Programme Officer Research

Website gaatw_IS Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

About us:

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an Alliance of more than 80 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all regions of the world. GAATW’s International Secretariat (GAATW-IS, also referred to also as IS) is based in Bangkok, Thailand. GAATW’s mission is to ensure that:

  • responses to the challenges faced by women migrant workers are respectful of the agency of women and based on a labour rights approach
  • understandings of trafficking shift from a crime control framework, to one that acknowledges trafficking as a result of global economic trends, gender inequality and the weakening of labour rights
  • spaces for intersectional, inter-movement dialogues are built upon a shared feminist, rights-based analysis of labour migration, and the collective power and voice of migrant and trafficked women
  • the social and economic invisibility of women’s work is challenged, and the mobilisation, collective voice, bargaining power, and representation of women migrant and informal sector workers are supported.

GAATW-IS does this by:

  • Building, facilitating, and maintaining mutual exchanges and learning with and between GAATW members, partners, and allies
  • Collecting, processing, sharing, and making easily accessible essential documents on trafficking, women’s migration, and other relevant topics
  • Making local issues internationally visible, and supporting Alliance members in their advocacy; facilitating local, regional, and international representation of members at relevant fora
  • Developing and making available training modules on trafficking, gender, globalisation, informal economies, rights-based advocacy, and relevant research methodologies to address these issues
  • Facilitating training in capacity building and organising conceptual clarity sessions for Alliance members and partners.

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About GAATW-IS Current Research Focus:

GAATW-IS often carries out research projects in conjunction with members and partners with a view to initiate collaborative advocacy. We have primarily employed Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) as a tool to analyse women’s lived experiences and spark action for change. Our research has focussed on different aspects of human trafficking and women’s labour migration in many parts of the world.

Currently, several members and partners of GAATW are engaged in documenting the challenges to socio-economic inclusion experienced by women migrant workers in various world regions and planning advocacy actions to address the problems. Future research plans include the nexus between human security, climate change, and migration; gender-based violence at the workplace; political education of women workers; voice and participation of impacted communities; unpaid care work; and more.

About the position:

We are looking for a new colleague who is passionate about the human rights of women (migrant) workers and has carried out research on different aspects of labour migration. They will be responsible for conducting desk research to contextualise the field research of our project partners as well as on other relevant topics. They will play a key role in designing and leading methodology and data analysis workshops, collating research reports, and preparing evidence-based advocacy materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Carry out desk research on topics relevant to the work of GAATW-IS
  • Conduct research methodology and data analysis trainings for project partners
  • Maintain regular contact with the partner NGOs and provide guidance and supervision as needed
  • Visit research sites to liaise with local organisations as needed to provide on-location support
  • Coordinate the production of country reports and develop an executive summary and recommendations in consultation with project partners
  • Develop briefing papers and other materials, based on the research findings, to be used for advocacy at national and international levels
  • Based on research outcomes, identify actions that can be developed for the benefit of migrant women
  • Work with the core team within GAATW to develop new projects to address relevant issues.

Required skills and experience:

  • Post-graduate degree in humanities, preferably with a specialisation in migration studies
  • Good knowledge and critical understanding of current dynamics in labour migration and its intersections with gender, class, and race
  • At least three years of experience with an NGO or research institute focussing on labour migration
  • Experience of conducting desk and field research, especially FPAR with women migrant workers
  • Experience of coordinating research with NGO partners
  • Excellent command of the English language, both oral and written, and demonstrated ability to prepare sharp and crisp advocacy materials
  • Experience in building linkages with relevant civil society organisations and social movements
  • Good interpersonal skills, with ability to network in a multi-cultural environment and sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and class.


  • Ability to analyse, research and/or abridge diverse information from varied sources.
  • Ability to work strategically and respectfully with diverse stakeholders towards a key objective, i.e. familiarity with working effectively with both government or UN representatives and grassroots organisations.
  • Accountability and the ability to deliver on agreed tasks to a high standard.
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines.
  • Willingness to travel, as required.


Duration: We anticipate this to be a long-term position with an initial two-year contract (subject to probation after completing three months) with the possibility of extension.

Remuneration: We offer a competitive salary based on the costs of living in Bangkok, with additional benefits, which include relocation allowance, contributions to an employee provident fund, house rent allowance, and medical benefits.

Preference may be given to suitable candidates who are willing to relocate to Bangkok as soon as this is logistically possible. However, we will also consider applications from candidates who are only able to work remotely, including part-time. For remote and/or part-time work, the monthly salary will be similar but working hours can be negotiated.

How to apply

Download this application form:, fill it and send it by email to with the subject line Programme Officer Research by 19 December 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Use the same email and subject line for questions.

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