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Shift is looking for a new Advisor to join their team.

Purpose of Position

Playing an essential role in our small, dynamic team, this position will be responsible for carrying out human rights work with project partners from business, financial institutions, standard setters and civil society. As an Advisor, you will work closely with senior Shift staff on engagements that will span the breadth of our work, with a focus on engaging business and financial institutions to advance meaningful implementation of the UN Guiding Principles.

We will rely on you to be curious, proactive and confident. You will be able to identify and act on strategic opportunities to strengthen Shift’s impact within project relationships and beyond, to push the boundaries of practice in implementing the UNGPs and to drive better outcomes for affected stakeholders.

The post-holder will have a particular role in undertaking and supporting human rights efforts both in a business context and with financial institutions.


  • Act as the lead and/or in a support role to drive strategic implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Shift’s engagements with diverse partners, including governments, companies, investors and civil society organizations;
  • Lead and/or support the delivery of tailored workshops with project partners and other stakeholders on core concepts in the UN Guiding Principles;
  • Design, support and/or undertake engagements to build the capacity of businesses to implement the responsibility to respect human rights;
  • Design, support and/or undertake engagements to enhance the processes and practices of banks’, investors’ and other financial institution’s ability to screen portfolios for human rights risks, to exert leverage in their business relationships, to play an appropriate role in remedy and to improve disclosure within the constraints of commercial confidentiality;
  • Facilitate gap analysis evaluation processes with business and financial institutions including reviewing internal systems and diagnosing areas for enhanced alignment with the UNGPs;
  • Draft project reports and other outputs tailored to different audiences;
  • Project manage individual partnerships or projects to help ensure they are delivered on time, on budget and to a high quality with maximum impact;
  • Be a brand ambassador for Shift in a variety of business and human rights relationships; and
  • Work collaboratively with the rest of the Shift team to drive the overall impact of our work.

The Shift team is not currently traveling due to COVID-19. However, when it becomes safe to do so, the person in this role will be expected to travel regularly to conduct engagements in a wide range of settings.

What You Bring to the Team


  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable educational experience and 7+ years of professional experience, including 5+ years working for or engaging with companies, financial institutions, investors, governments or other similar organizations on human rights-related issues.
  • Confidence and maturity in engaging with business and financial practitioners specifically.
  • Comfort presenting to groups, speaking in public and facilitating workshops and an ability to adapt communication style to different audiences.
  • Strong analytical ability combined with the ability to synthesize and explain information clearly and compellingly.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and demonstrated project management experience, including managing project budgets, developing and delivering on time-bound plans and managing the involvement of colleagues and external partners.
  • Ability to work independently and also collaboratively with a small team, and comfort with adapting to changing situations.
  • High level of self-awareness in a professional setting and an openness to feedback.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Existing permission to work in the US, UK, or the Netherlands.
  • The appetite and ability for substantial international travel.


  • Experience working with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in an applied context.
  • Experience in training or facilitating learning or dialogue processes with companies, particularly on topics related to human rights.
  • Experience of working for or with a financial institution on screening of portfolios on environmental and/or social risks or experience of engaging with clients on behalf of financial institutions.
  • Language skills in addition to English, especially German and French.

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Friday 12th February 2021


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