Organization: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is a progressive think-tank, and cutting-edge Alliance committed to work for changes in the political, economic, social and legal systems and structures which contribute to the persistence of trafficking in persons and other human rights violations in the context of migratory movements for diverse purposes, including security of labour and livelihood.
We promote a human rights approach in working towards our mission to defend the rights and safety of all migrants and their families against the threats of an increasingly globalised and informal labour market.
We have member organisations and partners based in different parts of the world. The International Secretariat (GAATW-IS) is based in Bangkok, Thailand, and has a small and very committed team of people. The GAATW-IS currently works on themes of Access to Justice, Accountability and Power in Migration and Work. We also publish a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, the Anti-Trafficking Review. While member organisations work with women, children and men, GAATW-IS has always focussed on the rights of adult women in the context of labour migration.
For more information, please see: www.gaatw.org
About the Research Programme of GAATW-IS:
Research has always been a core part of GAATW-IS’ work, creating an evidence base for our advocacy and providing a critical edge to our perspective. Indeed, GAATW was born out of a Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) project in 1994. We have used FPAR methodologies to centre the lived experiences of people who are at the core of our work: migrant workers, women in the informal economy and trafficked women. When we identify a gap in policy, practice or knowledge, we conduct research to produce an evidence base and then use it to advocate for changes in policy and discourse.
We have primarily used our research to change the dominant perception of human trafficking as an exclusively criminal issue and of migrant and trafficked women as vulnerable and powerless. We were the first anti-trafficking organisation that carried out research to analyse the human rights impact of anti-trafficking initiatives in eight countries around the world and demanded greater accountability from states and civil society. Other notable desk or field researches include an examination of the link between human trafficking and large sporting events, an investigation into the effects of the restrictions on women’s migration in Nepal, the perceptions of justice and access to justice of Cambodian migrants in Thailand, and the role of sex worker organisations in combating human trafficking.
About this position:
Very soon GAATW will start a new project to document the experiences of women from six African countries who migrate for domestic work to the Gulf and other countries in West Asia. The aim of the research is to provide a comprehensive picture that can help governments in origin countries devise policies that protect African domestic workers, NGOs in origin countries to develop strategies for preventing trafficking and other abuses in destination countries, and donors to shape their funding priorities.
The project will involve desk research to document the existing policies for migrant domestic workers in the six African countries, the prevalence of migration for domestic work to West Asia and the experiences of women who migrate for domestic work. It will also involve field research, conducted by partners, among civil society organisations that work with migrant women and domestic workers, as well as policy makers and government officials in the six countries.
- Plan and lead two workshops with the partners to clarify the objectives and methodology of the research, as well as validate the findings and plan future actions;
- Maintain regular contact with the partner NGOs and provide guidance and supervision during the research phase;
- Coordinate the production and compilation of the final research report and an executive summary and recommendations in consultation with project partners;
- Develop briefing papers and other materials, based on the research findings, to be used for advocacy at national and international levels;
- Ensure that the project activities and budget are being implemented according to plan
- Maintain communication with the donor and prepare final report for the donor
- Provide support with other research undertaken by GAATW-IS, as necessary and as time permits.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Post-graduate degree in social sciences including women’s studies, political science, history sociology and law;
- In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of gender, migration, labour and human trafficking from a human rights perspective;
- Knowledge of the specific situation of (migrant) domestic workers, and/or the socio-economic and cultural conditions in East Africa and West Asia are a plus
- Experience in conducting desk research and synthesising information from a variety of sources, as well as coordinating multi-country research
- Excellent written and oral communications skills and a high level of competence in English, with the ability to write papers and reports;
- Experience in building linkages with relevant civil society organisations and social movements;
- Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network in a multi-cultural environment and sensitivity to issues of gender, race and class.
- Ability to analyse, research and/or abridge diverse information from varied sources;
- Ability to work strategically and respectfully with diverse stakeholders towards a key objective, i.e. familiarity with working effectively with both government representatives as well as grassroots organisations;
- Accountability and the ability to deliver on agreed tasks to a high standard;
- Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines;
- Willingness to travel, as required.
Term, Remuneration and Benefits
Duration: Full-time, 8-months with the possibility of extension.
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and work experience in the relevant field, around 50,000 THB (approx. 1,500 USD) per month with additional benefits, such as house rent allowance, medical fund, relocation allowance and reimbursement of one-way air fare to take up the position in Bangkok, if relocating to Bangkok.
Note: Depending on the candidate’s experience, we can consider hiring a freelancer with some modification of the tasks.
Deadline for receiving applications: 1 October 2018
Interviews and written exam: 1st week of October
Position to start**: latest by 1 November 2018**
How to apply
Please send your application with the subject line Research Officer by email to email@example.com by 01 October 2018. In your application, please include a CV, a writing sample, names of two referees and a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this position and how your experience makes you a suitable candidate. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.