Brazil & Lusophone Africa Researcher & Representative
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
- Location: Brazil
- Salary: Regionally competitive consultancy fee
- Contract Type: Consultancy
- Closing Date: 30/01/2020
- Interview dates: between 6-7 February 2020 (candidates should be available for an in-person interview during these dates in case they are short-listed for interview)
- The Resource Centre is an equal opportunities employer.
Applicants must have:
- At least 5 years’ work in the field of human rights, labour rights, development, environmental or social justice – including in Brazil
- Fluent Portuguese and excellent English-language skills; Spanish is an asset
- Commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector
- Strong ability to work constructively with a range of stakeholders (from civil society, business, government)
- The right to work in Brazil
How to apply: Please click Link to Job, download and fill the application form available and follow the instructions there.
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international human rights organization tracking the social & environmental impacts of over 9000 companies worldwide, is seeking a highly-motivated person to be its Brazil & Lusophone Africa Researcher & Representative. The researcher will join our global team, which includes 20 regional researchers based in other regions.
The Researcher will work closely with organisations in Brazil & Lusophone Africa to advance human rights in business and work towards eradicating abuse, with a particular emphasis on issues related to labour rights, natural resource extraction, and civic freedoms and human rights defenders when such issues touch on business activities.
The work will be aligned with the Resource Centre’s organisational aims of empowerment, accountability and transparency:
- Empower others to act: Work with organisations (civil society and other sectors) in these regions to ensure that their priorities and concerns are heard by relevant actors at regional and international levels, and to share insights and expertise on human rights approaches to business.
- Promote accountability: Invite companies operating in these regions to respond publicly to specific concerns of alleged abuse and exploitation, and/or questions about their approach to human rights due diligence; also engage strategically with representatives of government and international financial institutions, and international agencies.
- Build transparency: Collect and publicise via the Resource Centre’s website information in English and Portuguese from a wide range of sources about the human rights impacts of companies operating in Brazil & Lusophone Africa.
The Researcher will also play an important role in helping the Resource Centre achieve organisational priorities in areas including deeper regionalisation of its work and approach, smart strategies regarding government and business, and enhanced communications efforts. This will be achieved through effective representation, online and in-person networking, missions throughout the region, and the occasional organizing of small civil society workshops.
Specific activities include:
Conduct online research to identify stories about companies’ human rights & environmental impacts in Brazil & Lusophone Africa regions (in English and Portuguese), and present them on the Centre’s website in a compelling format for users. The wide range of subjects covered will include discrimination, labour rights, displacement, attacks on human rights defenders and other vulnerable populations like indigenous and women, pollution affecting health, poverty alleviation, security issues, etc.
Build and maintain an active network of contacts throughout the region with: NGOs (local, national & regional), companies & business organizations, media, development agencies, investment firms, academic institutions, governments and others.
Empowering local communities, NGOs, and human rights defenders (including labour leaders) to engage with companies to improve human rights due diligence and protections.
Represent the organization in the region, including at meetings & conferences; occasionally organize workshops. Spread the word about the Resource Centre by informing individuals & organizations in the region about the Resource Centre and its Weekly Updates. Increase sign-ups for Weekly Updates and traffic to our website.
Invite companies to respond to concerns raised by civil society. This involves an initial approach by email, and often extensive follow-up via phone as well as email with relevant representatives of the company. Identify strategies to increase the accountability of non-responding companies.
Organize and conduct regional research missions to gain a clearer picture of what is happening on the ground, and to build local contacts with civil society and business representatives.
Write materials for our website and outreach, including blog posts, briefing notes and papers, and articles to be submitted to relevant media outlets.
Translate materials & assist translators occasionally, so that we can increase the amount of guidance and case materials available in both Portuguese and English.
Participate in global team projects as needed on specific topics. Assist with Latin-America-wide projects and with any local/regional interns.
Assist the Director, Deputy Director and staff in further developing the organization and advancing its work, contributing to strategic thinking and planning, including assisting with fund-raising at local and international levels, and reporting back to donors.
Administrative duties: Be self-servicing in terms of administrative tasks, e.g. financial record-keeping, filing, ordering supplies, printing & distribution of materials, taking notes in meetings, etc.
Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights. Shares values and ethos of the Resource Centre.
Human rights experience: At least5 years’ work in the field of human rights, labour rights, development, environment or social justice – including in Brazil & Lusophone Africa region.
Research & analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online; persistent in seeking out difficult-to-find information; creative in identifying new sources of information.
Representation skills: Able to represent the organization in the region, including at meetings, conferences, and on regional missions.
Existing networks: Established networks and contacts with relevant stakeholders in the region.
Data input capacity: Able to deal with fast-moving data & contacts input & management; willingness to learn how to work on a news-style website.
Outreach and networking: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts, including activists, company representatives, and government officials.
Languages: Fluent Portuguese, and strong English (reading, writing, speaking), are essential. Spanish skills are a plus.
Communications: Strong writing skills, including succinct writing for the web.
Strategic insight: Able to identify new opportunities to increase the Resource Centre’s impact and role in Brazil & Lusophone Africa.
Team-work: Able to operate effectively and constructively as part of a multi-cultural, global team, and ensure smooth communication despite geographical distances between team members.
Self-initiative and motivation: Able to use own initiative, and work independently within agreed framework; motivated by achieving results and completing tasks.
Organization and prioritization: Strong organizational and prioritization skills, enabling efficient and effective work.
Strategy, planning, development: Willingness to provide input into strategy & planning discussions about the organization & website; willingness to assist with fund-raising for the organization.
Conflict of interest: No activities or membership/affiliation with organizations in conflict with the aims & objectives of the Resource Centre or which may jeopardise its image, impartiality & independence.
Terms and conditions
- This is a part-time consultancy position. Payment will be made on the researcher’s presentation of a monthly invoice showing the number of hours worked. The researcher will be responsible for paying from the fees his/her own taxes, health insurance, pension, etc, and those costs are taken into account in calculating the fees. The Resource Centre will reimburse necessary work-related expenses such as for travel.
- 2.5 days (17.5 hours) per week. The hours worked are flexible, provided that there is effective communication with team members in other regions, that the hours are spread reasonably throughout a week, and permits the Researcher to respond to issues as they arise as expeditiously as possible.
- Based in Brazil.
- Fees: Regionally competitive consultancy fee.
- Reports to: Deputy Director & Latin America Manager, based in Europe
- The Brazil & Lusophone Africa researcher will be trained and supported by our Deputy Director, our other Latin America researchers, as well as other team members. He/she will participate in 1-hour team meetings, held virtually every two weeks with all our team worldwide.
- The consultant will have the freedom to organize paid days off from doing consulting work for the Resource Centre, in an amount expected to be 12 days during the year (70 hours) – i.e. equivalent to 24 days per year for full-time work. The consultant will not be expected to work on national holidays of the country where the consultant is based.
- Workplace: From home, or if the consultant does not wish to work from home, from an agreed hosting institution.
- The consultancy contract will be a one-year contract, which can be extended by mutual agreement.
- Due to the small size of the Resource Centre, all people assisting with its work must be willing to shift priorities and tasks quickly, and be willing to have their work reviewed by colleagues. The specifics of tasks will be agreed in advance with the Executive Director and Deputy Director.