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Programme Head - Human Rights and Business Unit 

The Syrian Legal Development Programme is recruiting a Programme Head for the Human Rights and Business Unit (HRBU). The HRBU was established in 2018 uses international law to address business involvement in conflict related human rights abuses in the Syrian context and to hold such businesses accountable for their involvement.

The HRBU has provided support to Syrian civil society on issues of business and human rights law, has influenced and played a role in accountability measures against businesses involved in human rights abuses in Syria, and has participated in panels in various international forums including the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights and Chatham House. The HRBU is funded by the Swiss, Dutch, and Canadian foreign ministries.

The HRBU seeks to do this by exploring various alternative and interim forms of accountability including economic sanctions as well as denying business perpetrators economic and business opportunities, including through limiting opportunities for humanitarian aid contracts. The HRBU works closely with Syrian civil society, international policymakers, and UN agencies to partake in cutting edge developments in business and human rights law.

The Programme Head of the HRBU will be responsible for managing unit activities as well as the work of a team of four people including legal analysts, investigation officers, and a communications and outreach manager. This position provides the unique opportunity to influence policy on issues relating to business involvement in conflict related human rights abuses, identify strategic alternative routes for accountability, work with a diverse team of internationally based colleagues, and participate in the development of cutting edge changes in business and human rights law. 

Duties and Responsibilities
-    Managing the day to day program implementation including allocation of tasks, monitoring and reporting to donors, and ensuring that the project is consistent with the program design.
-    Monitor daily program implementation, including revisions to project design and work plans to ensure compliance with program design.
-    Draft and submit reports and another program reporting requirements to donors. 
-    Conducting legal research, analysis and developing reports on business involvement in conflict-related human rights abuses in the Syrian conflict.
-    Edit and review reports and other documents drafted by other HRBU staff.
-    Represent SLDP’s human rights and business program in meetings with partners, and stakeholders, conferences, and other relevant events.
-    Build SLDP relationships with donors, clients, international organisations and NGOs, and other stakeholders.
-    Manage and oversee open source investigations of businesses and businesspersons in the Syrian context which will contribute to accountability efforts. 
-    The position will involve frequent travel.


-    Bachelors degree in relevant topic (law, human rights, transitional justice, etc). Masters degree linked to international law is preferred
-    Proven experience in working on international human rights law matters
-    Proven experience in project management
-    Strong knowledge of the conflict and situation in Syria
-    Ability to travel 
-    Proficiency in English and Arabic 


The position is set to begin Monday, 3 August 2020 or soon after. Salary will be between £2500 and £2700 depending on location and experience. SLDP has an office in London, but preference will also be given to applicants based in Europe, Gaziantep, Istanbul, or Beirut.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter, and writing sample to by Friday, 10 July 2020. 

Successful applicants will be contacted for interviews following the deadline.

SLDP is unable to sponsor applicants and provide them with working visas.

The Syrian Legal Development Program (SLDP) ( is a UK-registered NGO working on a number of legal projects including building the capacities of Syrian stakeholders and organizations on legal issues relating to the conflict in Syria. Our expertise relates to Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Criminal Law. 

SLDP utilises its legal expertise and contextual knowledge to address current and developing legal needs in Syria. Through its team of researchers, lawyers, on-the-ground trainers and human rights advocates, SLDP’s mandate is to promote human rights and the rule of law. SLDP offers a unique combination of international legal expertise, field analysis and academic research which is combined with its political knowledge and strategic thinking.



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