Program Associate at MSI Integrity

MSI Integrity is a non-profit organization dedicated to examining and understanding the impact and value of voluntary initiatives that address business and human rights. It was incubated by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and is currently funded by the Hewlett Foundation and Open Society Foundation.

Since launching publicly in 2013, MSI Integrity has worked to foster a culture of critical reflection on whether multi-stakeholder initiatives are effective at protecting and promoting human rights.

This includes conducting extensive research into prominent global initiatives such as the Kimberley Process and Fair Labor Association; releasing a major report on the governance of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; and both hosting and participating in global dialogues relating to voluntary initiatives and human rights.

We are now expanding our organization and seek a talented and motivated Program Associate to join our small passionate team. The Program Associate will work with the Program Director to implement all of MSI Integrity’s activities and programs. The position will involve extensive research and report writing, as well as conducting external communication and outreach. The Program Associate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the institutional development and growth of a young, globally recognized NGO.

The Program Associate will contribute to the three major streams of work planned for MSI Integrity in 2016:
1. Preparing for the release of a report that evaluates the effectiveness of five multistakeholder initiatives, coupled with the release of a public tool to enable other actors to evaluate multi-stakeholder initiatives from a human rights perspective.
2. Conducting a deep analysis into the structure and value of grievance mechanisms or remedial frameworks in multi-stakeholder initiatives.
3. Developing and launching a global network of researchers and practitioners with expertise or research interests relating to MSIs.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
§ Past research or advocacy experience, or a demonstrable commitment to a relevant field, such as:
o Human rights or environmental justice, particularly as it applies to transnational corporations; or
o Experience working in or around a multi-stakeholder initiative(s).

§ Excellent research skills. We particularly value experience:
o Working with or in communities that have experienced environmental or human rights violations;
o Using or developing survey tools, as well as qualitative methodologies;
o Basic data analysis.

§ Excellent organizational and writing skills, ideally with experience authoring or contributing to research or advocacy reports.
§ The ability to work at a range of levels and with multiple stakeholders, including local communities, national governments, civil society and business stakeholders, and international organizations.
§ A strategic-thinker that thrives working both with limited supervision, as well as collaboratively.
§ Highly motivated, effective under pressure, and able to handle multiple projects at one time.
§ Willingness to engage with all aspects of organizational development and growth, including funding, finance and human resources.
§ Familiarity and comfort working with budgets, implementing internal policies and processes and undertaking administrative and logistical tasks.

Education and experience: One to three years experience working in research or advocacy in a field relevant to MSI Integrity’s work is preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree in a relevant field, such as law, international relations, political science or social sciences, is strongly preferred.

Willingness to travel: Comfort travelling independently both domestically and internationally. By way of example in 2014-2015, MSI Integrity staff travelled to Azerbaijan, Cameroon, theDemocratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, the Philippines, Tanzania, United Kingdom and United States for research activities.

We offer:
§ A competitive non-profit sector salary.
§ Paid vacation, sickness and personal days.
§ A fun and creative work environment in the heart of the Mission, San Francisco.

Application Process
If interested, submit a cover letter, resume, 5-10 pages of a relevant writing sample(s), and a list of at least three references to [email protected] and include in the title of the email ‘Application for Program Associate”. Deadline is February 15, 2016. Applicants will be reviewed and interviewed on a rolling basis.

MSI Integrity is an inclusive workplace and an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices. We seek a diverse applicant pool and strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQ people to apply for all our positions.

Job title: Program Associate

Location: San Francisco

Closing date: 15 February 2016