Research & Projects Trainee

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: Shoreditch, London
  • Salary: £19,201 (London Living Wage), plus 5% employee matched pension
  • Contract Type: 12 months fixed term contract, full time (35 hours per week)
  • Closing Date: 03/09/2019

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking an early human rights professional to join our high-performing global team.

We recognise that starting a career in human rights and international development is challenging, and we are offering this 12-month traineeship to support the next generation of business and human rights advocates. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from lower-income backgrounds who would otherwise struggle to get the experience required to step into a human rights career.

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to provide sponsorship for this opportunity.

About the role

Working from our London office, you’ll support our researchers and project managers across the world bringing global attention to company conduct affecting people and communities. During your traineeship you will:

  1. Support our coverage: Keep our website up to date by monitoring and identifying relevant news and reports online; composing abstracts; categorising articles; adding and updating pages on the website.
  2. Assist with research: Undertake desk-based research on key issues under the guidance of researchers and project managers.
  3. Support communications: Support us to prepare research and materials for external audiences by creating summaries, proofreading and designing infographics.
  4. Provide administrative and logistical support: Supporting events, writing minutes, creating contact lists, data input, publishing on our website and media monitoring.

You’ll get exposure to a global human rights organisation covering the breadth of business and human rights issues. You’ll be allocated a manager who will regularly review how you’re getting on and provide opportunities to maximise your learning and experience with us.

About us

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a high-impact, global organization that works to advance respect for human rights in business and hold companies accountable for abuse. We do this by empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business and governments to stimulate bold leadership for human rights in business; building corporate accountability to strengthen due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse; and increasing transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business. We generate and share information that is relevant, reliable and up to date, and we work with advocates around the world to use this information to drive positive change that puts human rights at the heart of business. 

The Resource Centre has a diverse and talented team spanning over 15 countries. Our London office is our largest hub, hosting around 20 of our team.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background and we acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements. We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian, Latinx and other minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

About you
You should have a strong interest in international human rights issues, and the ability to concisely communicate and demystify large amounts of complex information. You’ll be familiar with key business and human rights issues and keen to learn more. You should be self-motivated and able to work independently. An enthusiasm to get stuck in on project work and adapt to a rapidly-changing environment is key.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has an active and demonstrable passion for human rights;
  • Can search out and identify relevant articles and reports online, to categorise and summarise them clearly and succinctly;
  • Is willing to do large amounts of routine data input on a daily basis to update our website;
  • Is familiar with key technology, including Microsoft Office;
  • Can motivate themselves and prioritise their work, both independently and when proactively contributing in projects teams;
  • Is fluent in English with good attention to detail.

It’s an added bonus if you:

  • Are educated to university level in a human rights or international development-related subject;
  • Have used a website content management system before;
  • Actively maintain an interest in writing (whether you keep a personal blog, have an engaged social following, contribute to a news site or enjoy crafting essays);
  • Have research experience on human rights issues, either personal, professional or academic;
  • Speak another language (any of our website’s eight languages would be useful - between our London staff alone we speak more than 10!).

What next?

  1. Fill in the application form.
  2. Include a personal statement, no longer than 750 words, and tell us:
    1. Why you’re applying for the scheme and what you hope to get from it;
    2. About your experience relevant to the role (please address the criteria we have included in the “About you” section of this job advert).
  3. Submit via our applications portal,
  4. We will be in touch to invite successful applicants to an interview and test. These will take place on 16th or 17th September.