Research Associate : US Program (Part Time/$20 per hour)

Washington, DC · Part-time · Consultant

About The Position

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Center for Civilians in Conflict is a non-profit research and advocacy organization, working to improve protection for civilians affected by armed conflict. Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. Learn more at

CIVIC is seeking highly qualified applicants for a position as a Part Time Research Associate (generally not to exceed 5-10 hours per week, ongoing, at a pay rate of $20 per hour) to work directly with our US Program Team to assist with research related to the US Military and the Department of Defense. The consultant will provide research support to the US Program Director as a part of ongoing research projects related to civilian harm and: US military operations and doctrine, military history, military culture, military ethics, and military leadership. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to conduct source interviews, conduct desk research and literature reviews, draft summary analyses and reports, and apply critical thinking to the analysis of project research questions. Candidates should have an interest in military culture and ethics as well as protecting civilians in war and demonstrate the capacity to engage successfully with experts and government officials. Candidates with significant academic credentials or direct experience in military or Defense policy will be strongly considered. This position is well-suited to the part time graduate student or entry level policy professional looking to enhance their skills and experience.


Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting literature reviews of secondary sources, to include academic journals and military trade publications
  • Researching doctoral and other publications by military leaders and defense policy experts
  • Researching the content and changes in doctrine or other sources of military guidance
  • Researching case study and military history

All duties will be performed in accordance with CIVIC research guidelines and methods.

Strong consideration will be afforded applicants who have one or more of the following (not all are required):

  • Knowledge of Department of Defense policies, culture, and systems
  • Knowledge of Department of Defense institutions of professional military education
  • Knowledge of US military operations, tactics, and organizational structures
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of civil-military relations
  • Demonstrated interest in the protection of civilians in war

Successful applicants will demonstrate an interest and aptitude to gain knowledge and experience in any of the fields in which they have less or no familiarity.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

Applicants should have access to, and proficiency with the use of, at least one major social science research database.

Applicants should be flexible and have confidence in handling multiple tasks, as well as the ability to work independently.

Applicants should be comfortable and capable of conducting independent professional outreach to academics, government contacts, and professional contacts

Applicants should demonstrate the capacity to complete research tasks in a timely manner.

Applicants should have strong communications skills, to include writing skills, but should also be strong team players and collaborators.

Applicants who can demonstrate intellectual curiosity, humility, and a sense of humor will be highly considered.

Applicants should have, or should be near completion of, a graduate degree in a related field. Graduate coursework should include research methods. The successful applicant will have experience or skills in policy-relevant research.

DEADLINE: February 14, 2020

Minimum Time Requirement: This is an ongoing position and applicants should expect to remain in service for a period of at least two months.

This is a position based in Washington DC, but well-qualified candidates who live outside of the National Capital Region may be considered

To apply: Please email your resume, a writing sample (preferably a literature review or a comparative analysis), a summary of your research projects, and a cover letter stating your interest in CIVIC. Applications are only accepted through this website.

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