Project Manager, Protection of Civic Space and Human Rights Defenders at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre



Project background

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a dynamic, outcome-oriented Project Manager. The Project Manager will drive the implementation of activities related to our Protection of Civic Space and Human Rights Defenders project. S/he will also help create the strategy for this project beyond 2016/early 2017.

Human rights defenders (“HRDs”) working on business-related issues are facing direct attacks, legal harassment, and narrowing civic space in a large number of countries by a combination of state and business actions. In many countries, most of the attacks and intimidation faced by HRDs are in connection to conflicts around natural resources, labour rights, and financial transparency. It is crucial to step up the efforts to protect these HRDs and the civic space. Protecting HRDs ensures that many more people can have their rights respected.

There are also recent examples of positive/progressive action by some companies to protect human rights defenders and civic space, demonstrating that businesses can be powerful allies in these efforts. Harnessing this positive potential for change within the business community is much-needed.

Terms & conditions:

Start date: As soon as possible

Length of contract: One year contract, full time

Compensation: £30,000-£34,000 gross per annum, depending on experience

Location: London

Reports to: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

To apply: Please fill in the application form here and send it to Alex Janczenia, Program Support, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: [email protected]  with “Application: Project Manager – Human Rights Defenders Project” in the subject line.  Please cc Mauricio Lazala: [email protected]

Deadline: Midnight (GMT) Tuesday 3 May 2016

Interviews will be conducted on 6 May 2016

Roles and responsibilities

The Project Manager will have the following specific roles:

  • Develop a world-leading portal to highlight allegations of abuse, strategies for protection, and actions progressive companies can take to promote civic space, human rights, and the safety of HRDs;
  • Oversee the establishment of a Business Network of leading companies prepared to take action for the protection of civic space and HRDs, and multiply their influence by encouraging others in their sector to join them in specific action;
  • Develop a comprehensive database to record instances of attacks and harassment against HRDs that civil society organizations can use in their campaigning, advocacy, and research;
  • Establish partnerships with national civil organisations to get inputs on the database;
  • Develop and disseminate a regular bulletin highlighting these issues;
  • Ensure the Resource Centre’s Corporate Response Mechanism system is effectively used to seek public company responses on their human rights performance with regard to HRDs and closure of civic space;
  • Ensure the Resource Centre’s Weekly Update newsletter includes regular news on HRDs and civic space;
  • Co-ordinate other partners’ work in this area and ensure effective communications between them;
  • Ensure smooth channels of communication with all companies regarding the project, as well as key stakeholders in civil society
  • Write short blogs to highlight reflections, findings and outcomes;
  • Support and develop strategies to disseminate the project’s products to new audiences;
  • Represent the Resource Centre at relevant meetings, conferences and events;
  • Work to develop an inspiring vision for the project beyond 2016/early 2017;
  • This post may also be asked to support or lead other projects of the Resource Centre.

Note: While this is initially a one-year position, if the project is successful in 2016 and early 2017, we envisage that it can evolve into a multi-year project

Required skills and attributes

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights, with at least three years relevant work experience
  • Excellent project management skills, able to deliver complex projects to time
  • Compelling communicator, both for external audiences and in communicating with companies, investors, and civil society
  • Strategic and outcomes-oriented approach to work
  • Excellent inter-personal and team-working skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and constructively with companies
  • Ability to move as needed between high-level strategy and a hands-on, can-do attitude
  • Self-starter, and adept decision-maker, while able to collaborate effectively with different organizations in partnerships
  • Significant leadership potential
  • Preference for someone with IT savviness and awareness; previous experience working on websites is not essential but desirable
  • Preference for a candidate with existing networks in the field of human rights defenders
  • Excellent English-language proficiency essential; additional languages are an asset

About Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Through its offices in London and New York, and regional representatives based in 13 other countries, the Resource Centre works to:

  • Build transparency: tracking over 6,500 companies’ human rights performance – their advances and alleged abuses.
  • Strengthen Accountability: seeking public responses from companies to allegations of abuse raised by civil society.
  • Empower Advocates: based outside and within companies in all regions, equipping them with information and tools they need to advance human rights.

Our work on human rights defenders already includes tracking news and reports and seeking company responses to NGO concerns; and maintaining this emerging section on our website.

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