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Our new 2-year project, The Politics of Refugee Rights in Africa, will focus on understanding and explaining the politics underlying variation in African host states’ willingness to provide socio-economic rights to refugees, including through policies relating to ‘self-reliance’. Based on a combination of interviews with policy-makers within the focus countries and archival research conducted at the UNHCR archives in Geneva and elsewhere, the project will examine the international, national, and local politics of refugees’ access (or lack of access) to socio-economic (and other) rights. The likely focus countries will be Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

We are seeking a qualitative researcher (with background in Political Science, International Relations, African Studies, or History) to work as part of an inter-disciplinary research team. The researcher must have extensive qualitative fieldwork experience and be comfortable being based in East Africa for an extended period of time for fieldwork. Experience with undertaking semi-structured interviews with policy-makers and archival research is essential.

The postholder will hold or be close to completion of a PhD/DPhil together with relevant experience and possess sufficient specialist knowledge of the politics of refugee rights in Africa to work within established research programmes. The postholder must also have experience with undertaking fieldwork, semi-structured interviews with policy-makers, and archival research. Previous experience of authoring, co-authoring, and contributing to academic and non-academic publications/presentations is essential to this role.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. 

Please click here to apply (ref 157995)

Only applications received before 12 midday on 10 June 2022 can be considered.