About Us: Love Justice International (LJI) is a Christian nonprofit organization compelled by God’s love to fight the world’s greatest injustices. We fight injustice in two primary ways: through our expanding anti-human trafficking work and by caring for orphaned and abandoned children. We currently work throughout Asia and Africa.
Position Type: Part-Time, Volunteer or Support-Raised*, Remote
*If hired, the candidate will be required to raise financial support to cover his/her own salary, benefits, and expenses. Raising support is a key example of the body of Christ supporting its members and joining in the fight against injustice. LJI will provide administrative and prayer support throughout the process, as well as guidance and resources to build up a support base. Please prayerfully consider whether you may be called to step out in faith and raise support for this position.
Position Overview: LJI’s anti-human trafficking model focuses on transit monitoring. We identify, intercept, and assist trafficking victims as they are being transported, when victims and traffickers are the most visible and open to detection, and before they reach the destination where victims will be sold, hidden, and abused. Because the crime of trafficking has already commenced, we have access to actionable intelligence to apprehend suspects and understand trafficking methods. To date, we have intercepted over 20,000 individuals to prevent them from being trafficked, and we have helped arrest over 800 traffickers, with 53% of closed cases resulting in convictions.
LJI is in an exciting phase of expansion. We began working in Nepal in 2006, and over the past few years, we've expanded our work to 16 additional countries: India, Bangladesh, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Benin, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Rwanda, Namibia, Thailand, Mongolia, and Cambodia. The Research Fellow would be integral to LJI’s expansion process by helping to lay the groundwork for establishing new fields through remote research and interviews.
The Research Fellow will report to the Director of Research and Strategy. The research can be done remotely, and depending on the results of the research, there may be opportunities for the Fellow to travel internationally to conduct further research, as well as help identify potential partners and ministries. A modest travel stipend will be provided should international travel be needed.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conduct a literature review of publicly available research on human trafficking and other sociopolitical conditions in a specific country.
- Conduct informational interviews with relevant stakeholders and potential partners in the specific country, such as NGOs, church leaders, and government officials.
- Make initial assessments about the feasibility of implementing transit monitoring in that country, including victim-identification protocol, monitoring locations, security, law enforcement, ease of NGO operations, and other factors.
- Assist with identifying and recruiting local leaders or partners to oversee new pilots.
- Assist with other high-level and strategic research issues that may arise.
- Strong academic research, writing, and verbal communication skills, including attention to detail and organization
- Ability to conduct self-directed research and to multi-task
- Ability to present well with key stakeholders to represent LJI’s anti-trafficking work and ministry and to effectively communicate with others in cross-cultural contexts
- Some international travel experience, preferred
- Mature Christian faith
- Strong passion for social justice and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations
- Minimum of a bachelor's degree (master's degree or higher preferred)
- Proficiency in a foreign language—including speaking, reading, and writing—preferred, but not required