ERM Group - Human Rights Consultant

ERM is seeking a consultant to join its UK & Ireland business unit. The consultant will primarily work on labour standards human rights due diligence and monitoring (with a focus on modern slavery issues) to international social standards (e.g. SA8000, the ETI Code, Equator Principles, IFC Performance Standards, World Bank EHS Guidelines, EBRD Performance Requirements, OECD Common Approaches, etc.).

The job will initially require at least 3 days per week onsite in a large client global Headquarters office in south west London to provide (under the guidance of more senior experienced ERM Human Rights consultants):

  • Technical support to various team members to manage labour assessments e.g. guidance on reports interpretation, Compliance Action Plans development, monitoring, and plans for follow-up verification of improvement and remedy around the world;

  • Technical support to various team members to identify labour rights risks in supply chains and contracted workforces and manage those risks;

  • Support for the development of guidance documents on responsible sourcing good practice mostly focusing on modern slavery related topics.

  • Support for the development and implementation of tools for supply chain labour standards monitoring, including social audit protocols, monitoring systems.

The job will include involvement in technical and project management aspects of large/complex projects located in mostly developing countries located in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and central Asia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The project work could involve travel to these locations on short trips to conduct or support audits/monitoring or training, etc.

The selected candidate will also be expected to work with the ERM team to prepare marketing materials and proposals as required, and, where relevant and possible, will be invited to participate in wider Human Rights advisory work for other clients. The candidate will be supported to develop a career in Human Rights advisory after the initial secondment focussed on supply chain labour audit programme support for a key client. The secondment is likely to be at least three days a week for 3-9 months.

Required Attributes and Skills:

  • Years of experience: 2-9

  • Experience in delivering labour audits and developing and managing pragmatic labour compliance action plans (CAPs) for remedy

  • Experience working in or advising on responsible / ethical sourcing, labour rights risks in supply chains

  • SA8000 trained and/or certified (and/or FLA, ILO or Fairwear training and auditing experience or similar)

  • Experience conducting at least 15 “Social Audits” of labour conditions

  • Excellent project management and communication skills.

  • Excellent reporting skills in English.

  • Must be willing to travel for work on short trips to interesting locations mostly in Africa, Middle East and or CIS countries.

  • Must be able to confidently deliver to tight timeframes.

  • An undergraduate degree

Other skills/experience which would be valued:

  • Language skills for operation in the field, ideally Arabic, French and/or Russian.

  • Experience working as a member of, auditing to, or participating in the UK ETI, the FLA, EICC, SEDEX, GSCP, SLCP or in NGOs or trade unions

  • Experience in some of the following sectors: Finance, O&G (upstream and midstream), power (renewables, gas, cogen), mining, manufacturing (automotive, F&B, heavy industries).

  • Experience working in or with the oil and gas industry or consultancy would be valued.

  • Post-graduate qualifications would be valued.

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