Program Director 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 dynamic Program Director to join our small passionate team and oversee the success of its research and programs. This role requires strategic visioning, a deep commitment to human rights, and a willingness to develop and shape a young, globally recognized NGO.

This leadership position will be a collaborative role that entails strategic planning and partner outreach; responsibility for the design, supervision and delivery of MSI Integrity's research programs; global advocacy; and institution building. The Program Director will advance three major streams of work planned for MSI Integrity in 2016:

1. Preparing for the release of a major 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 an 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, in order to promote deeper Minimum Qualifications and Experience Leadership experience, including with institution building and management

At a minimum this should include experience with:
§ Coordinating or leading teams, partnerships or networks.
§ Developing and overseeing internal management policies and processes, developing budgets and reporting to funders.
§ Strategic planning and communication.

Research and subject-matter expertise
§ Extensive experience in research or advocacy in 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, with a strong track record of planning and implementing complex research projects. The following skills are also desirable:
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 on significant research or advocacy reports.
§ Ability to handle multiple research projects at one time.

Outreach and partnership experience
§ 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.
§ Enjoy working in a collaboratively in a small driven team, as well as independently.

Education and experience: A graduate degree in a relevant field, such as law, international relations, political science or social sciences. At least four to eight years experience working in research or advocacy in a field directly relevant to MSI Integrity’s work.

Willingness to travel: Comfort travelling independently both domestically and internationally. By way of example in 2014-2015, MSI Integrity staff travelled to Azerbaijan, Cameroon, the Democratic 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 Director”. 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 Director

Location: San Francisco

Closing date: 15 February 2016

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