ALLY Young Researchers Programme on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism 2020 (Fully-funded)

ALLY Young Researchers Programme on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism 2020 (Fully-funded)

Deadline: August 3, 2020

Applications are invited for the ALLY Young Researchers Programme on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism 2020. The purpose of this program is for 8 youth to attend research trainings and contribute to a participatory study into youth leadership that addresses factors of violence and preventing violent extremism in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The Young Researchers will:

  • Participate in the 3 workshops on the Participatory Action Research (two online training components on youth-led peer-to-peer research and one in-person training component on data-analysis planned to take place in Sri Lanka, if COVID situation allows).
  • Conduct in-country data collection through individual peer-to-peer and focus group discussions with youth, and interview other relevant stakeholders.
  • Analyse data and contribute to writing 1 analytical report and 2 policy briefs (1 per each country and 1 regional) highlighting key findings
  • Disseminate research results with different stakeholders.

Young Researchers will work in tandem and with support from a Lead Researcher and in-country partners of this programme. This entire project will be organised from mid-August 2020 to April 30, 2021 and will require 65-80 days of engagement. The researcher will be based in their home country. There is potential travel to Sri Lanka for in-person training, and potential in-country travel for research (travel depends on COVID-19 context).


  • The Young Researcher will be paid a fee of 700 EUR in total for successfully completing data collection and research work. For this, the Young Researcher will enter into a consultancy/service contract with the in-country partner in each country.
  • The Young Researcher participates in the three capacity building training programmes focusing on competencies for youth-led action research free of charge.
  • Further, accommodation, flight costs and catering related to the one in-person workshop will be covered by the project and the in-country partner will reimburse the Young Researchers’ in-country research costs related to conducting data collection, as agreed in advance.


  • Open to young researchers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  • Be motivated and have at least one practical example of being involved in research or analysis on PVE/peacebuilding and/or youth.
  • Ability to reach and mobilize other young people in peacebuilding and PVE spaces, especially in hard to reach areas and areas affected by multiple forms of violence.
  • Experience in interfaith engagements or rights-based action or development initiatives across religious denominations/communities.
  • Familiarity with the human-rights approach, gender mainstreaming and Do No Harm principle.
  • Prior experience to work on peacebuilding/PVE with youth and demonstrated ability to motivate peers/ other youth in the community level.
  • Strong communication skills, including with diverse groups such as policymakers, media professionals and religious leaders.
  • Preferably a current staff member or a volunteer in a youth-led peace organization with experience of participating in youth-led peacebuilding activities within his/her own community.
  • Aged preferably between 18 and 30 – due to the nature of the project youth will be given a priority.
  • Feels comfortable using English as the main language for the project and research. Ability to speak local languages essential.
  • Access to a stable internet connection and ability to use online platforms, such as Google Drive.
  • Availability to commit to the entire youth researcher programme over 9 months (mid-August 2020 to 30 April 2021) and is in the possession of a passport for international travel.

Assignment Timeline

  • August 17 to October 11: Research trainings and preparatory work
  • October 12 to November 22: In-country research data collection
  • Week of November 23: Data analysis workshop
  • December to March 2021: Data analysis and support finalisation of research outputs
  • March 2021 to April 2021: Dissemination of research findings

More information about the assignment and the assignment timeline is outlined in the Term of Reference.


To apply, interested parties should fill the Application Form by Monday, August 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm ICT. If you have any questions, please write to Mr Jaakko Virkkunen via [email protected].

For more information, visit ALLY Young Researchers Programme.