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Cotton Campaign Coordinator

Location: Washington, DC, USA

Application deadline: May 31, 2016

International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) works for a world where workers have the power to speak out and organize to defend and advance their rights and interests; a world where workers have the right to form unions and bargain collectively to secure a safe and dignified life for themselves and their families; and a world where everyone is free from discrimination, forced labor and child labor. The ILRF houses the Cotton Campaign.

The Cotton Campaign is a global coalition of human rights, labor, investor and business organizations dedicated to eradicating child labor and forced labor in cotton production. Our goals are to end the state systems of forced labor in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan’s cotton sectors. We pursue our goals by advocating to the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; advocating to governments, companies, investors, and international institutions to use their influence with the governments of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; supporting civil society in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan; and raising public awareness and activism.

ILRF is in search of an independent and innovative worker with strong communication skills, deep knowledge about human rights and labor rights, and excellent judgement to coordinate the Cotton Campaign.  

Job status: Full-time, exempt.

Job description: The Cotton Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for building consensus among coalition participants, developing and leading implementation of the coalition’s strategic plan, and raising the campaign’s profile. The Coordinator is an employee of ILRF who reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible to the campaign’s steering committee on matters of campaign strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Steering Committee to continuously develop and implement the campaign strategy, working with committee members to identify advocacy opportunities and to support them to lead on advocacy efforts within their area of expertise
  • Communicate regularly with the broader set of civil society and business stakeholders engaged in the campaign, including Uzbek and Turkmen civil society allies, businesses, trade unions, investors and NGOs
  • Ensure effective information sharing among coalition participants and stakeholders
  • Facilitate regular steering committee meetings and support ongoing communications between meetings
  • Support coalition working groups, including those on communications and fundraising; facilitate their operating and maintain effective coordination among them
  • Work with the Steering Group to identify and engage new allies for the coalition
  • Produce specific work products for the coalition, such as reports, letters and public statements, and support coalition participants to produce campaign-related documents  
  • Manage drafting, revising and collecting signatures for joint letters sent on behalf of the coalition
  • Arrange and support coalition meetings with key stakeholders, including governments, companies, international institutions and investors
  • Fundraise for the campaign’s work to continue, including by working with the development team, managing relations with funders, and writing grant proposals and reports
  • Manage, develop, and maintain www.cottoncampaign.org, the coalition’s website.
  • Manage the Campaign Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts and support coalition participants to use their respective social media to advance campaign strategies.
  • Pitch campaign-related stories to traditional media, and support coalition partners to engage traditional media to cover the campaign issues
  • Coordinate campaign and policy strategy with ILRF internal campaign and policy teams in order to maximize synergies.
  • Participate fully in ILRF strategy development, policy analysis and campaign planning, supporting ILRF’s overall mission and contributing to staff collaboration and team building.
  • Report on Cotton Campaign and related supply chain analysis to the ILRF board and other key constituents as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in social justice and/or policy advocacy campaigns
  • Experience working to support labor and human rights
  • Experience in coalition building and facilitation of multi-stakeholder dialogue
  • Ability to work well under pressure, manage work streams and budgets, multi-task, and work creatively
  • Experience developing and leading implementation of a strategic plan
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communications skills, including listening, writing, editing, and speaking
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of Russian and/or Uzbek helpful
  • Knowledge and experience using multi-media tools, including social media
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

How to apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and fundraising writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.

This description does not constitute an employment contract, implied or otherwise.

 

Internships

We welcome inquiries for federal work-study positions and from students receiving funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. Please email internships [at] ilrf.org (subject: enter%20position%20title%20here%20%2B%20first%20name%2C%20last%20name) with:

  • A letter indicating why you are interested in interning at ILRF and your areas of interest and skills, how many hours per week you are available and for how many months, whether you are applying for a federal work-study or other position, and whether you are located in Washington, DC or in a different city
  • Your resume / CV
  • A copy of any of the following that you have produced, as relevant to your inquiry: research paper, published article, campaign-related writing, graphic design sample, or video
  • If you are indicating language fluency in your application, then please include a writing sample in that language in addition to your English writing sample

Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. These are some of the skills that we seek in interns:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Corporate research
  • Legal research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Publications layout
  • Video production and editing
  • Data entry
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional phone demeanor
  • Native-level fluency and professional-level writing skills in Bangla, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

ILRF is an equal opportunity employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.