EC2A, London
£37,000 p/a
Contract, Full-time
Job description

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Project Lead to co-manage a grant on accelerating worker rights promotion in the apparel sector. The successful candidate will lead worker strengthening efforts focused on both ending modern slavery and promoting decent work and living wage. This will be in collaboration with worker groups, labour and women’s organization, migrant and refugee workers, and labour rights defenders in the Global South. They will also engage with major apparel brands and manufacturers to enhance respect for labour rights including decent work and promoting worker-driven social responsibility, through to ending modern slavery. They will build on and strengthen the organization’s strategies for improving labour rights, while facilitating new strategies to complement our existing ones.

The Project Lead for worker strengthening will work closely with our Senior Project Lead and Researcher, and will report to the Director for Labour Rights and Asia. They will be coordinating with a multi-functional implementation team composed of Regional Researchers, and team members from Labour, Communications, and Development.

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 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 work on accelerating worker rights promotion in the apparel sector aims to bring the following results:

  • Increased capacities of human and labour rights advocates to demand accountability, as well as provoke and support action;
  • Improved policy, practice and collaboration among brands, suppliers, and investors;
  • Greater support from governments and policy-makers to enhance regulation and incentives to support labour rights.


The Project Lead for workers’ empowerment will:

  • Lead and manage our programme for workers’ empowerment in the apparel sector: With relevant team members and allies, lead on strategy development, innovation, and programme delivery, including: support to workers’ organizations and networks, especially women’s; driving new strategies to deliver decent work; development of an exchange program to support the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility (WSR) model in close coordination with the WSR Network; protection of labour rights defenders; and taking up of allegations of labour abuse with corporate HQs. 
  • Engage constructively with leading apparel brands and manufacturers: Work together with brands and manufacturers that are leaders in respect for human rights, to enhance human rights due diligence including decent work, worker-driven social responsibility, and the elimination of modern slavery from supply chains, This will also include work with leading concerned investors.
  • Collaborate with team members to drive communication: In collaboration with the Labour, 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 organisation externally at conferences, workshops and webinars, etc.; assist in the design and organization of events that drive constructive debate on worker rights in apparel.
  • Line manage research and project implementation support: Determine staff needs for project implementation alongside Regional Researchers, and line manage research support, including interns, where needed.
  • Other responsibilities: Take on other responsibilities as necessary for the health and development of the organization.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

  • Labour rights commitment and expertise: Strong, demonstrable commitment and expertise in labour rights, human rights, and women’s rights.. At least three years’ experience in project delivery or project management in this area. A clear understanding, vision, and strategic insight on human rights in business and global economy, and how to make change happen.
  • Commitment to our values: Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre.
  • 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’ organisations from the Global South, to tactical collaborations with allies in the human rights and labour movement.
  • Strategic thinking: Track record of developing successful program strategies to effect change. Experience tailoring outputs for diverse international audiences an asset. 
  • Self-starter and adept decision-maker: Driven to make change happen, and experience in delivering high impact work with remote supervision.
  • Team playerAt 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. Ability to train and nurture talent. Experience with remote, inter-disciplinary, and culturally diverse teams.
  • Communicator: Excellent English language skills. Strong speaking skills and experience representing organizations to external audiences. Powerful writing skills and demonstrable interest in writing for public audiences, from briefing papers to blogs, tweets, and Facebook.
  • Willing to travel: Can travel to project implementation sites in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Middle East and North Africa. Travel is expected to be between 5-10 weeks in the year.

Interviews will be held on 7 and 8 January 2020.

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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Posted on: 14 November 2019
Closed date: 14 December 2019
Job ref: Project Lead – Workers’ Empowerment
Tags: Project Management

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