Improving the Effectiveness of Capabilities in EU Conflict Intervention



Research Fellow (Closing Date September 18th, 2015) CLOSED

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4497155568_82244736a7_b(1)The Institute wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to work on the IECEU Horizon 2020 funded project. The successful candidate will work with Professor Robert Galavan and Dr Kieran Doyle predominantly on a review of the current situation in the EU mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL).

The objective is to assess the current situation, in particular through the engagement of the European Union (EU) Common Security and Defence Policy missions in the area. To achieve the aim a field study will be conducted in Afghanistan in order to gain first-hand experience, primarily through interviews with personnel of EUPOL Afghanistan to gather information as regards the impact, and added value, of the EU missions on the ground. Through gathering a group of contemporary experts, both European and international, to discuss the findings of the review in Afghanistan and in general the reform processes within the Afghan security sector. The objective is to identify the lessons identified and best practices from EU (and other international) engagement in support of the reform of security sector. Based on the roundtable discussions, the objective is to prepare a lessons identified report for further dissemination and to be included in the final report of the Working Package.

An important part of the role will be to conduct desk research on the current situation in Afghanistan, prepare for a field visit, take part in the field visit, and prepare reports. Specific deliverables will include a review of the Afghan situation and a study report of Afghanistan field visit. The candidate will also be expected to produce related outputs for dissemination including academic articles, training materials, and other promotional materials. The candidate will take part in and support outreach activities and other impact activities to promote, demonstrate and publish project results.

The ideal candidate will have:


  • A PhD in a relevant discipline with demonstrable competencies in research project planning, field work, and the preparation of applied reports
  • Extensive knowledge of EU CSDP and EEAS
  • An awareness of research challenges in hostile environments
  • A willingness to travel to conduct fieldwork (Afghanistan)
  • A track record in academic research publication
  • A demonstrable capability to promote and disseminate findings through a variety of mechanisms and sources.


  • Knowledge and/or experience in EU CSDP missions
  • Knowledge and/or experience in training of personnel for EU CSDP missions
  • Experience and/or knowledge of SSR activities in Afghanistan
  • Field experience in Afghanistan
  • Experience working in hostile environments
  • eHEST certification
  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training
  • EU security clearance

Selection and Appointment

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview.
  • It is anticipated that shortlisted candidates will be advised by October 7th
  • It is anticipated that interviews will take place during the week of October 26th
  • The appointment is expected to be effective from latest February 1st
  • Candidates must inform if they are aware of any reason why they would not receive EU security clearance or an entry visa for Afghanistan.


Research Fellow (2013*):                                                €51,716 – €53,245 per annum

Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

*New entrants to the public sector will be appointed on the first point of the 2013 pay scale


Application Procedure

Please ensure that you USE THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE ‘RF_Kennedy’ in the subject line of your application email. This will clarify which role you are applying for.

Please note applications should be made by sending the following information as ONE single attachment (either in PDF or word format) incorporating all of the below required information:

  • A Curriculum Vitae, including all qualifications and experience, and a covering letter addressing your interest and suitability for the role;
  • The names, email addresses, correspondence addresses and telephone numbers of three referees whom the University may contact.

Once attachment is compiled please send your single document application to

The completed application documents should be forwarded by email to arrive no later than midnight, Friday, 18th of September, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.


Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer

The position is subject to the Statutes of the University


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