In this Issue:
1) Hold the date!
Upcoming TSAS Research Workshop, October 30, 2017. Ottawa, ON co-hosted with Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) UK, featuring CREST researchers.
Watch for announcement of full speaker roster. TSAS Workshops are open to TSAS Affiliates. The Workshops operate under Chatham House Rules.
For more details on CREST, its mandate and its funded research please visit https://crestresearch.ac.uk/
2) Valens Global – Analysis Internship – Spring 2018 – deadline for application September 24, 2017. Further details below.
3) Intensive Fieldwork Research Training for Complex, Volatile and Unpredictable Settings – October 2017, Picton, Ontario.
Further details below.
2) Spring 2018 Analysis Division Internship
Application Deadline: September 24, 2017
About Valens Global
Valens Global is a private firm that focuses on understanding the challenges posed by violent non-state actors, and fashioning innovative solutions for protecting our clients’ interests. Our head office is located in Washington, D.C. Valens is a young organization—self-consciously a start-up firm—that is not afraid to think differently. We believe that the world’s growing sub-state threats require analysts who are fiercely independent, in command of granular details, rigorous, and innovative. We have repeatedly challenged the field’s conventional wisdom—and have emerged with an exceptionally strong track record as a result.
Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, empowerment at junior levels, and quality. We are proud of our record of consistently delivering products that represent the organization well and stand the test of time. At Valens, you would be part of a smart, talented, and confident team of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks. We think Valens is a great place to work, and we believe that you will too.
Valens Global boasts a stable of clients with whom we love to work, and are proud to associate. Our clients include U.S. government agencies, tech firms, oil and gas companies, academic institutions, think tanks, and a host of other entities that need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world, and safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values.
About the Analysis Division Internship
Valens Global is seeking full-time interns to spend the spring 2018 semester with our Analysis division. You should be able to commit to working 30-40 hours per week. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $2,000, prorated if the interns work fewer than 40 hours a week. Work for the internship can be performed in Valens’s D.C. office or else remotely.
Your experience with the Analysis division would be research-centric. We give our interns the opportunity to provide analysis and research assistance on a range of projects, including threat assessments, briefings, reports, and even books. Over the course of the semester, interns will build skills in research methodology, open-source intelligence analysis, and analytic writing.
Ideal candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately to the Analysis team, and should even be able to take the lead on a variety of projects should the need arise. Consistent with Valens Global’s organizational philosophy, interns are encouraged to challenge conventional wisdom and critically analyze existing problems. Projects will be writing intensive. We want you to be able to produce polished, well-organized, thoughtful prose. Interns will be expected to consult a wide range of open-source materials, including primary and secondary sources, and social media data. We want you to come into your job knowing where to look.
The candidate must be organized. The candidate must be able to work effectively under pressure. The candidate will be expected to stay on top of deadlines and produce quality work products within tight time constraints. And on top of all that, we want you to be likeable. Are you up for the challenge? Read on.
Interested candidates should demonstrate strong interest in the study of violent non-state actors. Applicants would ideally have prior research experience, and have the ability to think creatively about complex problems. Dedication, focus, and enthusiasm are valued. The ability to conduct research in a foreign language is a plus, but not required.
1. Candidate must possess strong critical thinking and analytic skills.
2. Candidate must be a strong writer and editor.
3. Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
4. Must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week.
5. Must be eligible to work in the United States.
If you are interested in chatting with a previous Intern before applying – interested parties can email David Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Application Materials:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume or CV
3. At least two, and preferably three, references. Note: We are not looking for letters of recommendation, but rather people willing to serve as a reference for your qualifications who would be happy to talk to us about your candidacy.
4. Two writing samples. One should be brief (5 pages or less) and display the applicant’s ability to convey expansive, complicated information concisely and clearly. The second sample should be longer (at least 10 pages) to showcase the applicant’s ability to conduct in-depth, nuanced research. Both samples should include all relevant footnotes or citations.
5. Unofficial transcript copy.
Please send all applications to email@example.com
Candidates selected for additional evaluation will be asked to join us for a phone or in-person interview, and may be asked to perform a test of their research skills prior to being hired.
Valens Global LLC is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
3) Fieldwork Research Training
Does your field research take place in volatile locations?
Dr Scott Flower, a Senior Research Affiliate with TSAS has established a new, highly specialized fieldwork research training course that aims to enhance the capability and safety of researchers interested in doing fieldwork on terrorism and conflict.
Many field research locations in the world are increasingly complex, volatile and unpredictable. Fieldwork training is critical to improving researcher resilience and safety and ensuring that researchers can remain engaged in collecting cutting edge original data. New data is required to address many of the world’s biggest contemporary research questions and policy problems, and more fieldwork is required despite the increased risks associated with having researchers overseas. After all, collecting original data supports publishing in the best journals and winning grants.
Scott recently established GCORE Canada as a social enterprise to partner with universities and help them provide improved training and support to students and staff who do fieldwork. The course is built on the combination of Scott’s academic experience as a graduate supervisor and field researcher as well as his pre-academic careers in the Australian Army (1992-95), as a professional mountain rescue operator in New Zealand (1997-2003) and as an intelligence analyst at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (2006-08).
GCORE Canada is running a shortened version of its 8-day Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places course between 23-27 October in Picton, (Ontario) and would like to invite TSAS members to register for the 5-day course. The course will help researchers be more efficient (with their limited time/money), effective (collecting reliable data) and safe in the field and overseas. Using immersive, scenario-based role-playing learning environments, participants are pushed intellectually, emotionally and psychologically to develop a specialised yet diverse set of competencies that are beyond the scope of any disciplinary area.
Fieldwork training of the type GCORE Canada delivers will reassure Ethics Committee members who are partially responsible for evaluating risks to researchers and participants, leading to improved chances of ethics protocol approval. Such training also provides senior university management with a mechanism through which they can demonstrate that they are discharging their duty of care to students and staff working overseas. Unlike insurance, travel assistance or a hazard matrix, ultimately only education can build researcher capabilities to prevent fieldwork incidents and the severity of incidents when they occur.
The curriculum that you are invited to experience in has been tested and proven over 4 years at universities in Australia. The course was recently recognised by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) by awarding GCORE the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award, which is impressive given MGSE is ranked 5th in the World for Education, (QS Rankings 2017). This means the quality of the learning outcomes your people receive through this course are recognised as world-leading.
If you would like further information or would like to register for the course please read the attached promotional poster or contact Scott directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to do fieldwork on terrorism or conflict? This fieldwork training might be for you! https://gcore.com/solutions/learn/fchp-canada/