Corporate Accountability Researcher

(Last updated: 19th January 2021)

  • Full-time, 2-year contract, possibility of extension
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £30,000 – £35,000 (depending on experience)
  • Flexible working, generous pension scheme and holiday

About us:

RAID is a UK-based charity that exposes corporate wrongdoing, environmental damage and human rights abuses in Africa, partnering with those harmed to hold companies to account. We use rigorous investigation, advocacy and the law to strengthen the regulation of business and achieve justice.

About the role:

RAID has an exciting opportunity for a Corporate Accountability Researcher to join our London-based team. You will work under the supervision of the Executive Director to conduct research and investigations, provide legal analysis and engage in advocacy.

This post is at the heart of our dynamic team and provides the opportunity for international travel, both for fieldwork and to participate in relevant international forums. Our team is small, so multi-tasking is required. This is a unique opportunity to be actively involved in holding corporations to account for environmental and human rights harms.

Key tasks:

  • Conduct research and monitoring on business and human rights issues relating to RAID’s work.
  • Prepare and conduct field investigations, specifically on information gathering, analysis and assessment of relevant human rights concerns expressed by stakeholders on the ground, including conducting interviews with witnesses, victims and whistleblowers, collecting data and evidence and managing small teams of local activists and civil society members.
  • Help provide legal analysis on cases and situations that RAID is undertaking and work closely with outside legal counsel as needed.
  • Collect and analyse information from a wide variety of sources including governments, lawyers, corporate documents, financial statements, media, academia, NGOs, victims, witnesses, journalists, diplomats, security forces and others.
  • Write or contribute to the drafting and publicization of  compelling reports, briefing and position papers, letters, public consultations on reforms, news and press releases, op-eds,  submissions to international bodies and assessment and responses to company responses and industry initiatives.
  • Provide assistance on advocacy and assist in the development and implementation of strategies to change laws, policies, and practices.
  • Provide assistance to advance and support our communications and social media work.
  • Work closely with international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and human rights organizations to ensure RAID’s work complements and enhances their work without jeopardizing their security.
  • Participate, support and assist international and local civil society and expert coalitions, including coordinate and liaise with different actors. 
  • Travel internationally, especially to Africa, as required.

 About you:

You will bring enthusiasm and self-motivation alongside a keen interest in, and knowledge of, business, human rights and environmental issues, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in human rights, law, international relations, political science, social sciences or related subjects. You will have at least 3 years of relevant work experience (legal trainee programs can be included). Research and field experience in Africa, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo or in similar francophone countries, is highly desirable and will help set you apart from the crowd. 

We are seeking someone who:

  • displays good judgement, empathy and sensitivity towards affected communities and victims;
  • has a proven interest in human rights and justice, and is a compelling advocate;
  • brings strong analytical and research skills, and an ability to plan strategically;
  • has a keen interest to work as part of a team, while also being able to work independently with minimal oversight;
  • speaks French and English, with strong research and writing skills in English (essential);
  • brings knowledge of anti-corruption, money-laundering, corporate structures and accounts is (desirable but not necessary);
  • and is able and willing to leap into field research straight away, looking to learn and grow with RAID.

We offer flexible working and remote working during the pandemic. RAID’s offices are in Highbury, north London.

How to apply:

Please send a one-page cover letter and a CV to jobs [at] raid-uk.org with “RESEARCHER” in the subject line. Please include in your cover letter your relevant experience, highlight your suitability for the role and why you wish to work with us. Do look at our website (www.raid-uk.org) before applying and out social media (Twitter, Facebook) to better understand RAID’s work.

The deadline for applying is 17 February 2021. We are unable to respond to all applications, but if you are shortlisted, we will invite you for an interview and a written test.

RAID believes in the value of a diversity. We believe change can only be achieved if we have talented employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences.  We are an equal opportunity employer intent on building a balanced team from all walks of life.  We actively encourage applicants from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and value the positive impact that this will bring to our team. 

Eligibility to work in the UK is desirable.