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Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Researcher - Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • 6 Oct 2021 20:13
    Message # 11145288

    Link page offer: https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/jobs/mexico-central-america-and-the-caribbean-researcher/


    The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, an international non-profit human rights organization, is seeking a highly motivated person to be a Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Researcher supporting our coverage of business and human rights-related issues in the region. The Researcher will be one of the Resource Centre’s project researchers around the world.

    • Salary: Aprox. $1,500 USD per month (20 hours/week, part-time)
    • Hours: The hours worked are flexible, provided that there is effective communication with team members in other regions and that the hours are spread reasonably throughout a week
    • Duration of contract: 14-month fixed contract, with possibility for extension if funds available
    • Location: Mexico City (working from outside of Mexico City might be a possibility given shared time zone)
    • Closing date: 8 October 2021 at 11:59pm CDT
    • Interviews: 12 – 14 October 2021
    • Start date: 21 October or as soon as possible

    About us

    The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international human rights organisation working to ensure that respect for human rights are at the core of companies’ business models; support communities and workers to secure their rights; advance accountability for corporate human rights abuse; and advocate to governments to create strong, enforceable regulation to facilitate these outcomes. Our Global Team of more than 70 people is based in over 15 countries around the world who work with a rich network of activists, unions and human rights groups, with our website and publications available in eight languages. We work across all sectors and issues related to business and human rights, with a particular focus on the rights of workers in global supply chains, the rights of communities seeking responsible natural resource use and a just transition, and the rights of people to accountable digital technologies.

    The Resource Centre has offices in London, New York City, Berlin and Bogotá -. Our team members are also based in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, France, Germany, - Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tunisia, UK, Ukraine, and the US. The Resource Centre is a non-profit organisation, and does not accept funding from companies.

    About the Position

    The Researcher will work closely with a variety of stakeholders in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean to advance human rights in business and work towards eradicating abuse, with a particular emphasis on issues related to labour rights, migrant rights, responsible natural resource use, and technology and human rights.

    This role is fully funded by Avina Foundation under the project Periplo: Strengthening the Labor Migration System for the US Mexico Agricultural Supply Chain. The Resource Centre’s objective within the project is to strengthen the capabilities of the private sector, civil society and workers in the agriculture sector in Mexico in order to improve working conditions and respect for human and labor rights, as well as to meaningfully participate in relevant human rights public policy. Thus, the Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Researcher will be expected to meaningfully contribute to this project, especially in research, training, administrative and advocacy activities.

    The successful candidate will support the Resource Centre’s coverage of business and human rights issues in the region by monitoring latest developments and adding them to our website, build and maintain new relationships with key stakeholders, seek responses from companies to allegations of abuse, and collaborate with existing and upcoming projects at the Resource. Priority areas for coverage on the Resource Centre’s website include amplifying the work of civil society partners and human rights defenders related to labour rights, resource rights, and technology and, as well as policy developments related to our priority programs and cross-cutting priorities, including civic freedoms and gender justice.

    They will report to the Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Representative located in Mexico City and to the Regional Coordinator located in Uruguay.

    The Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Researcher will have excellent research and communications skills and a deep commitment to advancing human rights and social justice in the region. They will be able to work autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced team across multiple areas of work.


    These include:

    • Support implementation of Periplo’s project: Support in design and facilitate workshops for civil society, agriculture migrant workers and the private sector; develop a methodology and conduct research to address the information gap in the agribusiness sector in Mexico (and possibly supply chains in the US); draft reports and briefings; and participate in meetings and working sessions with partners within the project.
    • Play a supporting role in the Resource Centre’s Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean work: Contribute to developing regional strategies in collaboration with the region’s Representative and the Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean, monitor media coverage and civil society work and post relevant reports and materials on our website; support the Resource Centre’s participation at events; and assist in the design and organisation of events on business and human rights in the region.
    • Advance corporate accountability: Seek company and investor responses to allegations of corporate-related human rights abuses and liaise with relevant stakeholders to follow up on allegations.
    • Conduct research: Identify trends and thematic research priorities in the region and engage in research to address gaps. Special emphasis will be taken on key information on the human rights situation of agriculture migrant workers in Mexico. This will include:
    • monitoring news about the impacts of company actions on labour rights and other human rights,
    • analysing trends from the data collected,
    • drafting of summaries to inform our key audiences,
    • and drafting short briefings on selected topics.
    • Support building and nurturing of relationships with partners and allies: Build, deepen, and expand relationships with peer civil society organisations and relevant coalitions to advance corporate accountability; support community members, local lawyers and workers in raising their voice and developing strategic litigation against business projects; collaborate in civil society’s advocacy and public policy processes.
    • Contribute to communications: Ensure high-quality information about business and human rights in the region is uploaded and disseminated through our digital channels (website, e-newsletters, social media, etc.).
    • Collaborate with team members and fully participate in the Global Team: Support colleagues around the world to push for accountability from companies committing human rights abuses in the region and participate in global team meetings and processes. Additionally, support the coordination with the global team in relation to specific projects.
    • Engage in fundraising:  Work with the Development and Finance teams to develop projects and funding proposals that fit the strategic goals of the organisation and the region’s work; deliver funder reports.

    Essential functions of the position include consistently operating a laptop, remaining in a stationary or standing position while doing so, and participating in several hours of video calls per day. The role will also involve periodically attending in person meetings in Mexico City and occasionally traveling to attend meetings elsewhere in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean (when sanitary conditions are restored).

    Essential skills and experience

    • Commitment to human rights and to the Resource Centre’s values: Strong, demonstrable commitment to and expertise in human rights, labour rights, women’s rights, economic and/or social justice in the United States and/or Canada. Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre. Experience on the business & human rights agenda or agriculture migrant workers is a plus
    • Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in human rights, corporate accountability, and/or social justice in Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean
    • Research & analytical skills: Extraordinary research and writing skills; extremely strong attention to detail and accuracy; adept at undertaking systematic data; proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Outlook, Google Sheets and Docs, Zoom, and online research
    • Excellent communication skills: This includes interpersonal communication and public speaking skills
    • Organisation and initiative: Ability to complete time-sensitive daily activities as well as collaborating in longer-term projects
    • Team player: Ability to work well independently and take initiative, as well as work collaboratively in a small team; experience with remote, inter-disciplinary, and culturally diverse teams desirable
    • Outreach and networking: Able to foster productive, professional relationships with a broad range of contacts including unions, labour rights advocates, company representatives and government officials
    • Languages: Fluent in Spanish and proficient English reading/writing/speaking skills
    • Availability: Capacity to work during the afternoon from Monday to Friday (independent work during the morning is possible)

    What’s in it for you!

    • Working with a diverse, motivating and enthusiastic global team
    • Further develop your research and advocacy experience within an international human rights organisation
    • Increasing your knowledge on business and human rights and the situation of workers and communities in the region
    • Develop and propose new ideas within a project and be part of their implementation
    • Participate in efforts to expand our work in the region
    • Be in touch with key civil society organisations, workers and communities, government and private sector stakeholders, and UN and IASHR staff
    • Flexible and remote working hours

    Selection Process

    1. Please click on the link below and go to our career site. There, you will be able to download and complete this application form, and send us an English writing sample of your own. Please submit everything through our career site. Kindly note that the application form is required; we will not accept CVs. If you need any additional support with completing this form, please reach out to Giulia at vinzi@business-humanrights.org
    2. In case you are shortlisted, you will receive an invitation for an interview with our Researcher and Representative for Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, our Human Resources Lead and the Coordinator for Latin America & the Caribbean.
    3. You will be notified on your collaboration with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre within 5 working days or earlier. 

    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 ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, social or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. Authorization to work in Mexico is required for this role.

    Conflict of interest policy:  No activities or membership/affiliation with organisations in conflict with the aims & objectives of the Resource Centre or which may jeopardize its image, impartiality & independence.


    LocationMexico City (working from outside of Mexico City might be a possibility given shared time zone)SalaryAprox. $1,500 USD per month (20 hours/week, part-time)Closing date8 Oct 2021

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