge of the history, economics and cultural side of the countries of the Western Balkans would also be highly valued. This post is a rare and unique opportunity for a Balkans specialist to contribute to a major UK commitment which remains a key strand in our European agenda, allowing the job holder to deploy their specialist knowledge to shape current policy in a priority area. Examples of work may include writing substantive research papers to frame policy decisions; participation in FCO scenario planning and horizon scanning exercises to inform the allocation of resources; comment on the wider historical context of policy initiatives to challenge and shape the department’s approach; and oral briefings for colleagues going to postings in the region and those new to the department to induct them into the region. The job holder will also be the FCO’s specialist representative in Whitehall, bilateral, and multilateral expert-level meetings and/or conferences, for which it will be important to maintain a strong Whitehall and external network. The job holder will be the department’s link to the academic world, and will have the opportunity to attend and organise external and in-house seminars. The post also requires the ability to maintain and develop an electronic and hard copy archive of material relating to the region. The position is one within the six-strong Europe Research Group, which as well as being part of the Research Analyst cadre, is located within the Europe Directorate. The post is line managed by the head of the Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia policy team in the Western Balkans and Enlargement Department and the incumbent would work very closely with the team, posts in the region, the UK Representation to the EU and the UK Delegation at NATO. The job holder will also assume a share of duties in support of Europe Directorate and/or Research Analyst corporate objectives. This position is London-based, although there are opportunities for travel in the UK and overseas. This job is a full time post. The role is business critical and has been exempted from the civil service recruitment freeze. Person Specification You must be a British Citizen. Satisfactory security vetting to Developed Vetting level is a condition of appointment. You must have been resident in the UK for two out of the last ten years immediately prior to your application. (Please note at least one year of which must have been a consecutive twelve-month period, unless you have served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, or have lived overseas as a result of your parents’ or partner’s Government employment.) It is essential in your application that you provide evidence and proven examples in each of the following minimum and desirable criteria as far as you are able to do so. These responses will be further developed and discussed with those candidates invited for interview. Minimum Criteria * Extensive expertise in issues relating to the Western Balkans, in particular, to Kosovo, but also Albania and Macedonia. In-depth knowledge of the region’s politics, institutions, history and democratic development is essential. * Highly developed research and analytical skills. * Meets the minimum standard of the competencies listed below Desirable Criteria * Knowledge of one, or more of the languages of the region. * Relevant post-graduate degree Competences The competences you will be assessed on at the application stage and during the interview are as follows: * Seeing the Big Picture * Delivering at Pace * Leading and Communicating * Engaging Internationally Recruitment Process The FCO has appointed CAPITA Resourcing, a recruitment agency, to manage the recruitment process. The timetable below is indicative dates: Closing date for completed applications Midnight on Monday 12th January 2015 Presentation and panel interview Week commencing 9th February 2015 Please note: candidates must be able to attend the presentation and panel interviews in London on the above dates. Additional information For further information please use the links below: * View the Candidate Pack<http://www.online-jobs.co.uk/fco/documents/West_Balkans_-_candidate_pack.pdf> (link opens in a new window) * View the Civil Service Competency Framework document<http://resources.civilservice.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Civil-Service-Competency-Framework-Feb2013.pdf> (link opens in a new window) If you have any queries then please contact us by emailing ras.candidates@capita.co.uk