Programme Director At Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a high-impact, global organisation serving advocates around the world in the innovative field of business and human rights, is seeking a Programme Director reporting to the Executive Director. The Programme Director will co-lead and co-manage the Resource Centre as a member of a collaborative Senior Management Team. The Programme Director will lead expert international teams on our global thematic programmes of workers’ rights in global supply chains; responsible natural resource use and a just transition; and accountable digital technologies with emphasis across all three programmes on protection of civic freedoms and human rights defenders, corporate legal accountability, and gender and racial justice. The successful candidate may be based anywhere there is strong and continuous internet access, either working remotely or in our offices in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Berlin, and Bogota. The candidate will have to be committed to work across time zones, and at least four hours each day 1300-1700 Coordinated Universal Time.

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: £60-80,000 per year (adjusted for location and experience) plus 5% pension contribution, and standard health benefits

Closing date for applications: 7 November 2021 – 17.00 GMT

Interview date: Candidates should be available during this time in case they are short-listed for interview

  • 15-16 Nov (1st round interviews)
  • 17-18 Nov (2nd round interviews)

Location: Flexible, but willingness to work at least four hours each day 1300- 1700 Coordinated Universal Time.

Applicants must have:

  • At least 10 years demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights, or social and economic justice, with a strong experience regarding human rights in business.
  • Strong experience in managing successful international influencing strategies with networks through research and analysis, communications, advocacy, and representation.
  • Strong experience working in or with national or grassroots organisations in the Global South.
  • At least 7 years demonstrable experience in managing diverse, experienced programme teams.
  • Excellent English-language and communication skills, additional language skills are a strong advantage


Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works with diverse allies and partners to put human rights at the core of companies’ business models and end abuse; to empower communities and workers to secure their rights and gain accountability for abuse; and to encourage governments to create the right regulation and incentives to uphold human rights in business. We are a global organisation that is rooted in five continental regions. We have a diverse Global Team of 80, based in 20 locations around the world. The Global Team members work with a rich network of human rights advocates inten languages including Chinese, Arabic, and Russian. Our work covers the full gamut of human rights in business, with three thematic programmes. Workers’ rights in global supply chains; responsible natural resource use and a just transition; and accountable digital technologies. These are complemented by three cross cutting approaches: corporate legal accountability; racial and gender justice; and civic freedoms and human rights defenders.

We place strong emphasis on our alliance with grassroots organisations facing often profound inequalities of power in protecting their rights; alongside our ability to influence responsible business, investors, and governments for transformative change. Our three primary approaches to deliver this vision are to: strengthen allies and movements; drive accountability for abuse; and influence decision-makers.



We are looking for a strategic leader and manager for our broad programme on business and human rights, who can lead expert sectoral and thematic teams. The successful candidate will have a track record of strategic leadership and impact in business and human rights, or economic justice. They will have proven experience in empowering diverse programme managers and teams, with accountability, in an international context. They will demonstrate skills and experience in achieving strategic change; senior representation; successful leadership of ambitious change programmes; alongside agility to take opportunities for impact; an ambitious spirit to fund them; a demonstrable commitment to the empowerment of grassroots organisations and communities; and expertise and fluency in high-quality communications and influencing. The successful candidate will work alongside a fellow Regional Programme Director who leads our regional teams in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Middle East, and Europe. They will be a full member of the Senior Management Team with our Development Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Director.

Co-lead and -manage the Resource Centre as a member of the Senior Management Team:

Contribute to a high-performing management team, by playing a full role in the strategic direction, external impact, organisational development, operational management, and nurture of a high-impact, global team culture. Support the Board of Trustees through timely provision of information and analysis. Represent the Resource Centre to civil society, business, government, funders, and media. Advocate to business and government for changes in policy and practice.

Deliver high-quality change programmes:

Lead key business and human rights influencing programmes in the organisation, in cooperation with other directors, programme managers, and project teams. Provide leadership and support to teams for strategy development, research and analysis, alliance-building, communications, and influence. Support and ensure effective programme management, resourcing, impact measurement, powerful strategic collaboration with diverse civil society allies, and effective tactical collaborations with investors, business, and governments to promote common agendas.

