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Research & Business Intern – The Ethical Recruitment Agency (deadline: 17 May 2020)

The Research and Business Intern supports The Ethical Recruitment Agency (TERA). This role has responsibility for providing research, marketing, training, analysis, and administrative assistance in support of TERA’s mission: to help workers benefit from their migration while staying safe from exploitation. The ideal candidate will have recently obtained their graduate degree, bring a diverse skill set, be a fast learner, and care deeply about social impact and labour migration.

This is a remote position and paid internship.

Seefar encourages applicants from a variety of backgrounds including displaced persons and persons with disabilities.

Job Description

Seefar is a social enterprise with a vision for a world where vulnerable people have more opportunities to advance themselves. We launched The Ethical Recruitment Agency (TERA) in 2018 to help people benefit from working abroad while staying safe from exploitation. We directly recruit workers, fully prepare them for jobs abroad, do not charge fees and monitor them to make sure they remain safe. We place workers in a variety of sectors including construction, hospitality, oil & gas and more. For more information about us, please visit https://ethicalrecruitmentagency.com/

TERA is seeking a Research and Business Intern to provide a wide variety of analytical, marketing and research services in support of our mission. You will support our research, monitoring and evaluation on migrant worker welfare and ethical labour recruitment. You will support our marketing, business development and engagement with responsible businesses. You will edit internal and external documents and recommend improvements to business processes. You are comfortable working with a diverse staff around the world. You are fluent in English and speak at least one other language well (Arabic or Hindi preferred, not required). You have basic knowledge of worker welfare, labour migration, and ethical recruitment and bring a strong desire to learn more. You are willing to commit to our Ethical Principles (see below). This role demands someone who is smart, self-motivated, and has a strong work ethic. This is a full-time position.


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

Deliver: Research, Monitoring & Evaluation 

About 33% of time and effort: 

  • Conducting secondary/desk research on labour migration, ethical recruitment and similar topics;
  • Training and managing field staff and ensuring data quality assurance; 
  • Conducting basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis;
  • Updating data spreadsheets and supporting M&E tasks;
  • Writing, editing and publishing reports and documents;
  • Providing other research support as needed.

Deliver: Marketing, Business Development and Business Analysis

About 33% of time and effort: 

  • Supporting TERA’s marketing, branding and client engagement;
  • Identifying business and marketing opportunities for TERA;
  • Reviewing and recommending business process improvement;
  • Supporting proposal-writing;
  • Providing other ad hoc business support.

Support: Administration and Program Development

About 33% of time and effort: 

  • Producing and complying with donor and client reporting requirements;
  • Completing administrative tasks quickly and correctly, including documentation, timekeeping, financial reporting and other ad hoc responsibilities;
  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values and TERA’s Principles.

TERA’s Ethical Code of Conduct

TERA firmly believes in supporting and protecting the health, safety, welfare, security, and dignity of each of our workers. This commitment is reflected in our fundamental principles, which are always integrated into our commercial and personnel contracts. These principles are the foundation of our Code of Conduct, which permeates our specific obligations, policies and processes. 

  1. We always follow the law.  TERA takes compliance with the applicable laws seriously.
  2. We respect, protect and promote migrant workers’ rights. TERA ensures that workers are never subject to any form of forced, compulsory, bonded, indentured, or prison labour.
  3. We guarantee no recruitment fees and provide debt-free employment opportunities. TERA follows the “employer pays” recruitment model and we do not charge workers fees.
  4. We commit to transparent recruitment processes and clear employment contracts. TERA will ensure workers fully understand the terms and conditions of their employment and are provided with written Contracts in a language they understand. 
  5. We adequately prepare workers for work and life abroad. Workers are fully informed of their human and labour rights and entitlements before they go abroad and are adequately trained for their new jobs.
  6. We ensure workers have full access to their identity documents and freedom of movement. No workers’ passports or identity documents are retained by TERA or our employer partners.
  7. We partner with employers that provide decent and safe working and living conditions. TERA is committed to ensuring workers are provided with clean, secure, safe, and healthy working and living environments.
  8. We work with employers that pay fair wages regularly, directly and on time. We monitor our workers while they are abroad to ensure payments are delivered as agreed.
  9. We ensure that workers have access to remedy. TERA’s workers have access to grievance procedures without risk of reprisal, and safe return is guaranteed.
  10. We adhere to inclusive policies and procedures. We do not discriminate on the basis of nationality, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, family status, ethnicity, social status, political affiliation, race, or religion. 
  11. We are committed to the elimination of child labor. TERA is committed to ensuring that no person under the age of majority is recruited for work. 
  12. Zero tolerance for corruption, bribery and kickbacks.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have the following experience and capacities:

  • Strong research and business skills;
  • An entrepreneurial attitude;
  • Flexibility and deep desire to learn;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English; 
  • A recent MBA or master’s degree (candidate close to receiving their degree will also be considered);
  • A commitment to social impact, migrant worker welfare and TERA’s Principles;
  • Exceptional organisational and self-management skills, with a track record of on-time delivery;
  • Additional language skills preferred but not required, with preferences including Arabic and Hindi.

To apply for this Role

  • The deadline for submission is 17 May 2020.
  • Complete our online application form. Please do not include your name or your photo in your CV or letter. This is because we review your application based purely on your previous experiences and introductory letter. 
  • Along with your CV you also need to upload an introductory letter that answers the questions below.


Before you start the application, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. A recent master’s degree (or will be completed by August 2020); 
    2. An understanding and willingness to commit to upholding TERA’s Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct;
    3. Strong oral and written English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the following:
    1. Why are you interested in working for TERA? (1 paragraph)
    2. What is one common problem in labour recruitment? What safeguards or solutions should TERA implement to ensure we avoid this problem? (1 paragraph)
    3. Imagine that TERA is looking for commercial clients (e.g. employers of migrant workers) in Qatar. What is one marketing strategy you would recommend to reach our target clients, and why? (1 paragraph)