Junior Researcher at MEND, United Kingdom

MEND is looking for an enthusiastic team player with excellent written and research skills to join their dynamic team at the head office in London. You will be an essential part of the research team and contribute to producing high-quality analysis and research regarding the contributions of British Muslims and the challenges that face Muslim communities.

Specifically, you will be involved in a variety of projects surrounding issues such as:

  • Media output on Islam and Muslims.
  • Islamophobia, hate crime, and religiously motivated discrimination.
  • Policy development surrounding integration, social cohesion and religion in society.
  • Politically motivated violence and measures to prevent it.
  • Encouraging the active engagement of British Muslims in political and media institutions.

Responsibilities include:

  • Writing analysis and news articles on current affairs.
  • Preparing briefings.
  • Contributing to submissions for governmental inquiries and the UN.
  • Summarising reports, bills, and green papers.
  • Contributing to research projects.
  • Assisting in the preparation of educational materials and courses designed to empower communities.
  • Contributing to research by preparing qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis.
  • Preparing oral and/or visual presentations for speaking engagements.
  • Contributing to organisational campaign strategies in response to current affairs.
  • Other duties and responsibilities which are not outlined above but which are consistent with the role.

This is a great opportunity for an aspiring researcher to make an impact in a fast expanding organisation that is passionate about improving Muslim participation in media and politics.

THE CANDIDATE

Required knowledge:

The candidate will be required to have an appreciation and understanding of debates and issues surrounding the following areas:

  • Islamophobia, hate crime, and racial and religious equality.
  • British Muslims in education.
  • The representation of Muslims and minorities in the media.
  • Muslims in the labour market.
  • Counter-terror.
  • Crime, policing, and minority communities.
  • Factors influencing patterns of political engagement and exclusion.
  • Religious and cultural rights.

Essential skills:

  • First or upper second class undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of written skills.
  • Demonstrable creative approaches to problem-solving.

Desirable skills:

  • A Masters degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Research skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Experience in working with Muslim organisations in the UK.
  • An understanding of the political and media landscape of the UK.
  • A willingness to occasionally travel throughout the UK.

Personal attributes:

  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills.
  • The ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and independence.
  • Strong commitment to equality and a deep passion for the values and objectives of MEND.
  • An understanding of Muslim culture in the UK.
  • Possessing a passion for media, politics, research, promoting political engagement, and tackling inequalities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines.

More information can be found here.

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