Research Fellow Strategic Foresight – Security Unit

Full time
36 hours
Job type
Full time
Hours workweek
36 hours

The Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Through our analyses, training and public debate we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses and civil society in order to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world.  

The Institute has three departments: Research, Academy and the Corporate Staff. Within the Research Department’s Security Unit we are looking for a

Research Fellow Strategic Foresight – Security Unit

The Security Unit conducts research on the nature of security challenges for the world - more specifically for Europe and the Netherlands - and the ability to deal with them. Security is understood as a broad concept, ranging from defence to other cross-border security issues. Themes therefore range from territorial defence to cyber threats, from nuclear weapons to migration challenges, terrorism and transnational organised crime. The Security Unit is also responsible for the Strategic Foresight Programme. This focuses on strategic foresight methodologies, such as trend analysis, horizon scanning and alerting, indicator-based early warning and scenario planning. One of the main products of the programme is the yearly Strategic Monitor.

Job description
The Security Unit is currently looking for a talented, highly motivated Research Fellow to support research activities along the lines of work listed above, with a specific focus on strategic foresight. The Research Fellow will work in close consultation with (Senior) Research Fellows and Research Assistants working on security & defence as well as issues related to national security. He/she would furthermore be expected to actively engage with other colleagues within the Research Department.

Relevant tasks are:

  • To lead and conduct research as part of the multi-disciplinary research programmes of the Security Unit. This involves management of internal, external, or mixed research teams, coordination of research inputs throughout the project cycle, communication with clients and partners, under the supervision of a Senior Research Fellow.
  • To plan, prepare and conduct strategic foresight analysis in support of the Clingendael Institute’s yearly Strategic Monitor report and associated products.
  • To participate, as required, in Clingendaels activities related to the evolution of a national security strategy.
  • To contribute to acquisition of research projects, to develop and write research proposals in response to client requests and tenders.
  • Dissemination of research output, through publications, consultations, working groups, expert meetings, etc.
  • Following debates on geopolitical developments, strategic foresight analysis and national security.

Qualifications and experience
We would be interested if the following requirements are met:

  • Master’s degree in modern history, political science or international relations, plus relevant working experience in the public or private sector, academia or think-tank.
  • Knowledge of threats and challenges assessments to our security.
  • Knowledge of security & defence as well as issues related to national security.
  • Understanding of and experience in the application of foresight methodologies. 
  • Knowledge of security actors, like armed forces, police and intelligence & security services.
  • Proven ability to deliver tailored analyses and relevant advice to policy-makers. 
  • Proven analytical qualities, and writing and briefing skills that are supported by publications, reports, articles and/or blogs. 
  • Proven ability at networking and working with clients and research partners.
  • Expertise in gathering and analysing qualitative data, including conducting interviews and consulting subject matter expert groups. Expertise in analysing quantitative data and visualization thereof is desirable.
  • Fluent in Dutch and English. Strong Dutch and English writing skills.
  • Service minded, excellent social skills, capable of reaching deadlines.
  • Capable of working independently on the basis of instructions, but also a team player.
  • Network-oriented, feeling at home in an international research environment.

The salary depends on the level of education and working experience, guideline is scale 10 BBRA based on a 36-hour working week. The contract is initially valid for a period of one year with the option on renewal.


You can apply via the ‘Apply-now button at the top of this vacancy. Deadline for response is 23 April 2019.

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