JOB DESCRIPTION |BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Job Title: Business & Human Rights Officer
Duration: 1 year, with possibility of extension
Reports to: Business and Human Rights Team Leader
Duty Station: Bangkok, Thailand
This is a key position in our growing organization that will focus on engaging local and global businesses to become more socially responsible and competitive through strengthened labor practices. Issara takes an innovative approach to working with Thai companies - utilizing data and worker voice channels to inform business decision making about labor conditions in their facilities. The BHR officer will help business identify and remove labour risk, resulting in better systems and workplace conditions for business and for workers. This is a unique opportunity to work with a wide range of businesses and industries, from leading national brands to small processors and farmers, at all tiers of the value chain.
The ideal candidate will be able to balance maintaining a relationship with businesses while advancing the rights and voice of local and migrant workers. The candidate will be analytical, organized, and able to work independently. Program management and private sector experience is required, as is training and facilitation ability and strong writing skills. The individual must have strong business acumen, ability to professionally present information to a range of stakeholders, and be comfortable balancing data and information from a wide range of stakeholders and understanding the business enabling environment, while upholding and advancing the standards of international buyers.
SCOPE OF WORK
The BHR Officer will play an integral role on the Business & Human Rights Team, which carries out Issara’s supply chain improvement-oriented work. Through this work and collaboration with Issara’s Outreach and Empowerment team, staff have a rare opportunity to work with leading Thai businesses across the country, helping them to strengthen their ethical and responsible sourcing and recruitment.
Specific aspects of the scope of work include:Inclusive Labour Monitoring, Primarily with Businesses in Strategic Partner Supply Chains
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a CV, the names and contact details of three references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant expertise via APPLY NOW.
Please note a cover letter specific to motivation and relevance for this position is required for consideration.
ISSARA MEANS FREEDOM | www.issarainstitute.org
The Issara Institute is an independent non-profit organization based in Thailand, Myanmar,
and the United States tackling issues of human trafficking and forced labour in global supply
chains through data, technology, partnership, and innovation. The Institute was established
in 2014 by a team of anti-trafficking experts coming out of the United Nations who created
an alliance of private sector, civil society, and government partners committed to addressing
labour issues in global supply chains with practical, measurable, and scalable results. It is
staffed by leading regional and international experts in labour rights, business consulting,
and ethical sourcing, with additional technical advisors in the US and UK supporting the
Institute’s work on an ongoing basis.
Issara Institute programming is run by four inter-linked teams:
1. Outreach and Empowerment – The O&E Team is comprised of professionals who are the
nationality of the workers in the country of operations. Together the team has expertise
in counseling, case management, hotline management, and digital communications, and
are the key team linking Issara operations to the populations we aim to empower - jobseekers and workers.
2. Business and Human Rights - The BHR Team is comprised of locally-based,
locally-informed professionals in the country of operations. The BHR Team’s main
objective is to provide ongoing support and technical assistance to suppliers, recruiters,
and industries to improve ethical labour recruitment and management practices, taking
guidance from worker feedback and other empirically-based means of risk assessment.
3. Strategy and Global Partnerships - This team cultivates the connection and engagement
between global brands, retailers, and importers, and the situation on the ground in their
supply chains and more broadly. Transformations in how responsible sourcing is done
globally are not possible without global buyers understanding and incentivizing more
ethical labour recruitment and management systems within their supplier base.
4. Technology and Innovation includes research, technology, and worker voice tools and
channels (the Issara multi-lingual hotline, Golden Dreams Android smartphone app, and
social media) to better understand labour conditions in supply chains. People –
including worker voice and feedback – are at the center of Issara’s data and intelligence
work, and we conduct a wide range of research, analytics, and technology development
related to human trafficking and global supply chains – the people, the policies, the
impact, and how to eliminate it.