EC2A, London

£19,201 (London Living Wage), plus 5% employee matched pension

Contract, Full-time

Research & Projects Trainee

About the organisation

We work with everyone to advance human rights in business and eradicate abuse.

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Job Description

We recognise that starting a career in human rights and international development is challenging, and we are offering this 12-month traineeship to support the next generation of business and human rights advocates. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants from lower-income backgrounds who would otherwise struggle to get the experience required to step into a human rights career.

Please note that the successful candidate must have permission to work in the UK by the start of their employment. We are unable to provide sponsorship for this opportunity.

About the role

Working from our London office, you’ll support our researchers and project managers across the world bringing global attention to company conduct affecting people and communities. During your traineeship you will:

  1. Support our coverage: Keep our website up to date by monitoring and identifying relevant news and reports online; composing abstracts; categorising articles; adding and updating pages on the website.
  2. Assist with research: Undertake desk-based research on key issues under the guidance of researchers and project managers.
  3. Support communications: Support us to prepare research and materials for external audiences by creating summaries, proofreading and designing infographics.
  4. Provide administrative and logistical support: Supporting events, writing minutes, creating contact lists, data input, publishing on our website and media monitoring.

You’ll get exposure to a global human rights organisation covering the breadth of business and human rights issues. You’ll be allocated a manager who will regularly review how you’re getting on and provide opportunities to maximise your learning and experience with us.

About you
You should have a strong interest in international human rights issues, and the ability to concisely communicate and demystify large amounts of complex information. You’ll be familiar with key business and human rights issues and keen to learn more. You should be self-motivated and able to work independently. An enthusiasm to get stuck in on project work and adapt to a rapidly-changing environment is key.

We’re looking for someone who:

  • Has an active and demonstrable passion for human rights;
  • Can search out and identify relevant articles and reports online, to categorise and summarise them clearly and succinctly;
  • Is willing to do large amounts of routine data input on a daily basis to update our website;
  • Is familiar with key technology, including Microsoft Office;
  • Can motivate themselves and prioritise their work, both independently and when proactively contributing in projects teams;
  • Is fluent in English with good attention to detail.

It’s an added bonus if you:

  • Are educated to university level in a human rights or international development-related subject;
  • Have used a website content management system before;
  • Actively maintain an interest in writing (whether you keep a personal blog, have an engaged social following, contribute to a news site or enjoy crafting essays);
  • Have research experience on human rights issues, either personal, professional or academic;
  • Speak another language (any of our website’s eight languages would be useful - between our London staff alone we speak more than 10!).