The Education under Attack Researcher will contribute research and writing to Education under Attack 2020. Education under Attack is the flagship report of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA). The 2020 report will be the fifth in the series that examines attacks on education, including the threat of, or actual use of, force against students, teachers, professors, education personnel, or educational facilities and materials, as well as the military use of schools and universities. It will build on two studies published by UNESCO in 2007 and 2010 and two published by GCPEA in 2014 and 2018. The study serves as a resource for those advocating stronger protections for education and implementing projects to prevent and mitigate the impact of attacks on education. The 2020 edition of Education under Attack will profile approximately 30 countries that experience the highest rates of attacks on education.
The Researcher will be supervised by GCPEA’s Research Director and Monitoring and Reporting Working Group (MRWG). The main responsibilities of the position will include desk research on attacks on education and drafting of country profiles.
The Researcher is a one-year temporary contract position. This is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks on schedule. The Researcher must have authorization to work in the US.
GCPEA was formed in 2010 by organizations working in the fields of education in emergencies and conflict-affected contexts, higher education, protection, and international human rights and humanitarian law who were concerned about ongoing attacks on educational institutions, their students, and staff in countries affected by conflict and insecurity. GCPEA is governed by a steering committee made up of the following international organizations: Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara), Human Rights Watch, Institute of International Education, Education Above All Foundation through its program Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC), Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNHCR. GCPEA also includes many other organizations such as Geneva Call, the Norwegian Refugee Council, and UNRWA, to name a few. GCPEA is a project of the Tides Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, which serves as fiscal sponsor.
Conduct research on attacks on education and draft country profiles
Support work to improve the collection and analysis of data on attacks on education.
Support the Monitoring and Reporting Working Group
Education and/or Experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Researcher will participate in frequent telephone and email interaction, and at least bi-annual face to face interaction with Steering Committee members. In addition she or he will communicate frequently with UN and nongovernmental organizations working in the education, humanitarian, or human rights fields who engage in similar issues as the Coalition.
The Researcher will spend up to seven hours a day sitting at a desk working on a computer or speaking on a telephone. He or she will travel to countries outside the US, including potentially in conflict affected environments. The position will require the ability to travel by plane for extended periods.
Work Environment The work environment when not travelling is a shared office with natural light. The office is wheelchair accessible. When travelling, the Researcher will be required to adapt to the conditions in the environment and will need to work from hotel rooms or whatever work space may be available. Meetings with partner organizations or field based practitioners may occur in locations that are not wheelchair accessible
Applicants should submit the following via email to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject heading “Education under Attack Researcher” by no later than November 30, 2018:
We thank everyone for their application but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.