Senior Research Officer at Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner


The creation of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner role is one of the key provisions of the Modern Slavery Act, which received Royal Assent in March 2015. The Commissioner has been appointed to spearhead the UK’s fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, with a concerted focus on strengthening law enforcement efforts in the UK and internationally, ensuring that public authorities identify and support victims effectively and working to improve efforts to prevent modern slavery crimes from ever occurring in the first place.

The Commissioner is in the process of setting up his office and looking for dynamic and motivated individuals to support delivery of his priorities. In view of this an opportunity has presented itself for the right candidate to join the Commissioner’s team to take up the post of Senior Research Officer.

For further details of the Commissioner’s priorities and objectives, please refer to the Commissioner’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan:

Applicants should note that whilst this role is being advertised via UK Government website and the appointment will be on Home Office Terms and Conditions, the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is independent from Government and the Home Office.

Senior Research Officer (SRO)

This role involves working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment alongside a small team in the Commissioner’s Office. It will involve regular contact with the Commissioner and other senior stakeholders, and the development of working relationships with contacts from across and outside government. This is an exciting opportunity to work on an important issue that has quickly risen up national and international political agendas.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain evidence bases on broad range of modern slavery and human trafficking issues, synthesising a range of evidence and data to provide a coherent summary of the evidence, and communicate findings clearly and concisely to analysts and non-analysts.
  • Carry out analysis and present findings in coherent manner.
  • Provide advice to the Commissioner on statutory data and evidence bases, with ability to query and challenge.
  • Lead on work with statutory and non-statutory bodies to improve data collection about modern slavery, with ability to make policy recommendations.
  • Development of research into regional and international modern slavery issues, to support the Commissioner’s national and international work.
  • Build network of external experts to inform policy and strategic development and lead on collaboration with academic institutions and analysts within government departments and agencies.
  • Commission bespoke research for a variety of cutting edge projects.
  • Support the development of the Commissioner’s law enforcement evaluation framework.
  • Lead on building evidence base for best practice with regards to the private sector’s approach to tackling modern slavery. Engage directly with senior representatives of private sector organisations to encourage best practice.
  • Key role in working with the Commissioner and his team to ensure all work is evidence based.

Essential requirements:

Candidates should have a good knowledge and understanding of quantitative, qualitative, evidence synthesis and evaluation methods and have hands-on experience in design, application, analysis and interpretation of methods.

All candidates must outline relevant experience, and internal candidates should indicate whether they are already a member of Government Social Research (GSR)

All candidates must meet the minimum professional requirements for Government Social Research (GSR) at this level, e.g. a 2:1 first degree in a relevant social science subject.

For internal candidates, we welcome applications from Research Officers on promotion and Senior Research Officers on level transfer.

Candidates must be willing to travel within the United Kingdom and occasionally internationally.

Job title: Senior Research Officer

Location: London

Closing date: 22 January 2016