Senior Research Associate, Emergencies (Global Health)

Location:  Global, home-based with travel
Contract:  Full time, two years (with potential to renew)
Salary:  Competitive, based on qualifications and experience

Emergency response
Anthrologica has developed specific expertise in applied social science in emergency and humanitarian response, particularly regarding public health emergencies and have been heavily engaged in key outbreaks over recent years including Ebola, Zika and COVID-19.  Anthrologica is a founding partner of the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform ( with the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We work remotely and through deployments to ensure social science supports the design and implementation of response operations.  We collaborate closely with agency partners including WHO, UNICEF, IFRC, the UK Rapid Support Team based at the Department of Health and others, as well as with Ministries of Health and local institutions.

Anthrologica is recruiting a Senior Research Associate focusing on emergencies and humanitarian action.

The Senior Research Associate will focus on further developing our emergency response unit and fully contribute to the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform.  They will work closely with the core Anthrologica team and contribute to our full portfolio of work.

Since the response to Ebola in West Africa, the role of anthropology and interdisciplinary social science has gained visibility and traction.  It is expected that the Research Associate will make a substantive and innovative contribution to the application of social sciences in emergency and humanitarian contexts.

Key responsibilities include

  • Ensuring that social science intelligence is effectively and efficiently embedded in the strategy of response (including during preparedness, response and recovery phases)
  • Facilitating the development of operationally focused knowledge and evidence (including the pre-positioning of evidence)
  • Providing technical expertise across response pillars
  • Developing and reviewing methodologies and tools for the rapid collection and analysis of data
  • Participation in coordination structures and working groups both ongoing and as part of surge around a specific event
  • Providing verbal briefings to senior leadership and policy makers
  • Strengthening collaborative networks of social scientists
  • Providing pre-deployment training and continued professional development to strengthen the cadre of applied anthropologists and social scientists who can be deployed into different response settings
  •  Coordination and facilitation of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary workshops and events

The above duties can be conducted remotely with travel as appropriate, but the Senior Research Associate may be deployed during an active emergency.

Key competancies

  • An advanced degree in anthropology or related social
  • Experience in humanitarian and emergency contexts, particularly health emergencies (including deployment)
  • Extensive experience in qualitative research in complex settings, ideally with experience in mixed-methods and a good understanding of quantitative research
  • Proven skills in presentation, training and facilitation
  • Strong academic background and ability to translate evidence into actionable / operational recommendations
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, in complex environments and with a range of stakeholders
  • Fluency in English and French
Application process

Please submit a detailed CV, covering letter and example of relevant recent work, to Olivia Tulloch ( copying Leslie Jones ( with Emergencies Position in the subject field of your email.  Please provide full contact details and the name of three references.

The deadline for applications is 23rd March 2020.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.  Interviews will be held in early April.


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