International Lobby & Advocacy Coordinator

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25 Oct 2018

Clean Clothes Campaign International Office is looking for an
International Lobby & Advocacy Coordinator (32 hrs/wk)

Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands or Brussels, Belgium

Starting date: ASAP

Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) is dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting the empowerment of workers - most of them women - in the global garment industry. In the almost 30 years of our existence, an effective global network of more than 200 trade unions and NGOs has been created. Members and partners within the CCC global network are committed to a shared Global Strategic Framework, and cooperate in global working groups, as well as through national and regional coalitions. For more information on our recent campaigns and advocacy work, as well as our vision, mission and principles, you can visit https://cleanclothes.org/.

The Amsterdam office hosts two teams: the International Office (IO), which supports the CCC global network, and the Dutch Schone Kleren Campagne (SKC), which coordinates CCC activities in the Netherlands. These two teams are supported by IT specialists, an HR officer & office manager, a fundraising coordinator and a small financial team. In total, the organisation employs 25 staff within one legal entity (Stichting Schone Kleren Campagne). The organization has no Executive Director; decision-making is based on consensus and non-hierarchical principles, within a clearly defined framework of self-steering teams. The coordination of organisational matters is performed by a Cross Team Body (CTB), in which both teams are represented. The CTB has three portfolio holders (Finances & Grant management, Fundraising, and HR & IT/Office management).

The organisation receives funding from a mix of governmental, institutional and private donors. This includes CCC being a member of the Fair, Green and Global (FGG) alliance which receives funding from the Strategic Partnership program of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Buza). More information about our organisational operations can be found here.

CCC’s goals include being a diversity-based organisation in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality etc. CCC also aims to offer an accommodating environment and conditions to all employees, to the greatest possible extent (for example, adapted working times and workplace, provision of additional support etc).

Job Description

The L&A Coordinator will develop & implement high-level and impact-oriented lobby and advocacy strategies based on the CCC Network Global Strategic Framework themes towards companies, governments, international organisations, the business and human rights community, and other relevant (multistakeholder) initiatives.

  • He/she will develop key lobby messages, talking points and briefings, represent the CCC IO or the CCC Network at meetings and in international working groups, delegations and negotiations.
  • He/she will be part of the small Lobby and Advocacy team, which brings together the lobby actions from other teams to form a coherent strategy, ensures there is consistency in messaging and approach, and develops and maintains effective relationships with key decision makers and allies in the global labour and human rights movement.
  • He/she will work with the other teams at the International Office of the CCC as well as the entities in the network (including national and regional CCC coalitions and CCC Working International Groups), to ensure that strategies are developed and well coordinated and to enable and support colleagues and entities in carrying out lobby and advocacy work.
  • He/she will monitor key developments in the field, proactively communicate such developments to the network, and where required develop and provide a CCC Network or IO position.

Please note that the CCC IO is a small, hands-on organisation where staff is expected to contribute to the development of the organisation by sharing overhead tasks where needed, and participate actively in policy development.

Profile

  • He/she will have at least 5 years experience with impact-oriented, high-level lobby and advocacy work. Experience in business and human rights, labour rights, social justice and/or supply chains is a significant advantage.
  • Proven capacity to develop, articulate key messages catering to and convincing broad and different audiences. Capacity to reach out to partners, and allies but equally capacity to engage with sceptics and adversaries.
  • Strong analytical, writing, editing and verbal skills for communicating with broad and diverse audiences. Public speaking experience a plus. Proven ability to build and cultivate strong relationships, with a demonstrable affinity with the social and labour movements.
  • Ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy, while being effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external organisations. Easily able to balance competing priorities and identify when to escalate an issue or call out a risk. Creative, energetic and innovative approach to identifying solutions.
  • Experience in and a solid understanding of key concepts and developments in one or a number of the following fields is a plus:
  1. EU Trade policy (GSP, GSP+ and EBA)
  2. Human Rights Defenders
  3. Human rights due diligence
  4. The EU, OECD and UN efforts towards responsible business conduct (in the garment industry)
  5. (Garment) Companies own CSR and Due Diligence Efforts

Fluency in English is required. Other languages are a plus, especially institutional languages (French, German and Spanish).

The candidate needs to have the right to work in the Netherlands or Belgium .

We offer:

  • A dynamic job in a non-hierarchical organisation in which all staff earn the same salary, within an inspiring international network
  • A 1-year contract which, upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds, will be renewed into a permanent contract
  • In the case of a Dutch contract, for 2018 the salary level is set at EUR 3,443 Euros gross per month for 36 hours (full time) plus 8% holiday pay. For this position this means EUR 3,060 Euros gross per month for 32 hours. In the case of a Belgian contract (PC 329), the take-home salary mirrors that of the Dutch contract. Every year salaries are adjusted for inflation. Please note that, due to our principle of equality, the salary is not negotiable.
  • A fully paid pension plan, 36 Euros net telephone allowance, general net allowance 1% of gross pay, contribution towards trade union membership, reimbursement of travel costs (up to a certain amount) and individual training budget
  • 5 – 6 weeks holidays

The position will be based either in Amsterdam or Brussels with and expectation to travel regularly between locations.

    For more information you can contact Ben Vanpeperstraete at ben@cleanclothes.org. Please send your CV and motivation letter to info@cleanclothes.org no later than 4 November 2018.

    The first round of interviews will be conducted in the week of 12 November 2018.

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