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Research Officer

Contract: Fixed Term until 31 March 2027
Hours: Part-time – 21 hours per week (excluding lunch breaks) – must work Mondays and Tuesdays

Our vision is that refugees and asylum seekers will be welcome in the UK. They will get justice, live free of poverty, and be able to successfully rebuild their lives.

Applying for this role – please read:
Applications for this role are only* open to people who identify as having lived experience of forced displacement due to war, invasion, persecution or human rights abuses
(This also includes British nationals living/working overseas who have been forced to leave due to war, invasion, persecution or human rights abuses)
*Current Refugee Action employees with and without lived experience, are eligible to apply.

About Refugee Action
Refugee Action exists to work with refugees and people seeking asylum who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes. We are a national charity with more than 40 years’ experience of empowering people who’ve survived some of the world’s worst regimes to secure the protection and support that they need to live with dignity and respect and build a new life in the UK. We do this by providing expert advice and casework, building the capacity of partner organisations and campaigning on the policies that affect them.

To succeed in the role you will need to demonstrate:
• Commitment to removing barriers to power for people with lived experience, and commitment to anti-racist practices, particularly in research practices
• Understanding of how the UK’s hostile refugee protection and asylum system impacts those affected by it.
• Experience developing and delivering high quality research projects including designing surveys, developing survey questions and leading data collection processes
• Analytical skills, with the ability to understand complex information and summarise key points in a strategic way
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, accuracy and attention to detail, with the ability to write in accessible ways for a range of audiences and the ability to produce research reports based on survey data

If you have any queries regarding the process and application, please send an email to

Closing date: 23:59 on Sunday 21 July 2024
Interviews: 12 August 2024 (on Zoom)

Refugee Action only operates in the UK, so all roles are UK-based, and you must have the right to work in the UK.

This role is not on the Shortage Occupation List. If you have permission to work that is restricted to the Shortage Occupation List, we will be unable to appoint you to this role.

You can find out which roles are on the shortage occupation list via these two links:
Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations
Skilled Worker visa: shortage occupations for healthcare and education

We are currently campaigning for people seeking asylum to have the right to work in the UK, see our Lift the Ban campaign here.


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