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Description of the Project:

The Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health is conducting a study that explores how health shapes refugee decision-making on repatriation, with a focus on refugees from the current Syrian conflict. The study will also investigate how this, in turn, should influence investments in post-conflict health systems in Syria, applying lessons learned from past repatriation and reconstruction efforts, in Iraq, the Balkans and elsewhere.  As part of this study, we will conduct a number of focus groups with Syrian refugees in Jordan, segmented by gender, age, and location (urban/camp), with a view to learning more about what factors shape thinking on repatriation, and how access to health care features in that process.

We are currently seeking a consultant to undertake the following tasks.

  • Facilitation of ten (10) focus groups conducted in Arabic
  • Word-for-word transcription of aforementioned ten (10) focus groups in Arabic 
  • Translation of ten (10) Arabic transcripts into English

We anticipate that the FGDs would be conducted over a two week period in February 2022 and that transcription and translation would be completed by mid-March 2022. 

Candidates should be fluent in Arabic and have a working knowledge of English, and have experience of facilitating focus groups and/or other types of qualitative research.  Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams would be much appreciated.

All expenses associated with participation in the project will be covered and consultant compensation will be based on a daily rate to be agreed with the Project leader. 

To apply, please email your resume to Monette Zard, Director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University, at [email protected].




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


  • 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 to [email protected]

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