Position Summary:

Winrock International, in partnership with Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) and Partners of the Americas (POA), is implementing the US Department of Labor (USDOL) program Attaining Lasting Change for Better Enforcement of Labor and Criminal Law to Address Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (ATLAS). The ATLAS program is a global effort to: (1) strengthen labor and/or criminal legal frameworks concerning child labor (CL), forced labor (FL), and/or human trafficking (HT) by helping stakeholders gain the authority to act; (2) improve enforcement of labor and/or criminal frameworks by strengthening stakeholders’ capacity to act; and (3) increase coordination among law enforcement and social protection entities. ATLAS implements activities to support the above objectives in two countries (Thailand and Paraguay) and will expand to two additional countries in 2020, at least one of which will be in Sub-Saharan Africa.  


The ATLAS Body of Knowledge (BOK) Senior Researcher will be responsible for reviewing and collating global evidence on effective programs to combat CL, FL and HT. The evidence will focus on enforcement in labor and criminal systems to identify more victims, investigate and prosecute cases, and punish perpetrators. The BOK Senior Researcher will identify models to increase coordination between government actors and between government and NGOs/civil society related to CL, FL and HT. The BOK Senior Researcher will also provide information on the level of confidence of the evidence supporting each intervention/effort (model). This research effort will build heavily on existing meta analyses, systematic reviews, evaluations, and other existing evidence related to efforts to combat CL, FL and HT.


The results of the BOK are expected to inform the work conducted by the ATLAS Program in the coming years. The BOK will provide the foundation for the ATLAS team to work collaboratively with governments to determine the best country-specific model(s)to improve enforcement of labor and/or criminal legal frameworks, enhancing the ability and capacity of the governments to address CL, FL, and HT. The BOK results will also help govenments identify model(s) that are well-suited to strengthen coordination by the government between agencies and/or with service providers and other stakeholders.

Applications must be submitted by August 30, 2019. We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.



  1. Organize research plan to conduct evidence mapping exercise.
    1. Work closely with the ATLAS team to lead the development of a methodology (including a set of indicators and ranking system) to track, monitor, and measure the impact of initiatives to combat CL, FL and HT, with a focus on labor and criminal enforcement.
    2. Create a timeline of deliverables/milestones and roles and responsibilities for the research team (which includes the Sr. Researcher, Winrock staff, and graduate-level researchers engaged by Winrock).
    3. Coordinate graduate-level researchers to conduct desk reviews/research mapping using detailed guidelines and criteria to guide the gathering and cataloguing of information.
    4. Provide ongoing supervision and support to graduate-level researchers and make sure deliverables/milestones are reached.
  2. Collate and rank evidence collected using level of confidence/criteria developed and refined in collaboration with the ATLAS team.
  3. Provide a research report to the ATLAS team that describes best practices in programs that address CL, Fl, and/or HT by focusing on enforcement and/or coordination. The report should also include a review and ranking of programs.



  1. Detailed research plan with timeline and milestones
  2. Draft working paper on most promising BOK models identified and ranked through research/evidence mapping, and recommendations for further research/gaps in models of enforcement and coordination around child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking
  3. Final working paper inclusive of changes requested by the ATLAS team



Successful candidates will have detailed technical knowledge of CL, FL and HT globally, as well as a strong network of stakeholders that can be engaged for consultations and input.



  • Masters in economics, migration studies, international development, political science, or a relevant social science discipline required; PhD strongly preferred.



  • Applicants must have demonstrated work experience in similar consultancies and technical areas.


Skills/ Knowledge:      

  • Knowledge of social, economic, and political contexts governing child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking globally.
  • Knowledge of USDOL or other US Government initiatives and publications is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

 Applications must be submitted by August 30, 2019. We thank all applicants; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.




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