Balkans Policy Research Group

Balkans Group is seeking a full-time SENIOR RESEARCHER/PROJECT MANAGER

Published at: 2019-09-05

Vacancy Announcement 

Title: Senior Researcher/Project Manager

Status: Full time

Location: Pristina, Kosovo

Reporting to: Executive Director

Position Summary: Balkans Policy Research Group is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of Senior Researcher/Project Manager. In the framework of the Advancing Kosovo’s Institutions, Democratisation and Regional Cooperation projectBalkans Group will develop a web platform to inform citizens about the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

The platform, covering both web-related content and informative debates and workshops, will offer the public all information - in comprehensive but simplified manner - about the Kosovo-Serbia technical agreements, benefits and challenges, as well as highlight important political milestones throughout the Brussels facilitated dialogue. It will be an integrated, multi-platform endeavourfostering outreach and maximising dissemination through an online platform and social media to inform and engage citizens on the topic.

Duties and Responsibilities: Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director and in close cooperation with the Senior Management Team, the Senior Researcher/Project Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating the research and overall content development and the practical functioning of the platform which aims to serve as a Resource and Information centre for the Kosovo Serbia dialogue.   

The Senior Researcher/Project Manager shall:

  • Undertake and lead research to ensure the highest quality of content development about the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue at all levels, namely technical and political; 
  • Lead and ensure effective oversight, development and processing of the content collection on the Brussels facilitated agreements;
  • Monitor, brief and advise on political, social and other developments affecting the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue;
  • Oversee the technical development of the online platform (web-portal) on the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue;
  • Closely cooperate and oversee technical and content-related aspects and functioning of the platform;
  • Support and monitor the Communication and Outreach officer in ensuring the effective operation of the platform, including promotion, outreach etc;
  • Devise contracts with external partners for the technical and content development of the web platform, i.e. web programming, video animations, etc.
  • Ensure effective and smooth functioning of the platform,  including the web and social media aspects;
  • Facilitate workshops and debates with citizens and experts on the Kosovo-Serbia agreements;
  • Ensure the efficient implementation of the web platform activities and timely reporting to the supervisors, project managers etc.
  • Ensure all objectives of the project and platform are fully met;


  • MA degree in one of the following fields: international relations, social sciences, development studies, interdisciplinary studies, or other related studies;
  • Minimum three years’ experience and proven track record in matters relating to the Kosovo-Serbia relations, technical and political dialogue;
  • Excellent knowledge of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and technical agreements stemming from the Brussels dialogue;
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of web-development;
  • Experience in implementing donor-funded project activities;
  • Ability to facilitate and coordinate discussions with workshop participants;
  • Excellent writing skills in English and Albanian, Serbian Desirable;
  • Ability to plan and work within agreed timeframes;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure;   
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment;
  • Deal and work with multi-tasks and agendas;


Interested candidates should send:

Cover letter (in English)

  • CV containing contact details of three references
  • Three writing samples related to the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue

Successful candidates will be invited for an interview and written test. Closing date for applications is 20 September 2019.

Full applications with “Senior Researcher/Project Manager” in the email subject should be emailed to