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Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: Project Manager – Social Audit Accountability, 20.5.


  • Location: London (UK) or Berlin (Germany)
  • Salary: £32,000-£37,000 per year in London, based on experience (adjusted for cost of living in Berlin)
  • Contract Type: Full time, 12 – 15 months
  • Closing Date: 20/05/2020
  • Interview Dates: 2 and 3 June 2020 (shortlisted candidates are requested to be available for online interviews on one of these dates)

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit organization tracking the human rights impacts of over 9000 companies worldwide, is seeking a Programme Manager to lead its work to advance Legal Accountability for Social Audits.

About 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 50 members of our Global Team based around the world who work with a rich network of human rights advocates in eight languages. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three priority issues: labour rights; responsible natural 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, due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse;
  • Build transparency of the advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business.

About the Position

The Project Manager will manage a grant on Advancing Legal Accountability for Social Audits which aims to empower lawyers and legal advocates to hold social auditing companies legally accountable for their adverse human rights impacts. The successful candidate will lead efforts to identify effective strategies to advance corporate legal accountability for social audits as an under-explored, and potentially powerful lever to drive bold company action to address the systemic failures of social audits in supply chains, and deliver real rights protections to workers.

The Project Manager will report to the Corporate Legal Accountablity Programme Manager and work closely with the Corporate Legal Accountablity team as well as implementing partner organizations. This includes leading efforts to map the different actors, initiatives and legal frameworks for social auditor liability across the globe; to collect and collate emblematic cases of failed audits; to identify effective legal strategies to hold social audits to account and to support advocacy efforts for the lack of corporate legal accountability and the need to address the resulting human rights abuses.


The Project Manager will:

  • Lead and manage our programme for legal liability for social audits: With relevant team members and allies, lead on strategy development, innovation, and programme delivery, including: writing a briefing on corporate legal accountability for social audits; organizing a convening; devising an Advocacy plan; leading the collaborative development of white papers to summarize outcomes of mapping exercises and partner consultations; working with regional researchers to ensure that cases on the human rights impacts of social audits are published on our website on a regular basis.
  • Engage constructively with project partners: Carry out consultations with and manage terms of reference and contracts of partners and external consultants.
  • Collaborate with team members to drive communication: In collaboration with the Corporate Legal Accountablity, Communications, and Management teams, drive communications through website postings, external publications, social media, blogs and others to ensure maximum impact.
  • Work with the Development and Finance teams on project reporting: Be a central part of the team that delivers funders’ reports, and builds sustained relationships with the project’s key donor, as well as other relevant donors.
  • Represent the Resource Centre at key events: Represent the organization externally at conferences, workshops and webinars, etc.; assist in the design and organization of events that drive constructive debate on legal liability for social audits.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

  • Human rights commitment and legal expertise: Strong, demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights and in legal advocacy. Clear understanding, vision, and strategic insight on human rights in business and global economy, and how to make change happen. Legal education and/or experience working on auditor/ third party liability is a plus.
  • Project management: Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver complex projects on time (with at least three years’ experience in project management). Highly organized, with demonstrable success in managing complex projects to make change happen, working with team members, partners, funders, and other stakeholders; with an ability to move as needed between high-level strategy and detailed implementation.
  • Partnership and coalition building: Commitment to, and at least three years’ experience in working with diverse international partners and building coalitions with shared objectives and targeted outcomes. This will range from strategic alliances with workers’ organizations from the Global South, to tactical collaborations with allies in the human rights and labour movement.
  • Strategic thinking: Demonstrated experience thinking critically about approach and impact and developing successful program strategies to effect change; ability to identify new areas of opportunity and risk.
  • Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights. Shares the values and ethos of the Resource Centre.
  • Team player: At least three years’ experience of working in high performing multi-cultural and international teams, playing a leadership role working with colleagues to deliver high impact programs. Experience with remote, inter-disciplinary, and culturally diverse teams.
  • Language & Communication Skills: Excellent English language skills. Strong speaking skills and experience representing organizations to external audiences. Powerful writing skills and the ability to synthesise research and data for effective communication.
  • Organisation and initiative: Able to work efficiently and methodically to support the achievement of deliverables; strong prioritization skills; self-motivated and comfortable working independently within the agreed framework while maintaining communication with a global team in different time zones and geographies.
  • 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.

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a diverse, global 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 minority groups, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+.

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