Chemonics seeks conflict response researcher for the Cross Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme. This research programme is a five-year, FCDO-funded £18M programme with a £5M grants component focused on operationally-relevant research on cross border conflict across the Middle East, North and West Africa, the Horn of Africa and Asia. Supported by world-leading research institutions Chatham House and King’s College London, the programme will: examine transnational conflict networks and the narratives that connect them, including flows of people, weapons and resources; investigate what motivates violent and peaceful behaviours; and provide evidence-based options for how international actors should innovate and respond to conflict.
About the role
The conflict response researcher will work with the XCEPT research leadership team to author a research paper for policy and public audiences addressing how international conflict response should adapt to meet the challenges of cross-border and transnational conflict. The research paper will serve as a foundational programme statement, intended to set the direction for follow-on XCEPT research on policy responses to cross-border conflict across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The Researcher will serve as a co-author of the paper, conducting primary and secondary research. This will include review of policy and programmatic interventions in select conflict contexts and conducting interviews with current and former policy officials on international conflict response in order to reflect challenges and opportunities in multilateral, coalition, or bilateral responses to regional and trans-national conflict. This role requires a researcher who will be able to produce research and analysis applicable to broad government, policymaker, practitioner, academic and expert audiences.
- Help identify key policy considerations for more effective responses to cross-border conflict at local, national and regional levels. Collaborate with the XCEPT research team to determine focus geographies and themes and develop comparative analysis
- Develop and implement a research methodology in close consultation with the XCEPT research team, undertaking desk-based collection of primary and secondary data and arranging select key informant interviews
- Collate and synthesise relevant literature and evidence on the effectiveness of international and multilateral interventions to address conflict dynamics and cross-border challenges in select geographies, highlighting policy challenges and opportunities
- Lead on research paper drafting, in collaboration with the XCEPT research team. The output will be geared toward a policy and public audience, drawing forward evidence and lessons to support more effective programme design. Research outputs should be written in a clear, concise style with policy considerations supported by rigorous evidence
- Consult and coordinate with programme partners and other expert researchers working on similar topics beyond XCEPT
- Support planning for policy stakeholder engagement and public presentation of the research, including through policy briefings and panel discussions
- PhD preferred, and at least 5 years’ experience in research management on international affairs and conflict analysis, international development, or related fields
- Experience working with academic institutions or think tanks in the field of policy research or analysis, with a focus on conflict dynamics and international/multilateral policy responses preferred
- Experience delivering research and analysis for policy needs
- Experience undertaking evidence syntheses and systematic reviews
- Experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, in particular the design and implementation of research in conflict-affected settings
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written), analytic skills, database management, dynamic visual presentation, programming, and strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent research skills
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
Please apply by sending your application to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 12, 2022. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.
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