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Policy Researcher – Justice & Care

Justice & Care

Closing date: 25 January 2021


Established in 2019, the Modern Slavery Policy Unit is co-led by Justice and Care and the Centre for Social Justice, an independent think tank that studies and seeks to address the root causes of Britain’s acute social problems. The main mission of the Unit is to keep modern slavery at the top of the British political agenda to ensure we fight the crime appropriately. It aims to achieve that by:

– Advocating for policy and legislation that places victims and their recovery needs at its heart
– Bridging the gap between those working to disrupt this crime and support its survivors, and decision makers in Westminster, ensuring that voices from the frontline are heard and heeded
– Working on a cross-party basis, bringing together and equipping a strong caucus of parliamentarians to lead the fight against slavery

We are now looking for a Policy Researcher to join the Modern Slavery Policy Unit and support the delivery of policy reforms that will have a strong effect on modern slavery in this country for a two year fixed-term contract.

This is the ideal role for an individual with great information analysis and drafting skills to make an impact on the UK’s policies regarding modern slavery.

You will have the chance to make a real difference to the current and future victims of modern slavery through your work and expertise whilst developing your career in this vital sector.

The Role

As a Policy Researcher, you will be tasked with building on the findings and recommendations of our recent report “It Still Happens Here: Fighting UK Slavery in the 2020s”.

The report identified significant failures in the way the people who are exploited are looked after and in the way the perpetrators are pursued.

You will help to transform the recommendations of the report into policy reforms. Your aim will be to inform systemic change in modern slavery victim support system, to protect victims better, help their recovery and to see more traffickers brought behind bars.

Specifically, you will:

  • Draft policy reports, briefing notes, internal memos, presentations and emails to external parties
  • Research and analyse qualitative/statistical information
  • Compile freedom of information requests and other requests for access to information
  • Develop instruments and plans to support research gathering
  • Help to develop evidence-based policy recommendations to support programme goals

About You

To be considered as a Policy Researcher, you will need:

  • The ability to analyse, understand and synthesise complex information, and to present these findings in a concise and engaging way
  • Excellent drafting skills, including the ability to tailor to different audiences
  • The ability to communicate well with colleagues and explain complex information simply to internal and external audiences
  • A collaborative approach
  • A strong appreciation of the need for accuracy, quality control and process control
  • The ability to plan programmes of work and manage them to agreed timelines
  • The ability to form working relationships with a broad range of external experts

A background in a research-intensive role would be beneficial to your application. A background in a modern slavery related field would also be an advantage, as would good knowledge of Parliamentary and Government processes.

Other organisations may call this role Research Associate, Policy Advisor, Researcher, Research Assistant, Research Co-ordinator, Research Officer, or Research and Communications Officer.

The Benefits

  • Salary of £33,000 – £37,000 per annum
  • Private healthcare
  • Pension
  • Support a ground-breaking charity that is restoring lives

Webrecruit and Justice and Care are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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Job Details

Organisation: Justice & Care

Location: London

Salary range: £30,000 - £40,000

Closing date: 25 January 2021

Contract type: Temporary

About the Organisation

Justice and Care is a charity dedicated to saving lives and breaking the grip of slavery. We rescue victims of slavery and human trafficking, empowering them to rebuild their lives. We work with the police to pursue and dismantle criminal networks, secure communities at risk from traffickers and spark systematic change.

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