Research Fellow


The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) seeks to hire for the position of Research Fellow. The Research Fellow position is intended to support the conduct of a three-year externally funded grant on conflict analysis and mediation research.

Research Support

  • To undertake research with colleagues on projects led by Professor Sultan Barakat (Lead Principal Investigator).
  • 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.
  • To prepare and write up research outputs as required by the Lead Principal Investigator various research projects.
  • The position may entail international travel including to medium-to-high risk areas such as zones of conflict and disaster. The candidate must be prepared to travel at short notice.

Research Management and Administration

  • 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 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).
  • The Research Fellow will provide ad hoc support to Professor Sultan Barakat and the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies.


  • ESSENTIAL: A Master’s Degree, preferably with distinction, in post-war recovery, development studies, peace and conflict studies, international relations, political science, development economics, or a closely related field.
  • DESIRABLE: First class degree in the social sciences; a Doctorate in post-war recovery, development studies, conflict resolution, peace and conflict studies, international relations or a related field.


  • Specific knowledge of areas of CHS work including: Post-war recovery; conflict resolution; humanitarian action; 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. Arabic language skills are highly desirable.
  • Good analytical, writing and editing skills.
  • 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 the funder.
  • An ability to work collaboratively across departments of the Doha Institute.

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.
Suitable applicants should send their CV and cover letter to, with Resharch Fellow as subject line.