Accountability Counsel seeks a Business Development Fellow to engage with potential paid user groups for the Accountability Console, a new database of human rights and environmental grievances. The Business Development Fellow will work with us to analyze demand and develop a business plan. We are seeking applications for this volunteer position from established professionals, recent business school graduates, or current business school students.


Over the last 25 years, communities harmed by internationally financed projects have filed nearly 1,300 complaints to accountability offices, documenting human rights and environmental abuses tied to private and public sector investments. However, as the accountability system evolved and proliferated, there has been no way to access and analyze a comprehensive set of data to learn from these complaints.

Accountability Counsel’s database of accountability office complaints, known as the Accountability Console, has aggregated this data on human rights and environmental grievances for the first time. Launched in 2019, the Console is the world’s most comprehensive database of community complaints filed with independent accountability offices about the impacts of internationally financed projects. The Console also contains comprehensive benchmark information about the policies of the accountability offices. This data has the power to fuel better investment decision making, improve accountability systems, and strengthen campaigns to access justice. Console user groups include community advocates, investors, asset managers, consultants, and research institutions.

Position Description

The Fellow will lead efforts to identify potential users within these segments, interview identified contacts to understand potential market size and any changes needed to promote subscriptions, and produce a report with findings about the Console’s revenue potential, target customers, and steps required to realize that source of income. The Fellow will work closely with our staff Console Committee, which is composed of team members from each organizational program. The Business Development Fellow will present the final product, a business plan, to Accountability Counsel’s staff and board of directors.


  • Bachelor’s degree and two years direct experience in a relevant role, such as partnership development, business development, marketing, or a related field; and/or at least one year of experience in a relevant graduate business program;
  • Excellent English-language written and verbal communication skills;
  • High attention to detail and concern for providing an exceptional work product; and
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission of Accountability Counsel, including our community-led and respect-based approach.

This position is unpaid, but if relevant, we will be happy to work with institutions to arrange academic credit. Women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Term

Fellowship Parameters: Fall 2020 – Spring 2021, but term dates and hours per week are flexible.
Application Timeline: posted in August; applications accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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