Missing Children Europe is looking to recruit a versatile and dynamic employee with a strong research background and a true passion for children’s rights, to coordinate activities and advocate for policy change in the field of better data on missing children.
The Research Officer will support the Secretary General and work in close cooperation with other staff members (senior policy and advocacy officer, senior programmes officer, project officers) in coordinating research activities in the field of missing children.
In particular, the Research Officer will:
- Be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the new EU funded DATA MISSING project (March 2023- February 2025). The project aims to support the development of comprehensive and sustainable reporting, data collection and statistical mechanisms on missing children, as a consequence of and risk factor for violence, in the 27 EU Member States. There will be a particular focus on children in vulnerable situations, facing discrimination and at higher risk of violence (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, children in institutions, etc). Specific objectives of the project are the following:
- Contribute to robust, comprehensive, disaggregated (e.g. gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc), and comparable data on missing children, as a consequence of and risk factor for violence, in the 27 EU MS;
- Develop recommendations on comprehensive and comparable reporting mechanisms and data sets on missing children based on an in-depth gap analysis of 10 EU MS (see 2.1 for more details). There will be a particular focus on children in vulnerable situations, facing discrimination and at higher risk of violence (e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, children in institutions, etc.);
- Pilot in 116 000 hotlines in three Member States (BE, LT & CY) an efficient reporting and data collection methodology on missing children;
- Increase the capacity of national authorities to report and collect data on missing children, including through national workshops;
- Develop European guidance on reporting and data collection mechanisms on missing children.
- Be responsible for the academic rigor, implementation and analysis of the annual data collection from the 116 000 hotlines & cross border family mediator network (‘Figures and Trends’);
- Develop new project proposals, support the development of proposals which include research components, and run any other ongoing work on better data on missing children;
- Contribute to Missing Children’s research projects and proposals tomaintain the quality of research, and ensure academic rigour;
- Monitor European developments in the field of data collection and statistics relevant to missing children;
- Represent Missing Children Europe with regard to the topic of data on missing children, vis-à-vis the European institutions, the Council of Europe and other relevant stakeholders.
Profile, skills and background:
- University research degree in a relevant field (education, psychology, sociology, political science, human rights, law, EU or international affairs, or another related field), preferably a PhD;
- Solid experience in quantitative and qualitative research is essential to the job;
- Experience of trauma-sensitive interviewing an asset;
- Ideally, a minimum of 2-3 years of professional experience in project management;
- Excellent understanding of children’s rights and child protection issues;
- Excellent command of English is essential, French an asset;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Experience in working with the European Commission and other EU institutions;
- A good understanding of EC funding programmes;
- Understanding of the NGO sector/EU umbrella organisations;
- Comfortable working in cooperation with children and young experience experts;
- Sensitive, diplomatic, and with a good sense of humour;
- Ability to work with people from different professional and cultural backgrounds;
- Ability to work well with others in a small team;
- Ability to work quickly and efficiently as well as stress resistant.
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