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Project Manager – Corporate Accountability and Trade at Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Location: London (UK)
  • Salary: £36,000 - £39,000 plus 5% employer pension contribution
  • Contract Type: Full time, 3-year contract (with possibility of extension)
  • Closing Date for Applications: 9 November 2020
  • Interview Dates: 16 and 17 November 2020 (shortlisted candidates are requested to be available for online interviews and a written test on one of these dates.)

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit human rights organization, is seeking a dynamic Project Manager to lead our work to advance corporate accountability in the UK’s trade and investment agreements and related policy spaces.

About the organization

The 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 eight languages. Our priority issues are labour rights; responsible natural resource use; and protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.

About the Position

The Project Manager will report to the Senior Labour Rights Lead, with the role focussed on distinct but interlinked areas: trade agreements; and corporate accountability policies, with labour rights for workers in global supply chains cross-cutting across both. Working with activists, unions and trade justice groups in the global South will therefore form a large part of the role.

This will be a new area of work for BHRRC, focused on ensuring that the UK’s international trade and investment policies respect human and labour rights standards, as well increasing our capacity to support ongoing efforts to build corporate accountability of British companies.

The Project Manager will work closely with a network of organisations in the UK and the global South – from trade unions, NGOs, businesses and investors to the UN, feminist groups and the broad trade justice movement to contribute to building a broad base of support for ensuring rights are at the centre of UK agreement on trade and investments. To ensure that there is alignment in UK policies across various policy forums, the role Project Manager will also work across other UK policy areas linked to the achievement of corporate accountability such as mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, regulating unfair purchasing practices in supply chains of UK companies, and corporate governance.

As Project Manager you will have excellent communication and policy analysis skills, a strong understanding of and personal commitment to working on economic justice issues, and a track-record of working with networks and building close relationships. You will be able to work autonomously and collaboratively and have an astute analysis on the structural causes of human rights abuses linked to companies and supply chains. Experience of working on UK policy (especially Brexit, trade and investment) is highly desirable as is experience working on the impacts of UK companies on the global South.


The Project Manager will:

  • Lead and manage our project on corporate accountability in trade and investment: With relevant team members and allies, lead on strategy development, analysis and network building, including: writing briefings; organising events; devising advocacy plans; leading the collaborative development of policy recommendations; and sharing a new focus area of BHRRC’s work.
  • Strategy development and implementation: Develop a multi-faceted strategy to introduce the business and human rights community to the human and labour rights impacts of corporate deregulation after Brexit. Establish an online portal on trade and investment, high-profile blog series, reports, and advocacy tools
  • Network and alliance building: Providing a platform for other groups and coalitions to present their analyses and demands is a core part of the project, therefore building close working relationships and with allies in the UK and abroad will be a key priority.
  • Communication and advocacy: Elevating the voices of workers in the global supply chains of British companies to demonstrate the impacts of unequal power in trade and investment will be a central part of the communications strategy of the project. This will be done to advance the advocacy strategy of BHRRC, the global trade justice movement and allies in the labour movement. You will work in collaboration with the Labour Rights and Communications Teams to drive this new focus through the BHRRC website, BHRRC publications, the media, and on social media.
  • Represent the Resource Centre at key events: Represent the organisation externally at conferences, workshops and webinars; assist in the design and organisation of events that drive constructive debate on trade, investment and other corporate accountability avenues such as mandatory human rights due diligence.
  • Project management: Be a central part of the team that delivers funders’ reports, and builds sustained relationships with the project’s key donor, as well as other relevant donors.

Skills and experience required


  • Economic justice commitment and expertise: Strong, demonstrable commitment and expertise in economic justice, labour rights or human rights. At least four years’ experience in project delivery, policy research, campaigning or advocacy in this area. A clear understanding, vision, and strategic insight on human rights in business and the global economy. Global South experience is an advantage.
  • Research & analytical skills: Strong experience in researching and writing policy briefings. Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; adept at undertaking systematic data collection to a high level of detail and accuracy; ability to synthesise research and policy for effective communication to a broad range of audiences.
  • Communication Skills: Excellent English language skills. Strong speaking skills and experience representing organisations to external audiences. Powerful writing skills and ability to synthesise research and data for effective communication.
  • Partnership and coalition building: A personable and approachable manner with strong networking and rapport building skills is essential to this role. An ability to build networks and strategic alliances with diverse partners including building coalitions with shared objectives and targeted outcomes. This will range from strategic alliances with workers’ and trade justice organizations in the Global South, to tactical collaborations with allies in the human rights and economic justice movement in the UK.
  • Strategic thinking: A strong understanding of political economy in a global context, corporate accountability and human rights will provide a solid basis for developing a strategy for this area of work. The ability to grasp, analyse, summarise, and present complex information coherently to external audiences is required. Demonstrated experience thinking critically about approach and impact and
  • Project management: Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver complex projects on time. Highly organized, with demonstrable success in managing complex projects to achieve clear outcomes, working with team members, partners, and other stakeholders; with an ability to move as needed between high-level strategy and detailed implementation.
  • Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to economic justice and human rights. Shares the values and ethos of the Resource Centre.
  • Team player: Experience of working in high performing multi-cultural and international teams, playing a leadership role working with colleagues to deliver high impact programs. Experience with remote, inter-disciplinary, and culturally diverse teams.
  • Organisation and initiative: Able to work efficiently and methodically to support achievement of deliverables; strong prioritization skills; self-motivated and comfortable working independently within agreed framework while maintaining communication with a global team in different time zones and geographies.


  • UK/EU Policy Skills and Advocacy Experience
  • Expert knowledge of trade and investment policy
  • Expert knowledge on labour rights in global supply chains

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 and seek to directly address that through our hiring practices. We particularly encourage BAME applicants, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+.

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£36,000 - £39,000 plus 5% employer pension contribution
Closing date
9 Nov 2020

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