Regional Researcher - Asia Three days/week

The role of the Regional Researcher for Asia sits within the Freelance Assistance Programme of the Rory Peck Trust.

Part-time position: 3 days a week

Starting date: February 2018


The Role

The Freelance Assistance Programme forms the core of the Trust’s charitable work, through which it provides financial and practical assistance to freelancers and their families.  

The key priority of the Regional Researcher is to research and verify cases and distribute assistance grants to beneficiaries in the Asia region, in line with the Trust’s criteria, protocols and guidelines. 
The role involves close liaison with freelance journalists in the Asia region; media and human rights networks, and with the Trust’s national, regional and international partners.

The successful candidate will will be joining a small, multi-national team where individuality, creativity and effort are appreciated, and will work at the Trust’s office in central London.

Travel, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, may be required in this role.  The Regional Researcher for Asia reports to the Head of Programmes and responsible to the Director of The Rory Peck Trust. 


Deadline for Applications: Monday 22 January 2018  

Interviews being held: week of 29 January 2018

Please note: this role is only open to candidates who have the right to live and work in the UK. 

Download job description here

Person Specification

This position requires someone with commitment, energy and significant experience and knowledge of either living or working in the Asia region. He/ she should be reliable, a team player, capable of working on their own initiative within a small team, and with the ability to take responsibility.

Essential skills:
  • Education to graduate level
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken
  • Other relevant languages, for example Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Pashto, Thai, Khmer
  • High level of literacy and numeracy
  • Research experience: ability to analyse and interpret complex information
  • Writing skills with a demonstrable track record of research and report 
  • Ability to communicate in a clear way with people at different levels, and at a distance
  • Computer and web literacy able to work in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and make effective use of social media as a work tool
  • A commitment to human rights and an interest in international news and current affairs
  • Firm understanding of and respect for requirements of confidentiality
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail  

To apply for the job, please write to the Head of Programmes Mary O'Shea, and enclose your current CV accompanied by a cover letter (max 2 pages)


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