Work with our Development Director to build our partnerships with key funders for our programmes:

Work with the Development Director and team, and leads for our thematic programmes and cross-cutting approaches, to drive our funding strategies for our programmes, and the organisation. Provide high-level representation to funders, building constructive and close relations with key personnel. Work with programme leads, and the Senior Management Team, to help develop funding proposals that fit our strategic goals, and those of funders, and ensure timely reporting from programme teams.

Work with the Senior Management Team, and across the global team, to ensure high quality advocacy and communications, both externally and internally:

Support programme teams to sustain high advocacy and communications standards for all our external postings, reports, briefings, blogs, and media interviews, mindful of our role as a digital action platform for our diverse audience (civil society organisations, companies, governments, investors), and our drive for impact. Help lead strong internal communications and effective participation in programme design and execution, and organisational development.

Other responsibilities: Take on other responsibilities as necessary for the health and development of the organisation with the rest of the Senior Management Team.


Thematic programme priorities

  • Head of Labour Rights who oversees a team of 5
  • Know the Chain (KTC), KTC Director who oversees a team of 2
  • Lead for Responsible Resource Use and Just Transition to Clean Energy: who manages a team of three.
  • Lead for Digital Tech and Rights who manages a team of two.

Cross-Cutting Approaches:

  • Corporate Legal Accountability Manager Programme with team of two
  • Protection of Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders Lead who managesa team of two.
  • Gender and Racial Justice: Manage the mainstreaming across the programmes and regions.


  • *Strategic leader:* At least 10 years’ experience leading ambitious human rights, or economic justice programmes. Proven ability to inspire compelling high-impact programmes with strategic allies, and regular strategic reflection to drive impact. Experience within senior management teams leading an organisation is an advantage.
  • *People manager:* At least 7 years’ experience in line management and/or programme management of people. Ability to delegate, and empower team leaders and members with accountability. Ability to train and nurture talent. Strong commitment to diverse teams. Experience of remote management of global teams an advantage. Proven ability to inspire and build high-performing diverse teams with common vision and purpose.
  • *Senior programme manager:* At least 5 years’ experience and demonstrable success in the design, management, and monitoring of large, strategic programmes to make change happen with motivated teams, and a diverse network of allies, funders and targets.
  • Financial and Fundraising success: Proven experience in the financial management of organisational and programme funds, and attracting substantial funding to programmes of work. Proven ability to build strong partnerships with funders. Alertness to external opportunities, and drive to work with others to build the resources of the Resource Centre to deliver our mission.
  • *Human rights, and economic justice expertise:* At least 10 years’ work in this area. Demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights, economic justice, and internationalism. Understanding, vision, and strategic insight of how to make change happen regarding economic justice and/or human rights impacts of business.
  • Network and alliance-building: Demonstrable success in helping nurture effective international networks and alliances. Experience working successfully with civil society, workers’ organisations, and communities.
  • *Communications:* At least 6 years’ experience driving high quality external communications, and good knowledge of communications strategies for external impact and internal inclusion and coherence. Willingness to work across time zones. Excellent command of written and spoken English essential. Other languages an asset.
  • *Commitment to our values:* Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre. An understanding of corporate power and accountability methodologies, Global South realities, and proven ability to collaborate with, and build equitable alliances with grassroots communities and global South organisations.


  • This is a full-time position of 35hours per week. Please note that as a leader of an international programme, and member of the team of directors, this will involve meeting across time zones that can include meetings outside normal hours. Time in lieu for out-of-hours calls is encouraged to ensure well-being.
  • Starting salary: £60-80,000 per year ( adjusted for location and experience ), plus 5% pension and standard health benefits – health insurance paid if necessary in country of residence
  • 24 vacation days per year, plus public holidays.

How to apply

To apply: Please go to our career site. Once there, download and complete this application form , click apply now and upload the completed application. Kindly note that the application form is required; we will not accept CVs. If you need any additional support, please reach out to Giulia Vinzi at

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