MENA Volunteer Researcher

from Asylos
Closing date: 31 Oct 2019

Become part of a global team of human rights researchers

Asylos is looking for researchers to join its established MENA (Middle East and North Africa) team. Volunteer researchers will conduct research to support asylum seekers coming from the MENA region. This entails looking into security situation, human rights violations and any other facts that will support an asylum seeker in proving his/her need for protection. The researcher will have to commit up to two hours per week and will work in close cooperation with the other team members and team coordinators, sharing best practices and feedback.

Asylos is a network of volunteer researchers providing on demand background research to support asylum claims. The research concerns the situation in the country of origin of the asylum seeker or other facts relating to an individual asylum claim. In many countries, legal aid provided for asylum seekers is limited. Lawyers can’t devote sufficient time to researching information which may substantiate asylum requests in court. Asylos volunteers look for information that can help to establish whether forcing a refugee to return to their country of origin or transit would threaten their life or deny fundamental human and civil rights.

Your profile:

● Strong research skills and an experience in academic research (or in country-of-origin information research)

● A strong interest and preferably experience in the MENA region

● Native level of English or French; preferably a good knowledge of the other

● The ability to read and speak Arabic and knowledge of another national or minority language of the region is a significant asset.

● An interest in leveraging social media for research

● Comfortable using online collaboration tools

● A strong commitment to meet tight deadlines

● At least three years of university‐level studies or equivalent professional experience; law, politics or international relations are an excellent preparation.

What we offer:

● An opportunity to help change the lives of asylum seekers and get involved in a dynamic project with a small but fast-growing organisation

● An international network of highly qualified and motivated volunteers with meetings in London, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, and elsewhere.

● An inclusive working atmosphere with room for taking initiative and proposing new projects

● Training in using social media analysis and other research techniques

● Participation in Asylos’ annual network meeting

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a short letter of motivation to

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