The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) is searching for candidates the position of Senior Research Fellow. Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Location: Doha, Qatar

The term of appointment: 1 year with possible renewal.

Tasks and Duties

  • To undertake research individually and with colleagues on CHS research projects.

  • To conduct on-the-ground fieldwork, which could involve collecting data, conducting interviews, liaising and meeting with stakeholders and project partners, providing translation and transcription for the research team where needed, organizing workshops, and training local researchers. The position may entail international travel including to medium-to-high risk areas.

  • To prepare and write up research outputs.

  • To develop and apply a good working knowledge of CHS administrative systems, including filing and data protection, to answer queries and resolve problems from colleagues.

  • To contribute to the provision of effective and efficient administrative support across the team (including arranging meetings and taking notes, drafting and preparation of documentation, organisation of travel/events).

  • To provide ad hoc support to CHS work and projects.

Candidate Requirments


ESSENTIAL: A PhD in a field related to humanitarian studies, peace and conflict studies, development studies, political science and international relations, or a closely related field within the inter-disciplinary social sciences that addresses issues of conflict and humanitarian response. A demonstrated publication record in internationally excellent journals and/or book publishers.


  • Advanced knowledge in at least one major thematic area of CHS interest: humanitarian action, conflict mediation, peacebuilding, and evaluation in conflict zones and/or disasters.

  • Knowledge of the workings of international aid and development organisations, including governmental/bilateral (DFID, USAID), non-governmental and inter-governmental (UN, EU) bodies

  • Knowledge of a range of research techniques and methodologies, including development methods such as monitoring and evaluation and/or needs assessments


  • Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic.

  • Excellent analytical, writing and editing skills

  • Quantitative skills with statistical packages such as STATA or SPSS and experience in using qualitative data analysis tools such as NVIVO would be highly desirable

  • Highly developed communication skills to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media.

  • Good management, organisation, advocacy, and communications skills as demonstrated by previous experience.

  • Ability to contribute substantively at all stages of the research funding cycle including identifying sources of funding, contributing to the process of securing funds, and developing proposals

  • Ability to manage administrative and reporting requirements (including financial reports) of funded research according to the particular specifications of research funding bodies.

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent time management

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Motivated and personally engaged in conflict and humanitarian studies

  • Culturally adaptable, as evidenced by time spent in diverse cultural environments, particularly in developing countries

  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality

  • Ability to plan and prioritise own work in order to meet deadlines

All candidates should send their applications, with relevant documents, to