Research Consultants, Nairobi Process at Institute for Human Rights and Business


The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is a global centre of excellence and expertise on the relationship between business and international human rights standards.  We provide a trusted, impartial space for multi-stakeholder dialogue and independent analysis to deepen understanding of human rights challenges and issues and the appropriate role of business.  IHRB works to raise corporate standards and strengthen public policy to ensure that the activities of companies do not contribute to human rights abuses, and in fact lead to positive outcomes.

IHRB is a ‘think and do tank’, with a strong reputation both for its business and human rights research and policy work as well as its operational engagement in a number of countries.  IHRB seeks to embed international business and human rights standards and promote responsible business practice in a wide range of countries and industry sectors, working with government, business and civil society.  IHRB’s approach is catalytic, impartial and collaborative. 

The ‘Nairobi Process: A Pact for Responsible Business’ is a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by IHRB with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in April 2013.  It promotes responsible business practice, based on respect for international human rights standards during the exploration phase of Kenya’s emerging oil and gas sector.  The vision of the Nairobi Process is that natural resources bring widespread benefits for East Africa’s people, with countries avoiding the ‘resource curse’ and becoming a model for equitable, sustainable development through the application of responsible business standards and international human rights principles, as embodied inter alia in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 

The Nairobi Process brings together the multinational oil and gas companies, ‘majors’ and ‘juniors’ (smaller exploration companies), which have been granted exploration licenses in Kenya, with government and civil society stakeholders to address key areas of human rights concern as this nascent sector develops over the coming years.  The Nairobi Process has also been extending its scope to other extractive activities such as mining, as well as engaging with government, business and civil society actors in other countries in East Africa such as Tanzania.


As part of the Nairobi Process, IHRB is recruiting two East Africa-based research and writer consultants to conduct research on the policy approaches and decision-making processes affecting, positively or negatively, the capacity and commitment of governments, business and civil society to uphold and promote compliance with human rights standards in the extractives sector in Kenya and Tanzania. 

The research will involve a desktop review of relevant literature on the issue; interviews with a balanced and representative range of informants from government, business and civil society; and some fieldwork to look at case studies on the implications for the human rights of communities. 

Each consultant hired (one working in Kenya, the other in Tanzania) will produce a country report.  This will contain evidence-based findings and discuss how multi-stakeholder action – in particular the potential contribution of the country’s respective national human rights institution (NHRI) – can best promote the policies and practices needed for stronger human rights accountability in the extractives sector.

Further background and information on the intended aims of the research, specifically its contribution to building the awareness, knowledge and capacity of NHRIs to strengthen their work on human rights policy and practice in the extractives sector through engagement with other key actors, can be found in the overall concept note and terms of reference (TOR) for the exercise below.  The TOR will be the subject of further discussion and clarification with the successful candidate for each country as he or she prepares an inception report setting out the detail of how the research needed for the country report will be organised and carried out.

Specific tasks

In summary, the consultant respectively hired to conduct the research in each country to write the country report will be expected to:

  • Hold preparatory discussions with Nairobi-based and other IHRB staff linked to the Nairobi Process, as well as partner institutions as necessary/appropriate;
  • Gather relevant resources and engage and communicate with a representative range of strategically relevant stakeholders in making preparations for the research;
  • Prepare an inception report for IHRB approval outlining plans for the research, including specific methodology, key issues likely to feature in the research and the report, likely interviews for stakeholder analysis, possible locations and case studies for field research etc;
  • Undertake the research, including desktop review, informant interviews and field research case studies;
  • Prepare an outline of the country report for IHRB review, feedback and approval, setting out the structure of the report and listing briefly the issues to be covered in each section, taking into proper account the needs and interests of the report’s intended target audiences;
  • Write a first draft of the country report for IHRB review and feedback
  • Incorporate IHRB’s feedback and produce a satisfactory final draft ready for editing and publication; and
  • Maintain regular communication with IHRB and its NHRI partners at each stage.

Please follow the link below for full concept note and TOR for the country research.

Job title: Research Consultants

Location: Kenya and Tanzania (one research consultant for each country)

Contract: Around 30 days during June - September 

Closing date: 17 May 2015