(20 July) German-speaking researcher (consultant) sought, International Nuremberg Principles Academy: Witnessing International Crimes

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is seeking a German speaking Researcher (consultant) to contribute to a project on refugees as witnesses of international crimes in Nuremberg, Germany. Please see the detailed information below. Applications will be reviewed starting 20 July 2016 until a suitable candidate is found.


Terms of Reference

Researcher (Consultant) on Project “Witnessing International Crimes: Refugees in Europe and Accountability Procedures”

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) is a foundation dedicated to the advancement of international criminal law. It is located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law, and is conceived as a forum for the discussion of contemporary issues in the field. The mission of the Nuremberg Academy is to promote the universality, legality and acceptance of international criminal law (ICL). The foundation´s main fields of activity include interdisciplinary research, trainings and consultant services specially tailored to target groups, and human rights education. The Nuremberg Academy places a special focus on the cooperation with countries and societies currently facing challenges related to international criminal law. The Nuremberg Academy was founded by the German Foreign Office, the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Nuremberg.

The project “Witnessing International Crimes: Refugees in Europe and Accountability Procedures” establishes itself within the current refugee crisis in Europe. Staff members of social welfare institutions and volunteers often work with asylum seekers from conflict areas who have been victims or witnesses of violence. Certain types of violence amount to international crimes that fall within international jurisdiction. This means, on the one hand, that asylum seekers might act as witnesses in future criminal proceedings. On the other hand, many NGO employees and volunteers are confronted with information about such crimes in informal settings, having neither the necessary understanding of ICL, nor the knowledge of possible usage and handling of such information.

To inform about this situation and its possible consequences, the Nuremberg Academy will develop a set of guidelines for employees and volunteers working with asylum seekers and refugees in Germany/Europe. The guidelines will contain information on the significance of ICL in such settings, as well as what this entails for asylum seekers/refugees and the employees and volunteers working with them. It will also inform on the possible actions that can be taken in such circumstances. The guidelines will (1) enhance understanding amongst refugee workers on the possible implications their work will have in relation to accountability for human rights violations and (2) enhance the ability to recognize information that could be used in the accountability process, knowing who to give it to and acting in a way that ensures security for both refugees and those who work with them.

To this end, the Nuremberg Academy conducts a pilot project in the city of Nuremberg that includes researching the needs of different organizations involved with refugees and developing and testing draft guidelines. We are currently seeking a Researcher (consultant) to carry out a number of tasks for this project in the coming 5 months.

Tasks and deliverables

The Researcher will work on a consultancy basis. S/he will conduct a limited exploratory field research in Nuremberg, the findings of which will be presented in a short (internal) research report. It will focus on two aspects: first, the description of the situation of refugee workers/welfare providers; and second, the de jure and de facto current lines of reference, i.e. how relevant information should be processed (which authorities are responsible), and how it is processed in reality. The research findings and report will shape the writing of the guidelines.

The project design asks for an exploratory research framework, in which open interviews, semi-structured interviews, (limited) participant observation, focus group interviews and other qualitative data gathering methods could play a significant role. At this stage, the Nuremberg Academy is not interested in representative information (e.g. from surveys) and certain numbers of interviewees do not have to be met. However, the researcher is expected to speak with all stakeholders involved, such as: small and large care providers, small and large home providers, translators, employees of the city of Nuremberg, as well as representatives of relevant authorities. The Researcher will receive substantial support from the Nuremberg Academy and the refugee coordination office of the city of Nuremberg in establishing contact with possible interviewees, a great number of whom have already been identified and signaled their willingness to cooperate in this project. Arabic translation will be provided when needed.

In close cooperation with an expert group coordinated by the Nuremberg Academy, as well as the city of Nuremberg refugee coordination office, the Researcher will then develop draft guidelines to be tested by Nuremberg-based organizations. The Researcher is expected to design and operationalize a testing method/questionnaire and revise the guidelines following the input from experts and other stakeholders. The overall assignment will take place over a five month period.

In sum, the Researcher will accomplish the following tasks:

1.      Develop a research design, specifying research methods and timelines.
2.      Carry out a limited field research in Nuremberg and deliver short research report
3.      Develop draft guidelines
4.      Supervise testing of the guidelines by organizations based in Nuremberg (2-3 weeks maximum)
5.      Finalize guidelines according to input received


.       PhD or post-doc level in social sciences or related field, or a Masters’ degree with 3 years relevant professional experience
.       Proven empirical research experience
.       Strong qualitative research skills
.       Good understanding of current situation of asylum seekers /refugees in Europe and general legal situation
.       Fluent English and German with proven writing and editing skills in both languages

.       Experience in conducting qualitative research with asylum seeker/refugee populations in Europe
.       Experience in making available empirical research findings to non-academic audiences
.       Good understanding of international criminal law
.       Proximity to Nuremberg
.       Knowledge of Arabic

All communication with the Academy and all written documents handed in by the Researcher will be in English. Travel to Nuremberg will not be reimbursed.

Timeline and remuneration

The assignment will be completed within a maximum of 5 months, and can be conducted on a flexible basis. A possible timeline could be:

Assignment       // Possible timeline     // Comments
1       Develop a research design, specifying research methods and timelines.  // July 2016
2       Carry out a limited field research in Nuremberg and deliver short research report         / August – September 2016 / In close cooperation with the Nuremberg Academy.
3       Develop draft guidelines  // September 2016      //  In close cooperation with the Nuremberg Academy and an expert panel.
5       Supervise testing of the guidelines by organizations based in Nuremberg (2-3 weeks maximum)     //  October      //  In close cooperation with the Nuremberg Academy. Researcher is expected to develop a method of gathering test results (questionnaire etc.).
6       Finalize guidelines      // October – November 2016       //  In close cooperation with the Nuremberg Academy and an expert panel.

Remuneration will be commensurate with seniority and experience. The Researcher will work as a consultant for the Nuremberg Academy and will receive a lump sum for the entire project, which can be divided into installments according to the project phases.

Application process

Please send your CV, motivation letter, and a 1-page research plan indicating an envisaged time schedule to Dr Tallyn Gray, Tallyn.Gray@stadt.nuernberg.de . Review of applications will begin 20 July 2016 and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found.

For further information about the Nuremberg Academy please go to http://www.nurembergacademy.org