American Univesity of Beirut

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - Research Assistant


​Research As​sistant
Refugee Research and Policy Program

Starting date: Monday, August 2, 2021
Deadline for application: Friday, July 9, 2021

Position: A full-time Research Assistant to work within the Refugee Research and Policy Program at IFI for a duration of seven months. 

The Research Assistant will be actively involved in research, data collection (through conducting key informant interviews), coordinating events and meetings, writing, as well as other administrative activities under the supervision and support of the Project Manager. 

This research position is funded by a grant.

  • Refugee Research and Policy Program:
The Refugee Research and Policy Program aims to collect, support and initiate research relevant to refugees – whether Syrian, Palestinian, Iraqi, or others. The program bridges existing knowledge gaps about refugee issues in the Arab world by disseminating the regional experiences of Middle Eastern governments and addressing policy problems within their regional and global context. Thus, the objective of this program is to strengthen research, analysis and information sharing from a local, regional and global perspective, particularly with respect to issues surrounding refugees and internally displaced persons. 

  • About the Project:
This research position will primarily involve work on a project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to localize research on forced displacement in the Middle East (mainly Lebanon and Jordan) through an inclusive knowledge ecosystem approach. Specifically, the project activities will seek to understand the landscape behind knowledge ecosystems, within which diverse actors function to advance new knowledge production. 

  • Principal Responsibilities: 
1.    Assist in desktop research and literature reviews related to the project; 
2.    Develop an interview guide and short online questionnaire for the project; 
3.    Assist with the identification of key stakeholders in Lebanon and Jordan to conduct interviews with; 
4.    Conduct interviews, in Arabic or English, with identified stakeholders in Lebanon; 
5.    Assist in data entry, including transcription, translation (from Arabic to English) in a timely manner; 
6.    Assist the research team in data analysis; 
7.    Assist with the organization of meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences related to the project; 
8.    Attend regular meetings and present results of the project activities; 
9.    Keep records of all relevant documents (hard and soft copies); 
10.    Assist the lead investigator and project manager in other relevant tasks, including providing administrative support when necessary. 

  • Qualifications: 
1.    Master’s degree in social sciences or a relevant field. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree with relevant research experience will also be considered. 
2.    1 to 3 years work experience preferable. 
3.    Excellent command of English and Arabic is a must (spoken, read, and written). Prior research experience in Arabic is a plus. 
4.    Good administrative and organizational skills. 
5.    Ability to work pro-actively, independently, and efficiently. 
6.    Easy mobility in all regions across Lebanon. 
7.    Experience using NVivo or other qualitative analysis software. 

  • Application Procedure: 
Applicants must send a cover letter, a CV, and the names of two references with full contact information to the Project Coordinator, Dima Bteddini, at with the subject, “Research Assistant - Refugee Research and Policy Program - IDRC Project”. 

Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Within the framework of Lebanese Law, the American University of Beirut is an equal opportunity employer.

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