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Senior Consultant Researcher – Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: Preference for UK or Europe time zones; work will be remote
  • Contract Type: Consultancy – 80 days
  • Start: Immediate
  • Closing Date: Friday May 14, 2021

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a senior consultant researcher to help implement and expand its work on advancing human rights in the renewable energy sector. The successful candidate will lead work on an update to the Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark and work with the Programme Manager for Natural Resources on other work relating to our promotion of a Just Transition to net-zero

About the organization

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 10,000 companies worldwide. We work 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 committed to cooperation with diverse actors in our movement. We have more than 70 members of our Global Team based around the world who work with a wide network of human rights advocates. Our three primary global approaches to deliver this vision are:

  • Empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business.
  • Strengthening corporate accountability, due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse.
  • Advocating for transformation of business models to respect human rights, based on our evidence, and the experience of partners.

Our Just Transition programme seeks to accelerate the transition to clean energy by ensuring that the full supply chain from transition minerals to renewable energy respects human rights. This promotes co-benefits for workers and communities, and avoids protest, suspensions, and resistance which are worryingly growing. Our work is to ensure that a fast transition is also a fair transition.

About the Consultancy

Our natural resources and climate justice programme works to promote a just transition to a net zero-carbon economy by helping to ensure the transition to renewable energy is both fast and fair. The programme seeks to assess and analyze the human rights implications of this transition at every stage of the value chain, from mining of renewable energy technology components, to manufacturing of equipment, to deployment of large-scale renewable energy operations, as well as the human rights responsibilities and policies of companies, investors, and end-users at every stage.

To support this work, we seek an experienced consultant to:

  • Lead the development and dissemination of the Renewable Energy Benchmark: The consultant will lead in the research, data collection, and writing for the second iteration of the Renewable Energy Benchmark. This will follow the pre-existing methodology, process, and format of the first benchmark (launched June 2020). The consultant will design an outreach and impact strategy, in consultation with the Resource Centre’s communications team, to engage stakeholders throughout the process and to disseminate the benchmark for maximum impact. (60 days)
  • Produce written guidance for investors in renewable energy: Through engagement with stakeholders, working with the Programme Manager and partners, produce an update to the Fast & Fair Renewable Energy Investments: A Practical Guide for Investors in the Renewable Energy sector (10 days)
  • Support BHRRC preparation for COP26: In the run-up to COP 26 in Glasgow, work with the Programme Manager and others to develop outreach and engagement strategies to maximize the impact of the Resource Centre’s work on renewables and transition minerals, including identifying opportunities for media and other public outreach; gaps in existing analysis and research that the Resource Centre could usefully fill; and key stakeholders to engage.

Skills, qualifications, and experience required:

Applicants must have:

  • Experience doing research and producing high-quality, accurate, and clear products for multiple audiences, preferably including companies, investors, and journalists.
  • At least seven years’ experience working at the intersection of natural resources and human rights, preferably with an emphasis on climate-related issues.
  • Experience designing an outreach or advocacy campaign for impact.
  • Strong relationship-building representation skills, including experience working with a broad range of stakeholders of varied backgrounds, and representing an organization at public events and in the media.

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 minority groups, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+.

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Preferably UK or Europe time zones; work will be remote
To be agreed
Closing date
14 May 2021

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