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Research Analyst


524 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, USA

Lumos, an international NGO founded by J.K.Rowling, helps the 8 million children currently in orphanages or other institutions regain their right to a family life. At least 80% of these children are not orphans but are separated from their families, primarily by poverty.

Lumos works with the United Nations, international financial institutions, and the United States and other governments, focusing on international aid as a driver of reform. We also work with private donors to encourage them to make donations in ways that best support families to raise children. Lumos supports governments with expertise and skills, ranging from interventions to save the lives of children facing premature death to technical support on how to use complex financial mechanisms to ensure limited resources are used to achieve reform.

The Researcher appointed will be responsible for leading and carrying out a US research agenda. Working in close cooperation with key research and advocacy staff in New York, Washington, and London, the researcher will be responsible for providing data and evidence that supports Lumos’ principal objectives in the US and globally.

Projects may include identifying ways in which the United Nations is supporting orphanages around the world, and likewise identifying best practices that support family care; tracing funds coming from the US government that support the orphanage system abroad; investigating funding flows from religious communities that support orphanages through missionary work; or following funding practices of IFIs that support orphanages or alternative systems of care.

This role may require some international travel.

Position location is flexible to New York or Washington, D.C.



  •  Lead on Lumos’ US-based research activities, ensuring consistent, high-quality outputs
  • Together with key Lumos staff, identify, design, plan and conduct relevant research projects
  • Undertake research activities, including desk research and collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Draft and provide information in a style and format appropriate to the intended audience
  • Draft and prepare to publication standard the outcomes of studies
  • Provide support to Lumos advocacy teams to develop evidence-based advocacy strategies on the basis of the research findings
  • Monitor the developments of research on policy in relevant areas
  • Ensure deadlines and donor requirements in relation to the research are met
  • Other tasks as required

Person specification:


  •  Commitment to children’s rights and international development
  • At least three years’ applied research experience, with strong knowledge and skills spanning a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (or equivalent applied experience and skills)
  • Demonstrable experience in identifying research needs, designing, and specifying research
  • Experience of undertaking desk research and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative information
  • Excellent analytical skills, with the ability to summarize and interpret data accurately, using appropriate data analysis packages
  • Attention to detail in checking information/evidence for accuracy and validity 
  • Excellent writing skills with experience conveying research findings effectively for policy-makers and practitioners
  • Highly organized, with the ability to balance competing priorities and plan effectively to meet challenging deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and on own initiative, as well as working as part of a wider team
  • Sound judgment
  • Ability to work to plan while remaining flexible as new opportunities and priorities develop
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of data protection legislation and research ethics


  • Experience translating research into advocacy and influencing plans
  • Experience working with international NGOs
  • Experience working in the fields of human rights, child development and protection; knowledge and understanding of deinstitutionalization and better care alternatives for children
  •  Experience in research involving children
  • Experience in tracking/research of financial flows
  • Experience with the UN System, and/or international financial institutions
  • Fluency in a foreign language


Lumos is being assisted in this appointment process by the executive search firm Society.

Applications should consist of a CV, accompanied by a brief covering letter addressing the criteria in the Person Specification. These documents can be uploaded via Society’s website:

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on September 21, 2018.

The appointed candidate will be offered a salary that is commensurate with their experience and the seniority of their new role.


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