Job Location: Based in Turkey
Employment Type: Full-Time
Seniority Level: Entry
Job Category: Staff

Description

Atlantic Council Turkey Programs & AC in Turkey is Atlantic Council’s center focusing its work on Turkey and its related region.  AC in Turkey is looking for a project assistant to assist in its dynamic work. This is a Turkey-based position through AC in Turkey. Project assistants are key in supporting the research and high-level convenings that make the Atlantic Council one of Washington’s most influential institutions. This position will be primarily focused on projects related to Turkey’s digital policy and technology ecosystem but will not be limited to it.


The project assistant will also have the opportunity to support other projects covering a variety of key sectors while also supporting Istanbul office admin work, and senior director’s scheduling.


The project assistant will be part of a small team, supervised by the Program’s Senior Director. As part of the Atlantic Council’s Turkey Programs, the project assistant will collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues across other programs and centers of the Atlantic Council, the events and communications departments.


The project assistant should have an interest in Turkey, US-Turkey relations, technology, and digital policy. This includes an understanding of relevant laws and regulations, emerging technologies, and current financial environments. The project assistant should already possess and continue to develop relationships with relevant technology companies, government bodies, journalists, academics, and experts.


The project assistant is expected to be detail-oriented, nimble, innovative, and strategic in how to achieve results and impact, and able to lead in their own right while also effectively collaborating as a member of a team. They should also exhibit a strong intellectual capability as well as a proven skillset, including experience in event, media, and communications management; creativity and innovation; excellent organizational and administrative skills; superb research, writing, and editing abilities; and computer skills.  The project assistant will also demonstrate and further develop skills in communications, grant and proposal writing, and diplomatic protocol. As a project assistant, you will have the chance to participate in crucial and influential conversations that help shape today’s Turkish-Transatlantic relationship.


The ability to balance multiple projects in a dynamic environment under time pressure while maintaining collaboration and communication with team members and leadership is key to success in the job. Also critical is the ability to engage with officials and business leaders and cultivate relationships across the Council.


The candidate must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field and speak and write fluent English and Turkish. A graduate degree and a third language will be a plus.

This position is based in Turkey. Applications submitted by July 15, 2024 will be prioritized for consideration.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide research, administrative, and logistical assistance to support the overall center operations.
  • Coordinate the scheduling of calls, in-person and virtual meetings, and travel where necessary for events and projects.
  • Maintain programmatic databases and information.
  • Compile reports, prepare agendas and background materials.
  • Help to support office admin work and senior director’s schedules.


The Project Assistant will be responsible for the following items:

  • Intellectual Leadership
    • Be a thought leader on topics under the scope of the program, helping design and lead in the execution of all events and publications.
    • Build and maintain expertise in policy issues relevant to the programs work, particularly commercial and digital relations between the US, EU and Turkey.
  • Event Management
    • Support and organize key public and private events, including managing communications and logistics.
    • Help craft event content and discussion.
  • Program Coordination
    • Coordinate across the Council’s programs and centers on cross-cutting topics and issues.
    • Coordinate with the program’s fellow network.
  • Writing and research
    • Keep up to date with technology trends and public discourse and discussions on technology and digital policies.
  • Representation and Outreach
    • Representing the program at conferences and events in Turkey under the scope of topic.
    • Building and maintaining a network in Turkey to further program goals.

Qualifications

  • At least 1-2 years of professional experience in foreign policy work.
  • Proven knowledge of and experience with Turkey and digital policy.
  • Proficiency in Turkish language.
  • Experience working on a small team.
  • Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, business, technology or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational, logistical, and administrative skills.
  • Superior English-language research, writing skills, communication skills.
  • Based in Turkey.

Explore the Program

The Atlantic Council in Turkey, which is in charge of the Turkey program, aims to promote and strengthen transatlantic engagement with the region by providing a high-level forum and pursuing programming to address the most important issues on energy, economics, security, and defense.

All Atlantic Council employees are required to adhere to the Atlantic Council’s vaccination policy. All Atlantic Council employees must be fully vaccinated and boosted, and they must submit proof of both vaccination and COVID-19 booster shot on their first day of employment. Prospective or new employees may seek an exemption to the vaccination requirement through human resources and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

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