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Migration Analyst (deadline: 24 Sep 2017)

As a Migration Analyst at Seefar you will conduct research on displaced people, migration, human trafficking and modern slavery. You will design research projects, analyse data, write reports, train field staff and produce insights for projects globally. You will have deep knowledge on migration and have experience researching migration issues. You can live wherever you like, must be fluent in English and get to travel.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit https://seefar.org/about-us

This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly and interested in hard challenges. Seefar has a track record for delivering research projects in East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia on migration and human trafficking issues. Our research team is growing and the role will help manage that growth.

To get a sense of the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/research/ but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.

For examples of projects relevant to migration, please visit https://seefar.org/tag/migration/ and for human trafficking and modern slavery, please visit https://seefar.org/tag/human-trafficking-modern-slavery/


One of your colleagues will be Paul. As a Senior Migration Analyst, he has a lot of experience in your role and will be there to show you the ropes at Seefar.






We are looking for someone with:

  • At least 2 years’ experience researching migration issues.
  • Experience implementing migration-related projects. These would be research-oriented, policy focussed and/or field-based interventions.
  • A track record conducting research and analysis, combining primary and secondary sources to produce high-quality reports, and other outputs.
  • Motivation to learn, develop, grow and travel to achieve social impact.
  • Complete fluency in oral and written English.

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.


Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 75% of your time and attention:

  • Designing mixed methods research projects.
  • Ensuring field research is conducted to acceptable quality standards and supervising or conducting training where required.
  • Conducting analysis of mixed methods research outputs and producing (writing and editing) high quality reports and presentations.
  • Analysing, visualising and presenting data, including using software.
  • Liaising with donors including to present research findings.
  • Ensure donor needs are met and expectations exceeded where possible.
  • Provide thematic inputs to programmes relating to migration, displaced people, human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Learning and developing your technical skills.
  • Other tasks as required.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 15% of your time and attention:

  • Strengthening the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in migration research.
  • Conducting fundraising for Seefar. This includes building and maintaining networks with potential supporters, identifying new opportunities and creating new projects, and supporting existing fundraising activity.

Direct: Global Management

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Representing and demonstrating the Enterprise’s values.
  • Cooperating with other areas of the Migration Program and Enterprise to support corporate management overall. For example, adhering to financial and HR procedures.

Your work as a Migration Analyst allows you to travel. Examples include:

  • Attending twice-yearly all permanent personnel meetings. In 2017 these were in Amman, Jordan and Dubai, UAE.
  • Attending meetings of Migration Program personnel. In 2016-17 these were in the UK, Turkey, Spain and Italy.
  • Travel to implementation countries to train field personnel and conduct qualitative research. Examples of project travel include Ethiopia, Tunisia, Iraqi Kurdistan, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Italy and Greece.
  • Traveling to meet donors and potential donors to the program, mostly in Western capitals.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
  • It is a fast paced work environment so productivity and prioritisation skills are essential.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have experience working as a researcher on migration, human trafficking or modern slavery issues. You have statistical analysis, and/or qualitative analysis skills, preferably with some experience using software for this. Your writing skills are excellent and you have the ability to lead research projects and produce high quality products. You are confident engaging with donors and stakeholders to scope projects in alignment with their needs and produce outputs that meet expectations. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You enjoy travelling and are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 24 September 2017, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:

  1. At least 2 years’ experience researching migration issues.
  2. Experience implementing migration-related projects. These would be research- oriented, policy focussed and/or field-based interventions.
  3. A track record conducting research and analysis, combining primary and secondary sources to generate high-quality products.
  4. Motivation to learn, develop, grow and travel to achieve social impact.
  5. Complete fluency in oral and written English.

Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format.

In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the following:

  1. A paragraph explaining a migration-related project you have implemented. What was the project? What was your role? What were the project’s achievements? If it wasn’t successful, why?
  2. A paragraph identifying a migration problem or opportunity that you think would benefit from research. What is the problem or opportunity? What about it is not well understood? What kind of research would gain new insights? We are not asking for a detailed method, only a short diagnosis.
  3. Detail on your level of fluency in English.
  4. References to samples of your professional writing. Web links are preferred, or you may upload an example when you submit your application. Sole-authored writing is preferred.
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