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Security, Justice and Safeguarding Consultant (deadline: 10 Nov 2019)

The Security, Justice and Safeguarding Consultant will provide research support for projects implemented in Afghanistan. This is a full-time position for three months with possible extension. You can live wherever you like. Travel opportunities are likely but we will consider applications from those unable to travel. 

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 in which 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 

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

For examples of projects relevant to security and justice, please visit http://seefar.org/tag/security-and-justice 


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

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

  • Support the delivery of research projects with specific attention to safeguarding of young adults in programming and education;
  • Provide guidance on safeguarding best practices in research and programming;
  • Conduct desk-based research on areas of thematic interest using scholarly, grey, and internal sources;
  • Contribute to the preparation of data collection tools for research. This may include survey questionnaires, and interview and focus group discussion guides;
  • Contribute to the analysis of primary qualitative and quantitative data and final research reports, specifically with a view to quality assurance related to safeguarding best practices;
  • Coordinate field research (remotely and in-person) and ensure it is conducted to acceptable quality standards; support or conduct training where required;
  • Ensure insights forwarded by field teams are of good quality and meet the needs of the research framework; this may include phone calls with the Lead Field Researchers to ask any follow-up questions to improve final reports and findings;
  • Help to design work-plans to address the research objectives of the project;
  • Perform basic project management functions using our internal project systems and processes.


  • Strengthening the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in research with a dedicated focus on safeguarding in high-risk environments;
  • Liaising with partners and donors to identify how the Enterprise can assist, and manage proposals or other processes to initiate projects. For example, this would include writing or working on proposals, application and coordinate other documents;
  • Support the growth of Seefar’s Safeguarding Audit, Advice and Action Unit by supporting the team on Business Development and conceptual development;
  • Undertaking targeted development activities that support your needs and objectives.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.
  • 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.

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:

  • More than two years of experience on international security, justice and safeguarding issues.
  • A Masters degree (or undergraduate degree with two additional years of relevant experience).
  • Good foundational knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and experience analysing quantitative and qualitative data using software (examples may include SPSS, Stata, R, Tableau; Atlas.ti or Nvivo).
  • Familiarity with concepts and terminology in the fields of safeguarding, security and justice, and international development more broadly.
  • Fluency in spoken English and strong drafting/report writing skills in English.
  • Experience in proposal writing and excellent donor/client engagement skills.
  • Comfort with working remotely and highly organised with experience in field research management. For example, you have conducted fieldwork in a developing country with infrastructural challenges (e.g. limited internet access), preferably in countries where Seefar operates.
  • Motivation to work with by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.
  • You enjoy teamwork and have the ability to work within a multicultural team.

To apply for this Role

On or before November 10, 2019, 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. 

Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. At least 2 years of experience working on international development issues related to security, justice, and safeguarding.
    2. Experience in planning and 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.
    7. Specific experience drafting reports in 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. Details on your level of fluency in English including written 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. Weblinks are preferred, or you may upload an example when you submit your application. Writing should be sole-authored and unedited.