Job Title: Research Assistant – Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location: Any country (with strong preference for EECA region)
Salary: USD 23,000 – 33,000/year (depending on location and experience)
Contract Type: Consultancy (see the section on terms and conditions) for 30 hours per week
Duration: 01/03/2022 – 30/06/2023
Closing Date: 30/01/2022
Interviews: Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview to be held the week of January 31
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is a high-impact, global organization. We work closely with allies and partners to advance respect for human rights in business and hold companies accountable for abuse. We do this by empowering human rights advocates in civil society, business, and governments to support bold leadership for human rights in business and strengthened corporate accountability, due diligence, and effective remedy for abuse. We also build transparency of advances, challenges, and abuse of human rights in business. We generate and share information that is relevant, reliable, and up to date, and we work with advocates around the world to use this information to drive positive change that puts human rights at the heart of business.
About the position:
The Research Assistant will work with the Eastern Europe/Central Asia team to implement a project focused on promoting responsible investment and a just transition in Eastern Europe & Central Asia. The project aims to build a stronger, more informed movement of civil society organizations and affected communities working together to ensure responsible investment and a just transition in the region.
· Research and publicise via the Resource Centre’s website, information from a wide range of sources about the human rights impacts of companies operating in Eastern Europe & Central Asia**
· Synthesise and present research and data for external communications e.g. reports, website and social media
· Work with communities affected by natural resources companies’ operations in Eastern Europe & Central Asia on emblematic cases of abuse with potential for impact through engagement with companies and investors
· Engage with companies and investors allegedly linked to human rights abuses by seeking public responses and working with civil society to put pressure on international buyers and investors
· Bring attention to under-the-radar cases of attacks on human rights defenders and civic freedoms through awareness raising, including producing infographics on attacks, and arranging/conducting interviews with human rights defenders
· Other related duties as requested.
Key competencies and attributes:
Values: Strong, demonstrated commitment to human rights. Shares values and ethos of the Resource Centre.
Subject matter expertise: Knowledge and understanding of the business and human rights field in general, including standards and developments, and of the relevant Eastern Europe & Central Asia context in particular.
Research and analytical skills: Able to search and identify relevant information online and offline; persistent in seeking out difficult-to-find information; creative in identifying new sources of information.
Communications: Strong writing skills, including succinct writing for the web.
Representation skills: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts.
Solidarity building: Able to foster productive relationships for the purpose of contributing to the incredible work of various groups working on the impact of business on human rights.
Self-initiative and motivation: Able to take initiative and drive work forward independently within the agreed frameworks; motivated by achieving results.
Teamwork: Has experience and is able to operate effectively and constructively as part of a multicultural and diverse Global Team and ensure communication despite geographical distances between team members.
Organisation and prioritisation: Strong organisational and prioritisation skills, enabling efficient and effective work.
Languages: Fluency in English required; fluency in Russian preferred
Terms and conditions:
This is a part-time remote consultancy position. Payment will be made on the Research Assistant’s presentation of invoices. The Research Assistant will be responsible for paying from the fees his/her own taxes, health insurance, pension, and the like and those costs are taken into account in calculating the fees. The Resource Centre will reimburse necessary work-related expenses such as for travel.
Hours: The Research Assistant will be expected to work 30 hours per week.
The Research Assistant will not be expected to work on national holidays in the country where she/he is based.
Reports to: Eastern Europe/Central Asia Senior Researcher & Representative, based in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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 women, Black, Asian, Latinx and other minorities, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.
How to apply:
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