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Armed Conflicts Report Team Leader

Project Ploughshares is currently seeking a graduate student or recent graduate in peace and conflict studies or a related field for the short-term position of Armed Conflicts Report Team Leader.

Job description

The ACR Team Leader supervises three to four undergraduate (3rd and 4th year) interns who conduct research on Project Ploughshares annual Armed Conflicts Report. These internships run the duration of the winter term (January to April) and interns are expected to commit eight hours per week over the semester conducting research on current armed conflicts, as well as to gather data on related issues, such as child combatants and peacekeeping initiatives.

As intern supervisor, the Team Leader is expected to commit 20 hours per week*, from January 3, 2017 to the middle of April. Compensation for this part time position will be $12/hour.

The Team Leader will:

  • assign five or six conflicts to each intern (based on interest and on workload – some conflicts require much more time than others);
  • provide guidance for the interns (sources, research methodology, appropriate language to use in reports etc.);
  • complete two or three conflict descriptions himself or herself;
  • map out a schedule with the interns (when they plan to come in each week).

Throughout the term, the Team Leader will regularly meet with interns in order to ensure:

  • interns are meeting their weekly time requirements;
  • their research methods are sound;
  • they are working at a pace that ensures they will complete their reports on time.

The Team Leader will also meet two or three times during the term with members of Ploughshares staff to determine what countries are to be included on this year’s report, to address any other questions that arise with respect to the research and to report the interns’ progress.

The Team Leader will complete a final edit on the interns’ reports and prepare an overall draft summary of the Armed Conflicts Report by the end of the internship (mid-April).

If time permits the Team Leader will assist in preparing data (and/or asking interns to prepare data) for the annual Ploughshares Armed Conflicts Report poster, which is assembled in April.

How to apply

Please email a CV, one-page cover letter, relevant writing samples and contact information for one academic reference to Tasneem Jamal, Communications Officer, Project Ploughshares, by 4 p.m. on Monday, NOVEMBER 14, 2016.

*The interns may on occasion need to come in to work when the Team Leader isn’t in the office. This isn’t a problem as long as the interns come in during Ploughshares hours (8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri.).


Armed Conflicts Report Internship Program

Third- and fourth-year students enrolled at WLU or UofW should contact the Global Studies Department and the PACS Department respectively to apply.

In collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Global Studies program and the University of Waterloo’s Peace and Conflict Studies program, Project Ploughshares offers third- and fourth-year university students the opportunity to work on developing the annually compiled Armed Conflicts Report.

Each year, students are selected to conduct research on current armed conflicts. The internships are unpaid and run for the duration of the winter term (January to April).

The program is open only to students enrolled at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo.