Education under Attack Researcher

Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, Abu Zabi, United Arab Emirates
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Job Description

Position Summary: The Education under Attack Researcher will contribute research and writing to Education under Attack 2020Education 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. It is also serving as the primary source of data for the UNESCO Institute of Statistics’ thematic indicator 4.a.3 on the number of attacks on students, personnel and institutions, monitoring progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4. 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 guided by GCPEA’s Monitoring and Reporting Working Group (MRWG), comprised of representatives of GCPEA member organizations with expertise on monitoring and reporting violations of human rights. The main responsibilities of the position will include desk research on attacks on education and drafting of country profiles and will also involve working on improving the quality of data included in the report and advocating for standardizing methodologies for data collection.

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.

The Researcher 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conduct research on attacks on education and draft country profiles

· Conduct desk research on attacks on education following the methodologies established for the Education under Attack publication. This includes reviewing UN and NGO reports, engaging in phone/Skype interviews, and conducting media research.

· Enter information on attacks on education into country-specific excel databases, being careful not to duplicate information

· Analyze data collected and draft country profiles.

· Review and edit existing drafts of country profiles.

  1. Support work to improve the collection and analysis of data on attacks on education.

· Identify new data sources and build relationships with those collecting information on attacks on education at the international, national and sub-national level.

· Contribute to on-going discussions on strengthening methodologies for analyzing attacks on education.

  1. Support the Monitoring and Reporting Working Group

· Help convene regular meetings with working group members and monitor their progress as needed.

· Contribute to shaping agendas and discussions at the meetings and draft minutes.

· Contribute to the development of MRWG workplans and support the implementation of these plans in collaboration with working group members.

  1. Other activities

· Contribute to preparing briefing papers, op­eds, articles, blogs and press releases.

· Prepare monthly progress reports and contribute to funding proposals and donor reports

· Participate in Steering Committee meetings

· Contribute to developing an advocacy strategy related to the recommendations in Education under Attack

· Participate in other GCPEA activities as needed, including promoting the Safe Schools Declaration, and supporting implementation of Declaration commitments by states, as well as contributing to research and advocacy on the specific ways in which women and girls are impacted by attacks on education.

Education and/or Experience

· Master’s degree in international development, education, gender studies, or a related field

· 5-7 years of research experience, including conducting literature reviews/desk studies; experience with qualitative or quantitative data analysis desirable. Applicants with more experience may be considered for a position at a higher level of responsibility.

· Previous experience in conducting research on education in emergencies, international education, child protection, and/or human rights preferred

· Experience working in a conflict-affected context preferred but not required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Strong understanding of the challenges to education in settings of armed conflict and political violence

· Exceptional writing and critical thinking skills; strong proofreading skills

· Very strong attention to detail

· Advanced skills with Microsoft excel, including the use of formulas, data validation, sorting, and filtering functions

· Experience coding qualitative and quantitative data preferred

· Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work within a coalition of organizations with differing mandates

· Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task and focus on several projects simultaneously

· Fluency, including the ability to read, write, and converse, in a second language preferred, particularly Spanish, French, or Arabic, but not required


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, s/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.

Physical Demands

The Researcher will spend up to seven hours a day sitting at a desk working on a computer or speaking on a telephone. S/he 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