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Research Consultant (deadline: 04 Feb 2019)

This is a six-month (renewable) position for a Research Consultant who will help Seefar conduct migration research across North and West Africa. 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 with knowledge of migration, you have experience in managing field research and strong donor/client engagement skills. You can be based anywhere in the world, must be fluent in English and have good working knowledge of French (working knowledge of Arabic desirable). You will have the opportunity to travel in North and West Africa.

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 http://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, CVE and human trafficking issues. Our research team is growing and this role will help manage that growth.

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the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/research/ but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.

For services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/services

For the issues we work on at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/themes/


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:

  • Support the delivery of migration research projects and liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 to North Africa and West Africa on a regular basis. Travel to European capitals for donor and liaison purposes may be equally required.

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 can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

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 two 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 field research management. You are results-focused and fluent in English with good working knowledge of French (working knowledge of Arabic would be an additional asset) and, ideally, based in the region of North or West Africa. 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 4 February 2019, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. At least 2 years experience researching migration issues.
    2. Experience in conducting field research
    3. A Masters degree (or undergraduate degree with two additional years of relevant experience)
    4. Experience analysing quantitative and qualitative data.
    5. Excellent donor/client engagement skills
    6. Complete fluency in oral and written English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. Detail on your level of fluency in English.
    2. 1-2 paragraphs describing your professional working experience relevant to this role.
    3. 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.