Senior Labour Rights Researcher


  • Interview dates: 22 to 24 July 2019 (candidates should be available during this time in case they are short-listed for interview)
  • Start date: As soon as possible

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Senior Researcher join our team in delivering high quality research, analysis, interventions, and strategies on the full range of labour issues especially freedom of association and collective bargaining, living wage, and forced labour and modern slavery in supply chains. The successful candidate will play a key strategic and program management role in our growing Labour Team composed of researchers and project managers based in London and internationally. They will report to the Director for Labour Rights and Asia based in Washington D.C.


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 over 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 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.

Our Labour Rights programme includes international projects on the cluster of issues including modern slavery, trafficking, migration and refugees, and the cluster on decent work, living wage, freedom of association and collective bargaining, and worker-driven social responsibility. We lead the KnowtheChain benchmark, the UK Modern Slavery registry, and have programmes on migrants and refugees in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.


Key competencies and attributes 

  • Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to promoting human rights and labour rights in business.  Shared values and ethos of the Resource Centre
  • Human rights experience: A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of labour rights, or related work in human rights or social justice
  • Research & analytical skills:  Proven experience in high quality research and analysis on business & human rights and labour rights, and a strong understanding of transparency and accountability tools in supply chains
  • Strategic insight: Demonstrable experience of identifying how change can happen in human and labour rights, and identifying opportunities for change and impact; track record of developing successful program strategies to effect change. Experience tailoring outputs for diverse international audiences an asset
  • 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
  • Communications: Proven excellent communications skills, including an ability to write clearly and succinctly for a range of audiences (from business to trade unions in the South and North), and in diverse formats (including briefing papers, blogs, web-based summaries of cases); experience with media and social media outreach desirable
  • Representation skills: Proven speaking skills and ability to represent the organization effectively, including at meetings, conferences, and on missions
  • Outreach and networking: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts, including activists, company representatives, and government officials
  • Initiative and motivation: Able to take initiative and drive work forward independently within agreed frameworks, motivated by achieving external results
  • Organization and prioritization: Strong organizational and time management skills, enabling efficient and effective work
  • Team work: Able to operate effectively and constructively as part of a multicultural and diverse global team, and ensure effective communication despite geographical distances between team members
  • Languages: Fluent English (reading, writing, speaking); another international language is desirable



  • Research: Conduct in-depth research on the drivers for labour abuse and emerging practice by workers’ organisations and leading companies to address abuse, respect rights, and empower workers
  • Develop high quality written materials: 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
  • Build transparency and accountability: Work with regional researchers to identify stories about the impacts of companies on labour rights globally and developments in the field of labour rights, and take up allegations of abuse with company HQs, in collaboration with workers’ organisations. 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
  • Project management: Lead and manage the creation of a “digital dashboard for empowerment” on our website, including the development of a labour rights benchmark for apparel companies; lead the development of an emerging Future of Work portfolio
  • People management: Line manage the Labour Researcher and the UK Modern Slavery Registry Project Manager
  • Contribute to organisational and labour strategies: ­­ Build strategies for own areas of responsibility and support the team in designing and implementing our labour strategy across our programmes and regions
  • Outreach: Sustain and build our active network of contacts on labour rights globally, including trade unions, civil society organisations (local, national & regional), companies & business associations, investors, media, universities and governments
  • Representation: Represent the organization at meetings, conferences, and other gatherings
  • Team support:  Provide support to global labour projects 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 international travel for research, outreach, scoping, communications and/or representation

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 Black, Asian, Latinx and other minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGTBQ+.


How to apply

Please follow this link and fill and submit the application form on the website by 12 July 2019. There is no need to submit a C.V. 

Job details

UK Salary £41,000-49,000 per year (commensurate with experience), plus 5% pension contribution and standard health benefits
London or New York
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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