Junior Researcher – Lebanon and Jordan
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
- Location: London (The successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment)
- Salary: £21,600-24,000 per year (based on 4 days per week), depending on experience
- Contract Type: Part-time (4 days per week); One year fixed-term
- Closing Date: 31/12/2019
- Interviews will be held in person or via Skype the week of January 13
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 8000 companies worldwide, is seeking a Junior Researcher to support its work to promote labour rights and other human rights related to business activities in Jordan and Lebanon.
Applicants must have:
- Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English
- 4+ years of work experience in human rights, labor rights, or a related field
- Experience with online research, data collection and analysis
- Strong writing skills
- Strong commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector
How to apply
Please follow Link to Job and fill and submit the application form on the website by 31 December 2019. C.V. will not be considered.
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 fifteen regions and committed to cooperation with diverse actors in our movement. We have nearly 50 members of our Global Team based around the world who work with a rich network of human rights advocates in eight languages, including Arabic. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three priority issues: labor rights; responsible resource use; and protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders.
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 to strengthen due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse.
- Build transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business.
The Junior Researcher will work closely with the Programme Manager (based in Amman) to support the implementation of several ongoing projects to advance labour rights and other human rights in business sectors in Jordan and Lebanon.
The purpose of this project is to increase the transparency of business conduct regarding respect for human rights in their operations and supply chains, hold businesses to account for abuses where they occur, and to empower local partners in their efforts to increase awareness of business sand human rights and engage governments, companies, and international financial institutions (IFIs) on this issue. To do this, the projects carry out research into high-risk sectors for abuse in Jordan and Lebanon, with an emphasis on risks to migrant and refugee workers, analyze regional and global trends regarding government and IFI efforts to effectively regulate business, support partners to document and report on allegations of abuse and seek responses by companies to those allegations; and work with partners to increase awareness of global business and human rights standards and build momentum for progress within each country.
Specific activities include:
- Monitor relevant local news and developments on business, investment, migration, etc. as well as developments relating to national stakeholders and report on them regularly
- Research new companies and projects launched in the construction sector in Jordan and monitor their impacts on human rights, particularly the rights of migrant and refugee workers, and maintain a public online database of this information
- Regularly update summaries, analysis, briefs, etc. on public online database depending on regular updates
- Respond to queries and provide information on the project and activities, and maintain good ties with project stakeholders
- Provide backstop to the project through maintaining databases, follow-ups, organizing travel arrangements, and logistical arrangements of events
- Support activities relating to research, surveys, blogging, etc. like sampling, company outreach, drafting, editing, proofreading, and other related tasks
- Manage social media updates on news on Jordan and Lebanon,
- Provide support during events, including but not limited to notetaking, translation, and interpretation.
- Other related duties as requested
Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights. Shares values and ethos of the Resource Centre
Work experience: At least four years of work experience with a strong research component.
Languages: Fluency in English (reading/writing/speaking) and Arabic (reading/writing/speaking) required.
Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of one or a combination of the following areas: business and human rights or corporate accountability; human rights issues related to refugees or migrant workers; human rights issues in Jordan and/or Lebanon.
Analytical and writing skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; ability to synthesize research and data for effective communication; ability to draft short updates or reports on topics within your expertise without significant supervision.
Organization and initiative: Able to work efficiently and methodically to support achievement of deliverables through strong organization and prioritization; self-motivated and able to maintain communication with project lead and team members in different time zones and geographies
Communications and web-savvy: Strong writing skills, including succinct writing for the web; experience in external communications, social media platforms and web management a plus