Junior Research Fellows

Full Time 

Salary: $18,000 – $30,000
Contract length: One year in the first instance
Deadline:  23 September, 2016

Highly motivated candidates are sought for vacant Junior Research Fellow positions. Demonstrable experience in policy research in one or more of the areas covered by the Institute’s five programme Directorates is required. The programmes include:

  • International Politics and National Security [Code: J1012]
  • Democracy and Governance [Code: J1016]
  • Economics, Energy and Environment [Code: J1020]
  • Science, Health, Education and Public Services [Code: J1024]
  • Community, Civil Society and Cultural Development [Code: J1028]

Person specifications

Candidates are expected to have:

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field.
  • Knowledge of, and demonstrable work experience in, policy, governance and political issues relating to the relevant Programme.
  • Willingness to learn, use initiatives, work flexibly and keep focus in unfamiliar environment.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English.
  • Communication and writing skills in Kurdish and Arabic are also desired.
  • The ability to research and analyse complex ideas, concepts and theories and link these to the desired policy objectives;
  • A proven experience supporting project implementation and delivery.
  • The ability to help design and deliver high-level workshops and track debates.
  • The ability to undertake original and rigorous research, support the development of research proposals and contribute to fund raising
  • The ability to write, communicate and disseminate reports and briefing papers at a high standard.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and complete tasks from start to finish to a very high standard.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work, communicate and collaborate effectively with a wide range of people

The post holder will

  • Be responsible to the Programme Director via a designated supervisor (Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow)
  • Contribute to the formulation and drafting of research grant proposals;
  • Contribute to the design, management and delivery of specific research projects in collaboration with other research staff.
  • Design, conduct and monitor research projects (from conception to completion).
  • Develop and implement appropriate methodologies,
  • Carry out field work where necessary.
  • Contributing to the written output of the Directorate, such as briefing papers and reports, blogs, external submission.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops and conferences on behalf of the Department;
  • Contribute articles to MERI’s journals, blogs and other publications.
  • Manage and sustaining links with external funders and other stakeholders.
  • Administer and manage junior and admin staff as appropriate

To Apply

Please submit:

  • The online application form
  • Up-to-date CV, including Names of three work-related referees, at least one of these should be a referee from your existing or most recent employer
  • A covering letter