The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide (SCPG) seeks applicants for a fellowship to assess risks of mass atrocities in Uganda.
The Early Warning Fellow will work with the SCPG research director, staff, and collaborators to define priority research questions, plan associated research activities focused on analyzing plausible mass atrocity scenarios, conduct original research, and present results to policy makers and other interested audiences.
Focus Country: Uganda
Uganda has ranked 19th, 23rd, 25th, and 18th in the last four years of our annual Statistical Risk Assessment for mass killing. The situation in Uganda is characterized by multiple underlying risks and an uptick in tactics of repression (e.g., torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances). If a country-wide assessment is not feasible or applicable, the Fellow could propose to focus on a few high-risk areas and vulnerable communities.
The SCPG is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and related crimes against humanity and to catalyze an international response when they occur. Our goal is to make atrocity prevention a core foreign policy priority for leaders around the world through a multipronged program of research, education, and public outreach. We work to equip decision makers, starting with officials in the United States but also extending to other governments, with the knowledge, tools, and institutional support required to prevent—or, if necessary, halt—genocide and related crimes against humanity.
In partnership with Dartmouth College, the SCPG created the Early Warning Project, the first system of its kind to combine state-of-the-art methods to produce risk assessments of the potential for mass atrocities around the world. The first part of the project uses statistical forecasts to assess which countries are most at risk for a new onset of mass killing. The second part of the project is a series of deep, qualitative early warning assessments on selected countries, conducted by SCPG staff in partnership with country experts.
Mass atrocities, or atrocity crimes, are large-scale, systematic violence against civilians. They include genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and war crimes.
A mass killing occurs when the deliberate actions of armed groups in a country (including but not limited to state security forces, rebel armies, and other militias) result in the deaths of at least 1,000 noncombatant civilians in that country over a period of one year or less. The civilians must also have been targeted for being part of a specific group (see our Definitions page).
About Our Early Warning Assessments
The goals of these in-depth assessments are to spotlight specific potential “worst-case scenarios,” raise attention to countries that may be at-risk, illustrate the kind of country-specific analysis that should inform policy, and encourage policymakers to take preventive action.
Our in-depth assessments have been guided by the US State Department's Atrocity Risk Assessment Framework and focused on describing plausible mass atrocity scenarios in the subsequent 1-2 years.
Our research model to date has been for SCPG staff to work with an Early Warning Fellow (country expert) to conduct field research, co-author a written report, and brief relevant policy audiences on key findings and recommendations. We are open to the Fellow proposing other original research methods if traditional field research is not feasible.
Fellowship Description and Project Scope
The Fellowship is intended to provide Early Warning Project audiences with a deep-dive into dynamics in a country by describing scenarios that could lead to mass atrocities in the next 1–2 years.
The Early Warning Fellow will work with members of the SCPG Research Team to facilitate and co-lead research, co-draft a public report on risks of mass atrocities and potential preventive actions, and participate in policy outreach on the results of the research. The Fellow should draw on data and analysis from the Early Warning Project to inform and guide their work and use the US State Department Atrocity Risk Assessment Framework, as well as other materials suggested by SCPG staff.
On a case-by-case basis, Fellows might be asked to advise or assist SCPG staff on follow-on projects that would benefit from their input. This would be done by mutual agreement between the staff and the Partner.
We may also consider partnering with an organization rather than an individual.
Terms of Fellowship:
Timeline: The fellowship will run for approximately 6-12 months in total. A full timeline will be agreed upon before the project begins.The Fellow will be expected to keep in frequent contact with the SCPG Research Team during the term of the Fellowship.
Deliverable: The Fellow will work with SCPG staff to draft a paper based on the research that is ~7,500 words in length.
Budget: The Fellow will be paid a total amount of $20,000, which is intended to offset the Fellow’s expenses (excluding international travel, if required), research, and administrative costs associated with the Fellowship.
PhD or at least seven years of experience;
Demonstrated expertise related to politics, conflict, and/or human rights in Uganda;
Knowledge of and prior research in atrocity prevention, conflict and/or human rights;
The applicant’s professional achievements and promise;
The applicant’s ability to conduct the proposed research and complete the project, and to present information in a clear manner to a variety of audiences.
To apply, please submit the following:
A cover letter, 1-2 pages long, presenting your qualifications to conduct the necessary research, outlining the research you propose to conduct, the strategies you will employ to overcome research challenges, and how you anticipate that research will benefit decision-makers focused on preventing mass atrocities in that country;
Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV);
Contact information for three references.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that embraces a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications from all qualified individuals will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We expect to review the first batch of applications beginning April 16, 2023.