Call for applications for the Observatory on European Union-Middle East and North Africa
(EU-MENA) Relations is now OPEN!

Deadline: 11 October 2023 at 23.59 CET

Note: Profiles will be examined on a rolling basis, and the OEMR call may be closed earlier than expected if all the positions are filled!
The European Student Think Tank (EST) is currently seeking new team members for its Observatory on the European Union-Middle East and North Africa Relations (OEMR).

What’s the prospect?
The Observatory on the EU-MENA Relations is the EST’s branch that monitors, analyses and researches the EU’s engagement with the MENA. Through an innovative and multidisciplinary approach, the goal of the OEMR is to produce high-quality research and analysis and inform on all the most relevant factors that influence the relations between the EU and the MENA countries. In addition to academic papers, policy briefs and short commentaries, the OEMR also produces a bi-monthly newsletter on the most important events occurring in the MENA, a monthly podcast published on Spotify, and ad hoc infographics. The OEMR also focuses on providing its members with a multicultural space to share their knowledge fruitfully and encourage a prolific dialogue about the two different but significantly interconnected regions.

What’s my role?
As a member of the OEMR, your main task will be to monitor and conduct research and analysis on the most relevant issues on geopolitics, diplomacy, human rights, economics, climate change, migration, among others. You will be involved in the EST-OEMR Podcast, as well as in the production of the newsletter. You will also have the opportunity to produce infographics or ad hoc contents in accordance with the OEMR’s strategy. The EST-OEMR platform will then allow you to organize events and workshops, participate in debates and interact with young researchers, professionals and policymakers. Being part of the EST-OEMR also means entering a wide-ranging
network of engaged students and young professionals, as well as the acquisition of key professional skills in academic writing, analysis and project management. As a youth-led group, we coordinate online and put great emphasis on granting volunteers a space for their primary responsibilities at university and work. You should expect to commit an average of 4-6 hours per week.

What’s the EST-OEMR is looking for: 

  •  Master’s student, PhD or young professionals (Bachelor’s students will also be considered
    and are strongly encouraged to apply);
  • Graduate or enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses in MENA Studies, Peace and
    Conflict, Development, Law, International Relations and International Studies, Political
    Science, Economics, History, Cultural Heritage, Languages and related courses;
  • Strong interest in EU-MENA relations;
  • Extensive experience with writing, editing, communication and independent research.
    Professional experience and previous publications (also non-academic) are a plus;
  • Previous experience in the field, including internships, volunteering work, fellowships, etc. desired but not required;
  • Fluency in English (C1 or above);
  • Working or conversational knowledge of French and/or Arabic will be considered as a plus.
  • Strong commitment, originality, curiosity and aptitude to innovation.

Please, note we are looking for different profiles, it does not matter if you do not fit all the requirements listed above!

What’s next?

If we sparked your interest and you believe that you would be a good fit, please apply by 11 October 2023 at 23.59 CET by sending:

  •  your CV (2 pages maximum);
  •  a cover letter of 1 page, outlining your motivation, interests and skills;
  • a written sample on a relevant topic (there is nor minimum nor maximum word limit).
    Note: all the documents must be in English.

Please be aware that the EST will request a symbolic 5€ membership fee per term (from the moment of appointment until the 31st of July) that will contribute to cover the administrative costsof the organisation.

If you are interested in being part of the OEMR, fill out the following form by 11 October 23:59 CET:
2023-2024 OEMR Application (

 We look forward to receiving your application!