Project manager: Renewable energy & human rights

Description

  • Interviews will be held in person or via Skype the week of January 28

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 join its natural resources team as a project manager on renewable energy & human rights. The successful candidate will lead on the implementation of a groundbreaking project to support a just transition to a low-carbon economy through advancing human rights in the renewable energy sector.  The project will be part of a growing programme of work on renewable energy and human rights that has been covered in the Financial Times and Thomson Reuters Foundation. 

Applicants must have: 

  • 3+ years of experience managing complex projects with tight timelines, in coordination with external partners, and managing parallel workstreams; ability to show impact as a result of projects
  • 5+ years of experience working on the renewable energy sector and/or climate justice issues with a strong emphasis on renewable energy
  • Strong commitment to advancing human rights in the business sector and to combatting climate change
  • Proven track record of working constructively with a range of stakeholders (including business, investors, civil society) 

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 25 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. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three priority issues: labour 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 Project Manager will work closely with the Senior Researcher (based in Switzerland) and Deputy Director & Head of North America Office (based in DC) to lead on the implementation of a project to advance human rights in the renewable energy sector. 

Our work on renewable energy is based on a belief in the essential transition to a low-carbon economy in order to combat climate change, coupled with the recognition that this transition will only be sustainable if it is done in a way that respects human rights.

The purpose of the project is to ensure that our transition to a low-carbon economy is both fast and fair. The project aims to increase respect for human rights in the renewable energy sector to prevent future abuse and support a sustainable transition to a low-carbon economy.

In order to achieve this, the project aims to fulfill the following objectives:

  1. Encourage a race to the top among companies on human rights through a benchmark of renewable energy companies
  2. Empower civil society, in particular affected communities in the Global South, to hold renewable energy firms accountable to their human rights commitments and international law.
  3. Encourage investors to collectively take action on improving renewable energy’s approach to human rights

Specific activities include:

  • Manage the development of pilot methodology to benchmark renewable energy companies on human rights, including stakeholder consultation and a strong communications and outreach plan
  • Organise webinars and other capacity building workshops to raise awareness about the renewable energy sector’s responsibilities around human rights with partners from a range of stakeholder groups in key regions (ie: Latin America, Southeast Asia, Sub Saharan Africa)
  • Draft and disseminate an updated investor briefing based on previous analysis on renewable energy companies’ human rights policies and practices with key partners
  • Draft quarterly reports for project funders and work closely with Development Team to secure further funding for project
  • Participate in regularly scheduled Global 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.

Project management experience: 3+ years of experience managing complex projects with tight timelines, in coordination with external partners, and managing parallel workstreams; ability to show impact as a result of projects

Subject matter expertise: 5+ years of experience working on the renewable energy sector and/or climate justice issues with a strong emphasis on renewable energy

Representation skills: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts, including representatives of civil society, business and investors, and to represent the Resource Centre at high-level events and to external stakeholders

Research & analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; persistent in seeking out difficult-to-find information; experience with quantitative data analysis using Excel or other software.

Communications: Strong writing skills – including succinct writing and strong public speaking skills.

Strategic insight: Able to identify key opportunities to enhance impact of project within given resource and time constraints

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. Able to work well under remote supervision.

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

Language skills: Fluency in English; other language skills an advantage.

Job details

Salary
Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
Address
Berlin, London, Washington, DC or New York
Company
Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
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