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Job_Opportunity: Researcher/Organiser

The Global Labour Institute is looking to appoint a member of staff for research and education programmes with the international trade union movement. The contract will be for 12 months, potentially extendable.

Flexible working (minimum equivalent of three days per week) and location (worldwide).

Job Description

Main role

To support the planning and delivery of research and education programmes on the livelihoods, organisation and representation of informal workers, with particular reference to the informal transport industry, in partnership with the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), local and national trade unions, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), academic institutions and specialist transport agencies.

Main duties

To plan and deliver programmes of support to trade unions and associations of informal transport workers in the global South, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, through:

  • research and writing on livelihoods and the political economy of the informal passenger transport industry and trade union organisation strategies towards sustainable transport based on worker-led formalisation, decent work and inclusive planning
  • field research in partnership with local trade unions, informal workers’ associations, academic institutions and partner organisations
  • national and international workshops and training events for trade union and workers’ association representatives
  • reports, education materials and internet resources for trade union representatives, negotiators, educators and partner organisations

Person Specification


  • Broad understanding of the principles and objectives of the labour movement, and an appreciation of the political foundations of the GLI and its partner organisations
  • Interest in key issues of globalisation, climate change, just transition, gender equality, labour and human rights, international development and democracy
  • Research capability to a high academic standard
  • Experience of working with trade unions, workers’ associations, or community-based organisations in the global South
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and information in plain English, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong organisational skills and capability to manage work efficiently, imaginatively and cooperatively as part of a small team
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Ability and willingness to undertake international travel (Covid restrictions permitting)


  • Non-English language skills, especially French
  • Knowledge of informal economy issues and policy debates
  • Experience of work with or for the transport industry
  • Master’s degree, equivalent experience or another post-graduate qualification
  • Project management skills and experience
  • Adult education or trade union education teaching experience

For more information, see the full job description and person specification here.

If you are interested, please send your CV and a covering letter (maximum 800 words) setting out your interest and suitability for the position to (by email only please).

Deadline for applications: 12:00 noon (UK time) Monday 1 March 2021

GLI is a not-for-profit independent organisation, based in the UK. It was formed in 2010 to work with the trade union movement to encourage and support international solidarity and organisation through education and research. It is underpinned by the principles of democratic socialism, equality and environmental justice, but is not party-political.
We specialise in research and education for trade union organisation among precarious and informal workers; research and education in the areas of gender and ‘just transition’; design, management and evaluation of international trade union capacity development and education programmes; and the history and political agenda of the international trade union movement.

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