Research Assistant, Reintegration – Lebanon

Search For Common Ground


Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (Search) is the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding organization. Search works to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after a crisis, striving to build sustainable peace for generations to come.

Founded in 1982, Search has an over 35-year track record of transforming the way the world deals with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. Search does this through a type of peacebuilding called “conflict transformation.” It shifts everyday interactions between hostile groups of people, so they can work together to build up their community, choosing joint problem-solving over violent means.

With a total of approximately 650 staff worldwide, Search implements projects from 50 offices and in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Search’s headquarters are in Washington, D.C. and Brussels.

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Position Summary

Search is seeking an early career associate for an anticipated three-month regional research project on the reintegration of combatants and their families. This key personnel position reports to the Lead Researcher.

The Research Associate will support the project’s research aims by contributing to the effective management and implementation of the project grant. They will assist with many aspects of the program by supporting the research process, grants management functions, and reporting.

Job Responsibilities

  • Supporting the creation of the project start-up protocols (M&E Plan, Procurement Plan, Activity Budget, Activity Plan, etc.)
  • Providing support and coordination with internal compliance to the Lead Researcher and Research Analyst
  • Supporting preparation of external reporting
  • Support desk and in-person research on current efforts and responses to reintegrate former combatants and promote reconciliation
  • Provide support and consultation during the preparatory phase (contract review, hiring process, ToRs, start-up outputs, and others).
  • Supporting the selection of data collector consultants and other finance and procurement functions
  • Stay aware of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field as they relate to assigned research tasks
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, perform all duties appropriately for a multicultural environment, treat all persons with dignity and respect, and be familiar with and committed to Search for Common Ground’s mission and goals


  • Undergraduate degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Development, Political Science, International Affairs, Social Sciences, or other relevant subject, or equivalent combination of education, experience, and training,
  • 0-2 years experience supporting significant peacebuilding or research projects in related fields 
  • Past internships in a relevant field 
  • Experience in peacebuilding; countering violent extremism (CVE); disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); and/or rehabilitation is strongly preferred
  • Professional experience and knowledge of the Middle East region and familiarity with conflict dynamics in the MENA region
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Ability to work effectively and multi-task in a team setting in a dynamic environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in both English and Arabic is strongly preferred. 

Deadline for submission of applications: January 9, 2020. Anticipated start date of this position is January 15, 2020.

How To Apply

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter

Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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Type: Temporary

Start date: 01/15/2020

Application Deadline: 01/09/2020