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Project Manager - Business & Human Rights

I.  Position Information

Job Title: Project Manager – Business and Human Rights


Position Number:    

Department: Democratic Governance and Social Advocacy    UNDP Thailand

Reports to: Programme Specialist/ TeamLeader     

Direct Reports:       

Position Status: Choose an item

Job Family: Yes

Grade Level: SC9/SB4   

Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand

Family Duty Station as of Date of Issuance:

Date of Issuance:

Closing Date:

Duration and Type of Assignment: Service Contract, 1 year with possibility of extension



Over the last several decades, pro-growth policies have translated into higher incomes and reduced poverty levels in many countries in Asia and the Pacific. However, economic development has not come without costs and risks, particularly to the most vulnerable. There is now wider recognition that human rights abuses in business operations and supply chains in Asia are no longer sustainable, and that government and business must bring abuses to an end as a moral, legal, and economic imperative. 

In this context, UNDP is currently engaged in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs clarify the duty of states and the responsibility of businesses to uphold international norms and treaties on human rights. The UNGPs rest on three pillars: 1) the State’s duty to protect human rights; 2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and; 3) the joint responsibility of both the State and businesses sector to provide access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses.

Momentum supporting the implementation of the UNGPs through National Action Plans (NAPs) is developing quickly in the region. Nurturing this, an already well-developed community of industry advocates, human rights activists, and development practitioners are deepening their work on a wide variety of thematic areas, while leading national and multi-national enterprises are embedding human rights due diligence approaches into their operational policies and corporate communication profiles.

In this context, UNDP is implementing from January 2020, the project, Business and Human Rights in Asia: Enabling Sustainable Economic Growth through the Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework

The goal of this project is to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Asia through multi-country efforts focused on advocacy, policy development, technical advisory support, capacity building, awareness raising, innovation platforms, regional peer learning events, and South-South cooperation. The proposed project will be implemented by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub in collaboration with UNDP Country Offices and in partnership with regional initiatives, NHRIs, CSOs, other UN agencies, and the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

The Project Manager based in Bangkok directly manages this project and funds allocated for project implementation at the country level. In addition to planning, administration and reporting, the Project Manager provides inputs into policy research and develops knowledge products as well as supports communication, partnership-building and resource mobilization.

The Project Manager reports to the Team Leader/Programme Specialist, UNDP Thailand in close collaboration with Business and Human Rights Regional Specialist and Crisis Prevention and Rule of Law Team, at the Bangkok Regional Hub.


Duties and Responsibilities


1. Ensure effective programme implementation at the national level, including:

  • Coordinate annual work plan development and implementation according to project document;
  • Ensure project meets expectations as specified in project document, and update CO management and B+HR Unit at Bangkok Regional Hub as required;
  • Gather inputs and coordinate the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports;
  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring;
  • Record and maintain documents on relevant CO-led activities, issues, and risks;
  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on activities from the planning to the evaluation stages;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;
  • Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports;
  • Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources including annual workplan budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and revisions;
  • Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to CSO partners per UNDP corporate guidance;
  • Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication in line with EU and UNDP guidelines.

2. Conduct awareness-raising, capacity building and advocacy activities, including:

  • Draft reports or conduct quality control over reports, highlighting key issues, trends, emerging opportunities, risks, potential project partners, and entry-points for the country;
  • Conductconsultations at National level with CSOs, business and government;
  • Design and implement training, campaigning, and advocacy efforts as necessary;
  • Develop partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector firms and civil society organizations in the specific thematic areas based on the strategic goals of UNDP Country Offices, country needs and donors’ priorities;
  • Deliver Presentations/workshops to Resident Coordinators and the UN Country Team to raise awareness and build partnerships at the national level.

3. Provide technical support, expert advice, and policy representation to support governments in developing policy documents and regulatory guidance, including:

  • Organize national events on Business and Human Rights to exchange best practices;
  • Train government representatives on Business and Human Rights and seize opportunities to use the implementation of the UNGPs as an instrument to strengthen gender equality and promote Environmental Rights;
  • Facilitate discussions on key country-specific issues that can be incorporated National Action Plans;
  • Provide Comments on Base Line Assessments, and National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights, or other policy instruments;
  • Support research to showcase best practices in the field of business and human rights, and any other research required to support promotion and understanding of the UNGPs and its varied applications;
  • Provide guidance to stakeholders of human rights due diligence best practices;
  • Engage with stakeholders on access to remedy initiatives, including in the protection of human rights defenders.






Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services



Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Results-based Management

Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results

Level 4: apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise



Required Skills and Experience



  • Thai national with bachelor’s or master’s degree in Law, Political Science, Public Policy, International Development, other Social Sciences, or closely related fields. 

Experience and Skills:

  • At least 4 years for Bachelor’s or at least 2 years for Master’s holders, of relevant experience on programme and policy work preferably in Human Rights or Responsible Business fields.
  • Familiarity and with the UNGPs and any experience working on Business and Human Rights matters is an asset.
  • Experience working with governments, business, and civil society, preferably in Asia on Human Rights issues is also an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Thai.



Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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