Explosive Violence Monitor Researcher

Based: London
  • Start Date
    1 May 2021 (or as soon after as possible)
  • Date Posted
    1 Apr 2021
  • Application Deadline
    16 Apr 2021
Job Purpose





Working with the Executive Director, this job as a researcher would be in helping undertake some of AOAV’s research on the impact of explosive violence on civilians worldwide.

This fascinating role would see the researcher working on a wide range of research publications, ranging from responsive articles to unfolding news reports, investigating the impact of explosive weapons in populated areas on civilian harm, 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 seek a dynamic and sometimes field-based 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 academia, the military or the civil service into the not-for-profit research sector.

The deadline for this job is the 16th April, with interviews soon after and the ambition for the start date of the 1st May.

Job responsibilities

Work on AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitoring Project (EVMP), including collection of data.
Produce reports, advocacy materials and news stories based on AOAV’s data.
Research and write substantive publications, including studies on the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons.
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

Policy, Advocacy and Communications
Occasionally represent AOAV at international conferences
Network and outreach to a range of external contacts (e.g. NGO, media, academic, private sector).
Work with AOAV’s policy networks (e.g. International Network on Explosive Weapons), and helping to represent AOAV in Steering Committee meetings and calls.
Write web content commenting on breaking news stories and policy developments.
Social media dissemination and comment, particularly Twitter and building AOAV’s social and press media presence.
Assist with web management (using Word Press).

Support Executive Director in developing fundraising proposals and applications.
Take minutes at board meetings.
Help managing and coordinating volunteers.

Job Skills and Qualifications
A Masters degree in conflict studies, security, humanitarianism, international development, or related field would be preferred, but not necessary.
Proven quantitative and qualitative research skills, including ability to work with technical data and quantitative analysis.
Great writing skills are essential, and you need to be able to write for a range of audiences and producing both accessible news stories and complex research projects.
High attention to detail, excellent note-taking skills.
Must be willing to travel to places affected by armed violence; to interview victims and to present findings in high-level meetings. Previous experience of working in and researching conflict zones is desirable.
Proficient at using Microsoft Excel and other quantitative and qualitative data analysis software.
Adept at social media advocacy.
Willing to make semi-regular presentations of data and research.
Ability to work to tight deadlines.
Individual must be self-motivated and able to work independently – this is a crucial element as we are a small team and often requires working alone. This role would suit someone who finds research rewarding.

Action on Armed Violence is an equal opportunities employer.

Must be eligible to work in the UK and available to work from May onwards.


Points in response to inquiries:

  • The role is based in London and will require, Covid19 permitting, working from our office.
  • It is a full-time job.
  • You cannot work from another country.

How to apply

Please send a covering letter, as soon as possible, 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 Iain Overton – ioverton@aoav.org.uk

Please do not apply if you cannot work in the UK or are unable to start in May.

Email Contact: ioverton@aoav.org.uk