Junior Strategic Analyst - OPEN

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is an independent think tank that provides strategic advice to governments, international and non-governmental organizations and corporations. We provide practical solutions for challenges in a fast-changing world. Our multidisciplinary research agenda covers international and national security, defense planning, cybersecurity, climate security, resource and energy issues, and broader geopolitical and geo-economic developments. At HCSS experts from different backgrounds work together in multidisciplinary teams, using innovative and data-driven approaches, and frequently collaborate with our global network of affiliated experts. 

Job description 

We are expanding our team and are hiring a junior strategic analyst. We are looking for individuals, with superior analytical skills, who are able to thrive in a dynamic project organization, and have experience in research, analysis and policy advice.  We are looking for people with interesting mixes of passion, creativity and rigor. 

Profile 

Candidates should meet the following requirements and have the following competencies: 

  • Academic qualifications – advanced graduate degree (PhD desirable) in relevant fields, including Policy Analysis, Political Science (International Security, International Political Economy), Strategic Studies, War Studies, Economics, Sociology, Business Administration, Data science. 
  • Writing skills – readiness to attribute or take on responsibility for the drafting of short policy memos and full-fledged studies.  
  • Interpersonal skills – ability to work in an international environment and to give and receive honest feedback; strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Analytical and research skills – ability to link conceptual and integrative thinking to applied policy issues; qualitative and quantitative research skills; eagerness to learn and ability to think outside the box; interested in developing and applying tools and methods for 21st century policy analysis. 
  • Networking – demonstrated ability to network at the level of strategic decision makers and forge trusting relationships with clients. 
  • Work ethic – result and quality oriented; self-motivated and able to work independently as well in teams; strong sense of integrity and responsibility, flexible. 
  • Language skills - (near) native fluency in English and Dutch required. Knowledge of other languages (especially Chinese, Russian, Farsi and/or Arabic) is a plus. 

 

Salary 

Competitive salary package. 

Application procedure 

To apply, email your CV, cover letter and a writing sample to info@hcss.nl 

The deadline to apply is August 1st, 23:59

Data Internship - CLOSED

The Data Lab of The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies offers an exciting internship to aspiring data scientists. Our data internship is an opportunity for hands-on experience in developing production-grade, early warning and policy recommender systems. Our data interns can hone their advanced computing and modelling skills, by applying them to data-intensive activities, ranging from advanced analytics, to software engineering, to database management, to system integration.

Our beneficiaries include major corporations, key government ministries, development banks, development aid agencies, and security organizations, both domestic and global. Thus, our data interns’ future career prospects are second to none. This is your chance to do the right thing for others by doing the right for yourself, and we would love to hear from you.

The deadline for the application is March 1st, 2019, and the start date of the internship is March 15th, 2019. Please apply only if you are available for this start date.

Requirements

Candidates should either have a strong quantitative background or demonstrated affinity for all things quantitative. They should also demonstrate strong transferable, programming skills, as well as a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS policy research. Our best candidates easily meet several criteria, which ensure the successful completion of our data internship program:

  • A background in computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics, engineering, econometrics, or a related field
  • Fluency in at least two of the languages: R, Python, Java, Scala, C#, and/or C++
  • Prior experience with statistical and scientific computing (e.g., probabilistic graphs, causal graphs), machine learning (e.g. computational graphs, differentiable programming), and/or optimization (e.g., approximation and graph algorithms, MCMC, variational inference)
  • Data engineering skills, including SQL (e.g., Vertica, PostgreSQL) and/or no-SQL, graph databases
  • Prior experience with dashboarding, visualization, and/or web development (e.g., HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Angular) and server-side scripting (e.g., node.js) is a plus
  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • An affinity for policy research
  • The ability to interpret data
  • First-principles thinking

Eligibility

A data internship lasts six months. A shorter duration, not less than four months, is possible only under exceptional circumstances. An applicant must be enrolled as a university student for the entire duration of data internship. Data interns should be able to commit to a forty-hour workweek. Successful applicants are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), which is available from The Netherlands Ministry of Justice. Applicants residing outside of The Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence.

