Research Assistant at Principles for Responsible Investment

This is a unique experience for an individual with a background in human rights to gain experience in the field of responsible investment and global shareholder engagement with a specific focus on human rights in the extractives. The assistant will be reporting to the Manager of Investor Engagements, Social Issues, at the PRI and will also work with an expert consultant and the PRI Human Rights Steering Committee, a group of nine global investors.


  • Provide detailed data points for up to 60 companies on approximately 25 human rights indicators based on publicly available disclosure on companies' websites.
  • The information should be provided both aggregated and in a separate document for each company.
  • Additional research may be requested.

The research provided will support a PRI coordinated engagement, and also feed into a publicly available outcomes document. Note the assistant will be required for a total of ca. six weeks full time, which will most likely involve working full time for the month of February, and part time in January and March.


  • Master degree or studying for a Master or higher degree (human rights, CSR, ESG or RI related field)
  • Knowledge of human rights, ideally with relation to the extractive sector
  • Previous research experience, ideally research of corporate CSR data
  • Native English speaker, or fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent Word and Excel skills
  • Understanding of responsible investment, and investor engagement with companies preferred
  • High attention to detail
  • Available full time or part time as needed between January and March
  • Must be able to satisfy visa requirements for working in the UK if not a EU citizen
  • Very good knowledge of Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese is welcome, but not required
  • To apply for this role please send a resume with cover letter to [email protected] by 16 December.
  • Further information

Interested individuals are welcome to contact [email protected] for further information on the role.

Location: London

Duration: 3 months, part-time

Start date: 5 January 2015

End date: 31 March 2015

Remuneration: £10 / h