Research Fellow

MERI is now recruiting a Research Fellow with experience in policy research in one or more of the areas covered by the Institute’s five programme Directorates, including:

– International Politics and National Security
– Democracy and Governance
– Economics, Energy and Environment
– Policy and Public Administration
– Community, Civil Society and Cultural Development

Job description

Applicants must have a strong academic background and proven experience in their field of study. The RF position will have the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders and policy-makers in Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the wider Middle East while promoting and conducting policy focused research on-the-ground, in the region.

 The job holder is responsible for:

  • Identifying and establishing policy research projects, while taking the responsibility to lead and manage such projects.
  • Producing high quality reports, academic papers and journal articles based on the analysis of data and literature with a clear and engaging writing style.
  • Working independently while collaborating with other fellows on a number of research and policy projects simultaneously, as required.
  • Managing external relationships with funders and other stakeholders that lead to the submission of funding for proposals.
  • Presenting papers based on policy and research work to policy-makers, academics and other audiences including the media.
  • Seniority (RF) will be determined by level of experience in policy research, project management, fund raising and publications.
  • All contracts will be on a fixed two-year term contract

Personal requirements

Candidates are expected to have:

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant topic.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing and communication skills.
  • At least one year of professional experience (in research, academia, government, journalism or similar.)
  • Experience in project leadership and management, developing project proposals and raising funds.
  • Ability to work independently while offering support to other members of the team.
  • Proven experience conducting primary research, interacting with government and non-government actors.
  • A track record in producing written material for different audiences (academic and policy environment and the general public), including policy reports, research papers and briefs.

Advantageous points

  • Holding PhD or MPhil in a subject related to the institutes work.
  • Work experience within international think tanks or research organisations.
  • Experience living and working in the Middle East.
  • Experience dealing with a broad network of, donors and funding bodies.
  • Command of additional languages (especially fluency in Arabic and Kurdish).

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To Apply

Applicants must submit:

  1. The Institute’s online application form
  2. An up-to-date CV
  3. A covering letter.

Contracts are for 1 year, renewable.
Salary: $18,000-36,000

Deadline: 15, November, 2018.

Post holders will be based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.