Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (the Resource Centre), an international non-profit human rights organization, is seeking a highly motivated person to be its Colombia Office Programme Manager and Representative. Acting as the legal representative of the organization, the Programme Manager is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of the country programmes in alignment with the overall vision and mission of the Resource Centre and in compliance with local laws, the Resource Centre’s standards, policies, and procedures, and donors’ rules and regulations. The Programme Manager and Representative will also lead a highly functional team of researchers.
Location: Bogotá, Colombia (must already have work authorization)
Salary: GBP 12,000-14,000 per year (commensurate with experience)
Contract type: 3 days per week, contractor status
Closing date: 31 January 2023 at 23:59:59
To Apply: Complete and return this application form via our jobs portal. Kindly note that the application form is required; we will not accept CVs. If you need any additional support, please reach out to Alice Penzo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the organization
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre works to put human rights at the core of companies’ business models; 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 facilitate these outcomes. Our Global Team, based in more than 20 countries around the world, work with a rich network of activists, unions, human rights groups, and investors. Our website and publications are available in ten languages. We work across all sectors and issues related to business and human rights, with strategic focus on the rights of workers in global supply chains, the rights of communities seeking responsible natural resource use and a just transition to zero carbon economies, and the rights of people to accountable digital technologies. We are currently officially registered in five countries: UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Colombia.
The Resource Centre has helped define the growing field of business & human rights. It has put companies in all regions on notice that their human rights conduct is being watched. It has drawn attention to corporate abuses in all countries and provided increased recognition to those companies taking positive steps to promote human rights. The Resource Centre is widely respected for being fair, objective, and constructive in its approach to make change happen.
Key competencies and attributes
Experienced Senior manager: At least 5 years’ experience leading human rights or social justice programmes with a business or economic component. Proven ability to build high-performing teams and deliver high impact programmes at a country level. Experience of design management and monitoring of grant funded programmes.
People manager: At least 5 years’ experience in line management and/or programme management of people. Ability to delegate, motivate, and empower teams and members with accountability. Ability to train and nurture talent. Strong commitment to diverse teams.
Entrepreneurial success: Proven experience in attracting substantial funding to programs 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, social justice expertise: Demonstrable commitment and expertise in human rights, social justice, and internationalism particularly in the context of South America and Colombia.
Team player: Experience of, and commitment to, working in and helping build high performing and diverse teams which are collaborative and focused on outcomes.
Communications: Strong writing skills in Spanish (preferable as a mother tongue) and English (Portuguese and French can be a plus) and strong public speaking skills.
Commitment to our values: Demonstrable commitment to the values and model of change of the Resource Centre.
Roles and Responsibilities
Senior Programme Management
Execute, develop, and effectively communicate the Resource Centre’s present and future programme goals and strategies in Colombia and the Andean region to the team members, partners, and allies.
Provide effective leadership within the programme and set direction by prioritising actions and resources to achieve programme’s objectives.
Explore and diversify sources of funding for the operations of the Colombia Office and liaise with donors.
Develop the capacity of team members, provide mentorship, and deepen their understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
Work with HQ Human Resources Lead to adapt and implement the Resource Centre’s policies and standards and assist team members with available tools to improve performance and reach objectives.
Communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback on team members’ performance via regular 1-1s and mid-term and annual performance review processes.
Create and sustain a collaborative, positive, and respectful work environment.
Actively promote well-being of the team.
Participate in or lead the recruiting of consultants, fellows, or interns.
Operational and Financial Management
Build and maintain operational systems (finance, admin, etc.) that are aligned with the Resource Centre’s global structure.
Facilitate close coordination with HQ and ensure the compliance with HQ financial policies and statutory regulations and requirements, including timely financial reporting to HQ as required.
Perform oversight of financial management and the overall integrity of all income, expenditure, and balance sheet accounting data of the Colombia Office.
Provide high-level representation to a broad range of actors, including communities, human rights advocates, civil society, donors, company representatives, and government officials.
File registration documents on behalf of the Resource Centre before any relevant public entity in Colombia for the purpose of legally carrying out programmatic activities.
Terms and conditions
The consultancy contract will be a twelve-month contract, which can be extended by mutual agreement.
3 days (21 hours) per week. The hours worked are flexible, provided that there are effective communications with team members in other regions, and that the hours are spread reasonably throughout a week.
The consultant will have the freedom to organize paid days off from doing consulting work for the Resource Centre, in an amount expected to be 14.4 days during the year (100.8 hours) – i.e., equivalent to 24 days per year for full-time work. The consultant will not be expected to work on public holidays of Colombia.
Reports to: South America (except Brazil) Regional Researcher & Representative, based in South America and for legal and stratutory representation to the Global COO.
Work location: Bogotá, Colombia (home-based). From the Colombia office or from home, unless the consultant is able to secure an alternative workspace at no cost or at his/her own expense. Applicants must already have the right to work in Colombia.