Consultants for Cross-Country Right to Water Project

Deadline: 15 September 2014
Open to: researchers from Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia and France
Remuneration: monthly stipend and financial support



The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is recruiting five consultants to assist the ERRC on a part-time basis in its research and advocacy activities in a cross-country right to water project. 

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is a recognised human right. However, many Romani households are deprived of their human right to water. The data from the UNDP Regional Roma Survey (2011) estimates that in many countries a large proportion of Romani households is not connected to piped public water supply. In the absence of a public water supply, Roma often have to rely on untreated and unprotected water resources like self-made wells and natural streams that are breeding grounds for pathogens.

The ERRC has recently launched a new comparative research project on the right to water in Romani settlements and neighbourhoods, in which they focus on analysing factors contributing to the discrimination of Roma in their access to safe drinking water.

The assignment will run from 1 October 2014 until the end of 2014. The researchers are expected to conduct desk and empirical research on the access, quality and affordability of water supply in Romani communities, applying an already developed methodology.


The ERRC seeks researchers from Albania, Montenegro, Moldova, Macedonia and France who have:

  • significant experience of working with Romani communities;
  • robust skills in developing and conducting a sociological and action-oriented research;
  • fluency in the language of the researched communities and also in English. Knowledge of Romani language will be considered an advantage.

The ERRC encourages in particular scholars from the Roma, Sinti, Travellers as well as Ashkali and Egyptian communities to apply for these consultancies.


The ERRC offers the researchers a monthly stipend and financial support for expenses incurred during the field research. The Researchers will be supervised by ERRC staff members.


To apply for this research position, candidates should send the following application materials:

  1. A maximum one-page letter of interest describing personal motivation for engaging with the issue of improving respect for the right to water for Romani communities;
  2. CV specifying qualitative research experience and expertise working with Romani communities.

Candidates should submit their documents by 15 September 2014 via email to Dora Eke at [email protected] The message should be titled: RtW ERRC and the country where the applicant would like to work.

Read the official call HERE.

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