The Sana’a Center is seeking a full-time Writer/Researcher
The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is seeking a writer/researcher. The selected candidate will work across a number of Sana’a Center programmers. Primary duties will include report writing and primary/secondary source research.
We are a dynamic, highly mobile, multi-lingual team with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Our main office is in Yemen, while the majority of our team works remotely from locations across Yemen, around the Middle East and in Western capitals. Among our core strengths are our versatility, initiative, access, networks, and audacity. We seek new team members who would complement this dynamic.
Role and Responsibilities
- Work closely with the Sana’a Center team to write reports on the conflict in Yemen for international stakeholders.
- Remain abreast of all political and military developments in Yemen through research, media monitoring and correspondence with your own network. Cross reference field research with other sources of information, ensuring the integrity of sources are fully evaluated.
- Closely scrutinise research to ensure the accuracy, integrity and objectivity of the information we publish.
- Provide feedback to the researchers to assist in developing an automated flow of information to meet the project’s research objectives.
- Work with the Sana’a Center team to provide training to researchers on information gathering, social media verification, among other open source research techniques and methods.
- Assist in developing mechanisms for sharing research for across Sana’a Center projects and play a role in coordinating this sharing of information.
- Assist in the development of new reporting products and take a lead writing role in these products.
- Provide writing, research and editing support for various papers produced by the Sana’a Center, working closely with researchers both on the phone and in writing, ensuring that research and analysis meets the Sana’a Center’s editorial standards.
- Bilingual Arabic and English with excellent understanding of the Yemeni dialect. Outstanding written English is a must.
- Excellent communication skills are essential for this role, as is a self-starting mentality. Deadlines will require problem-solving skills and ability to work effectively under pressure.
- Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree, Master’s qualification in relevant field preferred: political science, development studies, international relations.
- 3+ years experience in a role where written reports are the main deliverable. Experience in journalism, qualitative data collection/analysis, fact-checking or editing is desirable.
- Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
- Starting salary: To be determined based on experience
- Contract type: Fixed term
- Duration : 30 October 2021
- Location: Remote
- Travel: 20% of time working
For those interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Your CV and a cover letter.
- A writing sample
The recruitment process will involve three stages: 1) Review of CVs, covering letters and writing samples 2) Written test 3) A panel interview via video conference
Application Deadline: Saturday 10 October at midnight Sana’a time (GMT+3)
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or age.
More about the Sana’a Center:
Founded in 2014, the Sana’a Center is one of the few independent research centers that has continued to operate in Yemen throughout the ongoing armed conflict. While the Center maintains cordial relations with all key stakeholders it has remained fiercely unaligned with any of the belligerent parties. The Sana’a Center has thus maintained a unique positioning and ability to work throughout Yemen and beyond.
The Sana’a Center maintains a strong network across Yemen with access to key political, military and security figures, tribal leaders, the financial sector, economists, journalists, humanitarian actors, civil society and other important stakeholders. The Center has also established a broad network and presence within the international community connecting it to international organizations, diplomatic circles, regional and international policy makers, research centers and global forums.
The Sana’a Center’s reports and researchers are widely quoted in local, regional and international media outlets, while the analysis of the Center’s experts is regularly sought out by local and international stakeholders.