Research Officer – Cotabato City, Philippines (National)

Geneva Call


Geneva Call is a neutral and impartial non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting respect for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict and other situations of violence, particularly those related to the protection of civilians. In the Philippines, Geneva Call employs a mix of direct and indirect strategies to advocate for the added value of humanitarian engagement with armed actors, with the aim of preventing protection risks in humanitarian crises. Equipping local stakeholders for humanitarian engagement is equally a centrepiece of Geneva Call’s strategy, which aims for sustainability and local ownership.In the context of armed conflict, Geneva Call focuses its efforts on the protection of children, education, healthcare, humanitarian access and cultural heritage; preventing forced displacement and food insecurity; prohibiting sexual violence and working towards the elimination of gender discrimination; as well as curbing the use of anti-personnel mines and other means and methods which are not in compliance with IHL..Geneva Call consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. Geneva Call is an inclusive working environment for all its staff. Applications are particularly encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


The Research Officer will directly contribute to the development of a comprehensive assessment of conflict-related violence and respect for International Humanitarian Law (IHL) to inform the formulation of contextualized strategies for protection and IHL advocacy in selected areas. The Research Officer will work closely with the project team in managing and implementing data collection activities, and assist the Operational Consultant in research design, data analysis, and report writing. Internal coordination will take place at Geneva Call’s offices in Cotabato City, Iligan City and remotely. The areas for research are conflict-affected parts in the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental; Samar, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas; Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur in CARAGA; as well as Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao.

Core responsibilities

  • Conduct literature reviews as well as desk research for pre-assessment of areas.
  • Lead in the detailed planning of data gathering activities in coordination with the Project Coordinator, Operational Consultant, and MEAL Officer.
  • Support the design and pilot of data collection instruments, such as survey questionnaires and interview guides. Operationalize the deployment of these tools, ensuring that they are used effectively and efficiently.
  • Conduct surveys, focus group discussions, interviews, and gathering of secondary data.
  • Conduct data quality checks to ensure data integrity.
  • Facilitate data management, ensuring proper data privacy and ethics.
  • Clean and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Assist the Operational Consultant in writing and finalizing the inception report and final research output.
  • Provide training or coaching for Field Assistants and support recruitment, training, and management of contracted field data collectors and data encoders as needed.
  • Provide technical and operational assistance to the project team in the dissemination of research findings and development of knowledge products.
  • Assist in the preparation of periodic progress reports, and other documentation requirements for internal and external reporting.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) activities in coordination with the MEAL Officer.
  • Provide advice to the Program Management team when consulted regarding analysis inquiries and clarifications.

Main qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in any social science, economics, public policy, development studies or other related fields.
  • Knowledge of IHL or International Human Rights Law (IHRL) is a distinct asset.

Work experience

  • At least 3 years’ professional experience with research projects and/or data analysis.
  • Experience with research topics related to armed conflict or projects in conflict-affected communities is an advantage.

Technical skills

  • Knowledge and experience with research methods.
  • Ability to perform quantitative and qualitative analysis for research. Experience with analysis platforms such as SPSS, STATA, or PowerBI is an advantage.
  • Strong writing skills to prepare, review and edit progress reports and research outputs.
  • Proficiency in the use of digital/computer software, at least with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Filipino.
  • Fluency in Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Surigaonon and/or Waray would be an asset.


  • Good communications skills to effectively present information and respond to questions.
  • Ability to manage relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Ability to think critically and solve problems.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and lead a small team.

Performance management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the GC Performance Management p. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The Job Description
  • The individual Work- and Professional Development Plan
  • The Competency Framework

Conflict of interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Appel de Genève / Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


  • Position: Research Officer
  • Type of contract: Fixed-term contract (National position)
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Work place: Cotabato City, Philippines & Remotely
  • Preferred start date: as soon as possible

How to apply

To apply please follow the link:

No later than 15 January 2024.

All applications will be kept confidential. Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further process.

Deadline: 15 Jan 2024