Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst, Transnational Repression & Migration
Location: New York, NY
Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of democracy around the globe. Our Research and Analysis division produces cutting-edge reports on topics such as the transnational reach of modern authoritarian states, the state of democratic institutions, and internet freedom.
The Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst (title contingent on experience) will join a small, supportive, and dynamic team working to assess and combat transnational repression, or the targeting of exiles, diasporas, and refugees by their origin countries. The position will play a key role in managing and producing new Freedom House policy research on the protection of these populations from threats – ranging from surveillance to assault – emanating from their origin countries. Responsibilities will include participating in developing an assessment toolkit for host country policies to protect migrants, project management and logistics for applying the toolkit to specific host countries, overseeing research consultants, and analyzing research results in order to draw policy and analytical conclusions. In addition, the analyst will be able to think critically about the ways in which the protection and inclusion of migrants has broader implications for democracies and help Freedom House incorporate protection and inclusion of migrants into other parts of its research and analysis. This is a full-time research position based in Freedom House’s office in New York City (with remote work in effect at time of hiring), reporting to the Director of Research Strategy.
- Under the supervision of the Director for Research Strategy, manage a new policy research project on transnational repression, focusing on policies for the protection of exiles, diasporas, and refugees from threats emanating from their origin countries. This project will include critical consideration of the relationship between protection and inclusion of migrants in democracies, and policies that support both protection and inclusion.
- Analyze policies for the protection of these populations in varying settings, including in democratic and non-democratic contexts, but especially in selected European Union member states.
- Recruit and oversee qualified field consultants, ensuring that they produce high quality, comparable research on policy measures for the protection of these populations.
- Perform substantive fact-checking and editing of reports produced by consultants, many authored by non-native English speakers. In the process of editing, supplement the reports with own research.
- Strengthen expertise within Freedom House on the rights of migrants, contribute written internal and external analysis for Freedom House, and provide substantive input at internal and external meetings.
- Represent Freedom House publicly with media, policymakers, and other stakeholders in areas pertinent to transnational repression, asylum, and migration.
- Develop a network of regional and thematic experts to serve as new contributors to Freedom House research, and act as a primary point of contact with external consultants.
- Analyze data and prepare charts, graphics, and other support materials for publication
- Assist with funding proposals, donor reports, and monitoring and evaluation of the project’s impact
- Ensure consultant contracts, payment requests, business expense reports, and other financial documents are in line with Freedom House requirements
- Perform other related duties as assigned
- For Research Analyst: Master’s degree in political science, human rights, international law, media, public policy, or related field; plus 2-4 years of direct work experience related to migration and/or political exiles and diasporas
- For Senior Research Analyst: Master’s degree in political science, human rights, law, international law, media, public policy, or related field; plus 5-7 years of direct work experience related to migration and/or political exiles and diasporas.
- Outstanding English writing and editing skills and a knack for drafting concise, eloquent, and media-friendly communications
- Knowledge of international and European Union legal frameworks on immigration and asylum
- Grasp of immigration, asylum, and inclusion policy debates in Europe and North America
- Comfort working with limited supervision on long-term tasks, finding solutions to problems as they arise, and taking responsibility for your work
- 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
- Ability to work remotely as a member of team, as needed due to COVID-19 restrictions
- Experience conducting project management and coordinating multiple tasks on a 3-12 month timeline
- A desire to develop into an internally and externally recognized expert on the intersection between migration and democracy, and how democratic states can protect vulnerable migrant communities from persecution without securitization
- Knowledge of or curiosity to explore additional topics related to migration and democracy, including surveillance, effect of migration management regimes on broader governance issues,
- Some experience with donor reporting, monitoring & evaluation, and financial reconciliations
- Some experience with using quantitative data and qualitative information to create infographics and other communication materials for publication
- Language skills, particularly Swedish, Spanish, French, Polish, or German.
- Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States or the European Union.
- Freedom House provides a strong benefits package, including a 10-percent employer match program for your 403(b) retirement account, commuter benefits, flexible summer hours, floating holidays, high employer contributions to medical, dental, and vision premiums, basic and voluntary life and AD&D insurance, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, and more.
- Salaries are commensurate with experience and based on pay grades that prioritize equity across the organization. Research Analyst roles start at $56,900; Senior Research Analyst roles start at or $67,500.
- The role may require light domestic and international travel to participate in conferences, briefings, and workshops.
- 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. This position will start remote, with relocation to New York City to be addressed once circumstances allow.
Please send us a resume (1-2 pages) and a cover letter (max. 1 page) describing your qualifications and interest in the position. Applications will be accepted until November 9, 2020. Interviews will begin November 16, 2020.
Disclaimer : This job description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties. The responsibilities, tasks, and duties of the jobholder may differ from those outlined in the job description and other duties, as assigned, may be part of the job. Freedom House may add, change, or remove essential and other duties at any time.