Advisor at Shift


Shift is the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. We were founded in 2011 by a team that was centrally involved in shaping and writing the UN Guiding Principles, and Professor Ruggie, author of the Guiding Principles, is Chair of our Board of Trustees. 

Shift is a non-profit organization dedicated to embedding the UN Guiding Principles into practice to advance the human rights of workers and communities around the world. Our team of experts works globally with businesses, governments, civil society and international organizations. We focus on advancing right-respecting business practices and helping build markets in which they are recognized and rewarded.

Purpose of Position: To support Shift’s overall work and strategy and to lead the implementation of specific projects. 

Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Leading and/or supporting a range of projects related to distinct sectors, stakeholder groups, human rights issues or operational challenges, particularly projects focused in the UK/Europe; 
  • Facilitating dialogue and collaborative learning with project partners and other stakeholders, including governments, companies, international and civil society organizations; 
  • Supporting the development and delivery of workshops and training activities for a wide array of audiences.
  • Drafting project reports and other outputs tailored to different audiences.

Qualifications, experience and skills: 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience;
  • Solid understanding of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;
  • Experience working with business, governments, or other organizations on human rights-related issues;
  • Experience managing multiple projects and stakeholder relationships under pressure;
  • Strong research and drafting skills;
  • Strong oral presentation skills;
  • Excellent team work and communication skills;
  • Exceptional English language written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred skills include:

  • Fluency in one or more other languages (Spanish preferred).

Candidates should have existing permission to work in the UK. They should also have the ability to travel internationally for projects.

Salary and Benefits:

This position offers a highly competitive nonprofit salary. Benefits include:

  • Health care: coverage in line with UK law;
  • Vacation: 4 weeks per year plus official UK holidays;
  • Sick leave and parental leave also provided for.

Deadline for Applications: 1 February, 2016

Please submit a 1 page (maximum) letter of interest, CV, short writing sample and contact details for 3 references by email marked to the attention of Barbara Koneval, Operations Manager, at info[a] with the heading “Application for London Advisor Position”. Telephone interviews are likely to be scheduled in the week commencing 8 February.

Job title: Advisor

Location: London

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing date: 1 February 2016