Frequently asked questions

Can I apply if I am no longer a student (recently graduated)? Data internships are for enrolled students. Without a proof of enrolment, which is valid for the entire duration of data internship, you are not eligible for it.

Is it possible to do a part-time internship? At present, HCSS does not offer part-time data internships within the Data Internship Program.

Application Procedure

To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl, using 'Data Internship 1/2020' as the subject line:

  • A resume, including a list of references
  • A cover letter, thoroughly demonstrating why and how your data skills can be applied to data-intensive policy research
  • Proof of university enrolment, valid for the entire duration of data internship
  • An official transcript of academic grades
  • A portfolio of previous data projects, including the code (or GitHub address).

The application should be in English. HCSS only considers complete applications, and only if all the eligibility requirements are met.


Practical Information

The HCSS internship is paid. Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview. Our most prized candidates are thirsty for knowledge, excellent with numbers, and can easily ace our rigorous data-science test.

Strategic Climate Security Analyst (Medior/Senior) - CLOSED

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is a leading Dutch independent think tank that provides strategic advice to governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations. We provide practical solutions for challenges in a fast-changing world. Our multidisciplinary research agenda covers international and national security, defense planning, cybersecurity, resource, climate and energy issues, and broader geopolitical and geo-economic developments. HCSS has very experienced professionals, working in mixed disciplinary teams as well as with international experts of other research institutions. We conduct our research guided through innovative and data-driven approaches. HCSS works independently and in collaboration with its network of affiliated experts.

HCSS is based in the centre of The Hague, the Netherlands, the international City of Peace and Justice hosting i.a. the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. The Hague has a large expat community, as the city is home to 170+ international organizations, NGOs, and academic institutes. It is also the seat of the Dutch government and Ministries of Justice and Security, Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs and Climate, and Defense, which are important clients of HCSS.

Job description

We are expanding our team and are hiring a Strategic Climate Security Analyst (Medior/Senior). We are looking for people with interesting mixes of passion, creativity and rigor. More specifically, we are looking for an entrepreneurial individual with an excellent academic track record, with specific expertise in the field of climate security.

He/she is interested in geopolitics and the climate security- and natural resources (energy, water, food, raw materials) nexus. Our individual possesses superior analytical skills and thrives in a dynamic project organization.

Responsibilities involve:

  • Spearhead the development of the HCSS climate security research portfolio
  • Acquisition of climate security-natural resources nexus projects
  • Design and execute research projects in close collaboration with the HCSS Data Lab
  • Organize and attend meetings and conferences and engage in media activities (podcasts, publications for newspapers, etc.)

Profile

Candidates should meet the following requirements and have the following competences:

  • Academic qualifications – advanced graduate degree (PhD) in relevant fields, including Political Science, Economics, Climate and/or Energy Policy, Engineering or Environmental Sciences. 
  • Work experience – 5+ years in Climate Security related (research) environments. First-hand knowledge of working with government and private organizations, especially in Europe and the Netherlands, is a plus.
  • Language skills - fluency in English and Dutch.
  • Writing skills – readiness to take on responsibility for the drafting of reports, short articles and full-fledged studies. Publication track record in climate security related topics.
  • Business development – demonstrated track record of acquisition.
  • Networking – demonstrated ability to network at the level of strategic decision makers and forge trusting relationships with clients.
  • Leadership– experienced project or team leader with dynamic personality and the ability to effectively guide and inspire others and to foster teamwork.
  • Interpersonal skills – ability to work in an international environment and to give and receive honest feedback; strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Analytical and research skills – ability to link conceptual and integrative thinking to applied policy issues, qualitative and quantitative research skills; eagerness to learn and ability to think outside the box; interested in developing and applying tools and methods for 21st century climate nexus policy analysis.
  • Work ethic – entrepreneurial, dedication, reliability, perseverance, having a keen eye for detail, strong intellect, creativity and an ability to work independently and take initiative. 

Salary

Competitive salary package.

