Research Officer – Rule of Law (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Full-time

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Until 31 December 2022, with the possibility of extension subject to available funding.

Location: Berlin


Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organization registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is implementing ‘re:constitution: Exchange and Analysis on Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe’, a programme aimed at facilitating a fact-based debate around topical questions on the rule of law across Europe, by providing user-friendly, up-to-date analyses.

To expand its research and analysis capability, DRI is looking for a full-time Research Officer for its head office in Berlin. This position is subject to expected approval of funding.

You Tasks

Under the overall supervision of the Manager Europe and in close cooperation with the project team, you will monitor and analyse rule of law related developments in EU member states and the EU’s responses, and produce publications in different formats primarily targeting journalists and media. You will:
  • Monitor legal and political developments related to the rule of law in EU member states, such as topical debates, legal reforms, landmark court cases or administrative proceedings;
  • Suggest thematic areas for deeper research and reporting;
  • Draft, review, finalise, and conceptualise diverse project outputs: analytical pieces, explainers, fact sheets, infographics, short videos, etc.;
  • Work with our Communications Team on shaping project outputs and delivering them to target audiences;
  • Engage with the programme partner on joint activities;
  • Give interviews to journalists, represent DRI at meetings, seminars and conferences;
  • Be ready to travel, in exceptional cases also on weekends.
  • Support the Manager Europe and contribute to the broader work of the programme team as required.

Your skills and experience

  • Postgraduate degree in law with a focus on constitutional law/public law;
  • Knowledge on the state of the rule of law in the EU;
  • At least 3 years of experience in research on constitutional law/public law;
  • Demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately and quickly for non-expert audiences;
  • Capability to work independently and under tight deadlines;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written) and attention to detail;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Proficient IT skills.
  • Previous work with media is an asset;
  • Experience with professional use of Twitter;
  • Experience with quantitative data (indicators, surveys) and/or working with data visualization (maps, infographics) is a distinct asset;
  • Fluency in other EU languages, with knowledge of French as a distinct asset.

What we offer

DRI offers you a job with flexible working hours, 30 days of annual leave, a contribution to public transport (company ticket with BVG), a health ticket (Gesundheitsticket Plus) to be applied towards health and wellness activities of your choosing, travel health insurance, vocational training for every employee, and the opportunity to work in a diverse team in the heart of Berlin, where everybody is on first name terms with each other.

Application instructions

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application (cover letter and CV) here. This position is subject to funding.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 8 June. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

DRI is committed to diversity and treats everybody equally, independent of gender identity, sex, pregnancy, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, political opinion (as long as respectful of democratic principles), or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH
Elbestr. 28 / 29
12045 Berlin, Germany

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