Closing in 3 days
London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£23,232 per annum
Contract, Part-time, Temporary, Initially four months with possibility of extension
Job description

Statewatch/LRET is recruiting a researcher on an initial four-month contract with a possibility for extension, dependent on funding.


The researcher will initially primarily be responsible for working on two projects that will be completed at the end of 2022, which will require the completion of investigations into the use of personal data by EU policing and migration agencies, and the externalisation of immigration control to non-EU states (further details in the Job Description). The successful candidate will also contribute to implementation of other objectives outlined in our strategic plan. An extension to the contract beyond the initial four-month term will be possible, depending on the acquisition of sufficient funding and satisfactory performance in the role.

Please note that interviews will take place on Wednesday 24 August.

Terms and conditions

  • Salary: £23,232 per annum, four days per week (£29,040 pro rata)
  • Duration: Initially four months with possibility of extension, dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.
  • Annual leave: 20 days per annum (25 days per annum pro rata), plus UK statutory holidays (nine days per year).
  • Hours: 28 hours per week excluding breaks.
  • Location: At our office in London or remote. The role may require some travel.
  • Contract: This role is offered on an employment or consultancy basis, depending on the preference of the successful applicant. Please note that applicants wishing to undertake the role on an employment basis will require the right to work in the UK.

Role description

To assist with the organization’s research, communication, development and administration.


  • Assist with the planning and execution of research projects, in accordance with the organisation’s work programme and thematic priorities
  • Undertake research activities (documentary and data analysis, interviews, freedom of information/access to documents requests, open-source research, etc.)
  • Produce outputs for internal and external audiences (news articles, briefings, reports, presentations, documentary archives, submissions to public consultations, talks, administrative/legal complaints, etc.)
  • Present research outputs at relevant events (e.g. seminars, workshops, festivals, conferences) and to relevant individuals and organisations (elected representatives, public officials, civil society organisations, journalists, etc.)


  • Establish, manage and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with other individuals and organisations
  • Assist with the maintenance and development of the organisation’s online and social media presence
  • Respond to requests for information from civil society groups, journalists, elected representatives and others
  • Assist with the organisation, coordination and hosting of public and closed events

Organisational development and administration

  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of relevant strategies, work programmes and policies
  • Assist with the recruitment and supervision of volunteers and interns
  • Assist with maintaining and developing the Statewatch contributors’ network

Current projects

The successful candidate will contribute to completing two projects: ‘Building the biometric state: EU agencies and interoperable databases’ and ‘the Migration Pact beyond EU institutions’.

The primary means of delivery will be through the publication of investigative reports and engagement with elected representatives, officials, civil society organisations and other relevant groups. The researcher will be responsible for continuing the coordination of the two projects and for the timely publication of outputs. They will work with other staff (the Director, Researcher and Administrator) as well as with our broader network of contributors and other civil society organisations, activists and researchers. They will be responsible to the Director.

The projects involve:

  • Undertaking research on the processing and use of personal data by Europol, Frontex, the European Union Asylum Agency; and relevant EU and member state law, policy and practice in order to produce news, analyses and reports
  • Undertaking research on how the EU has “operationalised” the Pact on Asylum and Migration in non-EU states, in particular Niger, Morocco, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to produce news, analyses and reports
  • Communicating research findings to elected representatives, officials, civil society organisations, journalists and other relevant groups
  • Responding to requests for information from civil society groups, journalists and the public

Working with:

• Staff, volunteers, contributors, Trustees

Responsible to:

• Director

Your application should include:

  • Personal statement: please explain why are you applying for this post. You should address how you meet the person specification for the post, your motivation for applying for the role, and indicate what skills and experience you would bring to the organisation in no more than 1000 words.
  • An up-to-date CV including references
  • A completed equal opportunities form - please note that this is not obligatory but helps us meet our aims with regard to equality and diversity

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Posted on: 26 July 2022
Closing date: 15 August 2022 at 23:30
Tags: Advice, Information, Policy/Research

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