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Research Consultant (deadline: 19 Jan 2020)

This is a six-month (renewable) position for a Research Consultant who will help Seefar conduct research on migration in its European and external dimensions. Your research outputs will help us inform programme and policy decisions to support people in mixed migration flows.

Duties include quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, coordinating field research, basic project management, writing reports and producing insights for projects and donors in the region.

You will be an experienced researcher or evaluation expert with knowledge of migration, you have experience in managing field research and strong donor/client engagement skills, and an interest/ experience in managing projects and working autonomously.

You can be based anywhere in the world, must be fluent in English. A working knowledge of French, Arabic or other European languages is desirable. You will have the opportunity to travel.

Job Description


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

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 90% of your time and attention is focused on researching the

  • Support the delivery of migration research projects of a review/ evaluatory nature and combine this with:
  • Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships.
  • Coordinate projects and personnel within the programme and across the organisation.
  • Conduct desk-based research on areas of thematic interest using scholarly, grey, and internal sources.
  • Conduct secondary data analysis of datasets from open sources.
  • Contribute to the preparation of data collection tools for research. This may include survey questionnaires, and interview and focus group discussion guides.
  • Support the recruitment and management of field teams, and be comfortable doing so remotely.
  • Coordinate field research and ensure it is conducted to acceptable quality standards; support or conduct training where required.
  • Contribute to analysis of primary qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Prepare datasets for analysis using relevant software where required, and produce high quality reports and presentations. Experience writing for a policy audience is an advantage.
  • Help to design work-plans to address the research objectives of the project.
  • Performing basic project management functions using our internal project systems and processes.
  • Other tasks as required.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate Seefar’s values.

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Cooperate with other areas of Seefar, including to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall. For example, this would include adhering to financial and HR procedures.


As a Research Consultant in Seefar, you will be available to travel within and outside of Europe on a regular basis. Travel to European capitals for donor and liaison purposes may be required.

Working with Seefar

Current and former consultants 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 consultants 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.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have research experience relevant to migration issues and hold a Masters degree (or undergraduate with three additional years of relevant experience).

Your technical research and English writing skills are excellent and you have the ability to analyse quantitative/qualitative data using software (examples may include SPSS, Stata, R, Tableau; Atlas.ti or Nvivo).

You are comfortable with working remotely and highly organised with experience in project and field research management. You are results-focused and enjoy responsibility for delivering project results. You adapt to changes in your project or job, staying productive and keeping focused on goals.

You are fluent in English with good working knowledge of another relevant European or non-European language. You enjoy teamwork and have the ability to work within a multicultural team. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 19 January 2020, complete our online application form.

Before you start you should prepare the following:

  • A CV in Word or PDF format In Word or PDF format, 
  • An introductory letter that includes only the points below.
    • Detail on your level of fluency in English.
    • 1-2 paragraphs describing your professional working experience relevant to this role.
  • References to 2-3 samples of your professional or academic writing in English. Web links are preferred, or you may upload an example when you submit your application. Writing should be sole-authored and unedited. Examples of your migration-related work are encouraged but not required.