Head of Human Rights & Business Unit

Syrian Legal Development Programme


  • Location: Remote, but preferably London, UK; Gaziantep or Istanbul, Turkey/ Beirut, Lebanon
  • Salary: £2,500 - £2,700 per month (depending on location and experience)
  • Contract Type: Consultant
  • Closing Date: 03/07/2020

The Syrian Legal Development Programme is recruiting a Programme Head for the Human Rights and Business Unit (HRBU). The HRBU was established in 2018 uses international law to address business involvement in conflict related human rights abuses in the Syrian context and to hold such businesses accountable for their involvement. The HRBU has provided support to Syrian civil society on issues of business and human rights law, has influenced and played a role in accountability measures against businesses involved in human rights abuses in Syria, and has participated in panels in various international forums. 

The Programme Head of the HRBU will be responsible for managing unit activities as well as the work of a team of four people including legal analysts, investigation officers, and a communications and outreach manager. This position provides the unique opportunity to influence policy on issues relating to business involvement in conflict related human rights abuses, identify strategic alternative routes for accountability, work with a diverse team of internationally based colleagues, and participate in the development of cutting edge changes in business and human rights law.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Managing the day to day program implementation including allocation of tasks, monitoring and reporting to donors, and ensuring that the project is consistent with the program design
  • Monitor daily program implementation, including revisions to project design and work plans to ensure compliance with program design
  • Draft and submit reports and another program reporting requirements to donors
  • Conducting legal research, analysis and developing reports on business involvement in conflict-related human rights abuses in the Syrian conflict
  • Edit and review reports and other documents drafted by other HRBU staff
  • Represent SLDP’s human rights and business program in meetings with partners, and stakeholders, conferences, and other relevant events
  • Build SLDP relationships with donors, clients, international organisations and NGOs, and other stakeholders
  • Manage and oversee open source investigations of businesses and businesspersons in the Syrian context which will contribute to accountability efforts. 
  • The position will involve frequent travel