Business and Human Rights Officer (Only for National)- SC9
Job Code Title: Business and Human Rights Officer (Only for National)
Grade: SC9 (Net salary per annum: minimum USD 27,672 ~ maximum 33,012) based on the requirements of experiences)
Over the last several decades, pro-growth policies have translated into higher incomes and reduced poverty levels in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. However, economic development has not come without costs and risks, particularly to the most vulnerable. There is now wider recognition that human rights abuses in business operations and supply chains in Asia are no longer sustainable, and that government and business must bring abuses to an end as a moral, legal, and economic imperative.
In this context, the UNDP Asia-Pacific, Governance and Peacebuilding Team, Business and Human Rights Unit, is currently engaged in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs clarify the duty of states and the responsibility of businesses to uphold international norms and treaties on human rights. The UNGPs rest on three pillars: 1) the State’s duty to protect human rights; 2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and; 3) the joint responsibility of both the State and businesses sector to provide access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses.
Momentum supporting the implementation of the UNGPs through National Action Plans (NAPs) is developing quickly in the region. Nurturing this, an already well-developed community of industry advocates, human rights activists, and development practitioners are deepening their work on a wide variety of thematic areas, while leading national and multi-national enterprises are embedding human rights due diligence approaches into their operational policies and corporate communication profiles.
In this context, UNDP is implementing from January 2020, the project, Business and Human Rights in Asia: Enabling Sustainable Economic Growth through the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework
The goal of this project is to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Asia through multi-country efforts focused on advocacy, policy development, technical advisory support, capacity building, awareness raising, innovation platforms, regional peer learning events, and South-South cooperation. The proposed project will be implemented by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub in collaboration with UNDP Country Offices and in partnership with regional initiatives, NHRIs, CSOs, other UN agencies, and the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
In Myanmar, the Business and Human Rights Project will be located within the Strengthening Accountability and Rule of Law (SARL) Project, which supports the Government of Myanmar to build public trust in state institutions at a critical time in Myanmar’s transition. SARL also empowers rights holders and engages them in accountability mechanisms. SARL is active in three main fields: i) Anti-corruption and business integrity, ii) Parliamentary strengthening, iii) Rule of law and human rights.
The Business & Human Rights Officer based in Yangon directly manages project implementation at the country level. In addition to planning, administration and reporting, s/he inputs into policy research and develops knowledge products as well as supports communication, partnership-building and resource mobilization.
The Business & Human Rights Officer reports to the SARL Project Manager but acts under the guidance of the Business and Human Rights Specialist, Crisis Prevention and Rule of Law, at the Bangkok Regional Hub. The Business & Human Rights Officer is responsible for performing and contributing to the following:
• Programme implementation and communication
• Awareness raising, capacity building, partnership-building and advocacy
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Ensure effective programme implementation at the national level, including:
- Coordinate annual work plan development and implementation according to project document;
- Ensure project meets expectations as specified in project document, and update CO management and B+HR Unit at Bangkok Regional Hub as required;
- Gather inputs and coordinate the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant project activities, issues, and risks;
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on activities from the planning to the evaluation stages;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;
- Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports;
- Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources including annual workplan budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and revisions;
- Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to CSO partners per UNDP corporate guidance;
- Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication in line with EU and UNDP guidelines.
- Drafting reports or conducting quality control over reports, highlighting key issues, trends, emerging opportunities, risks, potential project partners, and entry-points for the country
- Conducting consultations at national level with CSOs, business and government
- Design and implement training, campaigning, and advocacy efforts as necessary
- Develop partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector firms and civil society organizations in the specific thematic areas based on the strategic goals of UNDP Country Offices, country needs and donors’ priorities;
- Deliver presentations/workshops to the Resident Coordinator’s Office and the UN Country Team to raise awareness and build partnerships at the national level.
3. Provide technical support, expert advice, and policy representation to support governments in developing policy documents and regulatory guidance, including:
- Organizing national events on Business and Human Rights to exchange best practices
- Training government representatives on Business and Human Rights and seize opportunities to use the implementation of the UNGPs as an instrument to strengthen gender equality and promote Environmental Rights
- Facilitating discussions on key country-specific issues that can be incorporated National Action Plans
- Provide comments on Base Line Assessments, and National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, or other policy instruments
- Support research to showcase best practices in the field of business and human rights, and any other research required to support promotion and understanding of the UNGPs and its varied applications;
- Provide guidance to stakeholders of human rights due diligence best practices
- Engage with stakeholders on access to remedy initiatives, including in the protection of human rights defenders
Competencies and Selection Criteria
Description of Competency at Level Required
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Ability to persuade others to follow
Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Models independent thinking and action
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, Public Policy, International Development, other Social Sciences, or closely related fields.
- Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with Master’s degree (or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree) in programme and policy work preferably in human rights, land rights or Responsible Business fields.
- Familiarity with the UNGPs and any experience working on Business and Human Rights matters is an asset.
- Experience working with governments, business and civil society in Myanmar on human rights issues is an asset.
- Fluency in both Myanmar and English is essential, both written and oral.
- Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset.
Only those candidates who has qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s).
UNDP is an equal opportunity employer. UNDP regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised posts.
Women are encouraged to apply for the post.