Research post at Ergon

Are you interested in working in the field of business and human rights? We are looking for highly motivated Researchers to join our team. This is an ideal position to develop a research or consulting career involving the labour, gender and human rights dimensions of business, trade, finance and development.  You will have first-rate research ability, excellent communication skills, and a keen interest in our field. Knowledge of employment rights would be an advantage.

Projects you could expect to work on include advising companies on risks in particular value chains, analysing international policy and legal developments, researching living wage levels or developing guidance notes and good practice case studies. Occasional international travel is likely.

The post is based in our small, busy Central London office. We offer a friendly working environment, the opportunity to develop practical transferable skills and experience, and good terms and conditions. Starting salary: £26,500 pa; 25 days holiday plus public holidays; discretionary bonus;  contributory pension scheme.

Applicants should provide both a covering letter setting out why you are suitable for this post and a CV. These should be in the same PDF file. Please send to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 08.00 on Monday 26th June 2017.  Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Key tasks

  • Drafting sections of research reports, risk analyses and country profiles.
  • Constructing research databases and undertaking quantitative analysis
  • Analysing and drafting summaries of complex legal and policy documents
  • Contributing to research methodologies and frameworks
  • Interviewing stakeholders by phone and undertaking field research as necessary
  • Providing administrative support on projects
  • Accompanying directors and consultants at meetings and contributing to presentations

Essential attributes

  • Strong academic record with relevant graduate / postgraduate qualification – e.g. in employment law, human rights, industrial relations, international development
  • Outstanding applied research skills
  • Commitment to customer service relevant for a client-focused consultancy business
  • Exceptional conceptual and analytical skills, including the ability to analyse large amounts of complex information quickly, accurately and clearly, including quantitative information
  • Outstanding written and oral English communications skills, including the ability to draft clear, accurate, concise summaries as well as lengthier research papers
  • Understanding of and commitment to  the labour standards, human rights and gender equality agendas, as well as international development and CSR
  • High level of organisational and administrative skills, including multi-tasking and ability to work independently, in a small team, and to strict deadlines
  • Fluent written and spoken English and preferably fluency in at least one other relevant language – particularly Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish or Turkish
  • Excellent grasp of research and standard office applications, including social media experience and skills

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Ergon Associates Ltd