The European Union-funded project Amplifying Leadership of Local Youth in Preventing Violent Extremism in South Asia (ALLY) is organizing a Young Researchers Program on Peacebuilding and Preventing Violent Extremism.

8 youth (two from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan each) will be selected for the research program. These youth will be trained as a researcher (in data collection and analysis) and will have a key role in data collection, analysis, and contributing to the writing of research outputs and their dissemination after the research assignment.


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.
  • Analyze 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 program. This entire project will be organized 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).

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  • 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 programs 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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 the ability to motivate peers/ other youth at the community level.
  • Aged preferably between 18 and 30, due to the nature of the project youth will be given a priority.

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  • Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. 
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  • Last date to apply is August 3, 2020.