Harm Reduction International is seeking to recruit a full-time Research Analyst for its Public Health and Social Policy team.
Founded in 1996, Harm Reduction International (HRI) is a leading NGO dedicated to reducing the negative health, social and legal impacts of drug use and drug policy. We promote the rights of people who use drugs and their communities through research and advocacy to help achieve a world where drug policies and laws contribute to healthier, safer societies.
The Research Analyst will be a member of the Public Health and Social Policy team (‘Public Health team’).
The Public Health team conducts original research and analysis to track developments in harm reduction and ensure people who use drugs have the health and social services they need.
HRI’s independent analysis focuses on the uptake of harm reduction approaches worldwide, both in terms of policy and service delivery, to support advocacy in the scale-up of harm reduction. Further, HRI tracks innovative reduction programmes for particular populations of people who use drugs, including women and people in prison. HRI’s monitoring of trends in harm reduction helps to inform the evidence-base in this area, and serves as a resource for people working in the fields of public health, human rights and drug use.
1. Research and Policy Analysis
The Research Analyst will undertake research and analysis to strengthen the evidence base for harm reduction, with a focus on the HRI’s flagship product the Global State of Harm Reduction.
The Global State of Harm Reduction monitors the major developments in harm reduction policy and programming, harm reduction resourcing, civil society action and multilateral commitments around the world. The next report is due to be published in late 2020.
The Research Analyst will:
- Lead on, and coordinate data gathering, analysis, and drafting for the Global State of Harm Reduction 2020 (liaising with relevant Harm Reduction International staff);
- Liaise with regional and national partners, consultants and other contributors;
- Coordinate external peer review of the report;
- Ensure timeliness of production of the Global State of Harm Reduction report, along with accessible shorter resources presenting key findings as part of the Global State series;
- Develop and pursue new research on important changes or current trends in drug use, with a thematic focus on stimulants, prisons and gender issues in harm reduction;
- Ensure accuracy and quality in HRI publications.
2. Advocacy and Technical Partnerships
The Research Analyst will contribute to advocacy for harm reduction at international, regional and national level, as relevant, with a focus on harm reduction in both the community and in prisons, including through engagement with stakeholders and presentation of work at key events.
The Research Analyst will:
- work to disseminate the findings of the Global State of Harm Reduction and to ensure the research is made available to advocates, government and UN representatives;
- build relationships with key academic, civil society, UN and public sector researchers, NGOs and community groups;
- represent Harm Reduction International in key meetings, working groups and fora linked to drug policy, HIV, viral hepatitis and public health.
- support the implementation of the Harm Reduction International Conference, including identifying and encouraging abstract submissions on emerging issues and elevating HRI’s Public Health research priorities;
- Assisting with other conference-related tasks/organisation as required.
3. Essential Qualifications
- A strong commitment to harm reduction, public health, human rights, and social justice.
- Demonstrated ability to produce high quality research in health and policy analysis.
- Minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience in one or more of the following fields: harm reduction, public health, HIV, HCV or TB; drug policy reform; or related field.
- Ability and willingness to undertake significant international travel.
- Ability to work independently, and to juggle multiple projects and deadlines.
- Ability to build productive working relationships remotely in multi-country projects and networks.
- Excellent spoken and written English, and presentation skills.
- Pragmatic approach to team work and the hands on approach required for a small NGO environment.
- Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.
4. Desirable Qualifications
- Fluency in a second language.
- Understanding of the UN system, and working knowledge of UN agencies and processes related to public health and/or drug policy.
- Postgraduate degree in a relevant field, or comparable professional experience.
Location: The post will be based at the HRI office in London.
Application details: Please send cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of ‘[NAME] - Application Research Analyst’ before midnight on Sunday 12 January 2020.
Interviews will be held in January 2020.
Harm Reduction International is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including people living with HIV and people who use drugs.