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Research Intern: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (deadline: 08 Oct 2020)

Seefar is seeking applications for a Research Intern to support the Research and M&E Team on several projects related to trafficking in persons (TIP), modern slavery and migration and provide analytical and research services. You will have demonstrated experience in designing and carrying out qualitative and quantitative research; basic understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in international programming; have thematic experience on, and a strong interest in, migration and modern slavery; enjoy working in a high performing team from multiple countries; are results focussed; and have complete fluency in English. 

You can be based anywhere in the world and may have the opportunity to travel (COVID-19 dependent). This is a paid position, with working hours being flexible. 

Seefar encourages applicants from a variety of backgrounds and locations, including those in developing countries, displaced persons, and/or those with physical disabilities.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a vision for a world where vulnerable people have more opportunities to advance themselves. 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 

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/services

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This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly and interested in hard challenges. You are comfortable working with a diverse staff around the world, are fluent in English and speak at least one other language well (French preferred, not required).



You will support the Research and M&E Team in delivering several projects related to TIP, modern slavery and migration. Specifically, you will be involved in the design of research frameworks and data collection tools for a project on TIP and modern slavery in Sub-Saharan Africa, primary data collection, data analysis, and writing the final report. You will support regular monitoring of modern slavery programme outputs and outcomes as well as the final evaluation, for example with primary data collection against programme indicators. You will edit internal and external documents and recommend improvements to our outputs. Depending on the candidate’s experience, you may also support the Research and M&E team on other migration projects, for example in quantitative data cleaning and analysis and data visualization.


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

Deliver: Research and M&E

Approximately 90% of your time and attention:

  • Conducting secondary/desk research on TIP, modern slavery, migration and similar topics;
  • Designing M&E and research data collection tools (qualitative and quantitative; key informant interviews, interviews with vulnerable migrants, pre- and post-intervention tests etc.);
  • Training and managing field staff and ensuring data quality;
  • Conducting basic quantitative and qualitative data cleaning and analysis;
  • Writing, editing and publishing reports and documents;
  • Updating data spreadsheets and supporting M&E tasks, such as monitoring and QA’ing monitoring data;
  • Supporting data visualization using Tableau (not required).


Support: Administration and Programme Development

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Completing administrative tasks quickly and correctly, including documentation, timekeeping, financial reporting and other ad hoc responsibilities;

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.

An Excellent Candidate

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

  • Strong research skills and experience in designing and delivering qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Knowledge of M&E and primary data collection for M&E purposes;
  • Thematic knowledge of TIP, modern slavery and/or migration;
  • Experience with data visualization preferred but not required;  
  • Flexibility and deep desire to learn;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English; 
  • A recent master’s degree (candidate close to receiving their degree will also be considered);
  • A commitment to social impact;
  • Exceptional organisational and self-management skills, with a track record of on-time delivery.

To apply for this Role

On or before October 8, 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 January 2021); 
    2. Experience in delivering qualitative and quantitative research and basic understanding of M&E;
    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 Seefar as a Research Intern? (1 paragraph)
    2. What is one question you would like to conduct research on related to the prevalence of TIP in and from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and why? How would you go about answering that question? (2 paragraphs)