Project Manager, Migrant workers in the Gulf construction industry at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Job purpose:

To lead and deliver a project that will strengthen transparency and accountability for working conditions of migrant workers in the construction and hotel industry in Qatar and United Arab Emirates.

Terms & conditions:

Start date: 1 January 2016

Length of contract: One year – full time or at four days per week (negotiable)

Compensation: £32,750 ($50,000) for full time, with benefits

Location: London or New York preferred - other locations considered

Reports to: Programme Director, based in New York

To apply:

Please download and complete the application form and send it by Monday 16 November to:

Alex Janczenia, Programme Support: [email protected]  with “Gulf construction application” in the subject line, and with a cc to Annabel Short, Program Director: [email protected].

About Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Through its offices in London and New York, and regional representatives based in 13 other countries, the Resource Centre works to:

  • Build transparency: we track over 6,000 companies’ human rights performance – their advances and alleged abuses.
  • Strengthen Accountability: we seek public responses from companies to allegations of abuse raised by civil society.
  • Empower Advocates: based outside and within companies in all regions - we equip them with information and tools they need to advance human rights.

Find out more at www.business-humanrights.org.

Roles & responsibilities

Lead and develop a new programme for the Resource Centre to increase the transparency and accountability for the construction and hotel industry over their policies and practices on the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar and United Arab Emirates.  Specifically:

  • Research which companies have a major footprint in the region, and seek responses from those companies to a set of tailored questions about the practices they have in place;
  • Present responses, examples of good practice, and specific concerns raised on a dynamic online platform, available in Arabic and English, and conduct analysis of the information gathered;
  • Strategic outreach to the media, in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North America;
  • Represent and present the project with relevant stakeholders, and consult closely with partners at regular intervals;
  • Manage the project budget and progress reporting.

The project manager will work closely on the above activities with the Resource Centre’s regional researchers, particularly in the context of outreach to companies headquartered in their regions, as well as with the London-based Communications Officer.

The project builds on the Resource Centre’s initial outreach to construction companies in Qatar, profiled here.

Required skills and attributes

  • Excellent, demonstrated project management skills, able to deliver complex projects to time;
  • Fluent Arabic and English, with strong writing and communications skills in both;
  • Commitment to human rights, and understanding of the issues surrounding migrant workers in the Middle East Gulf region;
  • Strategic thinker, able to identify new areas of opportunity and impact;
  • Ability to balance a “can-do” approach with consultation and openness to others’ views;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with partners within both business and civil society.

Desirable: Experience in media outreach, and in working with website developers.

Application Form [DOC]