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  • Posted: Mar 30, 2024
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    ERM established its office in Nairobi in 2014 as part of a continued expansion initiative in East Africa to meet the needs of our global and local clients who are increasingly investing in this region of Africa.
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    Human Rights & Social Performance Principal Consultant (Mid-Senior Level)

    • The ideal individual will help us continue to drive the growth of ERM’s business in Social Performance across a wide range of business sectors in the Africa and across the EMEA region. They will be able to draw on a global network of ERM Partners and consultants working with clients on a broad range of social consulting issues. As a key contributor to this important sector within ERM’s strategic growth plans, you will be fundamental to the growth of ERM’s business in EMEA through selling and delivering world-class services, recruiting and developing others in order to expand our current team, and further advancing our reputation for human rights, labour rights and social performance consulting more widely. Demand for our services is expanding and this role offers a rewarding role for the right individual within a close knit and high functioning team. This opportunity will enable you to contribute significantly to key decisions, including the overall strategic direction of our UK & Northern Europe and EMEA strategy.
    • This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional with a passion
    • for Human Rights and experience within the areas of due diligence, impact assessments, ethical trade, supply chain, labour standards and working conditions, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), indigenous peoples, and gender keen to pragmatically advise businesses on how they might meet, or influence business partners to meet Corporate Responsibility, Human Rights and Sustainability expectations.

    Job Profile Summary

    • As a Principal Consultant joining our team, your key focus will be on helping our clients to define and implement strategies for Human Rights policy and practice.

    Technically, the consultant should have experience in some or all of the following areas:

    • Experience with human rights topics such as modern slavery, living wage methodologies, labour and working conditions, indigenous peoples, gender, diversity & inclusion, Just Transition and supply chain/ responsible sourcing.
    • Experience of developing Human Rights policies and implementation guidance.
    • Experience in undertaking human rights due diligence using standards such as the UN Guiding Principles, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles as a benchmark.
    • Experience in delivering human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) in line with international standards.
    • Experience in delivering human rights / labour audits and developing and managing pragmatic corrective action plans (CAPs) for remedy.
    • Previous experience within industry or consultancy is desirable.
    • Proven ability to confidently deliver to tight timelines and work cross-culturally in an international working environment.
    • Excellent project management and communication skills

    As a Principal Consultant within the team, you will be responsible for:

    • Managing or coordinating medium to large sized projects or whole elements of larger multidisciplinary or global projects – as ERM works closely with some of the world’s largest organisations, we anticipate that this role will require close collaboration with our regional and global social performance teams.
    • Delivering multiple project tasks or components, including proposals.
    • Supervising project team(s) and coaching and mentoring more junior staff.
    • Understanding the interrelationships between ERM services and policies and how these are applied within the clients’ business model.
    • Establishing strong working relationships with clients through project delivery.
    • Developing social performance and public affairs services across EMEA.
    • Advising our key local, regional and global clients and finding solutions for their ESG and climate change related challenges.
    • Making use of effective working relationships with business unit and participate in global technical communities to ensure strong network of resources.
    • Remaining up to date with external market and client industry trends.
    • Sharing expertise and knowledge within the business unit and/or global practice area.
    • Understanding how work of the project team and or practice community contributes to ERM’s success.
    • You will be part of our interdisciplinary and international team and will collaborate with ERM offices in the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

    Job Requirements

    • Postgraduate degree (preferably a Master’s-level degree) in a relevant discipline (i.e. Human Rights, Social science, Geography, International/ Socio-economic Development, Anthropology).
    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in Human Rights or Social Performance.
    • Strong technical delivery experience.
    • Understanding of relevant international Safeguards and Standards, i.e. UNGPs, ILO, etc.
    • Commercial acumen, business development and project management skills.
    • Commitment to excellence, and to health and safety.
    • Excellent leadership and communication (both verbal and written) skills.
    • Experience with using data and technology to solve clients social performance challenges.
    • Willingness to travel.
    • Ability to work under pressure.
    • Excellent reporting skills in English.
    • Second language is highly desirable, preferably French, Spanish, Dutch.
    • Willingness to travel for work on short trips to interesting locations mostly in Africa, Middle East and or CIS countries.

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