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Director, Standards and Certification
POSITION LOCATION: Washington, DC
The Director of Standards and Certification leads GoodWeave International’s Standards and Certification Division implementing in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. This position provides technical leadership and manages the team carrying out standards and certification system functions for the organization’s multi-country network to ensure supply chains are free from child labor and forced labor. The portfolio includes overseeing staff based in the US and South Asia and providing cross-functional technical leadership to field programs implementing supply chain inspection programs. The Director reports to the CEO. The position is based in Washington, D.C., with regular travel to South Asia. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, well-organized, and adept at building relationships inside and outside the organization. S/he will have technical expertise in international labor standards, child protection, and international development or supply chain programming as well as policy development and compliance. S/he will possess a commitment to GoodWeave’s values and work ethic.
The Director is responsible for strategy, planning, development, maintenance and improvement of all certification system elements, including standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc. for all product lines and supply chains.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Oversee and supervise the Certification Division and operational/technical staff or consultants to ensure the timely development and maintenance of standards, policies, procedures, guidelines, and training, etc., including all related standard system functions producer countries;
- Ensure programming that supports GoodWeave licensed producers to fully comply with GoodWeave certification criteria and progress criteria;
- Create, manage, and oversee relevant program and project work plans and budgets, including the forced and bonded labor project grants;
- Collaboratively develop and implement internal quality management systems across all country programs, including inspection and auditing activities, management of licensee/producer corrective actions, enforcement actions and the overall certification methodology;
- Analyze team performance and impact data and ensure it leads to functional learning to improve Certification System practices and policies, as needed;
- Develop, oversee, and facilitate the work of international committees, including the Certification Committee, Standards Committee and Advisory committees (child protection, forced labor);
- Maintain and strengthen external stakeholder relations, collaboration and partnerships with donors, civil society, and international standards organizations (e.g. through forums such as ISEAL Alliance);
- Ensure alignment of GoodWeave’s standards and certification operations with international best practices, including compliance with the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code, the ISEAL Assurance Code, and the ISEAL Impacts Code, and compliance with ISO 17065;
- Support planning and development of donor funding proposals and reporting with inputs related to standards and certification;
- Engage and collaborate within the Program Team and among other organization teams including fundraising, business development, finance, and communications.
The ideal candidate will have:
- At least seven years of progressive responsibility in technical leadership and management roles, related to child, forced, or bonded labor rights as well as supply chain standards and certification;
- Existing networks among other standards, inspection, and certification organizations, and ISEAL and ISO certification;
- Strong teamwork experience and skills, including working with international teams;
- Experience leading teams, through strategy, design, implementation and evaluation;
- Understanding of project management tools, including theory of change and results frameworks;
- Experience with donor cultivation and proposal development;
- Capacity to express ideas clearly in writing, excellent interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills;
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
- Native level English language; other language ability an asset;
- Ability and willingness to travel about a quarter of the time in South Asia;
- Knowledge of the South Asian region a plus.
Conditions of Employment: GoodWeave is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.
Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience. GoodWeave also offers a generous benefits package.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and school transcripts to: Personnel@GoodWeave.org. The cover letter should explain your interest in working for GoodWeave, and how your knowledge, skills, and abilities make you a desired candidate for this position. Please note “PERSONNEL: Application for GoodWeave Director, Standards and Certification” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.
Senior Program Officer, Apparel and Accessories
POSITION LOCATION: The Netherlands (preferred); United Kingdom also considered
SUPERVISOR: Director, Apparel Program
The Sr. Program Officer is part of the team that leads and implements GoodWeave’s strategy in the apparel and fashion jewelry sectors, with the goal to identify, remediate and prevent child and forced labor in supply chains. The Program Officer will assist with oversight and management of public and private grants in connection with GoodWeave’s work in the apparel sector, ensuring key deliverables are met on-time and in a high-quality manner. The Sr. Program Officer will also play a key role in helping GoodWeave’s apparel strategy achieve scale and business viability. The Sr. Program Officer will identify and secure prospective apparel brands as partners and establish key strategic partnerships with multi-stakeholder initiatives and other governmental and non-governmental actors. Working from a home office, the Program Officer will develop and deliver a comprehensive strategic and tactical plan for business expansion, revenue generation and build knowledge of the program and GoodWeave’s work within the EU and globally. The Sr. Program Officer will regularly collaborate and coordinate with staff based in the US, Europe, India and Bangladesh.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Support delivery of GoodWeave’s apparel strategy through program implementation.
- Support grant management, including preparation of reports and presentations for internal and external events.
- Develop and successfully execute a strategic plan to build GoodWeave’s base of committed apparel brand partners. Cultivate strong, productive relationships with apparel brands that lead to long-term partnerships.
- Research and pursue strategic partnership opportunities with multi-stakeholder coalitions, government agencies, and other NGOs.
- Design and carry out an effective stakeholder communication strategy (print, electronic and social media) in line with the GoodWeave’s global messaging guidelines.
- Support the development of a sustainable long-term revenue model for the GoodWeave system in apparel.
- Collaborate and coordinate with staff in India and Bangladesh as well as the broader GoodWeave International team in the US.
- Assist with the preparation for external meetings, conferences and other events, including of supporting materials.
- Contribute to GoodWeave’s annual planning, budgeting and learning.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience of program development and management and a track record in stakeholder engagement, ideally in the apparel sector, as well as an understanding of issues surrounding ethical sourcing in global supply chains. Other qualifications include, leadership, strategic thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, and ability to work independently. The candidate will also be highly motivated, well-organized, detail-oriented, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills for successful project implementation and relationship building inside and outside the organization.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Minimum five years program management or related experience, preferably in a for-profit or nonprofit entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrated understanding of program management tools and experience contributing to the success of programs, through input on strategy, design, and implementation.
- Substantial experience building partnerships with brands, ideally on social responsibility initiatives.
- Experience working with multi-stakeholder coalitions, ideally in the apparel or textiles sector. A strong European network a plus.
- Knowledge of ethical supply chain management, and understanding of key international labour rights norms and strategies for ensuring corporate due diligence.
- Demonstrated experience in prospecting, networking, and partnering with third parties.
- Exemplary writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Commitment to GoodWeave’s mission and socially driven business model.
- Experience in developing capacity building training a plus.
- Highly proficient in spoken and written English, Dutch and/or German a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
- International travel, within and outside Europe, is required.
- Must have ability to work in EU/UK.
Conditions of Employment: GoodWeave International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable law. Employment is contingent on the results of a background investigation and positive references.
Compensation and Benefits:This is a full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with experience. GoodWeave International offers a generous benefits package.
To apply, please email your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position and how your skills and experience are suitable to:
1111 14th St. NW #820
Washington, DC 20005
Please note “Senior Program Officer, Apparel” in the email subject line. No phone calls please.