Research Assistant - Latin America - Located in Colombia or Mexico


Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Research Assistant for Latin America, working with Regional Researchers & Representatives based in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and with the Latin America Director. The assistant’s work will be supervised by the Latin American Researchers.

About the organization

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre in an international human rights NGO working 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 over 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; natural resources; 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.


The Research Assistant will:

  • Conduct research: Research business & human rights issues in Latin America; select relevant articles and reports, posting them on our global digital platform and databases
  • Contribute to communications and effective dissemination: Help in ensuring high quality information is uploaded and disseminated through our digital channels (website, e-newsletters, social media, etc)
  • Assist in corporate accountability: For our work seeking company responses to allegations of corporate-related human rights abuses, assist in finding relevant company contacts, company information, investors’ information, and liaising with the authors of the allegations 
  • Participate in global projects: Be an integral part of the delivery of the Latin America components of our global programmes on labour rights, natural resources and civic freedoms & human rights defenders
  • Build and nurture relationships with partners and allies: Coordinate and collaborate with like-minded organisations and companies towards shared regional objectives and targeted outcomes
  • Represent the Resource Centre: In coordination with the Latin America team, participate in key events; assist in the design and organization of events and/or trainings on business and human rights issues in Latin America
  • Other responsibilities: Take on other responsibilities as necessary and requested for the development of our projects in Latin America, including helping with translations

Key competencies and attributes

  • Human rights commitment and expertise: Strong, demonstrable commitment and expertise in international human rights, labour rights, women’s rights, equitable development, or social justice; at least two years’ work experience in any of these areas
  • Commitment to our values: Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre
  • Project experience: Demonstrable success in working in projects to make change happen, working with team members, partners, funders, or other stakeholders; with a focus on detailed implementation
  • Strong IT skills: Knowledge of internet and computer software. Experience in working on digital platforms desirable
  • Self-starter: Driven to make change happen, and experience in delivering high impact work with remote supervision; ability to work on his/her own without an office environment
  • Team player: Experience of working in high performing teams, working with colleagues to deliver high impact programs. Experience with remote, inter-disciplinary, and culturally diverse teams desirable
  • Communicator and languages: Excellent English and Spanish language skills are essential. Portuguese language skills are desirable. Strong writing skills and demonstrable interest in writing for public audiences, from briefing papers to blogs, tweets, and Facebook. Experience representing organizations to external audiences desirable

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 ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+. 

  • Interview date: 23 November
  • Start date: As soon as possible

To apply for this position please follow Link to Job. 

Job details

USD 1,200 per month
Colombia or Mexico (wherever top candidate is based - must already have work authorization); working from home or a hosting institution
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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