Research Associate - InterSEC: Action (International Sexual Exploitation of Children: Action)

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6, £38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Friday, 16 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

InterSEC: Action (International Sexual Exploitation of Children: Action) is a study to explore the scale and impact of sexual exploitation of women and children in international development settings.

The investigation is funded by King’s Together and is a strategic award for 4 months. The project will branch across a number of King’s departments and faculties including Analytical, Environmental and Forensic Science; War Studies; International Development and the Global Health Institute. The project is housed and being led by King’s Forensics.

During the project, the post-holder will be involved in:

  • carrying out a systematic review to establish the state of the knowledge base and attempt to estimate the under-reporting of sexual exploitation by civilian aid workers (excluding uniformed peace-keepers) of beneficiaries in the aid industry and global extent of sexual exploitation by civilian aid workers (excluding uniformed peacekeepers) in the Aid Industry
  • mapping potential partners with a wider interest in activities associated with sexual exploitation
  • undertaking a preliminary analysis of alternative strategies for improving abuse reporting rates by victims,  including the current methodology of waiting for victims to report and potential future methodology of pro-actively seeking out victims of abuse where abuse is known or ought to be known to take place
  • conducting a pilot study (proof of concept) combining expertise from King’s Forensics (DNA @King’s) using genetics and genetic genealogy with support from War Studies to sample children, identified as born of abuse, and analyse their DNA to track the fathers
  • an international conference at King’s towards the end of the project

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 4 months

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • The post-holder will work within a multidisciplinary team and utilise their knowledge and understanding of the field to complete a comprehensive literature review liaising with key stake holders and relevant partners to source the grey as well as the peer reviewed literature.
  • Working with Professors Syndercombe Court, Wolff and visiting Professor Macleod to coordinate meetings, service them and provide notes and update reports to the group.
  • Preparation of a draft report to the project leads and wider group of InterSEC meetings
  • Drafting papers on the summary conclusions of the DNA pilot study
  • Assisting in the organisation of, and presenting at an international conference towards the end of the project
  • Seeking opportunities for additional sources of funding and assisting in the drafting of applications

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

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