Job Opportunity: Part-time Researcher

Job Opportunity: Part-time Researcher

Are you an experienced Researcher passionate about sex workers’ rights?


ESWA is recruiting a qualified and committed part-time Researcher who will lead our Participatory Action Research to better inform primarily our access to justice programme!


The selected candidate will work alongside the ESWA team to develop, lead and write research on access to justice in close collaboration with our members and support the development of other resources related to ESWA Advocacy Priorities (including health, migration, gender, anti-racism, trafficking and digital rights).


The post holder will be working as a self-employed consultant based in a European or Central Asian country.

The post is for one year (January-December 2022) with a probation period of three months (January-March 2022) and a possibility to prolong the contract depending on funding. Compensation: estimated 2000/euros per month based/ 24 hours a week on deliverables. 


Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 


  • Be the primary lead for ESWA’s research work 
  • Produce one major piece of annual research on the impact of policing on access to justice for sex workers
  • Build and nurture key relationships with research partners
  • Build and grow ESWA’s research capacity generally
  • Present and promote the research in public settings as well as to strategic partners and funders
  • Conceptualise, communicate and translate research into different formats for different audiences
  • Collaborate with other ESWA team members and consultants on the development of other written resources 

Qualifications, experience and other requirements are:


Candidates should be strongly committed to working for human rights and equality, and have competencies and demonstrated experience: 


  • Accomplished research skills; High level of attention to detail and accuracy; ability to independently conduct and oversee complex research projects with varying methodologies; Knowledge of international human rights law


  • Awareness of the nuances and community developments in language and concepts relating to sex workers’ rights and around sex workers’ rights issues, and a knowledge of sex worker’ rights movement dynamics


  • Competent in working with partners: building and nurturing key relationships; Professionally presenting and promoting the research to multiple audiences; A team player, contributing to the work of ESWA as a whole;

  • Proven ability to work with sensitivity and flexibility in international teams, and in cooperation with others from diverse backgrounds


  • Fluent in English, both written and oral. Fluency in Spanish, Russian or French are also desirable. 


  • Availability for international travel related to the implementation of the programme (depending on COVID-19 pandemic developments).

Other duties and obligations:


  • Work as part of the ESWA staff team to achieve agreed goals and objectives
  • Actively participate as a member of the wider ESWA team with other employees, volunteers and Board members, to promote and achieve ESWA’s objectives 
  • Ensure that all activities are carried out with full regard to ESWA's policies on diversity and equal opportunities
  • Ensure compliance with such laws and regulations as may be applicable 
  • Undertake all duties in compliance with applicable health and safety regulations and legislation
  • Undertake other duties that may be reasonably required from time to time.

How to apply?

If you are interested in this position, please fill out the ESWA job application form and return it to [email protected] before January 8th, 2022 23.59 PM CET.

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