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Centre for Applied Human Rights
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817-34,804 a year
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The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) at the University of York wishes to appoint a Researcher to work on the ESRC-funded project “Generating Respect for Humanitarian Norms: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Parties to Armed Conflict”.

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a project that may have significant impact for the humanitarian sector. You will work in a small, international and interdisciplinary team of academics and practitioners led by Dr Ioana Cismas, the project’s principal investigator (PI).


The researcher will conduct research, carrying out a range of activities relating to the project under the supervision of the PI. You will be expected to:

  • Collect, analyse and interpret research data gathered through desk-based research and fieldwork;
  • Assume primary responsibility for the management of the research in two case study countries (Colombia and Mali), including by undertaking fieldwork in the countries, liaising with the consultant local researchers and with project partners;
  • Assist with the development of appropriate research methods and techniques, the drafting of ethics applications, and the implementation of the data-management plan;
  • Participate in and assist with the development of training material and delivery of trainings;
  • Participate in the writing up and dissemination of research outputs and impact generation activities;
  • Assisted by the project’s research administrator, to coordinate the organisation of research team meetings and project events and to attend and contribute to these meetings;
  • Assist with the development of informational and promotional material for the project website and social media;
  • Provide guidance to other staff, as required.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

You will have the following essential qualifications:

  • A first degree in a relevant field (law, political science, sociology, anthropology etc.);
  • Postgraduate degree in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, or general international law or equivalent practitioner research experience.
  • A PhD degree in a relevant field is desirable. 

You will possess knowledge of:

  • International humanitarian law, human rights law and the humanitarian sector as required to engage in high quality research on the project;
  • The socio-political context in Colombia and/or Mali;
  • A range of research methodologies and techniques (including interviews);
  • Working knowledge of French and/or Spanish.
  • Knowledge in the field of law and religion and/or religious actors/faith-based organisations is desirable. 

You will have the following skills and abilities:

  • Highly developed communication skills (both orally and in writing) and networking skills;
  • Ability to write up applied research for publication in a range of formats and engage in public dissemination;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using own initiative;
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines.

Experience of carrying out fieldwork and of undertaking research in/on armed conflict/post-conflict contexts is desirable.

Salary will be £32,817-£34,804 per annum. The post is available full-time (1.0 FTE) from 1 January 2020 for 36 months.

Interviews are scheduled to take place 1st week in December 2019.

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Ioana Cismas.

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