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KnowTheChain Director

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international non-profit organisation putting human rights at the heart of business and tackling abuse.

We are seeking our KnowTheChain director to lead our work to address forced labour in global supply chains as part of our programme on labour rights.

Location: Flexible, must be prepared to work at least 3 hours a day on US/European time zones. Location in London or Berlin an advantage

Contract type: Full time

Salary: GBP 40,000-50,000 depending on experience, plus 5% pension

Annual leave: 24 days/year

Reports to: Programme Director

Line Management: 2 researchers plus occasional consultants

Start: August/September

Closing date: 05 July 2021

Interview Dates: 15-16 July 2021

About the organization

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international human rights organisation working to ensure respect for human and labour rights are at the core of companies’ business models; to empower communities and workers to secure their rights; advance accountability for corporate human rights abuse; and to advocate to governments to create strong, enforceable regulation to facilitate these outcomes. Our Global Team is based in over 15 countries around the world who work with a rich network of activists, unions and human rights groups, with our website and publications available in ten languages. Our priority issues are labour rights; responsible natural resource use; and technology and human rights.

Job Purpose:

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre seeks an experienced professional to lead our work to address forced labour in global supply chains, as part of our programme on labour rights in supply chains. This includes the ability to work with diverse stakeholders to make change happen through clear vision and strategy on modern slavery, and specifically forced labour, primarily through our KnowTheChain benchmark and its accompanying advocacy strategies.


Lead and manage KnowTheChain. The successful candidate will provide leadership and project management in delivering our KnowTheChain benchmark and advocacy. This involves leading the team to:

  • Refine our model of change, review methodologies, enhance the benchmarks’ rigour and relevance, and design to maximise its relevance and impact on the elimination of forced labour
  • Deliver high quality benchmarks that provide rankings of the policy and practice of companies in sectors with high risk of forced labour
  • Support engagement with benchmarked companies to sustain a dialogue with those willing to change and ensure accuracy of the benchmark, while exposing laggard companies.
  • Deliver high-impact reports from the benchmarks to influence our key targets of investors, governments, and companies, and to support civil society’s efforts to demand transparency, due diligence, accountability, and remedy

Investor engagement. The KnowTheChain Director leads the development of strategies to provide support to and challenge investors to press for effective action by companies to end forced labour. The opportunity for success is heightened by the growth of ESG investment. This involves:

  • Nurturing and supporting our network of concerned investors, and their understanding of the key insights from the KTC benchmarks
  • Delivering high-quality analysis and guidance for investors that are responsive to their needs, such as briefings, articles, blogs, and public presentations
  • Engaging with investors and investor associations to encourage bolder engagement with companies to change business models and their purchasing practices, and to significantly improve their policies and practices on due diligence, workers’ empowerment and voice, and remedy.

Advocacy with Civil Society towards Governments and Companies:

  • Deploy KTC findings to encourage bold action by leading governments developing business regulation and incentives – this includes rules on human rights due diligence, import bans, modern slavery acts, and rules to support and enable robust workers’ rights
  • Engage with leading companies to support their voluntary leadership in the redesign of business models and purchasing practices, due diligence, workers’ empowerment, and remedy. Expose laggard companies’ lack of progress to highlight its human consequences with investors and governments.
  • Work with civil society movements, especially workers’ organisations, to support their work through the KTC benchmark and findings.

Donor relationship and fundraising. The KnowTheChain Director works with the development (fund-raising) team and senior leadership to ensure good working relationships with funders and to ensure compliance with their requirements and conditions for funding KnowTheChain and other relevant work. The KnowTheChain Director also contributes to fundraising efforts for the Resource Centre’s work on forced labour and modern slavery.

Contribute to organisational labour rights strategies. Work with fellow leaders and members of our programmatic and regional teams to design, implement, and evaluate our organisational strategy on the rights of workers in global supply chains.

People management. Directly manage and support the members of the KTC team and when necessary, manage the work of members of the global team working on KnowTheChain and other outputs involving our modern slavery and forced labour work.

Track policy and legislation. Keep abreast and participate in discussions on relevant policy developments with implications on addressing forced labour and modern slavery, such as policies on mandatory human rights due diligence and supply chain transparency.

Required skills

  • Commitment to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s vision of putting human rights at the core of companies’ business models and a demonstrable commitment to our model of change as articulated in our Strategic Plan 2021-2021
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing high-impact programmatic strategies that require engagement with rightsholders, governments, businesses, and investors
  • Demonstrated media and communications skills, both oral and writing, that can drive change (preferable: social media skills)
  • At least 5 years work experience in labour rights; understanding of finance and investors an advantage
  • Must have the skill and enthusiasm to handle and analyse big data sets, complex methodologies, and comprehensive indicators on human rights (very good skills of Excel and similar spreadsheet applications, Phyton, or similar tools)
  • Experienced project manager who can effectively utilise available resources to make change happen, and generate additional resources– fundraising experience is highly desirable
  • Experienced leader and people manager of diverse and remote teams across cultures and geographies
  • Preferable: HTML, website content management (WordPress, Drupal), Salesforce, Presentation apps. (E.g., Powerpoint, Keynote, Canva, etc.), Microsoft Word and similar applications
  • Fluent in English. Highly desirable if able to speak or understand Chinese and Japanese.

To apply: Please follow Link to Job below to our jobs portal where you will download, complete, and submit the application form. Any questions on this job should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line: "KnowTheChain Director Job Query". Kindly note that the application form is required; we cannot accept CVs.


Flexible, must be prepared to work at least 3 hours a day on US/European time zones. Location in London or Berlin an advantage
GBP 40,000-50,000 depending on experience, plus 5% pension
Closing date
5 Jul 2021

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