Researcher and Representative: Middle East and North Africa

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: Limited flexibility – see details below
  • Salary: Regionally competitive consultancy fee – see details below
  • Contract Type: Part-time consultancy
  • Closing Date: 31/01/2019
  • Interviews will be held in person or via Skype the week of February 4

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 8000 companies worldwide, is seeking a highly-motivated person to be its Middle East and North Africa Researcher and Representative. The representative will support our broad strategy for the Middle East region and will join our global team, which includes 18 regional researchers. 

Applicants must have:

  • 3+ years’ work in the field of human rights, labour rights or equitable development, including in the MENA region
  • Fluency in English and Arabic (spoken and written)
  • Commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector
  • Strong ability to work constructively with a range of stakeholders (from civil society, business, government)

How to apply

Please follow Link to Job at the bottom of this page, and fill and submit the application form on the website by 31 January 2019. There is no need to submit a C.V. 

The Organization:

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 Researcher will work closely with organisations in the Middle East and North Africa to advance human rights in business and work towards eradicating abuse, with a particular emphasis on issues related to labour rights, natural resource extraction, and civic freedoms and human rights defenders when such issues touch on business activities.

Our organisation’s plans for the MENA region are focused on, among other engagements: bringing transparency to the conduct of business in the region; building and expanding effective networks and interactions among groups that are interested in confronting the human rights impacts of business; empowering local communities, NGOs, and human rights defenders (including labour leaders) to engage with companies to improve human rights protections; promoting improved labour conditions and living wages in the highest-risk sectors such as construction and apparel, and identifying and addressing risks to the most vulnerable groups, including refugees and migrant workers.

The Researcher & Representative will join a growing MENA team, including two project managers implementing ongoing programmes of work in Jordan/Lebanon and Qatar/UAE focused on refugees and migrant workers in the construction and other high-risk sectors.

Specific activities include:

  • Working with the MENA team, participate in the development and implementation strategies and priorities for Resource Centre engagement in the MENA region.
  • Represent the Resource Centre in the Middle East and North Africa, meeting not only with civil society actors but also with relevant representatives from business, government, international financial institutions and international organizations.
  • Develop strong networks and communicate regularly with local civil society groups, and work with them to develop effective strategies for change in specific cases of abuse, including undertaking missions and visits to hear directly from local NGOs and affected communities.
  • Conduct trainings and workshops on business and human rights for community and labour leaders alongside local partners, on topics such as documentation of abuse, international standards, and global supply chains.
  • Research and share materials on business and human rights with actors in the region, in English and Arabic – via the Resource Centre’s website, social media channels, and e-newsletters, and in external publications. Serve as the primary developer of content for the Resource Centre’s Arabic website.
  • Invite companies to respond to specific allegations of misconduct raised by civil society (the Resource Centre to date has invited companies over 4,500 times to respond to concerns, with a global response rate of 75%).
  • Work with the Development Team to develop and draft proposals for new work and report on outcomes of ongoing work.
  • Participate in regularly schedule Global Team and MENA team calls and ad hoc calls and meetings as needed. 

Key Competencies:

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

Human rights experience: 3+ years’ work in the field of human rights, labour rights, equitable development, or advocacy – including in the MENA region

Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of the business and human rights field in general, including standards and developments, and of the relevant MENA context in particular.

Representation skills: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts, including representatives of civil society, business and government.

Existing networks: Established networks and contacts with relevant stakeholders in one or more countries in the MENA region.

Research & analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; persistent in seeking out difficult-to-find information; creative in identifying new sources of information.

Communications: Strong writing skills in both English and Arabic, including succinct writing for the web, and strong public speaking skills.

Strategic insight: Able to identify new opportunities to increase the Resource Centre’s impact and role in the Middle East and North Africa.

Teamwork: Able to operate effectively and constructively as part of a global team, and ensure smooth communication despite geographical distances between team members.

Self-initiative and motivation: Able to use own initiative, and work independently within agreed framework; motivated by achieving results and completing tasks.

Organization and prioritization: Strong organizational and prioritisation skills, enabling efficient and effective work.

Terms and conditions:

Note that this is a part-time consultancy position.  Payment will be made on the researcher’s presentation of invoices. The consultant will be responsible for paying from the fees his/her own taxes, health insurance, pension, etc., and those costs are taken into account in calculating the fees. The Resource Centre will reimburse necessary work-related expenses such as for travel.

Hours: The person will be expected to work 3 days (21 hours) per week. The hours worked are flexible, provided that there is effective communication with team members in other regions, and that the hours are spread reasonably throughout a week.

The consultant will have the freedom to organize paid days off from doing consulting work for the Resource Centre. The consultant will not be expected to work on national holidays in the country where she/he is based.

Reports to:
Deputy Director, based in Washington, DC 

Fees: Regionally competitive consultancy fee 

Location: The researcher may be based in any major city in the Middle East/North Africa region where the applicant can work on human rights/labour rights issues without significant personal or operational security concerns, with a preference for Amman, Beirut, or Tunis. In addition:

  • The location must have strong international air connections in the region and to Europe
  • We may consider an exceptionally qualified applicant from the MENA region who is currently based in London and has the right to work in the UK
  • Due to funding restrictions, the researcher may not be based in Egypt nor be an Egyptian national
  • Please contact Marti Flacks at [email protected] with any location-specific questions

Workplace: From home, unless the consultant is able to secure an alternative workspace at no cost or at his/her own expense.

Time: The consultancy contract will be a one-year contract, which can be extended by mutual agreement.