Weekly Update Editor
- Salary: GBP 19,500-21,500 for 3 days/ 21 hours per week, commensurate with experience
- Location: Candidates based in the UK, Germany or Africa preferred (the range is aligned to London cost of living; if based in another location, the range will be adjusted down accordingly)
- Contract type: One-year fixed term contract, 3 days/ 21 hours per week (Monday-Wednesday)
- Closing date: 24 September
- To apply: Complete and return this application form via our jobs portal. Kindly note that the application form is required; we will not accept CVs. If you need any additional support, please reach out to Giulia Vinzi at [email protected]
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit organisation tracking the human rights impacts of over 10,000 companies worldwide, is seeking a Weekly Update Editor with excellent writing skills, sharp news sense and keen prioritisation capabilities to join our growing team.
The Weekly Update is the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s flagship weekly news bulletin distributed to 16,000+ opinion leaders worldwide, including people in the media, business, investment firms, the United Nations and other international organisations, governments and NGOs. We seek an editor to be responsible for the editorial content of the update, streamline our processes, maximise the impact of our work, grow our readership and keep improving the Update so it delivers delight to our committed and diverse audiences.
The successful candidate must have a commitment to human rights. They will bring enthusiasm, relevant knowledge, excellent teamworking skills and news curation experience to the role. The position sits within our global communications team and reports to the Head of Communications. We are a small, high-performing team supporting the communication of the work of our global team and partners fighting to achieve justice and remedies for victims of abuse. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a diverse, global organisation. We are committed to providing equal opportunities and particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Latinx and other minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.
About the organisation
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works with partners 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 advocate for effective regulation – policy and legislation – to facilitate these outcomes. We are a global organisation committed to cooperation with diverse actors in our movement. The organisation comprises a Global Team of more than 80 people based around the world who work with a wide network of human rights advocates.
With our global network of allies, our primary global approaches to deliver this vision are:
- Working to achieve equality of power in negotiations which further human rights between workers and communities, with business and governments;
- Use the evidence and data we generate to positively influence decision-makers including business, investors and national and regional governments;
- Strengthen corporate accountability, due diligence and effective remedy for abuse;
- Build transparency regarding the advances, challenges and abuse of human rights in business.
- Liaise with Resource Centre global team members and external partners to develop compelling and timely Weekly Update content.
- Draft, edit and publish the Weekly Update, including: identifying and prioritising important stories; making editorial decisions about content; proofreading and redrafting language for clarity and coherence; formatting and designing the Update for ease of readability; gaining sign-off from a director; and tracking content over time to ensure broad and representative coverage.
- Provide initial design and distribution support for sister newsletters from the organisation.
- Monitor readership, open and click-through figures to identify trends and opportunities to improve engagement.
- Provide regular feedback to Weekly Update contributors; responding to questions and comments about the Update; and working to continually improve the consistency and quality of inputs.
- Contribute to ongoing thinking about the design and reach of the Weekly Update, how to maximise its utility to readers, how to raise less covered stories from around the world and how to drive readership and engagement.
- Receive and post listings for events and jobs related to business and human rights on our website.
- Post articles concerning business and human rights issues on our website to create content for our Weekly Update.
- Other responsibilities: Take on other responsibilities as necessary within the communications team for the success and continued development of the organisation.
- The right to work in the United Kingdom/ Germany (must have this before applying).
- A minimum of 3 years’ work experience in a media/ communications office setting.
- Fluent in English: reading/writing/speaking and excellent spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Experience editing written publications, ideally online (experience using Mailchimp or similar newsletter software an advantage).
- Basic knowledge of global human rights issues, and a willingness to support the aims of the organisation.
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office software (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, Sharepoint).
- Ability to undertake own initiative, and work independently within agreed framework and to strict deadlines.
- Ability and willingness to work collaboratively as part of an international team, and ensure effective communication across geographical distances and language differences.
The following are desirable, but not essential:
- Familiarity with Mailchimp and developing web content.
- Knowledge of languages other than English; Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish particularly welcome.
- Previous work or volunteer experience in an NGO/non-profit that works on business and human rights.
- Advanced IT skills, including experience working with web development or other online tools.
TO APPLY: Complete and return this application form via our jobs portal. Kindly note that the application form is required; we will not accept CVs. If you need any additional support, please reach out to Giulia Vinzi at [email protected]