Appel de Genève / Geneva Call is looking for a Libya Researcher

Geneva Call is a neutral and impartial non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting respect by armed non-State actors (ANSAs) for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict and other situations of violence, in particular those related to the protection of civilians. Geneva Call is currently focusing its efforts on banning the use of anti-personnel mines, protecting children from the effects of armed conflict, prohibiting sexual violence in armed conflict and working towards the elimination of gender discrimination.

Appel de Genève / Geneva Call is a private, not-for-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1998 under Swiss law.

Geneva Call is looking for a Libya Researcher (100%) with a strong social science research profile.


The researcher will undertake research in the framework of the project Generating Respect for Humanitarian Norms: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Parties to Armed Conflict focusing on Libya.

Geneva Call is a partner organization in the Generating Respect Project. The aim of the project is to examine the influence of religious stakeholders on armed actors’ respect of humanitarian norms.


  • Conduct research (including literature reviews) and provide substantial input and expertise on armed actors (including ANSAs), religious leaders, international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) with reference to Libya. Knowledge of the Libyan context is essential.
  • Conduct fieldwork (i.e. online and in-person interviews, depending of context and security situation) and lead data analysis.
  • Lead the drafting and participate in co-authoring research outputs (e.g. academic publications, reports, policy briefings, digital stories). Support the local dissemination of research findings and outputs.
  • Coordinate with the Geneva Call country teams and provide updates for Geneva Call’s armed actors’ data base.
  • Coordinate the Geneva Call assigned research focal points.
  • Coordinate with Geneva Call field research partners (e.g. universities, think tanks).
  • Organise research related events such as workshops, conferences, roundtables as per needs.
  • Participate in bi-monthly project team meetings (over zoom), and in other project events as needed.

The researcher’s work will be supervised by the GRP Principal Investigator and Geneva Call’s Deputy Head of the Region Near and Middle East.

Main qualifications

The position is open to candidates who can evidence a strong research background and good knowledge of the Libyan context.




Master’s and/or PhD degree in social science (e.g. Political Science, Sociology, International Law, IHL, HRL, Law and Religion).
Essential Previous experience of researching on social science related issues and contributing to research outputs. Please provide a list of publications/reports you have contributed to.
Essential Ability to write up applied research work for publication in a range of formats (academic articles, policy briefings, practitioner’s reports) and engage in public dissemination.
Essential Knowledge of the context (conflict dynamics, armed actors, religious actors etc) in Libya.
Essential Excellent English and Arabic skills.
Desirable Experience undertaking fieldwork (interviews).
Desirable Prior experience working with/collaborating with an international NGO/humanitarian organisation.
Desirable Prior experience working with/collaborating with an academic institution.
Desirable Prior experience of interacting with religious leaders.

Conflict of interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Appel de Genève / Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


  • Position: Libya Researcher
  • Time bound contract (9 months, with possibility of renewal until 31 December 2022).
  • Occupancy: 100%
  • Preferred start date: 1 April 2021 (or upon mutual agreement).
  • Location: Geneva Call’s Tunis office; with movements at field level in Libya
  • Indicative remuneration per month: 2315 GBP. Note that any local taxes will need to be paid by the researcher.


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, diploma and proof of non-criminal record in PDF format to, Ref: “Libya Researcher” no later than 10 March 2021.

All applications will be kept confidential.  Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further process.

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