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Home Affairs and Social Policy: Analyst - fluent in Dutch

RAND Europe

Reports to: Research Group Director

About the Analyst position

We wish to recruit an exceptional candidate at an Analyst level to grow our team of policy researchers. As an Analyst you will address complex policy questions by conducting research and analysis on behalf of our clients and support the team in submitting proposals and managing and delivering multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner.

We wish to recruit a researcher who is fluent in Dutch. The successful candidate will particularly support our programme of work for organisations in the Netherlands, but will also work on projects for a range of our other clients. We invite applications from individuals with a background in any of the following topics: education, crime and justice, security, employment and social inclusion, child and family policy. We particularly welcome interest from individuals with quantitative skills as well as those with qualitative research skills.

See key responsibilities, skills and experience and qualifications for this position outlined below.

About RAND Europe

RAND Europe is a not-for-profit policy research organisation. Our mission is to help improve policy- and decision-making through evidence-based research and analysis. We realise our mission by undertaking objective, balanced and relevant research, sharing the insights and information widely, and working in partnership with a range of clients and collaborators. RAND Europe has offices in Brussels and Cambridge, and employs approximately 80 researchers: just over half of our research staff have doctorates with the balance holding other post-graduate degrees. Our work lies on the continuum between that of universities and consultancies, combining the academic rigour of universities and the professional, task orientated approach of consultancies. In addition to our strong ethos of evidence-based research, RAND Europe is a values-driven organisation, and our experience shows that our most successful researchers closely align their behaviours with our value set.

RAND Europe has a portfolio of research projects with a number of ministries and agencies at the Dutch national government (including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Security, and Ministry of Transport and Water Management) and with several foundations and charities.

About the team

The Home Affairs and Social Policy (HASP) Research Group undertakes contract research and analysis in a range of public policy areas: education (including early childhood education and care, school effectiveness); employment and social policy (including skills, employability, gender equality, work-life balance, child and family policy); crime and justice (including responses to offending, international law enforcement cooperation, organised crime and illicit markets). We have an extensive portfolio of work with the EU, national governments, charitable foundations and others. We collaborate widely with like-minded academic and other organisations across Europe and with colleagues based in RAND’s U.S. offices. We employ robust methods and offer multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Key responsibilities

  • Manages projects, with some supervision, including monitoring budget, timetable and deliverables, delegating work and providing feedback
  • Delivering high-quality research by:
    • drafting data collection tools
    • conducting literature reviews
    • conducting interviews or focus groups
    • undertaking analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
    • preparing presentations and research briefs
  • Drafts sections of reports with minimal supervision
  • Maintains day-to-day contact with collaborators, clients and funders
  • Contributes to impact by identifying opportunities for communication of research findings
  • Analysing calls for tender to identify proposal requirements and help organise responses
  • Manages small proposals
  • Drafts sections of proposals
  • Supports business development activities
  • Supports strategic corporate initiatives
  • Ad hoc duties as required.

Skills and Experience

  • Some relevant experience in similar role
  • Topic expertise in at least one of subject areas covered by the Home Affairs and Social Policy Research Group (see above)
  • Knowledge and experience of different methodologies and their application
  • Some knowledge and experience of research design
  • Report writing, preferably for policymaker audiences
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Fluency in English and Dutch – essential
  • Proficiency in other languages – desired
  • Intermediate Word
  • Intermediate Excel
  • Intermediate PowerPoint


  • PhD in a social science, public policy or related discipline (or be close to finishing a PhD)
  • or equivalent (at least 2 years') relevant experience in applied social science research.

Benefits package

  • 8% Employer contribution pension
  • BUPA medical insurance
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Enhanced holiday allowance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Flexible working arrangement
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Group life assurance
  • A friendly multinational work environment
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives – such as cycle to work schemes, fresh fruit and company bikes.

How to apply

Please submit an application via RAND Europe’s online careers portal comprising (i) your CV, (ii) covering letter and (iii) short writing sample in English (up to 3 pages, aimed at a non-technical audience), which will all need to be submitted as one document.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th January 2022
Closes: 4th February 2022
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