Junior Research Associate

The Department of Research and Analysis is seeking a Junior Research Associate to support its activities and programs. The Junior Research Associate will be based at Hedayah’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the development, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Hedayah’s Research and Analysis activities
  • Conduct desk research, field research, and statistical analysis to support Hedayah’s activities on CVE topics
  • Write and publish research reports and journal articles on CVE topics
  • Provide technical and content support the development of research resources and tools for the international CVE community (e.g. Counter-Narrative Library, MASAR)
  • Coordinate and organize events, workshops, and conferences that fall under the Department’s responsibilities
  • Work with Research and Analysis Department team to draft and edit concept notes, proposals, budgets, event materials and final reports for research activities;
  • Provide administrative, operational, budgetary and logistical support to Department’s activities
  • Participate in Facilitation and Presentations, when required.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree (Ph.D. is a plus) in International Relations, Conflict Studies, Peace Studies, Terrorism Studies, Cooperation and Development, Political Science, Social Sciences and/or International Law, or related areas;
  • At least 1 year of professional experience in international environments and/or research, and/or working with governments and civil society (for candidates with a Ph. D, the requirement of professional experience is waived).
  • Additional experience is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated topical knowledge in Countering Violent Extremism, Counter-Terrorism and/or International Relations;
  • Experience in Project Management highly desirable;
  • Experience in a research institution or academic center is highly desirable.

Key Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated research and writing skills; excellent analytical abilities;
  • Demonstrated publications in an academic research setting;
  • Fluent in English; familiarity with an additional language (Arabic preferred) is a plus;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including governments, policy makers, community leaders and actors, NGOs, practitioners, and experts;
  • Able to work independently as well as within a team;
  • Able to manage internal and external relationships with diplomacy, cultural sensitivity, and discretion;
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Knowledge of data management tools (e.g. Content Management Systems) is a plus;
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and software (e.g. STATA, SPSS) is a plus; and
  • Willingness to travel, including to medium to high-risk countries.


  • Compensation commensurate with experience.
  • The recruit shall start as soon as possible in Abu Dhabi and the contract shall initially be for one year, potentially renewable upon mutual agreement.

To Apply

Send a short cover letter and CV to  hr@hedayah.ae no later than 28 February 2020, by specifying in the Subject line “Junior Research Associate”.