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Japan Research Assistant at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (Deadline extended to 18 April)

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Japan Research Assistant to promote greater transparency and accountability for companies’ social and environmental impacts in Japan and Japanese companies operating overseas and to empower others to act.

Terms and conditions:

  • Location: Japan (home-based), we also accept applications from other locations in Asia.
  • Contract type: 3 days per week
  • Salary: US$1,950 - US$2,269 per month for 3 days per week
  • Reports to Japan Researcher & Representative, based in Japan
  • Closing date: 18 April 2021 at 23:59:59 (time zone where the applicant is based)
  • Interview dates: 19-21 April 2021 (virtual interviews via video call)

About the organisation

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works to put human rights at the core of companies’ business models; to empower communities and workers to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse; and to encourage governments to create the right regulation and incentives to facilitate these outcomes. We are a global organization that is rooted in 14 regions around the world, and committed to cooperation with diverse actors in our movement. We have 70 members of our Global Team based around the world who work with a rich network of human rights advocates in eight languages. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three priority issues: labour rights; responsible use of natural resources; and technology and human rights.

Our three primary global approaches to deliver this vision are:

  • Empower human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business;
  • Strengthen corporate accountability, due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse;
  • Build transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business.

We generate and share information that is relevant, reliable and up to date, and we work with advocates around the world to use this information to drive positive change that insists human rights are put at the heart of the business. The Resource Centre’s global coverage and regionally-embedded team are a principal source of our expertise, influence, and credibility.


The Japan Research Assistant will:

  • Conduct online research to identify stories about companies’ social & environmental impacts in Japan, and companies headquartered in Japan operating overseas. Present the information on the Centre’s website and Japanese newsletter in a compelling format for users.
  • Translate materials and coordinate with external translators so that an increase amount of guidance and case materials from English will be made available in Japanese, and information originally in Japanese will be available in English.
  • Assist in inviting companies to respond in particular 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.
  • Provide assistance on research projects including benchmarking and other desktop researches to illustrate trends related to human rights policies and practices of companies headquartered and operating in Japan, with the aim to push for higher human rights performances by the companies. The social impacts of Japanese investment overseas is the main topic that the research assistant will likely be working on.
  • Assist in writing of materials for our website and outreach, including blog posts, briefing notes and papers, and articles to be submitted to relevant media outlets.
  • Participate in global team projects as needed.

Key competencies and attributes

  • Human rights commitment: Strong, demonstrable commitment and expertise in international human rights, labour rights, women’s rights, business and human rights, equitable development, or social justice.
  • Experience: 1-3 years’ work experience in the field of social responsibility, labour rights, development, environment or social justice – preferably in relation to Japan and Asia.
  • 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 organisation in the region, including at meetings, conferences, and on regional missions.
  • Outreach and networking: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts, including advocates, company representatives, and government officials.
  • Languages: Fluent Japanese, and strong English skills (reading, writing, speaking)
  • Communications: Strong writing skills, including succinct writing for the website and other external-facing products.
  • Teamwork: Able to operate effectively and constructively as part of a 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 the agreed framework; motivated by achieving results and completing tasks.
  • Organisation and prioritisation: Strong organisational and prioritisation skills, enabling efficient and effective work.

Terms and conditions

The Business & Human Rights 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+.

Note that this is a part-time consultancy position. Payment will be made on the Research Assistant’s presentation of a monthly invoice showing the number of hours worked. The Research Assistant will be responsible for paying from the fees his/her own taxes, health insurance, pension, and the like and those costs have been taken into account in calculating the fees. The Resource Centre will reimburse necessary work-related expenses such as travel.

The Research Assistant will be expected to work 3 days (21 hours) per week. The hours worked are flexible, provided that there is effective communication with team members in other regions, and that the hours are spread reasonably throughout a week. When the Research Assistant needs to work extra hours such as during missions that require travel, he/she will be compensated for those extra hours of work.

The consultancy contract will be a one-year contract, which can be extended by a mutual agreement.

The Research Assistant will have the freedom to organise paid days off from doing consulting work for the Resource Centre, in an amount expected to be 14.4 days during the year (100.8 hours) – i.e., equivalent to 24 days per year for full-time work. The Research Assistant will not be expected to work on national holidays in the country where she/he is based.

**To apply**: Please follow Link to Job below, and fill and submit the application form provided by 18 April 2021 at 23:59:59 (time zone where the applicant is based). The form must be filled in English. Please do not upload or submit a CV. Any questions on this appointment should be sent to [email protected]


Japan (home-based), we also accept applications from other locations in Asia
US$1,950 - US$2,269 per month for 3 days per week
Closing date
14 Apr 2021

For more information please follow the link to the job

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