Researcher at NIOD
The Netherlands' Deployment in Afghanistan (2001-2021): "Afghan Perspectives"
(30,4 hours per week)About the research programme
Since December 2001, the Kingdom of the Netherlands has made multiple contributions to international military operations, crisis management measures, humanitarian actions and (re)construction projects in and around Afghanistan. It has particularly done so through military detachments and deployments - under the banners of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) -, through the Netherlands embassy in Kabul, and through support to governmental and non-governmental initiatives and assistance programmes. The Netherlands' Council of Ministers commissioned the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD-KNAW), in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH), to conduct external, independent, and scholarly research into the Netherlands' deployments in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2021.
The research programme aims to investigate and analyse the facts, circumstances and context, and aftermath of this deployment from a broader historical framework, and deals with the nature, scope, costs, time period, and stated objectives of the Netherlands' military, diplomatic and civil deployment, as well as the limitations, dilemmas and choices made in implementations on the ground. The study is organised around three themes: (a) the national and international decision-making processes; (b) the Netherlands' integrated deployment in situ; and (c) the legitimisation of the Netherlands' missions in a broader historical context. The research programme consists of 9 individual scholarly studies on specific themes, including 5 military mission-related studies, and will conclude with a synthesising final report, which will be presented to the Netherlands' Government and Parliament.About the position
The NIOD-KNAW is currently recruiting a researcher to complete the team. The newly recruited researcher will assist the senior researcher in setting up, carrying out and finalising one individual study within the research programme, in close cooperation with the scientific project leaders, and other (senior) researchers. This individual study will revolve around Afghans' collective experiences of war, occupation, and violence in the period 2001-2021 in a broader historical context. Methodologically, it will require both archival investigation and ethnographic fieldwork, examination of visual and textual primary sources, as well as oral history interviews and critical discourse analysis.Profile
- The NIOD-KNAW is looking for a researcher with demonstrable qualifications, experience, capacities, and ambitions;
- The newly recruited researcher will become part of the Research Department of the NIOD and will closely cooperate with the Netherlands Institute for Military History (NIMH);
- The newly recruited researcher is expected to work closely with their senior researcher for one individual study, in terms of setting up, carrying out and finalising the scholarly research;
- The newly recruited researcher is expected to be an excellent and sociable team player.
The appointment is at the KNAW for the benefit of the NIOD and offers the prospect of part-time employment for a fixed period of 1 year with the option of extension for the duration of the project to a total of 4 years. You will first receive a contract for the period of one year, which after a successful review will be extended for three extra years. Start date as of 1st May 2023 if possible. An A-Level screening (MIVD) will be part of the hiring procedure.Apply
- Your application consists of a motivation letter and curriculum vitae.
For more information about the vacancy, please contact Prof. Uğur Ümit Üngör
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- The interviews will take place on 22nd and 31st March 2023.
- You can apply via the button on this page until 15th March 2023.
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