We are recruiting a Research and Operations Director

History & Miscellaneous: MW 504

1. We are looking for a new Research and Operations Director.

2. Migration Watch UK is an independent, research-based organisation with offices in Westminster, London. We have been analysing immigration and its impacts on the UK for over 20 years. We were founded in late 2001 by Lord Green of Deddington, the former UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Syria, and Dr David Coleman, former Professor of Demography at Oxford University.

3. As Research and Operations Director, the successful candidate would take a leading role in shaping and delivering Migration Watch UK’s research agenda and running our day-to-day operations while acting as a leading contact point for journalists and members of the public, managing the website and helping to shape our media activity.

Responsibilities of role:

  • Monitoring, and analysis, of official datasets and reports on immigration
  • Preparation of briefing papers
  • Development of deep and detailed knowledge of immigration policy and impacts
  • Building up contacts with other researchers in the field
  • Presentation of research findings to interested stakeholders and potentially in the media
  • Acting as a key contact point for members of the public and journalists
  • Maintenance of the website in consultation with colleagues
  • Monitoring and summarising media stories on immigration
  • Helping to shape our digital media profile
  • Liaising with public and private sector organisations on immigration policy questions

Key attributes required:

  • A firm commitment to the objectives of Migration Watch UK and to our non-partisan, evidence-based approach
  • A strong grasp of numbers and statistics and robust attention to granular detail
  • A keen commitment to accuracy
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong policy knowledge, especially of the history and present state of UK immigration policy
  • First-class management and organisational skills
  • A positive, conscientious and hardworking approach
  • The ability to work well with team members


  • Extensive experience of - and deep comfort with - analysing and summarising statistical bulletins and datasets
  • Extensive experience of working with Excel and statistical analysis software
  • Experience of working in a public policy role
  • Track record of building contacts with journalists

Closing Date: 22 March 2022

Interview/Start Dates

We will aim to hold two rounds of interviews during the 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date.

Application Details

If you wish to apply for this position, please provide a CV outlining your work experience (two pages of A4 maximum) and include a covering letter explaining why you are interested in the role and summarising the approach that you would bring to it. Please email applications to: admin@migrationwatchuk.org

3 March, 2022

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