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Advisor – Investor Focus

Advisor – Investor Focus

Type of Employment: Full-time employee (40 hours/week); will consider part-time schedule

Starting Salary Range (FT):

  • London            £55,500 – £67,000
  • Amsterdam     €59,000 – €72,000 (annual gross, inclusive of holiday allowance)
  • New York         $86,000 – $96,000

Exact compensation will vary based on skills, experience, and location.

Location: With a preference for the UK or the Netherlands, Shift will consider candidates located in the UK, Netherlands, or US with existing permission to work in the relevant location. All Shift team members work remotely, with occasional in-person engagement with colleagues and/or partners.

About Shift

Shift is the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift’s global team of experts works across all continents and sectors to challenge assumptions, push boundaries and redefine corporate practice in order to build a world where business gets done with respect for people’s dignity. Shift is a non-profit, mission-driven organization headquartered in New York City. Visit shiftproject.org and shift-project to learn more about our work.

The Role

Shift seeks an Advisor with motivation to innovate and play a role in shifting investor practice away from the status quo towards greater respect for peoples’ rights. Playing an essential role in our small, dynamic team, the Advisor will be responsible for carrying out work advancing awareness and innovative practice on human rights and the S in ESG with investors and lenders as well as with other project partners from business, financial institutions, standard setters and civil society. As an Advisor, you will work closely with colleagues throughout the organization on engagements that will span the breadth of our work, with a particular focus on engaging our project partners from public and private market investors, including asset owners and managers. The Advisor will also work to transfer learnings and develop practice with banking and insurance company partners.

We will rely on you to be curious, proactive and confident as we work with our partners to push boundaries and explore new ways of harnessing the unique opportunities available to investors and lenders to drive better outcomes for affected stakeholders.

What You Will Do

Following an initial onboarding period of about 6-9 months, focused on deepening your knowledge of the UN Guiding Principles and Shift’s methods, tools and resources, and working in a support role to other advisory team members, you will:

  • Act as the lead and/or in a support role on a range of initiatives to advance implementation of the UN Guiding Principles with investors and lenders as well as other diverse partners, including governments, companies, and civil society organizations
  • Design, support and/or undertake engagements to enhance the processes and practices of banks’, investors’ and other financial institutions’ 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
  • Help identify opportunities for Shift to contribute to evolving investor practice, both within bilateral investor relationships as well as through investor collaborative initiatives
  • Be a brand ambassador for Shift, with a particular focus on building and demonstrating Shift’s capacity to drive innovative practice with investors
  • Facilitate gap analysis evaluation processes with investors and lenders including reviewing internal systems and diagnosing areas for enhanced alignment with the UNGPs
  • Lead and/or support the delivery of tailored workshops, including capacity-building workshops, with project partners and other stakeholders on the concepts in the UN Guiding Principles
  • Conduct tailored research and 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
  • Work collaboratively with the rest of the Shift team to drive the overall impact of our work
  • Travel, as needed, to conduct engagements in a wide range of settings

What You Bring to the Team

Required:

  • 7+ years of professional experience, ideally including 5+ years working for or engaging with private or public market investors on sustainability-related issues in an applied context
  • Contextual knowledge of the investor ecosystem and experience working within it to screen and/or engage portfolio companies on sustainability-related impacts, in particular social risks and impacts
  • Experience engaging in business, policy-making and standard-setting processes and an understanding of how to influence them effectively through multistakeholder, consensus-building conversations
  • Experience working with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in an applied context
  • Ability to work within a collaborative culture; desire to learn from and incorporate the knowledge and experience of colleagues in designing and delivering work with partners and developing outputs
  • Comfort presenting to groups, speaking in public and facilitating workshops and an ability to adapt communication style to different audiences
  • Strong research skills and 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 UK, Netherlands, or US
  • The appetite and ability for international travel, as needed

Desirable:

  • Experience working on social/human-rights aspects of investor practice, in particular with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and/or the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises in an applied context
  • Knowledge or experience:
  • working with both public and private markets
  • working with banks and/or insurance companies
  • engaging with investors or companies on climate-related impacts on people
  • Experience in training or facilitating learning or dialogue processes with investors, particularly on topics related to social impacts in portfolios
  • Language skills in addition to English

What Shift Can Offer You

This position offers a competitive nonprofit salary and benefits package pegged to the location of the successful candidate.

Benefits include:

  • Health care: Coverage in line with UK / Dutch law for UK- / Netherlands-based employees; full individual coverage for US-based employees through Shift’s healthcare plan
  • Paid Leave: 4 weeks per year for all full-time employees plus official national holidays in the candidate’s location and a two-week office closure at the end of each year
  • Paid sick leave and parental leave
  • Retirement account: employer contribution of 5% p/a
  • Remote work support package, including support for co-working space

At Shift, we believe we can most effectively accomplish our goals with a team that brings a variety of skills, expertise, and life experiences to the work we do every day. We aim to foster a welcoming environment that respects each person’s perspective and values each person for who they are.

Shift seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability status, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or any characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Shift is committed to maintaining a respectful workplace that is free from all forms of harassment, including in all engagements conducted on behalf of Shift.

How to Apply

Please submit a 1-page (maximum) letter of interest and CV for consideration. Short list candidates will be asked to provide a relevant writing sample. Finalists for the position will be asked to provide three professional references.

Deadline for Applications: COB February 29, 2024 Eastern Time

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