Human Rights & Labour Researchers at Ergon Associates

We are looking for highly motivated Researchers to contribute to our client-focused research and policy programme.  This is an ideal position for someone wanting to develop a career involving the labour and human rights dimensions of business, trade and finance.

You should have first-rate research skills, excellent and clear written English, and a keen interest in the intersection of business and human rights.

Projects you could expect to work on range from undertaking human rights risk assessments, analysing  working conditions in particular sectors and countries, researching living wage levels or monitoring and summarising policy debates and new developments.  Occasional travel is likely.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

The posts are based in our small, busy Central London office. We offer a friendly working environment, good terms and conditions and the opportunity to develop skills and experience.

Key tasks

  • Drafting sections of research reports, country profiles.
  • Designing and coordinating research databases and undertaking quantitative analysis
  • Analysing and drafting summaries of complex legal and policy documents
  • Undertaking field research and interviewing stakeholders as necessary
  • Where necessary, providing administrative support on projects including: document management, organising meetings with clients and others, making travel arrangements
  • Accompanying directors and senior consultants at meetings, contributing to presentations.
  • Some domestic and / or international travel (less than 10% of time), where required by project commitments

Essential skills

  • Relevant graduate / postgraduate qualification, and strong academic record
  • Outstanding applied research skills
  • Exceptional conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to analyse large amounts of complex information quickly, accurately and clearly, including quantitative information  
  • Outstanding written and oral English communications skills, including the ability to draft clear, accurate, concise summaries as well as lengthier research papers, and to communicate complex concepts to non-specialist audiences
  • Engagement with the labour standards and human rights agendas, as well as international development and CSR
  • High level of organisational and administrative skills, including ability to work independently, in a small team, and to strict deadlines
  • Fluent written and spoken English and fluency in at least one other relevant language – particularly Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Availability to travel at relatively short notice

Desirable skills

  • Sound understanding of concepts and institutions related to industrial relations, international labour standards and human rights
  • Experience of quantitative data analysis
  • Field experience in a developing or emerging economy
  • Knowledge of current practice in private voluntary regulation, ethical trade and CSR
  • Experience of stakeholder engagement with a range of different actors and of participatory research methodologies.

Job title: Human Rights & Labour Researcher (multiple positions)

Location: London

Salary: £24,600 per annum starting salary

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing date: 15 May 2015