Job Title: Gulf Regional Coordinator
Organisation: Institute for Human Rights and Business,
Closing Date: 11 January 2021
Salary: £37,000-47,000 per annum pro-rata, depending on experience.
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Working Pattern: Part Time.
Sponsors international candidates? Preference given to compatibility with European time zones. Candidates must already have permission to work in the country of their location.
The Regional Co-ordinator will coordinate IHRB’s Middle East research and outreach support across five Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE). The work will include working closely with researchers and consultants both within the Gulf and globally, and contributing to the strategic direction of IHRB’s overall work in the region. It will include liaising with business, civil society, governments, UN agencies, academic institutions and migrant worker organisations, with the purpose of progressing policy and practice to improve the rights and working/living conditions of migrant workers in the Gulf, as well as the economic well-being of families in countries of origin.
This post requires substantial knowledge of the region and the issues, a high degree of diplomacy and political awareness for what is sensitive work. The Regional Co-ordinator will work from their home base and will report to IHRB’s Head of Labour 3 Institute for Human Rights and Business | www.ihrb.org Rights (based in the UK). Communication will mostly be via Zoom or e-mail, and if the candidate is UK based, will also involve regular meetings with other IHRB staff in Central London (COVID-19 restrictions permitting). The Regional Co-ordinator must ensure they have a suitable place of work to include a good internet connection. Visits to Gulf States will become a regular requirement (e.g. once a quarter) when the COVID-19 restrictions allow.
Role and Responsibilities
Coordinating the work of external researchers and consultants, including facilitating meetings, liaising with external contributors and consolidating/reviewing research outputs.
Liaising with other academics and experts across a range of disciplines, including human rights, migration studies, finance, economics, labour rights and geopolitics.
Synthesising research findings into internal and external papers, research notes and recommendations.
Undertaking strategic outreach work in relation to the Gulf, including representing IHRB within the Gulf and in Europe under direction of the Head of Labour Rights.
Building a network of contacts in academia, business, government and civil society.
Joining IHRB team meetings and other internal meetings, and playing an active role in team discussions on regional themes and developments.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
University degree (or equivalent experience)
At least 5 years of proven research experience relating to a relevant discipline.
At least 2 years of experience undertaking work that has required awareness of political sensitivities and the maintenance of trust through careful diplomacy.
Proven track record in editing and reviewing research papers.
Proven track record of successfully establishing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Strong knowledge of the Gulf and its political, economic and social nuances. Strong diplomatic skills and ability to exercise political judgement.
Fluency in spoken English, and excellent writing and editing skills in English Competency using telecommunications applications (Skype, Zoom) Excellent communication skills and coordination across teams and time-zones.
Fluency in written and spoken English.
Excellent time management skills and the ability to plan, organise and prioritise workload, and meet deadlines. A strong work and team ethic
Proven ability to be proactive and self motivating.
Commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
Attention to detail and ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and presenting information.
Awareness of the implications of working from home/remotely i.e. limited faceto-face interaction with colleagues in a geographically dispersed team.
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