Programme Assistant - Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Programme

The Programme Assistant will support the MENA team in the planning and implementation of a new project, Stabilising Syria and Iraq after ISIS. This will include planning workshops and events in European capitals, providing logistical support for research trips and advocacy connected to the project, assisting in the dissemination of project materials, overall communication and advocacy connected to the project, and supporting research by the Fellows and Visiting Fellows. The Programme Assistant will also occasionally provide support to the team in the delivery of other projects. This position will report directly to the MENA Director and will work closely with the Programme coordinator and Policy Fellows.
  • Reporting to: Director - MENA
  • Closing date: August 28, 2017
  • Location: Berlin
  • Salary: €31,000 to €34,000 depending on experience


  • Plan, implement and report on regular research and advocacy events in different European capitals
  • Organise logistics for events and research trips to European capitals and to the MENA region
  • Assist in the production of ECFR promotional materials, such as newsletters and mail-outs
  • Strengthen and expand the programme’s policy and advocacy network and ensure the contact database is regularly updated
  • Maintain relevant parts of the website, make proposals for innovation and prepare texts and articles as required
  • Work closely with the MENA programme coordinators, finance and development teams to ensure smooth running of the project’s finances
  • Provide general administrative support to the MENA team. This may involve organising meetings, teleconferences, booking travel for team members, etc
  • Contribute to policy development and research and follow relevant discussions within and debates outside ECFR
  • Help to maintain ECFR MENA social media outlets
  • General research support as required
  • Other general responsibilities as may be reasonably requested over time in the context of overall ECFR priorities.

Person specification

  • Excellent organisational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Proven experience of working within a busy office environment in an administration or assistant level role
  • Degree educated in international affairs, EU affairs, public policy, political sciences, Middle East studies or equivalent
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • A high standard of written and verbal English and German is essential
  • Good IT skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Financial literacy, able to understand basic spreadsheets and budget principles
  • Ability to multi-task, work towards deadlines and manage challenging situations
  • Ability to work individually as well as part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team
  • Working knowledge of at least one other European and/or Middle Eastern language is an advantage.

Please note the job is based in Berlin with initial induction period in London.

To apply:

Please submit a one page covering letter (with ref: PAMENA17 in the subject line) and your CV to via the ‘Apply Link’ on our website

Please restrict your CV to no more than two pages of A4. Closing date for applications: Monday 28th August 2017

Due to the large volume of candidates applying for positions within ECFR we will only be able to respond the applicants who have been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, you have not been successful.


ECFR (The European Council on Foreign Relations) is a pan-European initiative which seeks to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent, effective and values-based European foreign policy. It has offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia and Warsaw.

ECFR strives to be an equal opportunities employer. Registered Company and Charity in England and Wales. Company Reg. Number 07154609 Charity Number 1143536.

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