Senior Research Consultants

Work Location: Washington, DC or New York, NY
Requisition Number: 1120
# of Openings: 2


Senior Research Consultants

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Latin America & Migration

Location: Remote                  

Freedom House is a US-based research, advocacy, and program implementation NGO with a 75-year history of documenting and addressing the threats to fundamental freedoms across the globe. Established in 1941, Freedom House has a reputation for its research and analysis, including the flagship Freedom in the World report  of annual country ratings and in-depth country analyses. Freedom House’s international programming supports human rights defenders and builds the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to defend and promote human rights, democracy and good governance. Freedom House has extensive programming in and throughout Latin America in support of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and pro-democracy Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Latin America, which provide us with a realistic understanding of the challenges and risks that activists face.

Summary of the Short-Term Consultancy

The Senior Research Consultants will join a small, supportive, and dynamic team working to assess existing trends, models and patterns of approaches in the Latin American region to defend and protect HRDs and pro-democracy CSOs.  The consultants will help produce a desk study designed to answer or address a series of questions and issues that are relevant to a regional approach to increasing and strengthening HRD and CSO protection mechanisms and programs.  Responsibilities will include participating in developing an assessment methodology to collect and analyze inputs from local, regional and global key informants, map successful risk mitigation approaches to manage security, wellbeing, communication and stress, and inventory the types of risks faced, factors that may make HRDs feel secure, good security management practices and mechanisms for enhancing civic space. In addition, the consultants will provide inputs and analysis to produce a strategic report to be disseminated, highlighting proposed recommendations and for policy dialogue with those who play a role in the HRDs’ lives—authorities, non-governmental organizations, and international and regional donors and agencies.  This is a product-based, short-term and remote consultant opportunity.

Key Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Latin America and Caribbean Programs, and as part of a small research team, the consultants will:

  • Design of methodology for the assessment, that includes a literature review, list of organizations and initiatives with pertinent and relevant work, and consultation process timeline.
  • Develop a list of key informants to interview in the United States, Europe and selected Latin America countries.
  • Develop an interview guide, hypothesis, and other assessment tools to collect information.
  • Conduct interviews (if considered apply short survey and/or focus groups with key informants and stakeholders).
  • Elaborate map of stakeholders, actors and programs in the region, including funders.
  • Analysis of information collected.
  • Provide inputs for the elaboration of report for dissemination.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, migration studies, or related field; plus 5-7 years of direct work and research experience related to Latin America migration and/or political exiles, diasporas, refugees, human rights defenders.
  • Experience in research techniques, assessments and relevant policy issues. 

Preferred Competencies

  • Outstanding English writing and editing skills and a knack for drafting concise, eloquent, and media-friendly communications
  • Knowledge of international and Latin American legal frameworks on immigration, refugees and asylum
  • Grasp of immigration, asylum, and human rights policy debates in Latin America
  • Comfort working with limited supervision and as part of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Superb attention to detail and an ability to produce error-free work on tight deadlines
  • Command of Microsoft Word to mark up and reformat documents, and Excel to create spreadsheets that are smart and neat
  • Familiarity and comfort with databases and data management.
  • Emotional intelligence needed to facilitate cooperation between people with divergent views and from different cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in a workplace setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills for presenting to and communicating with diverse audiences ranging from at-risk activists to senior government officials
  • Experience conducting interviews with key informants
  • Expertise on the intersection between migration and democracy, and how democratic states can protect vulnerable migrant communities from persecution without securitization
  • Experience with donor initiatives.
  • Experience with using quantitative data and qualitative information to create infographics and other communication materials for publication
  • Language skills, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Additional Information

  • Consultancy fees are commensurate with experience and based on research budget.
  • Diversity makes our research stronger. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Individuals with lived experience as migrants or asylum-seekers are encouraged to apply.
  • Freedom House’s staff are currently working remotely, and Freedom House is continuing to evaluate when, and under what circumstances, staff will return to the office. The consultancy will be remote.

Please send us a resume (1-2 pages) and a cover letter (max. 1 page) describing your qualifications and interest in the consulting opportunity. Applications will be accepted until November 16, 2020. Interviews will begin November 19, 2020.

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