Research Assistant Barrier project

Please note: The deadline for applying to this position has passed.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020

Research Assistant: Reducing Barriers for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations [DCAF Barrier project]

The project Reducing Barriers for Uniformed Women in Peace Operations [DCAF Barrier project] is looking for an experienced Research Assistant (RA), full time for 9 months starting 1 September 2020 or as soon as possible.

The project is led by Principal Investigators (PIs), Louise Olsson and Andreas Forø Tollefsen, and focuses on the Norwegian Armed Forces. The aim is to contribute to “evidence-based policy and programmatic recommendations to reduce barriers to uniformed women’s deployment to peace operation. The project contributes to a larger international process led by Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) and Cornell University under the umbrella of the Elsie Initiative in which Norway is a partner with Canada. Other countries contributing to the international process are Bangladesh, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Senegal, Uruguay and Zambia. The project results will be presented at international forums and will be part of the debate on women’s participation in the events surrounding the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.

RA work description

The project builds on and develops a Barrier Assessment Methodology originally constructed by DCAF and Cornell University. This consists of a representative survey, a questionnaire covering data on all the barriers, and elite interviews. The RA will assist the PIs in setting up and carrying out the study in accordance with the method. The RA role therefore requires the capacity to both support and collaborate with the PIs and to independently carry out assignments. In the first stage, the work involves drafting applications; collecting and compiling data; arranging meetings and handling interviews (some alone, others with the PIs) including transcription and analysis of interview material; and coordinating the work with a survey (potentially incl. traveling). In the second stage, the role involves providing the PIs with material for analysis and assisting with text compilation and editing of the project reports and material.


  • Master degree in Peace and conflict studies/Political science (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of international peace operations
  • Basic understanding of the Norwegian Armed Forces
  • Previous experience of data collection (such as surveys) and interview methods
  • Independent administrative and analytical ability
  • Very good English and Norwegian or Swedish in speech and writing
  • Great emphasis will be placed on personal suitability, good collaborative ability, as well as accuracy

PRIO is located in attractive premises in central Oslo. PRIO offers salary according to qualifications, group life insurance and membership in Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The position is for a start as soon as possible for a fixed term of nine months.

PRIO is an equal opportunity employer and values staff diversity.

Applications should be written in English and include:

1)      Letter of application, detailing motivation, competence and past experience, addressing the expected qualifications listed above

2)      Curriculum vitae

3)      Transcripts of academic degrees

4)      The masters’ thesis

5)      Names and contact details of three references

Applications must be submitted by way of an online form.

Deadline for applications is 17 August 2020

For further information, please contact Senior Researcher Louise Olsson  (, tel. +47 41 36 53 05 or Andreas Forø Tollefsen ( More detailed information is available at