Job Title: Research Specialist
Project: Syria Regional Program II/Syria Community Stabilization Initiative
Purpose: Chemonics-Deutschland seeks a full-time Research Specialist for its Syria Regional Program. The Research Specialist (RS) will be responsible for tracking developments in Syria and conducting research on various areas in Syria to support programming and analysis including collecting information on a weekly basis from open sources such as regional and non-English news outlets, social media, blogs, academic literature, local contacts, and other sources. The RS will also collect information from their own sources inside Syria and from field staff. The RS will work with other members of the program team, such as the program development officers, monitoring and evaluation team, partners, and field staff to identify topics of interest and to collect information. The RS will report to the Deputy Chief of Party-Programs.
Background: The Syria Regional Program (SRP), seeks to help build a moderate, inclusive, and stable Syria through enabling the early recovery of newly liberated areas (NLAs) from ISIS. The program is funded by USAID/OTI and is currently working with moderate actors focused on stabilization and recovery efforts.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct ongoing research to support programming and analysis and maintain strong understanding and awareness of the political, social and economic development in various areas in Syria.
• Collect information from diverse open sources, including regional and other non-English news outlets, social media, blogs, academic literature, and local contacts.
• Collect information from different sources inside Syria and from field staff engaged to support the project's research functions.
• Request small surveys (quantitative and qualitative) from a survey research firm and/or field staff inside Syria.
• Draft ad-hoc reports on emerging issues and trends at the request of program team and USAID/OTI
• Support the program team to identify new partners and sectors for programming and work with the DCOP Programs on shaping and improving the program’s strategy.
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Three to five years of experience working for a donor or donor-funded program dedicated to early recovery, conflict resolution, media, or a related field preferred
• Experience conducting research and analysis for technical programming
• Social and political knowledge of current events in Syria
• Proven ability to work independently and produce deliverables with little supervision
• Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
• Fluency in Syrian-dialect Arabic and strong proficiency in English required. Proficiency in Kurdish preferred.
• Legal authorization to work in Germany.
- Bachelor’s degree required