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Job Opening: Corporate Accountability Program Coordinator

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) is a human rights organization that advocates for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains, advance policies and laws that protect workers, and strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights. More information about ILRF is available at

ILRF seeks a skilled facilitator and popular educator with a strong feminist and power-based analysis to support grassroots worker leaders’ advocacy for effective corporate accountability. An ideal candidate will have familiarity with the anti-sweatshop movement, collective bargaining, union-brand agreements, and worker participation in factory monitoring as well as several years of previous experience with worker organizing and/or grassroots NGO capacity-building internationally.

Job Responsibilities:

1)  Research and consult experts and grassroots organizers on new approaches to strengthening workers’ voice/influence over supply chain monitoring

a)   Coordinate with technology consultants, ILRF communications team and partners to develop and pilot/test new reporting tools for workers

b)  Maintain frequent communications with grassroots worker organization partners in multiple countries and develop advocacy support strategies/actions.

2)  Analyze and develop proposals for assessing and measuring the impact of global brands’ compliance initiatives in order to advance transparency and accountability

a)   Draft and support the editing of blogs and reports on worker-driven compliance and monitoring in apparel industry supply chains (e.g. forthcoming white paper on the apparel industry)

b)  Advise on ILRF analysis of corporate accountability initiatives

c)   Support ILRF partners and allies in complaints against false or faulty certifications or monitoring reports

3)  Strengthen grassroots worker organizations’ ability to negotiate and advocate for meaningful agreements with global brands and factory owners

a)   Develop and write curriculum using a highly participatory methodology

b)  Facilitate meetings and workshops using popular education methodology

4)  Design and implement a worker leader training and outreach program in partnership with grassroots labor rights NGOs in Cambodia and Bangladesh

a)   Set up sub-grantee agreements, program activity documentation systems, and evaluate programs

b)  Write grant reports on programs and sub-grantee activities

5)  Support ILRF institutional priorities and team building as needed

a)   Fundraise to support expanding project activities and related programs at ILRF

b)  Participate in and advise on ILRF program development activities as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in two or more of the required qualification areas
  • Worker-centered and power-based analysis of corporate supply chains and initiatives, including corporate social responsibility (CSR), auditing, and certifications
  • Deep knowledge of apparel industry supply chains, labor rights challenges and diverse initiatives designed to stop abuses
  • Experience with curriculum development and as a workshop facilitator or trainer using popular education methodology
  • Experience with NGO capacity building
  • Interest and availability to travel internationally for work
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as a campaigner, organizer, educator or researcher on labor issues related to the garment industry
  • Excellent judgement and ability to understand multiple interests of diverse stakeholders
  • Experience with grant reporting, proposal writing and developing monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Experience living outside of the United States or traveling abroad for work
  • Fluency in Bangla or Khmer
  • Graduate degree or equivalent field experience

Job status: Full-time, exempt, member of IFPTE Local 70 Bargaining Unit.

Location: Washington, D.C. preferred.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Plus a generous benefits package.

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to employment [at] by February 15, 2017.

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.


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] (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.