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British Council hiring Researcher to Understand Language Perceptions of Marginalised and Displaced Youth

Jordan, 14 November 2018

About the project

The British Council has organised an exhibition on Language for Resilience titled #LanguageforResilience, structured around the five principles identified in the British Council's Language for Resilience report, launched in July 2016. A key element of the exhibition is a sub-project strand, titled #LanguageforResilience Research Hub.

The Research Hub operates in three phases:

Phase 1 (Completed phase was between March 2017 – August 2018)

Seven cross-disciplinary researchers explore in greater detail the five themes of Language for Resilience.

Phase 2 (Current phase: October 2018 – March 2019)

To conduct participatory research into the language perceptions and needs of displaced youth in Jordan, as well as community members in the communities in which these youth reside

Phase 3 (Future phase: April 2019 – March 2020)

Under a project currently being implemented, marginalised and displaced youth in Jordan will be trained in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and data collection techniques.

About the role

The researcher will need to work with displaced and marginalised youth in Jordan in order to set the research question, and to inform data collection techniques and research methodology. The researcher will need to be experienced in using participatory and mixed methods research in order to compile data that accurately and faithfully represents the voice of the participants in the study.

The field research will then be conducted in Jordan, in locations both inside and outside of Amman, and potentially in the refugee camps as well. The British Council will support in finding beneficiaries to take part in the study, who may be part of the previous or current language for resilience programmes. The research should be designed to provide data which is transparent, comparable and replicable. It should seek to involve youth, considered as between 16-34 years old, who are either in school or engaged with some kind of educational programme. The methodology and data collection techniques for the research can be decided by the researcher, and approved by the British Council, following initial desk research.

The research will be presented as an internal and external report, of between 5000-6000 words. Additionally, condensed findings of the report will need to be prepared as articles or to appear in journals related to language learning or forced migration.

The total days are between 14 and 16, with a minimum of eight days required to be in Jordan to conduct research in the field. The work should all be completed by 23 March 2019.

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