Application procedure

To apply, email your CV, cover letter and a writing sample to info@hcss.nl and mention "Strategic Climate Security Analyst" as your subject line. 

HCSS Cyber Program Internship - OPEN

Duration of the internship: 6 months 

Work on International Peace and Security in Cyberspace

HCSS’ portfolio is increasingly focusing on policies, international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace. This includes conceptual and data-driven research of the cyber threat landscape, as well as diplomatic, security, and legal implications of cyberspace in the context of international peace and security. Our main area of emphasis is to bring together the new field of cybersecurity with traditional national security and international relations.

Deadline to send in your application: 3rd of August 2020

Start date: 7th of September 2020

The successful candidate will contribute to the work of HCSS Cyber Policy and Resilience Program focusing on research, public relations, events and strategies. The intern will also provide operational support for the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). The intern will work closely with the Directors and Project Managers of the Program and GCSC Secretariat as well as other GCSC members.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

  • Conduct and contribute to research, briefings and reports;
  • Track and synthesize trends and developments pertaining to international peace and security in cyberspace;
  • Contribute to the project management and provide logistical and administrative support in organizing and executing public events and meetings of the GCSC;
  • Manage public relations, especially social media and website, and support brand development;
  • Manage program contacts and knowledge;

Requirements

  • Excellent written and oral command of English is a must; proficiency in Dutch or other languages is considered a plus;
  • Preferably a graduate student in International Relations, Law, Security Studies, Computer Science, or Communications;
  • Demonstrated interest in international affairs and security, preferably in the cyberspace context, through academic work and/or experience, is preferred;
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail;
  • The successful candidate will need an entrepreneurial ethos and a collegial spirit while also being an effective communicator;
  • Must work well with others and interact professionally with senior/high-level individuals;
  • Experience in PR, graphic design and social media is considered a plus;

Eligibility

  • Availability: the internship is fulltime. Candidates must be able to commit to working 40 hours a week. 
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the Netherlands.
  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the entire internship period.
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence. 

What we offer

  • This is a paid internship.
  • The candidate will be given the opportunity to interact with a group of highly notable and experienced international experts working on cybersecurity, and will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the international policy community.
  • Small team at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies that moves at a high pace to support a truly global initiative.
  • Possibility to travel in order to provide operational support for the GCSC meetings. In 2019, the Commission convened in Geneva (Switzerland), Kobe (Japan), The Hague (the Netherlands), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and participated in numerous events across the globe.

Application Procedure

Please apply only if you are able to start on the above mentioned start date. 

To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl under the subject line “Cyber Internship 2020/9, Last Name

  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of references with contact details
  • A cover letter (one page)
  • Proof of university enrolment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
  • Copy of official transcript of academic grades
  • A writing sample (up to 2 pages) answering the following question: “Is a cybersecurity treaty realistic in the short-term? If so, what would it contain? And if not realistic, why?” 

HCSS internships attract a large number of outstanding candidates from around the world and are highly competitive. HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfil all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

 

About the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Launched at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, the mission of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The Commission helps to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity.

The Commission was initiated by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) with the support of the EastWest Institute, the government of the Netherlands, France and Singapore, Microsoft, ISOC and Afilias. The GCSC’s composition mirrors the multi-stakeholder reality of cyberspace by bringing together 28 prominent Commissioners, and four Advisors from all regions and backgrounds. In addition to the Commission body itself, the GCSC is supported by a Research Advisory Group that connects the GCSC to the academic community.

The final GCSC report Advancing Cyberstability was launched at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum by Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, and David Koh, Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency of Singapore. This report represents the culmination of the Commission’s work over the last three years, offering a cyberstability framework, principles, norms of behavior, and recommendations for the international community and wider ecosystem.

Following the release, the GCSC members will continue to advocate and engage with their respective communities. Input and feedback from these groups were reflective of interactions with both state and non-state experts and will form the basis of advocating for the report going forward in 2020.

For more information, please visit www.cyberstability.org.

Web Developer - CLOSED

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is looking for a talented web developer.

