IHRB is looking for a Junior Researcher for Just Transitions (Paid Remote Opportunity for All Nationalities)

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The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is excited to announce a new six-monthly paid work experience programme, and we’re looking for a dynamic junior researcher to join our Just Transitions projects.

Role Overview

As a Just Transitions Junior Researcher, you’ll play a crucial role in supporting multi-year policy-influencing and ecosystem-building research projects. This role involves a mix of administrative and research tasks across various projects, ideal for someone with strong research skills, attention to detail, multitasking abilities, and the capability to work autonomously in a remote environment. We seek a candidate passionate about advancing human rights and climate justice, demonstrating a willingness to learn, adaptability, and a positive approach to problem-solving.

About IHRB

Founded in 2009, IHRB aims to achieve a more just, regenerative global economy where:

  • Workers and communities can effectively ensure their rights are respected.
  • Businesses respect the rights of workers and communities and the natural systems they depend on.
  • Financial actors positively impact their partners’ human rights and environmental responsibilities.
  • Governments implement incentives that drive rights-respecting and planet-aligned businesses.

Our mission is to integrate respect for people and the planet into everyday business through human rights-based research, targeted convening, and collaborative action with various stakeholders.

Just Transition Programme

The Just Transitions programme aims to enhance understanding of just transitions through research and effective approaches for integrating the voices of those impacted by climate policies. Our foundational report, “Just Transitions for All: Business, Human Rights, and Climate Action,” outlines the benefits of considering the rights of workers, communities, and consumers in climate transitions. We provide guidance on safeguarding the “just” in just transitions to prevent co-option and confusion as the concept gains popularity.

Key Projects

  1. The Cost of Green Conflict: Assessing the costs to renewable energy companies when failing to maintain their social license to operate.
  2. Just Stories: Highlighting narratives that illustrate the benefits of meaningful engagement in the net-zero agenda.
  3. Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETP): Analyzing the human rights risks and social opportunities in countries like South Africa, Indonesia, and Senegal.
  4. Just Transitions Finance: Elevating understanding of the financial system’s role in promoting rights-respecting transitions.

Position Details

  • Start Date: Ideally August 2024
  • Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours/week) or part-time (30 hours/week) for the right candidate
  • Duration: 6 months (fixed term)
  • Location: Remote, within 1-2 hours of GMT timezone. Must have permission to work in your location and access to good internet connectivity.
  • Pay: £1,725 per month (full-time), pro-rata for part-time. Compensation based on a London benchmark.
  • Contract: Consultancy agreement under UK law.


  • Conduct desk research and literature reviews on sustainability science and policy.
  • Support stakeholder mapping and interview transcriptions.
  • Assist in event organization for major climate events.
  • Develop project communications and multimedia campaigns.
  • Participate in internal meetings for insights and mentoring.

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  • Experience: 2-3 years of work experience, open to all ages and career stages.
  • Interest: Demonstrable interest in human rights, climate action, and social justice.
  • Skills: Proven research and writing experience, data analysis skills, proficient in Google Sheets and Docs, and strong organizational skills.
  • Language: Proficient in English; additional languages are a plus.
  • Location: Home-based, preferably within 1-2 hours of GMT.

Application Timeline

  • Deadline: 5pm GMT, 14th July 2024
  • Interviews: 22-24 July 2024
  • Start Date: Ideally August 2024, subject to satisfactory references.

About IHRB

Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. We shape policy, advance practice, and strengthen accountability to make respect for human rights a part of everyday business. IHRB collaborates with various stakeholders to evaluate and improve policies, practices, and responses, catalyzing new initiatives to address emerging human rights issues in business.

Join us in making a difference. 

Apply now to become a part of our mission for a more just and sustainable global economy.

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