Job Post: Research Fellow – Digital Technologies in Humanitarian Action2022-01-25T16:00:09+01:00

Job Post: Research Fellow – Digital Technologies in Humanitarian Action

The Centre for Humanitarian Action (CHA) is looking for a part-time (50%) Research Fellow (m/f/d) for its research project on the use of digital technologies in humanitarian action in our Berlin-Mitte office starting 1. February 2022.

As an independent think tank, CHA contributes to the analysis, debate and communication of principle-based humanitarian action. We cooperate with various organisations such as German and international NGOs, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, UN agencies, governments, as well as academic and political actors.

We are looking for a candidate with policy and/or programmatic knowledge and experience in the area of digital technologies of humanitarian action, ideally including the digitalisation of aid practices and strategies in German and/or international aid organisations, as well as the associated opportunities and risks regarding safe, ethical and effective utilisation of data.


  • Further elaboration and execution of the CHA’s digital technologies research project, its agenda, budget, as well as fostering relevant partnerships (see:
  • Conducting studies, analyses, and publishing blog posts on the topic of digitalisation, with a focus on data responsibility and literacy of German and international organisations
  • Organising and facilitating workshops and conferences in this area in Germany and abroad
  • Coordinating the project with the project partners and funding organisations
  • Coordinating the formal reporting of the project, including its budgetary plan
  • Undertaking external communication and presentation of the project in German and international networks
  • Providing support in other thematic areas / events of CHA
  • Possibly undertaking some administrative tasks


  • Several years of professional experience conducting research projects
  • Good knowledge in the field of humanitarian data politics, policies and practice, as well as the current state of research
  • Good knowledge of German and international humanitarian actors and the humanitarian system
  • Knowledge of European and international humanitarian think tanks and their focus areas of work is desirable
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Working level of German is desirable
  • Openness, accuracy, team spirit, personal responsibility

What we offer:

  • Working in Germany’s first and growing think tank on humanitarian affairs in a vibrant humanitarian community and city
  • Scope and liberty to develop and steer a research project on one of the key future topics of humanitarian action
  • Interaction with leading German and international humanitarian actors from government side, civil society and academia  
  • Diverse tasks and flexible working hours partially manageable remotely if appropriate
  • Committed and creative colleagues, and a lot of team spirit

The position is initially limited to 1.5 years with a desired extension. If you have any questions, please contact Sonja Hövelmann:

Please send your application in one PDF file (max. 10 MB) by 9 December 2021 to The application should include CV, motivation letter as well as work samples and references. Selected applicants will be invited for online interviews on 15 and 16 December 2021.

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