17 March 2011
ESI VACANCY: Research for a report and documentary film about Croatia

Please do no longer apply, applications have closed!

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) announces its


For research with ESI in Croatia

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) is a non-profit research and policy institute, created in recognition of the need for independent, in-depth analysis of the complex issues involved in promoting stability and prosperity in Europe. In its eleven years of operation, ESI has won a reputation as one of Europe's leading think tanks on the issues of enlargement and developments in South Eastern Europe, including Turkey. Its advice is sought regularly by a range of policy makers across the region.

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) has been involved in South-Eastern Europe ever since its founding in 1999, and has produced a range of reports on Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. ESI has not previously worked in Croatia. The current call for applications is a 3-month contract, initially, spanning from mid-April until July 2011, to support research for a report and documentary film about Croatia.

The aim of ESI's research in Croatia is to study the remarkable transformation that Croatian society has undergone since 1999, its confrontation with the legacy of war in the 1990s, and its road to joining NATO and negotiating membership within the European Union. The documentary film and report would seek to understand how the outlook of Croatia's elites has changed in the past two decades, and what the impact on society has been. The aim is to explain Croatia's transformation to a wider European audience of decision makers and opinion leaders.

The salary for this position will depend on the experience of the successful candidate.

At the first stage the applicants are required to submit:

  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Written sample of previous research-based writing (in English).

The deadline for submission of these materials is 31 March 2011. Selected candidates will be contacted and invited to interviews during which detailed information about the nature of the work ahead will be provided by the ESI team.

Requirements for the interested applicants are as follows:

  • Experience in conducting empirical field research
  • Fluency in Croatian and English;
  • Strong motivation and ability to conduct independent research (partly alone with guidance of other ESI staff members, partly in a team)
  • Strong writing skills are an asset

Please note that

  • All documents submitted to European Stability Initiative throughout the whole research period should be in English, though the notes from the interviews conducted in Croatian should also be included;
  • Researchers would be expected to spend time in Zagreb and might also be required to travel within Croatia for conducting field research.

Applications should be submitted in English by e-mail to ESI at the following address: m.jarvenpaa@esiweb.org

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com