About HCSS:

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is an independent think tank that provides strategic advice to governments, non-governmental organizations and corporations. We deliver practical solutions for challenges in a fast-changing world. Our multidisciplinary research agenda covers international and national security, defense planning, cybersecurity, and climate and energy. HCSS conducts research via innovative and data-driven approaches.

About the Vacancy:

Our dashboard prototypes display a complex set of textual, numerical, temporal and spatial/geographical data. The primary task of a successful candidate will be to design and implement our dashboard prototypes as production-grade, web GUIs. He or she will work in close collaboration with the back-end developer to specify the necessary APIs and data-exchange methods, and populate the GUIs with our data.

The Required Skills

If you meet the following requirements, please send us your job application:

  • Proven ability to develop interactive GUIs, and comprehensively display a large amount of data using tables, graphs, and maps
  • Excellent JavaScript knowledge and experience
  • Keen eye for GUI aesthetics and user experience
  • Prior experience with node.js and server-side scripting
  • Good understanding of web APIs and data exchange methods (e.g Ajax, JSON, XML)
  • Good understanding of HTML(5) and CSS
  • Proven experience with modern development frameworks and libraries (e.g. React, Angular, JQuery, D3) and preferably also cross-platform frameworks (browser and app development)
  • Familiarity with system design and administration is desirable
  • Experience in a Science/Research environment is also desirable

Salary

Competitive salary package.

Application procedure

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to in info@hcss.nl, using “Web Developer” as the subject line, before March 1st.

For more information please contact us at 070-318 4840 or info@hcss.nl

HCSS PR & Communication Internship - OPEN

The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) is looking for an enthusiastic PR, Marketing & Communications intern, to start July 15. 

HCSS offers a dynamic internship in an international organization, where you will work on different topics such as global trends, international security, cyber security and resource scarcity. This is not your run-of-the-mill ‘get coffee and copy some papers’ internship: at HCSS you will experience what it’s like to be part of a small team of professionals in a fast paced environment.

As a PR intern you actively contribute to developing and executing communication strategies for HCSS activities, projects, publications and other products.

Responsibilities include, amongst others:

  • creating and drafting social media content;
  • updating and maintaining the social media channels (twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc);
  • proofreading articles, papers, (powerpoint) presentations and reports, and formatting into our housestyle;
  • drafting of press briefings and newsletters;
  • supporting HCSS media monitoring;
  • recording and editing podcasts;
  • updating and maintaining the website through our CMS;
  • help with organizing and logistics of events, such as seminars, conferences, roundtables and expert meetings;
  • designing banners and other visuals for promotional purposes.

The deadline for the application is Sunday the 5th of July 2020 (23:59) and the start date of the internship is the 15th of July 2020.

Required Skills:

Candidates should have/are:

  • an excellent verbal and written command of English; fluency in Dutch is highly desirable. HCSS is an internationally oriented thinktank, however, much of our communication is still conducted in Dutch;
  • in pursuit of a degree in journalism, communications, political science, international relations or similar;
  • a proven interest in the field of geopolitics and (international) security, and in communication and PR;
  • experience with multimedia, social media and/or audio/visual tools and programs is highly desirable (canva, photoshop, tweetdeck, buffer, audacity, mailchimp, wordpress, drupal, soundcloud, etc).

We are looking for creative and proactive personalities with a hands-on mentality; due to tight deadlines, the pace is often high. You will be guided by the Communications Department and our analysts, but you will also get your fair share of responsibilities and freedom. We are an innovative company and therefore always open to new ideas.

Eligibility:

  • Candidates must be enrolled as a student during the entire duration of the internship. Without a proof of enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship, you are not eligible and your application will not be considered.
  • An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed. Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.
  • Interns should be able to commit to working 40 hours a week.
  • Successful candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’) by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and proof of enrollment valid for the entire duration of the internship. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence.

