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We currently have 2 open positions at this time. If you are interested in applying to positions at Tufts University, please visit Tufts Human Resources website.

Researcher

***This is a Limited Appointment, Grant Funded Position***

The Feinstein International Center (FIC) of Tufts University is searching to hire a full time Researcher as part of the Access to Justice and Community Security Program (AJACS) in Syria. This program receives support from the US, UK, Danish and Dutch governments, and will be implemented by Creative Associates and Adam Smith International (ASI). The FIC serves as the research entity for this program under ASI. The Researcher would be based in Gaziantep, Turkey, and would be required to make periodic trips to Jordan. This is a 6 month limited appointment with the probability of an extension to one-two years.

This position provides the unique opportunity to play a lead role in researching Western efforts to support security and justice development in a conflict zone. The Researcher will hold a significant amount of responsibility, from decision-making around research design to overseeing teams of data collectors, and analyses of quantitative and qualitative data.

Project Description

The AJACS program seeks to support the development of security and justice systems in opposition controlled Syria. The role of the FIC is to conduct fine- grained research that is geo-spatially disaggregated within and across several provinces. This includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

-to map networks and relevant stakeholders in justice and security sectors
-to assist in area selection for the AJACS program
-to gather baseline data on civilian experiences, and perceptions of security and justice as well as their needs
-to gather contextual data on politics, armed group operations, security and justice practices (historical and contemporary)
-to test the theory of change, and operating assumptions of AJACS
-to assist internal/external monitoring and evaluation teams in measuring the impact of the program
-to measure the impact of AJACs on the development of the security and justice sectors

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations or related field with 3 years’ experience. Fluent in written/spoken Arabic, fluent in written/spoken English, experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research, and strong analytic, communication and organization skills. Will work a varied schedule with periodic trips to Jordan.

Preferred Qualifications:
A desire to work as a member of a team of academics and practitioners which embraces multidisciplinary approaches and methods. Experience in designing and maintaining data information systems, experience in secondary source research, experience working in conflict zones, management experience and the ability to interact with donor agencies, research and field partners, other international, national and local actors.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

Primary Location: International

Job: Research

Organization: Feinstein Int’l Ctr – Friedman

Employee Status: Limited Appointment

Schedule: Full-time

Researcher/Senior Researcher, BRACED Project

***This is a Limited Appointment, Grant Funded Position***

This researcher/senior researcher position provides the opportunity to play a lead role in a unique multi-country inter-disciplinary study of resilience in Sudan and Chad. This will allow the researcher to explore livelihoods and nutrition, and implications for resilience over the course of up to 4 years, thus capturing seasonal and inter-annual dynamics. This project will work with the traditional agricultural sector (rainfed farmers), pastoralist livestock producers, including nomads, and the displaced population, thus allowing the opportunity to explore in-depth the resilience of different livelihood systems and groups. The researcher/senior researcher will have the opportunity to work in an international multi-disciplinary research team and take a lead role in further developing the qualitative component.
This position is full time for the first six months of the project through March 2015; part time for six months in Year 2 from April 2015 to March 2016 with the possibility of becoming a full time position in Year 2 with other related work. The funding for this position is through April 2016 with the possibility of extension through September 2017. This job includes extensive field travel in both countries to areas served by CONCERN Worldwide and national partners.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:
Master’s Degree in Nutrition, International Relations or Social Sciences with 5 years’ experience in qualitative research and participatory approaches, as part of the humanitarian or other aid programs or policy research, related to livelihoods approaches, food security and nutrition, including a minimum of 12 months field experience managing field research in the same thematic areas. Microsoft Office Suite with appropriate research skills including for example, use of qualitative analysis software, statistical packages and bibliographic software. Willingness to spend several months in a challenging environment, international travel, knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, context or conflict analysis, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to relate effectively to people across national and cultural boundaries. Will work a varied schedule which will involve travel to Chad and Sudan for field work which will require considerable flexibility in working schedule as well as extended stays in a challenging environment. This project may also involve participation in workshops and administration outside normal working hours.

Preferred Qualifications:
A desire to work as a member of a team of academics and practitioners which embraces multidisciplinary approaches and methods. Ability to interact with donor agencies, research and field partners, other international, national and local actors in country. Preferably reads/speaks French and also Arabic.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds. Please see the Tufts University non-discrimination statement.

Primary Location: Open

Job: Research

Organization: Feinstein Int’l Ctr – Friedman

Employee Status: Limited Appointment

Schedule: Full-time/part-time

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