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Policy Officer Data Protection
The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) was created in 1981 on the occasion of the first European Council held in Maastricht and is supported by the EU Member States and the European Commission. Our core mission is to provide a mix of deep insights and practical knowledge about EU policies, to all professionals related to EU public affairs, with the key objective of further improving their skills and capabilities for effective management of the policies. In addition to the Maastricht-based headquarters, EIPA has a centre in Luxembourg: the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (ECJL).
The progressive process of datafication, turning many aspects of our life into digital data, has immensely influenced the rapid evolution of the new technologies and transformation of our society. Data is at the centre of this digital revolution, and we are fully aware of the breadth and the pervasiveness of the processing, use and transfer of personal data. And while this exchanges and processing of personal data can bring tremendous benefits, new vulnerabilities can be exploited. Data protection and data security are more than ever playing an essential intertwined role in safeguarding our fundamental rights. Identifying the new vulnerabilities that could be exploited by malicious parties and new ways of ensuring that critical infrastructure, systems, and assets are safe is paramount for protecting our privacy.
Our Digital Policy, Cybersecurity, and Data Protection Hub is looking for a research assistant, who is interested to work in an international environment in the European landmark city of Maastricht.
Main tasks and responsibilities
- Conduct research and produce articles, briefings and any other material requested on the most challenging and novel matters related to the programme of the department
- Support the digital policy, data protection and cybersecurity expert to set-up and bring on the market an advanced and competitive portfolio of learning programmes
- Work alongside the digital policy, data protection and cybersecurity team to roll-out the learning programmes and projects, but also with other EIPA colleagues in cross-sectorial co-creation projects
- Assist the expert in the delivery of the learning programmes (online and IRL) with matters related to content of the sessions and online tools (assignments, case studies, quizzes, polls, etc.)
- Participate in external meetings with potential customers, collaborators, either related to consultancy services or research projects
You can apply for the position of Policy Officer Data Protection if you have:
At least 3 years proven experience in digital policies, data protection or cybersecurity
- Master’s Degree in law (European law or related law fields: IT law, Data Protection, Human Rights, etc.)
- Keen interest in new emerging technologies and the challenges these pose to data protection and data security
- Excellent research and writing skills
- A good familiarity with EU institutions and policy processes
- Proficiency in English (C1-C2)
- Good communication skills in French (minimum B2)
- Excellent computer skills
- Permit to work in the EU
- Team player with a positive attitude
- Flexibility to adapt to new ways of working (online, face-to-face programmes) and strict deadlines
What EIPA offers
EIPA offers a unique opportunity to professionals wishing to extend their already professional experience in a genuine European work environment.