African Coalition for Corporate Accountability
Working together to protect human rights

Call for applications: external research consultant - Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)

BACKGROUND

The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) is seeking submissions from research consultants to support the ACCA Working Group on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in developing a discussion paper on FPIC. More information on the research project may be found in the Terms of Reference: Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

BACKGROUND
The African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) is a coalition of 114 organisations from 31 African countries whose purpose is to support communities and individuals whose rights have been adversely affected by the activities of corporations and businesses.

During the 3rd ACCA General Assembly, two ACCA Working Groups centred on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and Access to Remedy were formed. The Working Groups are headed by the two co-Chairpersons of the ACCA Steering Committee, and comprised of ACCA members and/ or organisations who take a keen work interest in the ACCA, and professionals who are either working in the respective fields or who take a keen interest in the fields.

The purpose of the research consultant is to gather information on FPIC, and consult with members of the working group to produce a discussion document on FPIC to be presented during the next ACCA General Assembly.

DURATION:
5 months.

LOCATION:
The research consultant will work remotely.

DESCRIPTION OF TASKS
Work on the research will commence in October 2016. More detail on the research project is provided in the FPIC Terms of Reference.

REPORTING:
The research consultant will report back on progress to the co-Chairperson of the ACCA Working Group on FPIC, and ACCA Secretariat.

TIMELINES AND PROCESS
The research consultant will need to work together with the ACCA Working Group to reach the deadlines as outlined in the Terms of Reference.

PROFILE
The consultant should be able to demonstrate the following:
• Advanced degree in human rights, law, social sciences or any related field;
• At least five years of progressive work in business and human rights work, particularly in the areas of natural resources governance;
• At least 5 years relevant working experience in Africa;
• Capacity to work within a collaborative framework with other organizations, government officials, staff and civil society groups within a multidisciplinary and multicultural setting;
• Ability to establish priorities and to develop, coordinate and monitor work plans;
• Capacity to work in hostile environments and to relate to individuals and communities who are exposed to rights abuses;
• Fluency in both English and French.

REMUNERATION
Remuneration will be determined based on the qualifications and work experience of the applicant, as well as location.

TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact details of two referees to Damian Oakes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Abiodun Baiyewu, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than 21 October 2016 at 17:00 GMT.

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