Research Manager, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies(Grant Position) (50029858)

Reports to: Grant Principal Investigator, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

Purpose: Lead the research team in conducting rigorous desk and field research to ascertain the entitlements of refugees, asylum-seekers and failed asylum-seekers of different nationalities in Egypt and how these legal entitlements are enjoyed in practice. On the basis of the research, produce a comprehensive research report as well as awareness-raising and capacity-building materials. 

Principal Accountabilities: 

  • Lead a research team of two Research Officers in:


    • Researching and analyzing international and regional conventions applicable to refugees, asylum-seekers, and failed asylum-seekers in Egypt, bilateral agreements between Egypt and potential countries of origin, as well as relevant Egyptian domestic laws. 
    • Assessing deviations between law and implementation and providing recommendations for addressing such gaps.
    • Developing research methodology. 
    • Developing data collection tools for research with the various stakeholders.
    • Planning and supervising the carrying out of interviews with policymakers, international and local civil society organizations; as well as planning and supervising the moderation of focus group discussions with different migrant groups. 
  • Supervise data collection and ensure that it is carried out in an ethical, efficient, and scientific manner.
  • Develop a comprehensive research report on the basis of the findings of the research that maps the rights and entitlements of refugees, asylum-seekers, and unsuccessful asylum applicants in Egypt, including particularly the differences in entitlements on the basis of nationality and legal status. The report should also assess deviations between law and implementation and provide recommendations for addressing such gaps. 
  • Develop, on the basis of the research report, awareness-raising and capacity-building materials for different stakeholders. 
  • Conduct the aforementioned research activities in coordination with the project’s Administrative Assistant and ensure research activities remain in-line with the project budget. 


Minimum education requirement: 

  • Masters level degree in international law, human rights, or related field; with a specialization in refugee law


  • Proven record of conducting high caliber and complex legal research 
  • Five to 10 years of relevant experience, with at least five years in the field of law or policy with regard to refugees, human rights or development
  • Experience working on human rights and refugee issues in the Middle East and North Africa


  • Excellent legal research, writing and editing skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Desk research and field research in Egypt with project stakeholders


Position is open until October 1, 2018


Placement is based on the candidate’s experience and skills. Only candidates who make it to the shortlist will be contacted. If interested, please send an updated and detailed resume to, stating “50029858 Research Manager, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies” in the subject line. 


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