10 NATO Research Assistants Wanted

Deadline: 23 October 2015
Open to: candidates with master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field
Remuneration: monthly stipend of EUR 750, accommodation, insurance, travel reimbursement


The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs ten research assistants every year. Among the 10 research assistants who work each year at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly’s International Secretariat, five start in late January and finish in early June. The other five start in August and finish in late November/early December.


The research assistant’s main task is to contribute, at the request of Committee Directors or Senior Management, to the research necessary for the drafting of Assembly reports and other documents such as background information documents and drafts of speeches. Research assistants attend the parliamentary Sessions of the Assembly and are asked to assist in note taking and summary writing. As part of the larger NATO PA team, research assistants are occasionally asked to complete basic administrative tasks.


  • Candidates must have a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field. Experience in government or policy research institutions is a further asset;
  • Preference is given to candidates who have recently completed their Master’s degree;
  • Applicants with PhD or current PhD candidates will not be considered for this position;
  • Candidates must be fluent in oral and written English and/or French. If neither is a mother tongue, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate certified evidence of language skills upon request. Knowledge of another language(s) is a further asset.


Research assistants are hired for a 3.5 to 5-month period, depending on the Assembly’s yearly calendar. The programme begins in either January or August, with a one month probation period. Research assistants receive a monthly stipend of EUR 750 and are also provided with spacious, shared accommodation in a recently renovated, five-bedroom house in the European quarter of Brussels.

The programme includes a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the programme. Reimbursement for travel to and from Brussels is considered on a case-by-case basis and must comply with the financial procedures of the Assembly.


Applications should include:

  1. A cover letter, indicating areas of interest and competence, nationality, languages spoken and availability;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A writing sample of no more than five pages on a topic relevant to the position (i.e. foreign   policy, international relations, defense and security, etc.);
  4. Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional).

Applications may be sent electronically to ra-programme@nato-pa.int or by standard post:

Director of Research Assistant Programme
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
3 place du Petit Sablon
B – 1000 Brussels, Belgium

If sending electronically, all application materials must be gathered and sent together as one single PDF document. If sending by post, all materials must be included in one envelop.

Application deadline is 23 October 2015.

If you have any further questions please send e-mail at ra-programme@nato-pa.int.

For more information please visit the official website.

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