PROJECT OFFICER - HUMAN RIGHTS AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT


Paris - France

Published the 25/03/2020

 

Presentation of FIDH

Founded in 1922, the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) is the oldest international human rights organisation. We are a federation of 192 member organisations, present in more than 100 countries on 5 continents. We defend the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through research and documentation, campaigns and strategic litigation.

FIDH's international secretariat comprises 60 full-time employees (45 in Paris and 15 others in several countries abroad).

One of FIDH's priorities for action concerns the respect of human rights in the economic activities of companies and States. In order to contribute to the achievement of the objectives set under this programmatic priority, FIDH is recruiting a new person in the "Human Rights and Globalisation" office.

Since 2001, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM) have been working in partnership on a Socially Responsible Investment Fund for Human Rights entitled SRI Human Rights (formerly Fonds Libertés Solidarité), a revolutionary example of cooperation between an NGO and an investor on improving respect for human rights by companies and States. The fund is made up of 70% government bonds and 30% equities. All the bonds and equities that are part of the Fund are selected by LBPAM on the basis of an evaluation conducted by FIDH concerning the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the States and companies that issue them. FIDH has developed a dedicated methodology to undertake these assessments, covering human rights, including (but not limited to): labour rights, the right to health and life, freedom of assembly, gender equality and women's rights, non-discrimination, social and economic rights and freedom of expression, and the right to information.

Objectives of the position

The main objective of the project officer is to strengthen FIDH's work in assessing the human rights performance of companies and investors, with a specific focus on the issue of modern slavery.

Sub-objectives :

A. The development of FIDH's analysis methodology on modern slavery and the subsequent expansion of the analysis of companies in the SRI Human Rights Fund portfolio in collaboration with La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM).

B. Developing engagement with the companies analyzed and other responsible investors

MAIN TASKS

A.1 Revision of the selection criteria of the SRI Human Rights Fund with a special focus on modern slavery

  • Taking into account the contributions of FIDH member organisations in the updating of the methodology

  • Drafting of documents related to the methodology for external use.

A.2. Analysis of sectors and approach of engagement with companies;

  • Analysis of the issues specific to each sector and in particular the issues related to modern slavery.

  • Taking into account information from FIDH member organisations in the analysis

  • Engagement process with selected companies within each sector

A.3 Preparation for and participation in working meetings with LBPAM

A.4. Liaison with other responsible investors in Europe and abroad

A.5. Animation of the Ethics Committee

  • Preparation and follow-up of meetings (agenda, preparatory documents, minutes, logistics).

  • Periodic consultation of Committee members

A.6. Monitoring the companies in the portfolio and in the investment universe

  • Review of companies in the investment universe that have been the subject of controversy and contact them where appropriate.

  • Coordinate the publication and release of the Report on the Ethical and Responsible Performance of Government Investments in September 2020.

A.7. Participation in the activities of FIDH's human rights and globalisation office concerning companies and investors

  • collaboration with the human rights and globalisation office team in activities with investors and companies, for example those related to dialogue and/or advocacy

  • connection with other organisations working on non-financial analysis of companies (exchange of information, participation in meetings and events, joint actions) in collaboration with the team of the human rights and globalisation office

Profile sought:

  • Master's degree in Law or in Political or Economic Sciences

  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in the business and human rights environment.

  • Experience in responsible investment is a strong advantage

  • Good command of oral and written French

  • Excellent knowledge of oral and written English

Wages and Conditions

Contract: full-time fixed-term contract, 12 months

· Contract starting date: from 2 May 2020

· Gross annual remuneration (13 months): between 31 000€ and 33 000€.

· 25 days of paid holidays + 24 days of RTT per year (35-hour regime)

· Working from home possible 1 day a week

· Location: FIDH headquarters in Paris