Researcher on social movements
About Lebanon Support
Lebanon Support is an action-oriented, non-profit research centre for and about civil society.
We are a multidisciplinary space creating synergies and bridging between researchers, experts, civil society and NGO practitioners, and activists. Lebanon Support aims to foster social change through innovative uses of social science, digital technologies, and publication and exchange of knowledge.
We achieve our action-oriented mission through 3 main programs:
Daleel Madani: the civil society network
The Civil Society Knowledge Centre (CSKC): Lebanon Support’s online research and information platform on public action and civil society issues.
The Civil Society Incubator which provides tailored support and mentoring
Background of programme:
All over the world, and in the MENA region, states are witnessing cycles of movements protesting the shrinking social and economic rights, pauperisation, and inequalities. Protestors have brought back to the forefront of public debates the social question, and more practically, demands of citizenship, and social justice, and protection. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, while slowing the physical movement of protestors, has however heightened the impact of policies of austerity and shrinking public funds for social policies and reforms.
Lebanon Support is implementing a research project, part of a wider action oriented programme on social justice, on social movements in the region. Within this framework, research on social movements will aim to shed light on the role social actors play in the different countries of the region, on the one hand. On the other hand, it allows to understand the political participation spectrum beyond electoral moments, allowing to grasp “citizenship in practice” across the countries of the region, as well as forms of engagement to the polity, with a focus on actors mobilising for the enactment of social contracts and social justice.
Lebanon Support is looking for a researcher on social movements to develop quantitative and qualitative research on social movements in the MENA covering various national contexts across the region, including – but not restricted to – Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia.
This will include:
1/ Development of research on social movements in the MENA region to document notably the mobilisation cycles, the genealogy of mobilising actors, their action repertoires, their framing processes, their modes of actions, and their grievances.
2/ Development of papers, shorter articles, mappings based on research findings; as well as the publication of research findings in other formats such as infographics, visuals, animations videos among others.
3/ Participation in webinars or other knowledge sharing events to present and discuss findings.
This assignment duration is for 6 months with apossibility of renewal.
Masters degree in sociology or political science is required; PhD candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Excellent research and analytical skills and academic record;
Publication track record on social movements and collective action;
Outstanding writing, editing and analytical skills, and ability to formulate well-targeted policy recommendations;
Excellent knowledge of qualitative research methods; familiarity with quantitative tools and mixed methods is highly desirable;
Excellent time management skills;
Fluency in English and Arabic are minimum requirements. Knowledge of French is highly desirable;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including good public presentation skills, and a very strong capacity for effective teamwork;
Strong management and organisational skills.
How to apply
Applicants have to submit:
- a clear research proposal including methodology, and conceptual framework (as Word document),
- an action plan,
- a quotation,
- an up-to-date CV,
- a cover letter in PDF format clearly stating their expertise and knowledge on social movements.
- contact of two academic references.
Applications should be submitted to [email protected] with “Researcher on social movements” in the subject line.
The selected candidates will work in close collaboration with the Lebanon Support team, and are expected to incorporate their feedback in all their submissions. Local and women researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls pleaseExpired