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24 Авг 2021

Programme Manager – Turkey

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  • Location: Turkey (Istanbul or Ankara)
  • Salary: £25-30K (TRY 289,687.14 - 347624.57) per annum pro rata, based on experience
  • Contract Type: 12-month long consultancy contract, with the possibility of extension by mutual agreement, full time (35 hours a week)
  • Closing Date: 24/09/2021
  • Interview dates: between 4-5 October 2021 (candidates should be available for an online interview during these dates in case they are short-listed for interview)

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (“The Resource Centre”), an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 10,000 companies worldwide, is seeking a Programme Manager to lead its work in Turkey.

The Resource Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

The Organisation

The Resource Centre works with partners 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 organisation committed to cooperation with diverse actors in our movement. We have more than 80 members of our global team based around the world who work with a wide network of human rights advocates. They are mix of employees, and short- and long-term consultants in many countries, but treated with equity and parity and supported with an effective performance management system. We are currently officially registered in five countries: UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Colombia.

With our global network of allies, our primary global approaches to deliver this vision are:

  • Strengthen organisations and communities to achieve greater equality of power in negotiations, with business and government, to advance their human rights. Use the evidence and data we generate to advocate and influence decision-makers including business, investors and governments
  • Strengthen corporate accountability, due diligence and effective remedy for abuse;
  • Build transparency of the advances, challenges and abuse of human rights in business.

The Position:

The Programme Manager will lead the implementation of a new project to empower workers and civil society organisations to advocate for rights in Turkey.

The Resource Centre will soon start a programme of support to the development of a strong business and human rights movement in Turkey, building on existing and emerging work in this field, and addressing the most important risks and opportunities to foster responsible business conduct in this strategically important country. The activities of the project will target representatives of civil society organisations, who will be engaged through awareness-raising, capacity-building, facilitation of networking, collaboration, accompaniment for documentation and advocacy activities, and sub-granting to some organizations. This project will facilitate a process to enable them to work with and hold accountable companies and government, and to influence policies and programs that can prevent, mitigate, and remedy human rights abuses in the most important business sectors in Turkey more effectively. The Programme Manager will also engage directly with companies and government representatives, represent the organization at different events and meetings in Turkey, and engage in other activities as necessary for the effective delivery of the project’s objectives.

The position will supervise a local researcher in Turkey and will work closely with a finance officer and other colleagues in Germany, UK and around the world.

Applicants must have:

  • 5-7 years’ work in the field of human rights, labour rights, development, environmental or social justice – including in Turkey
  • Fluent Turkish and excellent English-language skills;
  • Commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector
  • Strong ability to work constructively with a range of stakeholders (from civil society, business, government)
  • Experience in working in a country spread project, including travels (when possible and safe)
  • Experience in implementing an EU/UN/USAID funded project (desirable)
  • The right to work in Turkey

Key competencies

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

Project management experience: Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver complex projects on time (required). Experience in implementing project funded by EU/UN/USAID (desirable).

Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of the political, economic and human rights situation in Turkey, and in the Middle East; and international human rights standards.

Strategic thinking: Demonstrated experience thinking critically about approach and impact; ability to identify new areas of opportunity and risk.

Research & analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; adept at undertaking systematic data collection to a high level of detail and accuracy; ability to synthesise research and data for effective communication.

Organisation and initiative: Able to work efficiently and methodically to support achievement of deliverables; strong prioritization skills; self-motivated and comfortable working independently within agreed framework while maintaining communication with a global team in different time zones and geographies.

Communications and web-savvy: Strong writing skills, including succinct writing for the web; experience in external communications, social media platforms and web management a plus.

Supervisory experience or skills: Experience of formally supervising staff or demonstrated ability to guide and manage the work of others.

Languages: Fluency in English and Turkish required, with strong writing and communications skills in both.

The job responsibilities: 

Build transparency and accountability: Work with local allies and partners (including workers’ organisations,  human rights NGOs, journalists, and others) to identify companies’ human rights & environmental impacts in Turkey (in English and Turkish), and take up allegations of abuse with company headquarters. Identify strategies to increase the accountability of non-responding companies

Track policy and legislation: Keep abreast, and in some cases participate, in relevant legal and policy developments, including current movements in supply chain transparency and mandatory human rights due diligence

Publications:  Lead and manage the creation of a Turkish language page on our website; write compelling content for our website and outreach, including reports, blog posts, briefing notes and papers, and articles to be submitted to relevant media outlets

Project management: Oversee the implementation of the project in a timely manner, including the activities of the local researcher, grants management to grassroots organisations, and conduct effective monitoring and evaluation

Outreach: Sustain and build our active network of contacts in Turkey, including trade unions, civil society organisations (local, national & regional), companies & business associations, investors, media, universities and governments

Donors: Lead on donor reporting requirements, and assist the Development Manager with other donor-related requests and needs

Representation: Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and in the media.

Team support:  Provide support to global team members as necessary, share admin jobs and assist with the management and training of interns and other staff members where appropriate

Travel: There may be occasional national or international travel for research, outreach, scoping, communications and/or representation

Administrative duties: Be self-servicing in terms of administrative tasks, e.g. financial record-keeping, filing, ordering supplies, printing & distribution of materials, taking notes in meetings, etc.

How to apply: To apply please click on Link to Job button below. You will be redirected to our recruitment page where you will download, fill in, and upload the application. Please note that we cannot accept CVs.


Turkey (Istanbul or Ankara)
£25-30K (TRY 289,687.14 - 347624.57) per annum pro rata, based on experience
Closing date
24 Сен 2021

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