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BHRRC is recruiting

- Lee-Anne Bruce

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is seeking a Programme Manager for its Corporate Legal Accountability work

Corporate Legal Accountability Programme Manager

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre


  • Location: New York, Washington DC, or London
  • Salary: $55,000-65,000; £37,000-44,000 per year (commensurate with experience) plus 5% pension contribution and standard health benefits
  • Contract Type: Full-time staff position
  • Closing Date: 01/09/2017

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a high-impact, global organization serving advocates around the world in the innovative field of business & human rights, is seeking a Programme Manager for its Corporate Legal Accountability (CLA) work, reporting to a director on the Senior Management Team.

Interview date: interviews will be arranged for 11-12 September 2017 (Candidates should be available during this time in case they are short-listed for interview.)

Applicants must have:

  • demonstrable commitment to human rights and/or social justice
  • experience, expertise and/or education in legal aspects of human rights and/or social justice
  • excellent English-language skills

To apply: Download and complete the application form, and send it by email to Anna Liberadzki with the subject line "Corporate Legal Accountability Programme Manager": The application form is required; we cannot accept CVs.  


Lead the Resource Centre’s work on Corporate Legal Accountability: Provide an overall vision for the Corporate Legal Accountability Programme and ensure high quality delivery of its objectives (see above), and developing this work rapidly with key allies while building new contacts to enhance our impact.

This programme provides the leading global information hub about human rights legal claims against companies for involvement in human rights abuses by

  • demystifying these lawsuits for a non-legal audience in 8 languages
  • monitoring news about these lawsuits and providing updates to the global community working on corporate legal accountability
  • sharing legal filings and court decisions so that lawyers can learn from each other’s work
  • highlighting affected workers’ and communities’ struggle to access justice
  • raising the profile of human rights lawyers working for corporate accountability
  • providing analysis of both persistent barriers to remedy to fuel advocacy, and successful strategies that empower peer learning

The position will involve the management of the Senior Legal Researcher who contributes to the delivery of the programme.

Communications: In collaboration with the Resource Centre’s Senior Management Team and the Communications Officer, drive communications of the programme’s work through bulletins and briefings, external publications and social media to ensure maximum impact.

Strategy: Develop, with input from the Management Team and members of the Global Team, a powerful and inspiring strategy for the Corporate Legal Accountability Programme that reflects priority areas of the organization. This includes

  • development of regional strategies to enable the programme to better suit the specific and concrete needs of victims, lawyers and advocates to empower them, and
  • integration of legal strategies and analysis to support the organization’s work in its three priority thematic areas: Labour rights including modern slavery, freedom of association and living wage; Responsible natural resource use including climate justice; and Human rights defenders and civic space.

Fundraising: Work with the Fundraising team and the Finance Officer to develop funding proposals that fit the strategic goals of the organization and of the legal accountability programme, and deliver funders’ reports.  Build sustained relationships with legal accountability donors.

Representation of the Resource Centre: Represent the Resource Centre at key legal accountability meetings and events.  Assist in the design and organization of events to drive constructive debate on key legal accountability issues.

Other responsibilities: Take on other responsibilities as necessary for the health and development of the organization.


Manage the Senior Legal Researcher and Legal Research Intern. 


  • Strategic manager and leader: At least 3 years’ experience leading ambitious human rights or social justice projects and programmes. Proven ability to inspire and build high-performing teams with vision and purpose, and compelling high-impact programmes with strategic partners.
  • People manager: At least 2 years’ experience in line management and/or project management of people. Ability to delegate and empower team members with accountability. Ability to train and nurture talent. Experience of remote management highly desirable.
  • Programme manager: At least 3 years’ experience and demonstrable success in managing complex and large programmes or projects to make change happen with internal colleagues, external partners, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurship: Proven experience in seeking and attracting substantial resources for new and developing programmes of work. Proven ability to build strong partnerships with funders. External awareness, and drive to build the resources of the Resource Centre to deliver our mission.
  • Human rights, social justice expertise: Demonstrable commitment and expertise in international human rights and social justice. At least 5 years’ work in this area. Understanding, vision, and strategic insight on human rights in business and/or in the global economy, and how to make change happen.
  • Legal experience/expertise: Experience, expertise and/or education in legal aspects of human rights and/or social justice: advanced degree in legal studies and at least 2 years’ legal work including litigation or other representational work, and/or legal research and analysis.
  • Team player: Experience of, and commitment to, working in and helping build high-performing teams that are highly collaborative and focused on outcomes.
  • Communications:
    • At least 3 years’ experience driving high-quality communications to a broad audience; experience communicating on legal issues and legal accountability to a non-legal audience highly desirable
    • Good knowledge of quality control issues in digital communications.
    • Excellent English-language skills. Fluency in one or more additional global languages highly desirable.
  • Commitment to our values: Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre.


This is a full-time position based in New York, Washington DC, or London.

  • Starting salary: $55,000-65,000; £37,000-44,000 per year (commensurate with experience), plus 5% pension and standard health benefits
  • 24 days of annual leave
  • Opportunity to play a central role in an enthusiastic and international team
  • If the successful applicant does not have the right to work in the US or the UK, we will work with them to obtain the necessary work permits.