Programme Manager – Migrant Workers in the Gulf

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: London or New York
  • Salary: £41,000-£48,000 per year, based on experience
  • Contract Type: Full time, 18 months initial period with possibility of renewal
  • Closing Date: 15/05/2019

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 8000 companies worldwide, is seeking a Programme Manager to lead its work to promote the labour rights of migrant workers and strengthen the transparency and accountability of companies in the construction and hotel sectors in the Gulf.

The Organisation

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 more than 40 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 Position:

The Programme Manager will lead the implementation of an ongoing project to advance the labour rights of migrant workers in the hotel and construction sectors in the Gulf, with a particular focus on Qatar and the UAE.

This project seeks to ensure that the international scrutiny of mega-projects in the Gulf translates to concrete improvements in company policy and practice, in order to protect the rights of migrant workers from South Asia and Africa. To achieve this, the project aims to draw public attention to companies operating in Qatar and the UAE, document the impacts of the construction and hotel sectors on the rights of current and returning migrant workers, and benchmark companies in both sectors based on their human rights policies and procedures. The project is in its fourth year of operation.

The position will supervise at least one Project Assistant supporting implementation of Resource Centre work in the Gulf region.

Key competencies:

Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights. Shares the values and ethos of the Resource Centre.

Project management experience: Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver complex projects on time.

Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of the political and economic situation in the Middle East region; migrant worker issues in the Gulf; and international standards pertaining to migrant workers and general human rights issues relating to supply chains. Knowledge of the construction or hotel industries a plus.

Strategic thinking: Demonstrated experience thinking critically about approach and impact; ability to identify new areas of opportunity and risk.

Research & analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; adept at undertaking systematic data collection to a high level of detail and accuracy; ability to synthesise research and data for effective communication.

Organisation and initiative: Able to work efficiently and methodically to support achievement of deliverables; strong prioritization skills; self-motivated and comfortable working independently within agreed framework while maintaining communication with a global team 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.

Supervisory experience or skills: Experience formally supervising staff, or demonstrated ability to guide and manage the work of others.

Languages: Fluency in English and Arabic required, with strong writing and communications skills in both. 

How to apply

Please follow this link and fill and submit the application form on the website by May 15, 2019. There is no need to submit a C.V.