Australia Research Intern

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Details:

  • Location: Australia, ideally Sydney but other locations considered in exceptional circumstances
  • Closing Date: 12/12/2019

Overview:

You will assist in researching allegations of human rights abuses by companies, and help highlight affected communities’ struggle to access justice.

ABOUT US

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works with civil society, government, investors and companies to advance human rights in business and eradicate abuse.

Our three primary approaches are:

Empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to promote respect for human rights in business operations and throughout supply chains. We do this through development of innovative tools and resources to support advocates to make the case for respect for human rights.

Increasing transparency around the human rights records of companies. Our website is the only global business and human rights knowledge hub, tracking the human rights impacts (positive and negative) of over 9,000 companies in over 180 countries and delivering up-to-date news and information in eight languages.

Building corporate accountability for abuse, including promoting preventive due diligence, and effective remedy when abuses occur. We approach companies directly when allegations are raised by civil society, with a global response rate of over 73%.

The Resource Centre has team members in more than a dozen countries – including Australia. The Resource Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies. Further details about us are available on our website (http://www.business-humanrights.org).

THE INTERNSHIP

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre seeks an enthusiastic, reliable, well-organized individual to support its work to advance human rights in business in its Australia, New Zealand and Pacific program. Working primarily within our Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, as well as with other Global Team members, you will make an important contribution to furthering our vision of a world in which companies respect and advance human rights, and communities and workers are empowered to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse.

You should be passionate about human rights, with excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and with the ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively. Regional expertise or experience is encouraged. Fluency in written and spoken English is essential.

You will need to be proactive and have the ability to concisely communicate and demystify significant amounts of complex information. You will need excellent research skills, but also must be willing to complete routine work efficiently and accurately. Attention to detail is essential.

Tasks will include:

A Resource Centre Research Intern may work on activities that include:

  • researching business and human rights law and policy as well as instances of alleged human rights abuse by companies occurring in the region;
  • researching, drafting and collating materials on business and human rights including briefing papers, bulletins, reports and guidance on topical issues, company human rights policies and practices;
  • drafting letters and engaging with companies and advocates in the region on human rights issues and allegations; and
  • researching and sharing information on business and human rights via the Resource Centre’s website and publications.

Learning outcomes:

A research internship with the Resource Centre may assist an intern in developing the following skills and knowledge:

  • awareness and understanding of contemporary business and human rights issues, legal and policy frameworks and developments;
  • experience of work in a global human rights organisation in NGO sector;
  • analytical skills;
  • research skills; and
  • drafting and communication skills.

The Resource Centre is a diverse, global team. We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background, and we acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements. We particularly encourage applications from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+.

Our conflict of interest policy prohibits our team members from participating in activities or holding membership/affiliation with organizations in conflict with the aims and objectives of the Resource Centre, or which may jeopardize its image, impartiality and independence.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

We prefer interns who can commit to at least one day per week for a minimum period of four to six months (with a preference for a full year). We provide reimbursement of local travel costs and a small lunch stipend for interns who do not have funding from their university; we are unable to pay any salary.

Please note that we are only able to consider applications from individuals with a valid work/internship permit in Australia.

To apply, please submit your please download and complete the application form on our website (note that we cannot accept CVs). Kindly send the application form via email to Ms. Maja Janjic at [email protected] by Thursday 12 December 2019. Please include “Australia Research Intern Application” in the subject line. Please also confirm period of availability in your application. If shortlisted, we will invite you for an interview via Skype or phone.