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Social Science Research officer


About Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University

The Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) is the premier library and research center in Afghanistan. ACKU was established in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, as the ACBAR Resource and Information Centre (ARIC). Currently ACKU has over 120,000 books and manuscripts in Dari, Pashtu, English and other languages. ACKU is working to make as much of its collection available online as possible, through a digital repository linked to its online catalog. ACKU also runs an outreach program called ACKU Box Library Extension (ABLE) that provides libraries in a box to rural communities and high schools throughout the country. ABLE is the pioneer of box libraries in Afghanistan, aiming to enhance and encourage reading among people of all ages and abilities.

Job Summary

ACKU is the Afghan partner in an international migration research project with City University London, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
For the migrant decision-making strand of this project, ACKU is recruiting two women researchers (one Dari, one Pashtu-speaking) for a period of 17 months. The researchers will be involved in all stages of the project, from finalizing the research design, though data collection up to dissemination and publication. In addition to national languages, they should be fluent in one European language (English, French or German).

Job Details

Date Posted: 11 Oct 2016 Reference: 07
Closing Date: 26 Oct 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 2 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Research/Survey Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 2 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Job description
• Refine research design
• Review the literature relevant to migration in Afghanistan
• Contribute to development of work plans, questionnaire, and field research guides
Conduct qualitative research:
• Identify and recruit research subjects
• Undertake regular visits to the field
• Make and write up detailed field notes
• Conduct focus group discussions and in-depth interviews
• Prepare monthly field work reports
Qualitative data analysis:
• Transcript analysis
• Documentary analysis
• Analysis of the key media representations of Migration
Writing up:
• Co-author academic articles
• Write and present conference papers
• Write and present policy brief
• Co-author research monograph
• Organizing events and meeting with stakeholders
• Present findings to media, stakeholders and academic audiences


• Qualitative research method
• Fluency in English and Dari and/or Pashtu
• Confident working as team member and also independently


• MA in Social Sciences with experience of using qualitative research methods (ideally ethnography)

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)


Masters Degree, Research/Survey

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send a CV, a sample of written work and a cover letter explaining how they meet the requirement for the post till 26 October 2016. Incomplete or late applications will NOT be considered. Candidates will be asked to sit a written test, and if successful will be invited for interview. They will be expected to commence employment on December 8, 2016

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