Internship: Psychology Research Assistant
(deadline: 6 June 2021)

Context

As a Psychology Research Assistant at Seefar you will support our work on people, migration, human trafficking and modern slavery. Responsibilities will be set according to experience and background, and may include: supporting the design and content writing of psych based training modules, quantitative analysis, report and proposal writing, administration of projects, desk research and evaluation. You will have knowledge of quantitative analysis (having qualitative skills too is a bonus), an understanding of research processes and be an excellent written communicator. This is a paid internship. You can live wherever you like, and must be fluent in English. 

Our Commitment to You

As a social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring mutual benefit to the Enterprise and interns. In recognition of the innovation and hard work interns bring, we offer:

  • A paid internship and the flexibility to live wherever you want.
  • Investment in your professional development.
  • Continual review of tasks and responsibilities to best reflect interests and skill level.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in migration, trafficking, exploitation 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 https://seefar.org/about

This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly and interested in hard challenges.. 

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the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/research/ but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.

For examples of projects, please visit https://seefar.org/projects/

We are looking for someone with:

  • Minimum Masters level in Psychology, Research or similar.
  • Knowledge of quantitative analysis (qualitative a bonus).
  • A track record conducting independent analysis and producing high-quality reports, and other outputs.
  • A keen interest in innovations, testing and learning.
  • Motivation to learn, develop, and grow to achieve social impact, with an openness to new places and cultures, and high comfort working with a diverse, geographically spread team.
  • Comfortable in  learning and adapting to new software, and willingness to communicate using Skype.
  • Complete fluency in oral and written English.

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 is a fast paced work environment so productivity and prioritisation skills are essential.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have creativity, flair and personality while also being able to deliver. You excelled in your psychology or research degree or Masters, which has given you the foundation skills and a structure, which you have demonstrated either academically or professionally. You are interested in the full range of  psychosocial analysis and research and have a strong desire to be innovative and experimental. You recognise the importance of being highly organised, prioritising, and being highly productive. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact. 

We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds

To Apply for this Role

On or before 6 June 2021, complete our online application form.

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. A proven knowledge of psychology, analysis and research together with a proven interest in social objectives and a desire to develop your skills. 
    2. Recent (in the last year) post-graduate of psychology or research related degree.
    3. A sound understanding of one or more of the following; commercial sexual exploitation, modern day slavery, displaced persons, youth living in conflict, psychological assessments, psychosocial/counsellor training. 
    4. A track record conducting analysis and producing high-quality reports, and other outputs.
    5. Motivation to learn, develop, grow and travel to achieve social impact.
    6. Complete fluency in 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. Pick one of the following themes and write a 1-2 paragraphs on how you think the challenge would benefit from a psychological approach. We are not asking for a detailed method, only a short diagnosis.
      1. Increasing success of livelihoods projects in developing countries
      2. Supporting victims of commercial sexual exploitation to avoid re-victimisation
    2. Detail on your level of fluency in English.

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