Practical information

Apply by sending the following documents to info@hcss.nl using “PR Internship 7/2020” as the subject line:

  • A curriculum vitae, including references with contact details;
  • A cover letter, indicating your availability;
  • Proof of enrollment valid for the entire duration of the internship;
  • A recent written text in English, preferably a press release, news article or a short blog (max 1 A4);
  • Any other examples of your creativity are always welcome.

HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.

In the interest of the successful candidate’s learning trajectory, the internship will be carried out at the HCSS office in The Hague, insofar as this is feasible given the current travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Potential working arrangements can be discussed during the interview process. 

The HCSS internship is paid.

For more information please contact the Communications Office, at 070-318 4840.

HCSS General Internship - OPEN

The HCSS internship is a dynamic and varied opportunity in research, analysis, data, communication, design, networking, copy writing, and policy development. We are an independent think tank specialized in global trends, security, and geo-economics. Interns contribute to high-impact products for clients including governments, international organizations, research organizations, the private sector, and NGOs.

The deadline for the application is Sunday the 12th of July 2020 (23:59) for an August 2020 start date.

The HCSS internship offers an excellent springboard for future careers in a wide range of fields, interns are involved as full-fledged team members in research-projects. Activities can range from conducting background research, data collection and analysis, co-writing reports and papers, to being involved in the organization of workshops and conferences. This way, interns gain valuable work experience in a professional environment, which helps them in their future development and careers in both the public and private sector. Also, the HCSS internship offers the opportunity to build and expand your professional network.

Please apply only if you are available for (one of) the above mentioned start dates.  HCSS recruits interns all year round; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

Requirements

Candidates should have a first rate academic background, strong transferable skills, and a keen interest in the topics covered by HCSS research.

Further requirements include:

  • A strong basis of analytical, writing and synthesizing skills
  • Ability to think creatively and out-of-the-box
  • Very good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of advanced internet search strategies
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and ability to multi-task
  • Positive professional attitude
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to learn
  • Some quantitative research skills

The following attributes are considered a strong asset:

  • Prior work or internship experience
  • proficiency in Dutch or other languages
  • Being a native English speaker
  • Strong quantitative research skills. If you have a background in data science (specifically R or Python) you may also be interested in our Data Internship. 

Eligibility  
• Candidates must be enrolled as a student at a university during the whole internship period.
• 
An internship period of six months is highly preferred, although shorter periods can be discussed (absolute minimum is 4 months). Please indicate your availability in your cover letter. Interns should be able to commit to working 40 hours a week.
If successful in obtaining a position, candidates are asked to provide a certificate of good conduct (‘Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag’), available from the Dutch Ministry of Justice. Candidates residing outside of the Netherlands should provide a certificate from their country of residence. 

Frequently asked questions:

Can I apply if I am no longer a student (recently graduated)? HCSS internships are for enrolled students. Without a proof of enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship, you are not eligible. Your application will not be considered.

Is it possible to do a part-time internship? Currently HCSS does not offer part-time internships within the General Internship Program.

Application Procedure
To apply, send the following items to info@hcss.nl, using 'General Internship 7/2020' as the subject line. 


• A curriculum vitae, including a list of references 
• A cover letter
• Proof of university enrollment, valid for the entire duration of the internship
• Copy of official transcript of academic grades
• A one-page writing sample (excluding bibliography if relevant) answering one of the following questions:
1. Consider a trend which could affect the security of the Netherlands in the next decade. What is being done to address the issue? What more could be done?
2. Consider a way in which the Netherlands could exercise more effective foreign policy without increasing military expenditure. What are the advantages and limitations of this approach?
3. Consider a policy which could help the eurozone improve its competitiveness. What are the advantages and limitations of this policy?
4. Consider a tool or methodology which could add value to HCSS products. What are its advantages and limitations?
5. Design an infographic which communicates the main message of an HCSS report in very few words.

The whole application should be written in English including the writing sample.

Please apply only if you are available for the above mentioned start date. HCSS recruits interns all year around; later start dates will be announced in due time. 

Practical Information

The HCSS internship is paid. 

HCSS only considers candidates that submit a complete application and fulfill all eligibility requirements. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.