Research and Policy Assistant - OBESSU

Please note that this job posting is not for the Global Student Forum but for its member OBESSU - the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions. More information on OBESSU are available here:

WHAT: Opportunity to be part of the OBESSU Secretariat!

WHEN: November 2020 – April 2021 (6 months fixed term)

WHERE: Brussels, Belgium

 Job description

OBESSU is looking for a passionate recent graduate to join its Secretariat as a full time Research and Policy Assistant. The Research and Policy Assistant will be conducting a qualitative research on the impact of Covid-19 on education, in coordination with the Secretariat, the Board and the Working Group on Education Funding and will be in constant touch with our membership. The research is carried out in the framework of the Stronger School Student Unions programme funded by the Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Programme. 

More information on the programme and the research can be found at the bottom of the call.

Your role in OBESSU

In your role, you will be in charge of:

  • Covid-19 research

    • Designing the research methodology, in coordination with a supervisor in the Secretariat

    • Conducting a desk research monitoring and mapping other researches on the same topic

    • Liaising with partner organisations working on similar projects and researches to exchange information and coordinate actions

    • Designing surveys, interviews and focus groups directed to Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations of OBESSU with the scope of collecting data

    • Coordinating with the OBESSU working group on Education Funding

    • Analysing and compiling data into a report 

    • Liaising with the Communications team in OBESSU to design a dissemination strategy of results

  • Policy work

    • Collecting recommendations from the Covid-19 research and coordinating an advocacy plan with the Board and the Policy and Communications Manager of OBESSU 

    • Monitoring policy developments by EU institutions on specific matters in education, training and youth under the guidance and supervision of the Policy and Communications team 

    • Drafting policy briefings on education and training topics for the OBESSU Board and Membership

 Why should you apply? You will...

  • Gain valuable insights regarding school student activism;

  • Have the opportunity to develop your competencies and skills in the fields  of research and education;

  • Have the opportunity to create an impact on society, by engaging with activities and processes of OBESSU and its member and partner organisations;

  • Have the opportunity to shape your own learning path and to shape the strategic approach of the organisation together with the leadership in a mutual exchange of ideas

  • Experience working in a small intercultural environment where your ideas and inputs are highly valued.

 You are an ideal candidate for this position if you...

  • Have a bachelor or masters degree or a proven track record of work with research;

  • Have experience with qualitative and quantitative research (university experience is sufficient but let us know what you learned);

  • Are familiar with EU decision making and are able to monitor EU policy and political developments relevant to the work of the organisation;

  • Are able to write policy briefings on different process; 

  • Are interested in working with and for young people and more precisely school students and are interested in the work of OBESSU and the member organisations;

  • Are a motivated and collaborative individual interested in school student organising and youth participation; 

  • Are an person willing to develop sector-specific skills and competences (with specific emphasis on research);

  • Are interested in living in and experiencing a highly international context;

  • Have great command of English; other European languages are a plus;

  • Feel comfortable with using the GSuite, Office pack and other apps (e.g. Asana, Basecamp);

  • Are able to work independently but also cooperate with other colleagues and are open for feedback and learning from colleagues.

 What we offer

  • A small and friendly work environment

  • A contract under a Convention d’Immersion Professionnelle for 6 months (subject to the approval of Bruxelles Formation)

  • A financial subsidy of a maximum amount of 900 EUR per month

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses within Brussels (49EUR/month)

  • Opportunities to work remotely (ad-hoc expenses can be covered for home office)

Timeline and extra info

  • Apply by 4th October

  • On 7th October shortlisted candidates are invited for an interview

  • On 9-10-12 October interviews will take place

  • On 14th October a final decision is communicated to the selected candidate.

For further information please contact

Please find more information on the research here:

Role posted - 2020-09-10T14:20:25Z 4:20pm, 10th Sep 2020 CEST