ALLY Young Researchers Programme on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism 2020 (Fully-funded)

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ALLY Young Researchers Programme on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism 2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 3, 2020

 Summary: The purpose of this program is for 8 youth to attend research training and contribute to a participatory study into youth leadership that addresses factors of violence and preventing violent extremism in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

The Young Researchers will:

  • Participate in the 3 workshops on the Participatory Action Research (two online training components on youth-led peer-to-peer research and one in-person training component on data-analysis planned to take place in Sri Lanka if COVID situation allows).
  • Conduct in-country data collection through individual peer-to-peer and focus group discussions with youth, and interview other relevant stakeholders.
  • Analyze data and contribute to writing 1 analytical report and 2 policy briefs (1 per each country and 1 regional) highlighting key findings
  • Disseminate research results with different stakeholders.

Young Researchers will work in tandem and with support from a Lead Researcher and in-country partners of this programme. This entire project will be organized from mid-August 2020 to April 30, 2021, and will require 65-80 days of engagement. The researcher will be based in their home country. There is potential travel to Sri Lanka for in-person training and potential in-country travel for research (travel depends on COVID-19 context).

Benefits:

  • The Young Researcher will be paid a fee of 700 EUR in total for successfully completing data collection and research work. For this, the Young Researcher will enter into a consultancy/service contract with the in-country partner in each country.
  • The Young Researcher participates in the three capacity building training programmes focusing on competencies for youth-led action research free of charge.
  • Further, accommodation, flight costs, and catering related to the one in-person workshop will be covered by the project and the in-country partner will reimburse the Young Researchers’ in-country research costs related to conducting data collection, as agreed in advance.

Eligibility:

  • Open to young researchers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
  • Be motivated and have at least one practical example of being involved in research or analysis on PVE/peacebuilding and/or youth.
  • Ability to reach and mobilize other young people in peacebuilding and PVE spaces, especially in hard to reach areas and areas affected by multiple forms of violence.
  • Experience in interfaith engagements or rights-based action or development initiatives across religious denominations/communities.
  • Familiarity with the human-rights approach, gender mainstreaming, and Do No Harm principle.
  • Prior experience to work on peacebuilding/PVE with youth and demonstrated the ability to motivate peers/ other youth at the community level.
  • Strong communication skills, including diverse groups such as policymakers, media professionals, and religious leaders.
  • Preferably a current staff member or a volunteer in a youth-led peace organization with experience of participating in youth-led peacebuilding activities within his/her own community.
  • Aged preferably between 18 and 30 – due to the nature of the project youth will be given a priority.
  • Feels comfortable using English as the main language for the project and research. Ability to speak local languages essential.
  • Access to a stable internet connection and ability to use online platforms, such as Google Drive.
  • Availability to commit to the entire youth researcher programme over 9 months (mid-August 2020 to 30 April 2021) and is in the possession of a passport for international travel.

Assignment Timeline:

  • August 17 to October 11: Research training and preparatory work
  • October 12 to November 22: In-country research data collection
  • Week of November 23: Data analysis workshop
  • December to March 2021: Data analysis and support finalization of research outputs
  • March 2021 to April 2021: Dissemination of research findings

More information about the assignment and the assignment timeline is outlined in the Term of Reference.

Application:

To apply, interested parties should fill the Application Form by Monday, August 3, 2020, at 11:59 pm ICT. If you have any questions, please write to Mr. Jaakko Virkkunen via jaakko.virkkunen@kua.fi.

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