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Cyprus Critical History Archive (part of the Multiperspectivity and
Intercultural Dialogue in Education
– MIDE II project)
: Nicosia, Cyprus
Wednesday 29 February 2012
Fluency in English, as well as native fluency in Greek or Turkish.
The Cyprus Critical History Archive, a joint initiative of the Association for Historical
Dialogue and Research and the PRIO Cyprus Centre, aims to collect and catalogue
all available information on intercommunal relations and conflict-related violence in
Cyprus and to make this information available to researchers and to the public. The
archive aims to aid in building an accurate historical record that will serve as the
foundation for improved understanding and dialogue. The archive is housed at the
Home for Cooperation, located in the Ledra Palace area of the UN Buffer Zone.
The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) of
Cyprus was established in 2003. The AHDR contributes to the advancement of
historical understanding amongst the public and more specifically amongst children,
youth and educators by providing access to learning opportunities for individuals of
every ability and every ethnic, religious, cultural and social background, based on the
respect for diversity and the dialogue of ideas.
In November 2011, the AHDR initiated the new phase of the
Intercultural Dialogue in Education (MIDE)
project, funded by UNDP-ACT. In this
new initiative the AHDR will be building on the programs and activities initiated and
produced under phase I of the MIDE project. More specifically, the main priorities of
AHDR in the next phase of its work will be to:
- Further develop efforts to engage the general public on issues related to history
and history education in Cyprus as a means to promoting greater sensitivity to
the importance of multi-perspectivity.
- Engage key actors - specifically educators, young people, researchers and policy
makers - in AHDR educational, outreach and research programmes.
Along with this, the AHDR will continue to focus on and enhance its key
- Capacity building for educators through
teacher training workshops
- Promotion and dissemination of
- Facilitating and promoting
research through efforts such as the Cyprus
Critical History Archive and the Library
- Informing the development of new
policy approaches to history
For more information about AHDR, please visit www.ahdr.info.
About the PRIO Cyprus Centre:
The PRIO Cyprus Centre is a unit of the Peace
Research Institute Oslo. Since its inception, the PRIO Cyprus Centre has been
committed to both research and dialogue. Its aim is to contribute to an informed
public debate on key issues relevant to an eventual settlement of the Cyprus
problem. The PCC has identified divisive histories as one of the key elements of the
conflict and in 2009 began a Critical Historical Studies initiative to explore ways to
address this problem. The Cyprus Critical History Archive will contribute to ongoing
work aimed at addressing divisive histories.
For more information about PCC, please visit www.prio.no/cyprus
Duties and Responsibilities
The AHDR wishes to develop a roster of Research Assistants to contribute to the
work of the CCHA. The Research Assistant will contribute to the effective
implementation of the next phase of the MIDE project as a member of the Cyprus
Critical History Archive Team. S/he will be responsible for working with the CCHA
team to upload information into the CCHA online database. Specifically, the work will
entail the following:
Reviewing the CCHA’s electronic collection of English, Greek and Turkish
language newspaper articles from the 1955 to 1964 period.
Cataloguing, processing and preparing each article to be uploaded into the
database with the relevant information (cropping, preparing abstracts in the
main languages, identifying tags, uploading into the database).
The work and renumeration will be structured according to the submission of
deliverables associated with the above.
This is a position offering the potential to grow and become engaged in further
aspects of the CCHA
additional responsibilities may include:
Identifying additional archival material to be included in the CCHA.
Preparing and participating in the implementation of additional projects
associated with the CCHA.
Preparing articles about the CCHA.
Contributing to outreach and visibility efforts of the CCHA.
Required Skills and Experience
Researchers should have the following qualifications:
1) Fluency in English, as well as native fluency in Greek or Turkish.
An undergraduate degree or (preferably) a Master’s in history and/or social
sciences or a related discipline.
3) Research experience is essential, preferably involving archival research in history
or a history-related topic from different disciplines. Previous research experience
on any aspect of twentieth-century Cypriot history, and preferably either part of
the 1955-64 period, or any aspect of intercommunal relations, will be regarded
4) A demonstrable knowledge of the 1955-64 period will be regarded favourably.
5) Familiarity with principles and practices of archiving and cataloguing.
6) Strong IT skills, preferably previous experience of operating and maintaining
7) Willingness and ability to engage in extended periods of detail-oriented data
8) Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team.
9) Experience and/or understanding of multicultural and bi-communal projects
related to the Cypriot context.
10) Ability to travel island wide.
Planning and organizing:
Ability to prioritize own work plan and deliver assignments in a timely manner
Effective organizational skills and ability to allocate appropriate amount of time
and resources for completing work
Monitor and adjust plans and actions as necessary to ensure efficiency
Good interpersonal skills with positive attitude and focus
Ability to develop and maintain good partner relations and ability to work in a
multicultural, multi ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Good communications, diplomacy and people skills
Ability to write and articulate verbally in a clear and concise manner and
demonstrated ability to share information on important developments in relation
to the work of the project
Display institutional commitment and direction
Work to promote the Association’s vision, mission, values and strategic goals
Commitment to civil society
Sound computer skills; database experience; proficiency in Microsoft Office
(Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point); web skills a plus
Applications should include:
An up to date CV
A cover letter specifying how the candidate plans to contribute to the successful
implementation of the project.
Candidates should send their applications and supporting documents, via email, to
Deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday 29 February 2012, 18:00hrs
For additional information, please email:
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