Weapons Researcher

Employer: Action on Armed Violence
Location: United Kingdom/Northen Ireland
Closing date: 30 Oct 2015

Working with the Policy and Investigations Director, your job as a weapons researcher would be in undertaking some of AOAV’s research and policy on weapons and their impact on civilians worldwide. The researcher would work on a range of research publications, ranging from writing responsive articles on unfolding news reports to working on AOAV’s flagship annual report on the global impact of explosive weapons.

This job might attract those already working in human rights research who want a dynamic and international job, those working in journalism who seek to expand into human rights research or those seeking to transfer from a career such as working in the military or the civil service into the charity research sector.

The salary is £27,000 a year with an initial six month contract. The post will likely be extended into a permanent position.

While the deadline for this job is the end of October, applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the successful candidate may be selected before the closing date, in which case the job advert will be taken down.

Primary responsibilities
Working on AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitoring Project (EVMP), including cross-checking ongoing data collection and developing methodology as required.
Quantitative data analysis of AOAV’s monitoring dataset for periodic publications (monthly updates, annual reports), and responding to external data requests from partners or media.
Producing periodic reports, advocacy materials and news stories based on AOAV’s data.
Researching and writing substantive publications, including case studies on the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons, or on weapon technology and harm.
Carrying out field-research, sometimes in hostile environments.
Carrying out surveys and semi-structured interviews, ranging from refugees displaced by armed violence to senior military and political officers.

Working with P&I Director, helping to develop and articulate AOAV’s policy on arms control, humanitarian disarmament, and other armed-violence related issues.
Working with AOAV’s policy networks (e.g. International Network on Explosive Weapons), and helping to represent AOAV in Steering Committee meetings and calls.
Occasionally representing AOAV at international conferences (e.g. General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament in New York, Meetings of State Parties to Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva).
Occasional bilateral lobbying and advocacy meetings with State delegates in margins of UN meetings and similar fora.
Networking and outreach to a range of external contacts (e.g. NGO, media, academic, private sector).

Advocacy and Communications
Writing web content for aoav.org.uk commenting on breaking news stories and policy developments.
Helping give high-level presentations on AOAV’s research and policy, particularly on data analysis, to audiences of foreign affairs and defence government representatives.
Media interviews and responding to media requests for comments, including occasional live TV or radio interviews.
Social media dissemination and comment, particularly Twitter and building AOAV’s social and press media presence.
Assisting with web management of aoav.org.uk (using Word Press).

HR & Misc
Supporting Policy & Investigations Director with developing AOAV policy and research strategy.
Drafting concept notes for future research.
Supporting P&I Director in developing fundraising proposals and applications.

Qualifications and Skills
Masters degree in conflict studies, security, humanitarianism, international development, or related field would be preferred.
An excellent knowledge of current affairs, humanitarian issues, and an interest in developing a more specialised knowledge of explosive weapons.
Proven quantitative and qualitative research skills, including ability to work with technical data and quantitative analysis.
You should be a beautiful writer, and able to write for a range of audiences and producing both accessible news stories and complex research projects.
High attention to detail, excellent note-taker
Willing to travel to places affected by armed violence; to interview victims and to present findings in high-level meetings.
Proficient at using Microsoft Excel and other quantitative and qualitative data analysis software.
Adept at social media advocacy, management of the @explosiviolence twitter account.
Willing to make semi-regular presentations of data and research and media interviews, including occasional live TV or radio appearances.
Ability to work to tight deadlines.
Ability to be innovative – such as pitching ideas to journalists or writing responsive editorials to unfolding tragedies.

We are ideally looking for someone who has five or more years work experience since graduating. However, exceptional cases will be considered.
Action on Armed Violence is an equal opportunities employer.
Must be eligible to work in the UK
Role is initially for 6 months, with it likely extending into a permanent position.

How To Apply :
Please send a covering letter explaining why you would be perfect for this role (please, no more than one page) and a CV (please, no more than two pages) to
Email Contact: xxxxxx@xxxx.org.uk