Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab Project Lead: Decoding Dehumanization

The Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab is seeking a Project Lead for its Decoding Dehumanization project: a research and policy initiative designed to create evidence-based approaches to preventing group-targeted harm (such as systemic discrimination, or mass atrocities) by interrupting the dehumanization process or developing interventions which rehumanize. The Project Lead will work with the team at Beyond Conflict and the Innovation Lab, and will be located in Boston.

About the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab: 

The Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, a research and development unit within Beyond Conflict, was created to apply behavioral and brain science to real-world issues by discovering, developing and deploying new tools that reduce conflict and facilitate positive social change.

About Decoding Dehumanization: 

The Decoding Dehumanization project aims to develop and test interventions aimed at reducing dehumanization and support for violence and apply the research to real-world policy through partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations, in the US and internationally. Current project intervention sites include Nigeria, and working with US-based groups focused on migrant issues.

The Position: 

This is a grant-funded position that begins in the Fall of 2019 and will last until September 2020 with potential for an extension through February 2023.

The Project Lead’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate and manage the implementation of the Decoding Dehumanization project. In this capacity, (s)he will work closely with Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab staff members, Beyond Conflict scientists, and other internal and external stakeholders to advance the mission of the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab and the Decoding Dehumanization project.

  • Manage implementation of the Decoding Dehumanization Project including travel to field sites and organization of related meetings, workshops, and any other programmatic agenda items
  • Manage and regularly provide updates on Project budget, work plan/Gantt chart, and deliverables
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with organizations, funders, and other applicable internal and external stakeholders including the creation of MOUs and negotiating terms of agreements 
  • Work with Beyond Conflict scientists to design and test dehumanization-reducing interventions
  • Support field research, especially in Nigeria and along the US southern border
  • Draft policy papers, funder reports and communication posts
  • Represent Beyond Conflict at meetings and public fora to speak on its dehumanization research and intervention work 
  • Plan and execute the scaling-up of the project for maximum impact among practitioners, policy-makers and researchers through the expansion of existing initiatives, obtainment of additional funding and finding opportunities to share the project results    

Qualifications and Characteristics

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • An MA/MPA/MPP in public policy, psychology or related fields
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience working in the government, non-profit or commercial sectors, especially on issues of violence and atrocity prevention, diplomacy, or social justice, with some familiarity with organizations working in this area
  • Experience with and knowledge of social psychology or social cognition
  • Familiarity with quantitative analysis skills and conducting psychological or cognitive science research, especially in practical field settings
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience managing projects that require attention to details, tight timeframes, and periodic troubleshooting 

Why Work with Beyond Conflict?

At Beyond Conflict you will have the exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of psychological research, and the development of interventions to help shape the world in which we live. Beyond Conflict also offers competitive salary and benefits package including 401K, health, dental, and generous vacation packages.

To Apply:

A successful application will include a CV and a cover letter detailing relevant experience and qualifications for this position; salary will be commensurate with experience. Please submit the requested information to jobs@beyondconflictint.org. Beyond Conflict is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About Beyond Conflict – Founded in 1992, Beyond Conflict is a global non-profit organization based in Boston that works with government, nonprofit and community leaders to address conflict and promote social change in the United States and abroad. In recent years, Beyond Conflict has partnered with cognitive and behavioral scientists to create the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab for Neuroscience and Social Conflict, a research and development unit within the organization, which conducts original research, applies existing scientific insights and tests new interventions. The goal is to apply brain science to design and promote new tools that reduce conflict, increase tolerance, and facilitate positive social change in the United States and abroad.