Positions and Internships


Qualitative Researcher - data collection


Title              Qualitative researcher – data collection

Reports to      Senior research associate

Project title     Durable solutions: Syrian refugee perspectives on repatriation, 2017

Location         Throughout Jordan – urban, rural, refugee camps


Columbia Global Centers | Amman promotes and facilitates the collaborative and impactful engagement of Columbia’s faculty and students with the world, to foster educational initiatives across the Middle East with the aim of expanding scholarship between academics, experts and practitioners. The Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is one of the world’s leading centers on humanitarian research and teaching. In partnership, we are embarking on a mixed-methods research study aimed at exploring Syrian refugee perspectives in Jordan and elevating the voices of this community through the use of ethnographic interviews.

Position overview

Columbia Global Centers | Amman is seeking four qualitative researchers to serve as data collectors for a mixed-methods research study requiring data collection at several locations across Jordan. The roles will require full-time commitment between July 2, 2017 and August 31, 2017 (Sunday through Thursday). The researchers will be part of a dynamic team consisting of 10 members including data collection researchers, a senior research associate and the project’s principal investigator: Neil Boothby, Program Director and Allan Rosenfield Professor of Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. This team will be responsible for conducting ethnographic interviews with refugees residing in urban, rural and camp settings in Jordan.


  • Work closely with the research team
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings or interviews with refugees
  • Professionally conduct interviews with Syrian refugees
  • Maintain full and complete confidentiality
  •  Actively engage in research methods trainings and preparation
  • Write reflective journals and/ or blogs about the experience in English

Experience and qualifications

  • Graduate student with experience working with refugees or similar populations
  • Students in the fields of forced migration, public health, humanitarian affairs, human rights or other related subjects
  • Work experience in qualitative research methods (i.e., interviews, focus groups) or coursework in qualitative methods (Masters level)
  • Evidence of human subjects training certification
  • Extremely reliable, organized and flexible
  • Excellent listening skills, patience and empathy
  • Advanced computer skills; familiarity with tablets for data collection purposes
  • Must be able to travel within Jordan
  • Fluency in written and spoken Arabic
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

To apply

Applicants should provide a (1) curriculum vitae/ resume, (2) a list of relevant courses and a (3) writing sample (i.e., published article or unpublished school/ work assignment), (4) two references with contact information to Zahirah Alleyne-McNatt za2235@cumc.columbia.edu by June 3, 2017. 



Internship Program 

Volunteers and interns will have the opportunity to work on the Center’s research programs and participate in local and international conferences organized by the Center. Participants will gain work experience and a global perspective that will provide a competitive edge in achieving their career goals.



Specific duties for the interns and volunteers are as follows:

  • Provide help with English document (including research reports, conference summaries, and other Center publications, etc.) drafting and proof-reading
  • Participate in conference and event planning and organizing
  • Assist Center staff with any other tasks related to managing and running research programs or activities
  • Assist in office management

Qualifications for applicants

  • Preferably fluent in both Arabic and English with writing skills in both languages
  • Excellent translation skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Good team player
  • B.S./B.A. degree or above preferred

Required application materials

  • CV
  • English writing sample
  • The name of the person and his/her affiliation who referred you to the Center
  • Work availability

To apply for an internship/volunteer opportunity with the Center, applicants should send the above documents in an email titled "Name-Position-Major" to amman.cgc@columbia.edu

After reviewing applications, we will arrange interviews with competitive candidates.