Arabic Propaganda Analysis Team Manager

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023


SSD: Chicago Project on Security and Threats - Staff and Temporary Employees

About the Department

The Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) is an academic center at the University of Chicago dedicated to policy-relevant national security research. The Arabic Language Analysis Team (APAT) is a grant-funded research projected led by CPOST Director and Principle Investigator (PI) Robert Pape. The goal of APAT is to identify and analyze the propaganda strategies and narratives used by foreign militant groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda to recruit and mobilize support across the Arabic-speaking world.

Job Summary

The job performs routine assignments related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives and mandates. Analyzes possible solutions using standard procedures. Writes articles, reports and manuscripts. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings.


  • APAT project manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the APAT and reports to the PI and the Research Director.

  • Duties include selecting and managing the APAT research team.

  • Maintaining and updating the Militant Propaganda Archive database with new releases; the timely completion of propaganda collection, translation, and analysis tasks; the production of research deliverables, including the quarterly propaganda threats and trends report and analysis of narratives in Arabic-language militant propaganda.

  • Regular monitoring and reporting on APAT’s progress toward core objectives.

  • Translate written and spoken Arabic from video and print material into English with high degree of accuracy and efficiency.

  • Manage and supervise the work of the APAT team members and research assistants.

  • Work with PI and Research Director to complete a systematic analysis of recruitment narratives in Arabic-language militant propaganda.

  • Update and maintain the Militant Propaganda Archive video database and manage access to the data according to University of Chicago policies.

  • Prepare the quarterly Propaganda Trends and Threats report and project-related slides for presentations as required.

  • Respond to occasional requests from the Primary Investigator and Research Director for analysis and data to contribute to public understanding of events.

  • Create and manage comprehensive project plan for ongoing collection and analysis of data. Work with PI to develop new project ideas and emerging lines of inquiry.

  • Align staff capacity (including full time, part time, and student staff) across the Arabic Propaganda Analysis Team to ensure realization of identified goals and priorities.

  • Assist the PI and Research Director with preparation of papers, abstracts, and grant/funder reports related to the APAT.

  • Maintains technical and administrative support for a research project.

  • Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Master’s Degree in a related field.

  • Must successfully complete an evaluation of ability to translate from Arabic to English.


  • Experience in political science, communications, media studies.

  • Experience working as part of a research team, project planning or study planning.

  • Experience supervising others and/or teams.

Preferred Competencies

  • Native or full professional fluency in Arabic and English language.

  • Excellent organizational, quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills with sharp attention to detail.

  • Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse professional environment.

  • Ability to effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines.

  • A quick, self-learner with ability to initiate, organize, prioritize and complete multiple, high-level projects; and work effectively with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong computer skills including ability to work with databases and data visualization.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research findings clearly to multiple audiences through oral presentations and written work.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

  • Ability to train others. Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, Teams.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)

  • Cover Letter (include earliest available start date) Research Statement (required)

  • Sample of translation ability (required)

  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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