Project Officer – Business and Human Rights

Are you interested in holding transnational companies and international financial institutions and investors accountable for upholding human rights and environmental standards? Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is a human rights organisation that stands in solidarity with indigenous peoples, tribal groups and forest dependent communities in countering top down development and unaccountable global finance that affect their livelihoods and forest territories. Our work is built on long-term relationships with communities and social movements in tropical forest countries. FPP strives to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.

We are looking for someone who can join an active team in our Responsible Finance Programme (RFP) working on the intersect between finance and business, and human rights. As competition over land grows and agribusiness, extractive industries and other sectors have increasing impacts on the rights of indigenous and forest-dependent peoples, FPP is seeking a dynamic and committed person to join its team working to reform global supply chains and strengthen corporate accountability.

 

The role

You will be a key part of FPP teams working in South and Central America, Africa, Asia and in different global policy spaces to hold businesses and public finance entities accountable for impact of their activities on human rights, particularly land tenure rights. You will work with the FPP team and with our local partners to promote standards and frameworks for accountability for businesses and corporate actors, working in close collaboration with indigenous peoples’ organisations and networks and with allied NGOs working on these issues.

This post is guided by FPP’s core principle of peoples’ right to self-determination.

 

Duties and Key Responsibilities

  • Assist the RFP team in FPP advocacy on private sector reform and corporate accountability
  • Support indigenous peoples and human rights defenders to engage in UN policy spaces on business and human rights;
  • Enable partners and forest peoples’ organisations to participate in international policy processes on sustainable commodities and zero deforestation;
  • Engage and support partners, as required, in relevant private sector standard-setting processes and the use of redress mechanisms in liaison with FPP’s legal and human rights programme (e.g., Equator Principles, among others)
  • Liaise with indigenous people’s networks active in the UN system to coordinate advocacy on business and human rights, international finance, forests and rights issues
  • Travel to UK and international advocacy meetings as required (e.g. meetings with multilateral development banks; international development agencies etc)
  • Compile briefings and policy papers in conjunction with the FPP policy and communications teams
  • Support FPP fundraising efforts to continue and expand this work

In carrying out the above duties you will act as FPP team lead on business and human rights in close liaison with the RFP coordinator and FPP team leads working on private sector standards and commodity certification; international trade regulation and aid; and corporate accountability.

 

Skills and Experience

  1. Experience in working with indigenous and forest-dependent peoples’ organisations and communities is highly desirable;
  2. Track record of working on complex advocacy issues with linkage to grassroots struggles
  3. Proven skills in networking with other organisations working on similar issues
  4. Knowledge of business and human rights and an understanding of related standards
  5. Experience working on standard-setting processes (including social and environmental safeguarding systems) in a public or private finance setting
  6. Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural, dispersed team of FPP staff and partners to achieve shared objectives
  7. Good writing skills and capacity to compile written articles, policy analyses and reports
  8. Fluency in, or good knowledge of, Spanish or French is a major advantage
  9. Strong alignment with FPP’s values and principles
  10. Ability and willingness to travel overseas

 

Terms

  • Salary in the range £25 - £30,000 p.a. pro rata, depending on qualifications and experience
  • 12 month employment contract
  •  The role is up to 75% time
  • Location preference is at FPP’s Moreton-in-Marsh offices. (Remote working for some of the days may be considered.)
  • Benefits include:
    • 20 days leave per year (pro rata), plus all public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed.
  • Reporting to: The Coordinator of the Responsible Finance Programme

 

To apply for this post

Send your CV and covering letter by email to info@forestpeoples.org  with your name and 'Project Officer – Responsible Finance Programme' in the subject line.

Closing date for applications: 23:59 Thursday 12th December (UK Time/GMT). Tentative interview date Tuesday 17th December.