IT & Digital Security Volunteer at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

About us

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts (positive & negative) of over 7000 companies in over 180 countries making information publicly available on its eight-language website.  We seek responses from companies when concerns are raised by civil society.  The response rate is over 75% globally.  Our three strategic areas of work are transparency, accountability, and empowering the movement.

The Resource Centre has offices in London and New York. Our regional researchers are based in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, UK and Ukraine. We are also lucky to benefit from the support of a number of interns and volunteers.  The Centre is a non-profit organization, and does not accept funding from companies.  Further details about the Centre are on our website (http://www.business-humanrights.org).

The role

We are seeking a skilled IT professional with some spare time, to support the expansion of our digital platforms, help improve our cyber security, and provide technical advice and expertise across the breadth of our IT work.  As a digital tracking platform with a social mission, attracting over 2 million unique page views per year, the focus of our work is our website, and the collection and presentation of big data including through electronic publications.

Working closely with our global team, you will advise and work on a variety of IT-related areas, including: development of our website and other internal IT systems; conceptualisation and implementation of interactive and comparative databases and benchmarks; and enhancing our digital security systems and processes, especially in high-risk regions.

This opportunity is ideal for someone who wishes to use their IT skills and experience to promote human rights and positive social change, whilst working within a truly international team.  

Time commitment: Minimum 3 hours per week for 4-6 months; more time is a bonus.

Location: Our office in central London or remotely.

To apply: Please send a CV and short cover letter via email to Anna Liberadzki [email protected].  Please include ‘IT Volunteer’ in the subject line.

Responsibilities

Webmaster

  • Advise on the redesign of parts of the website
  • Conduct usability and accessibility evaluations from users, and act upon them
  • Identify and repair website problems; proactively suggest & implement website improvements

Support

  • Advise on the development of internal IT systems, including Office 365
  • Complement and help our technical support person in support of staff and Regional Researchers with general computer and email issues, including remotely

Programme

  • Advise on digital and data components of upcoming projects (including company action on Gulf migrant workers, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark pilot, interactive and comparative databases, tracking human rights allegations against companies, etc.)
  • Enhance our cyber-security on all fronts (email communications, website, etc.) and advise on emerging digital security risks
  • Work with our IT providers on API capability and server performance
  • Advise on production of digital infographics from our data, as well as on digital video production for various areas of our work
  • Looking ahead to big-data analysis and emerging technologies

Person Specification

CRITERIA

STANDARD

Experience

Minimum 4 years’ experience in IT, with preference in the charity sector (Essential).  At least two of the following (Essential):

-       Developing IT capabilities for small or medium-sized organization, preferably with teams working remotely

-       Managing digital security risks, preferably in high-risk regions/environments

-       Working and/or managing big data projects

Experience in digital communications technologies (Desirable)

IT skills & experience

Demonstrable skills/experience with at least three of the following (Essential):

-       MS Office applications and Office 365

-       Digital security tools

-       Website content management system, preferably Drupal

-       SQL and/or relational databases

-       HTML, CSS, online monitoring & measurement platforms

Graphic design, including Adobe Creative Suite or similar (Desirable)

Language skills

Fluent English (Essential)

Knowledge of other languages - particularly Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, German, Portuguese or Russian (Desirable)

Project support

Experience providing support to projects at various stages (Essential)

Project management (Desirable)

Self-initiative

Ability to use own initiative and to work independently (Essential)

Communication & team skills

Ability & willingness to work effectively as part of a small team (Essential)

Friendly, supportive manner; able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders (Essential)

Written and verbal communication skills; ability to speak authoritatively on digital technologies (Essential)

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Role description [PDF]