Position Policy Officer

OPERAS is the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. Its mission is to coordinate and federate resources in Europe to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of SSH.

The European landscape of scholarly communication in the SSH is currently patchy, fragmented and not organised enough to be efficient, particularly to address the challenge of transitioning to Open Science. This is due to several factors, such as the small size of resource providers, the variety of technical skills and resources across the community. The nature of the SSH disciplines also adds specific challenges which are not correctly addressed at scale, such as the diversity of publication languages, the entrenchment in diverse cultural backgrounds and the need for specific forms of scholarly communication (monographs, critical editions, and edited bibliographies, amongst others).

By fulfilling its mission, OPERAS provides the research community with the missing brick it needs to find, access, create, edit, disseminate and easily and efficiently validate SSH outputs across Europe. In one word, OPERAS unlocks scholarly communication resources and enables the whole field to reinvent itself in the new Open Science paradigm.

The OPERAS AISBL was established in 2020 and we are now seeking to recruit a Policy officer for this organisation.

Job Summary

The Policy officer works closely with the partnership co-coordinator, the FAIR data officer and the Open Science project officer of OPERAS. The mission requires a sound knowledge of and a strong interest for the open science and the European policies, and the ability to correctly assess the needs and challenges in terms of training, skills, best practices, standardisation, sustainability in these areas.

The Policy officer should be able to collaboratively build a global overview of such needs and challenges that takes into account the specificities of the research communities and their different actors. The Policy officer will contribute to the following projects :

Grasp-OS :

GraspOS aims to build and operate a data infrastructure to support the policy reforms and pave the way towards a responsible research assessment system that embeds OS practices and accelerates its adoption in Europe.


Skills4EOSC brings together leading experiences of national, regional, institutional and thematic Open Science (OS) and Data Competence Centres from 18 European countries with the goal of unifying the current training landscape into a common and trusted pan-European ecosystem, in order to accelerate the upskilling of European researchers and data professionals in the field of FAIR and Open Data, intensive-data science and Scientific Data Management. Competence Centres (CC) are seen as centres of gravity of OS and EOSC activities in their countries. The Skills4EOSC project will leverage this reference role to establish a pan-European network of CCs on OS and data, coordinating the work done at the national level to upskill professionals in this field. The Skills4EOSC CC network will drive the co-creation of harmonised trainer accreditation pathways, academic and professional curricula and skills quality assurance, recognition frameworks, and learning material creation methodologies.

Skills4EOSC started in September 2022 for a duration of 36 months and GRASP-OS will start on the 1st of January 2023 with a duration of 36 months.

The Policy officer will work closely with the Open Science project officer that is working on Skills4EOSC project.

Key Responsibilities (in European-funded projects)

  • Participate in landscaping and mapping activities in both projects
  • Contribute to collaborative work in various tasks and work packages in both projects where OPERAS is task leader
  • Supervise, write, finalise and review key deliverables in both projects where OPERAS is engaged
  • Communicate in coordination with OPERAS and project communication managers on the activities and outputs of the projects
  • Manage the reporting activity for OPERAS in both projects.

And in particular, contribute to the following tasks listed below in each project:


  • T2.1 – Landscape analysis to support the development of the OSAF
    • T2.2 – Open Science Assessment Framework (OSAF)
    • T2.3 – Specifications for OSAF tools and services
    • T3.1 – Existing tools & services landscaping
    • T3.2 – Automatic metadata enrichment tools and services
    • T3.3 – OS monitoring tools and services
    • T4.1 – Infrastructure architecture
    • T4.2 – Implementation of the Federated Open Federated Infrastructure
    • T6.2 – Community of Practice


  • T2.1 – Landscaping and mapping
    • T2.3 – Methodology for FAIR-by-design learning materials
    • T3.1 – Open Science training for policy makers and civil servants
    • T3.3 – “Science for Policy” kit for Competence Centres
    • T5.2 – OS and RDM in the Social Sciences and Humanities
    • T5.6 – ELSI aspects in Open Science for Thematic Communities and Research Infrastructure professionals
    • T5.7 – Recommendations for thematic trainings


  • Weekly with OPERAS contact points in Grasp-OS and Skills4EOSC projects
    • With projects PIs, WP Leaders and tasks leaders in both projects
    • With other partners in both projects
    • With OPERAS Coordination Team and in particular with
      • OPERAS FAIR data officer
      • OPERAS Open Science projects officer
      • OPERAS Community Manager
  • OPERAS Partnership Coordinator
    • OPERAS Communication Manager
    • OPERAS Secretary General

Job Requirements

  • Significative experience in the Open Science (OS) domain both in terms of practices and policies and in research assessment or research evaluation domain
    • Previous experience in EU-funded projects in these domains
    • Professional experience or excellent knowledge of research assessment practices and policies, especially in the perspective of Open Science
    • Good knowledge of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences specific issues
    • Knowledge of professional training best practices, tools, resources in the academic and open science context
    • 3-5 years in providing training for different target audiences (policy makers, researchers, etc.)
    • Excellent communication skills, with experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team
    • Capacity to regularly travel in Europe and occasionally worldwide and to do presentations at conferences, webinars, workshops…
    • Capacity to produce a landscape analysis, synthesise complex information, collect up-to-date information and manage a professional watch, write reports and review them
    • Capacity to coordinate and plan collaborative work, to manage deadlines and adjustments
    • Professionalism and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters
    • Fluent written/spoken English (C1)
    • Advanced usage of online collaborative tools (file sharing, document writing, presentation designing, communication tools)


  • The position is offered for a temporary contract of 30 months This is a full-time position based in Brussels.
    • Remote working and/or part-time opportunities can be considered.
    • Salary depends upon the experience of the successful candidate. Full package may vary depending on the country of living, if working from a different country than Belgium.

Equal opportunities

The OPERAS AISBL is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

Process and timescale (provisional)

Closing date for applications19–Feb-2023
Interviews & Short-listing20–28 Feb
Final interviews (optional)1–8 March 2023
Expected Starting Date01-April-2023

Information to apply

Please send a cover letter and your CV to yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org. An assessment may be part of the selection process. Only direct applications from candidates are taken into account.

OPERAS AISBL does not appreciate any acquisition by third parties regarding this position. For additional information about this position, you may contact OPERAS’ Secretary-General at yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org

Download the call here.

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