This week, I was skyping with a dear friend of mine that I met and worked with in Norway eight years ago. After several years in Africa, she is now on her way to the Middle East for a one year long mission. As we discussed her role and work with the International Committee of the Red Cross, I realized that there are many opportunities for us anthropologists to put our skills to good use, so I decided to go and look for job listings on the ICRC career page.
Take your ‘application kit’ out, review your curriculum vitae, and write a motivational letter on why you think you are a good match for a traineeship in Geneva with the ICRC’s Economic Security (EcoSec) Unit. EcoSec is part of the Assistance Division, and it seeks to establish if people affected by different kinds of crisis and conflict can cover their essential needs in a sustainable manner. If they cannot do so, EcoSec steps in to help protect lives and restore livelihoods. “The chosen candidate will collaborate with the EcoSec Unit staff by directly testing different programme management tools along with compiling and summarizing documentation for data analysis and management as well as the development of best practices and new programming. She/he complements their regular work with additional perspectives and results.” The deadline is near, July 10th, but the application process is very simple. Details here.
If you would rather work in the U.S. instead, you might be interested in the Research Associate position with FHI 360 in Washington D.C. “FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions”, currently working in over 70 countries and U.S. territories. If you have at least a Bachelor’s degree and did coursework in research and evaluation methods, this job is for you. You will assist with design and implementation of quantitative and qualitative research, including drafting tools and instruments, collecting and analyzing data, synthesizing findings and summarizing results from surveys, focus groups, usability/user-centered design studies, interviews, ethnographies, content analyses, environmental scans, and reviews of academic literature in public health, social sciences and behavioral sciences. (What a perfect match for an applied anthropologist, right?). More details about the positions and how to apply here.