Project Assistant – Migrant Workers in the Gulf

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: London, New York or Washington D.C. Applicants must have authorisation to work in the UK or the US
  • Salary: £25,000 - £28,000 per year (commensurate with experience) plus 5% pension employer’s contribution and US health insurance
  • Contract Type: One year fixed-term
  • Closing Date: 31/01/2019
  • Interviews will be held in person or via Skype the week of February 11

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

Applicants must have:

  • 2+ years of work experience, with at least one year of experience in human rights, labour migration, supply chains or a related field 
  • Experience with online research, data collection and analysis 
  • Strong commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector and to the rights of migrant workers in the Gulf


  • Fluency in oral and written Arabic
  • Expertise on the construction or hotel sector

How to apply
Please follow Link to Job and fill and submit the application form on the website by 31 January 2019. There is no need to submit a C.V.

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 nearly 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 Project Assistant will work closely with the Senior Project Manager (based in New York) and the Middle East Researcher and Representative to support 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.

The purpose of the project is to ensure that the international scrutiny of mega-projects in the Gulf translates to concrete improvements in company policy and practice 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.

Specific activities include:

  • Research the landscape of construction and hotel companies operating in the Gulf and their impact on the rights of migrant workers and maintain a public online database of this information
  • Research corporate disclosure on human rights policy and practices and support gathering of additional information through company surveys
  • Monitor relevant international and regional news and developments to update information on the online project portal and seek company responses to  labour rights allegations
  • Synthesise and present research and data for external communications e.g. reports, website and social media
  • Provide administrative support, including maintaining contact databases and organising travel and events

Key competencies:

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

Work experience: At least two years of work experience with a strong research or administrative component

Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of one or a combination of the following areas: migrant worker issues; political economy in the Gulf; business and human rights; and/or corporate supply chains.

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: Able to work efficiently and methodically to meet deliverables through strong organisation, prioritistion and proactive communication with the project manager.

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

Languages: Fluency in English read/writing/speaking); fluency in Arabic preferred

To Apply for this position please follow Link to Job.