EMERGING FIELDS RESEARCH FELLOW
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*, Remote
*A modest travel stipend will be provided should international travel be needed.
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. We have intercepted over 17,000 individuals to prevent them from being trafficked, and we have helped convict over 100 traffickers.
LJI is in an exciting phase of expansion. LJI began its work in Nepal in 2006, and in the past few years, has expanded to 11 different countries, including Bangladesh, India, South Africa, Malawi, Benin, Kenya, and Uganda. 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; 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.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
- Conducting a literature review of publicly available research on human trafficking and other sociopolitical conditions in a specific country
- Conducting informational interviews with relevant stakeholders and potential partners in the specific country, such as NGOs, church leaders, and government officials
- Making 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
- Assisting with other high-level and strategic research issues that may come up
- 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 is preferred
- Mature Christian faith
- Strong passion for social justice and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable populations
- A bachelor's degree is required; some graduate education is preferred.
- Proficiency in a foreign language, including speaking, reading, and writing, is preferred but not required.
Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.