Job Opening: Senior Policy Analyst / Policy Analyst

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Policy Analyst, or Senior Policy Analyst depending on experience, with the supervision of the Legal and Policy Director, will advance ILRF’s mission, advocating for government policies and corporate accountability models that support workers’ rights. The position will have a strong focus on forced labor, particularly in support of ILRF’s campaigns on abuses in the seafood industry in Southeast Asia and the cotton sector in Central Asia. The position requires an excellent writer with experience in coalition building. The Policy Analyst will also support the daily operations of coalition work with partner organizations and campaigns.

Job Responsibilities

  • Program design and implementation to hold companies and buyers accountable for preventing and addressing labor rights abuses in global supply chains, particularly for ILRF priority campaigns currently focused on seafood, cotton, apparel and other agricultural exports 
  • Write policy materials for distribution for different audiences, including,  blogs, in-depth as well as concise policy analysis, comments on government regulations 
  • Analyze legal decisions and international instruments
  • Conduct research and consult experts and grassroots organizers on new approaches to strengthening workers’ voice/influence over supply chain monitoring and accountability
  • Help craft policy messaging for diverse audiences
  • Represent ILRF in international and U.S. policy spaces, including but not limited to U.S. Congress, the Executive branch and the ILO
  • Work in strategic partnerships and coalitions, led by ILRF or in coalition with partner organizations
  • Maintain and build ILRF’s relationships with organizations, coalitions, and individuals working towards shared policy goals
  • Support coalition work by leading meetings, developing agendas, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners, including day-to-day administrative functions 
  • Support the editing of blogs and reports
  • Provide support for fundraising efforts

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree or equivalent field experience
  • 5-7 years of work experience in advocacy, campaigns and coalition building in corporate supply chains accountability and policy on labor/human rights
  • Knowledge of the global economy, especially global supply chain compliance programs and human rights due diligence approaches
  • Knowledge of trade and development policies designed to protect or advance labor rights protections internationally
  • Strong writing skills
  • Analytical skills, and ability to construct sound arguments and positions
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong time-management, attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Ability to build a positive, collaborative team atmosphere and also to work independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to meet goals
  • Excellence in articulating clear and coherent advocacy positions on complex policy issues
  • Experience analyzing policies and writing clear, concise, publishable summaries, action alerts and letters
  • Proactive, self-starter with sound judgment, curiosity, creativity, integrity and dedication

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of worker-centered and power-based analysis of corporate supply chains and initiatives, including corporate social responsibility (CSR), auditing, and certifications
  • Fluency in English and in one or more additional languages, especially Chinese, or other Asian languages
  • Experience working abroad with human rights or social justice advocates
  • Experience as a campaigner, organizer, educator or researcher on labor issues
  • Experience with digital media engagement for advocacy
  • Experience with grant reporting, proposal writing and developing monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Experience living outside of the United States or traveling abroad for work
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to race, gender, sexuality and other aspects of identity, and their intersections, and how that plays out in the work

ILRF has a generous benefits package. Salary will be contingent on experience.

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

Location: Washington, D.C.

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment [at] ilrf.org. Open until filled.

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.


Campaign Consultant (Thailand)

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that promotes dignity and justice for workers in the global economy. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains and advance policies and laws that protect workers, in close collaboration with grassroots worker organizations around the world. More information about ILRF is available at www.LaborRights.org.

The Campaign Consultant, with the supervision of the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator and the Legal and Policy Director, will support ILRF’s Seafood Workers’ Rights Campaign and the Seafood Working Group, advocating for government policies and corporate accountability models that support workers’ rights and end abuses in the seafood industry. The Seafood Working Group is a global coalition of labor, human rights and environmental organizations working to end forced labor in the Thai seafood industry. This is a part-time consultancy based in Bangkok, Thailand with an initial work period of six months.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of advocacy efforts and campaigns for legal reform and corporate accountability in the seafood industry in Thailand, as well as in the poultry industry to a lesser extent
  • Support for Seafood Working Group calls, including scheduling, record keeping, facilitation, and communication with members
  • In coordination with the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator, maintain and develop relationships with worker-led organizations and CSOs in Thailand, including identifying needs and supporting capacity building activities or trainings
  • In coordination with the Senior Seafood Campaign Coordinator, identify and develop relationships with key actors in the Thai government
  • Maintain a social media presence to support the seafood campaign, as well as actions from allies and coalition partners
  • Translation of reports, letters, blogs and other communications between English<>Thai
  • Interpretation from English<>Thai during meetings, calls and events

Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Thai
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Experience working on migrant labor issues in Thailand
  • Knowledge of labor rights issues and challenges in the global seafood industry
  • Experience using social media
  • Sensitive and careful approach in working with vulnerable populations
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong time-management, attention to detail, and organizational skills
  • Proactive, self-starter with sound judgment, curiosity, creativity, integrity and dedication 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Competency in an additional language, particularly Chinese, Burmese or Khmer
  • Understanding of worker-centered and power-based analysis of corporate supply chains and initiatives, including corporate social responsibility (CSR), auditing, and certifications
  • Knowledge of international human rights and labor rights standards
  • Experience as a campaigner, organizer, educator or researcher on labor issues 

Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and suitability for the position in relation to the abovementioned responsibilities and qualifications to employment [at] ilrf.org (subject: Campaign%20Consultant%20(Thailand)) . Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

For fall 2020 - spring 2021, we will have openings for students who receive federal work-study funding. Internship positions are customized based on interns' interests and experience. Starting in March 2021, we will welcome applications for summer 2021 positions from students receiving funding or credit from their universities or through Fulbright or similar programs. 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, Khmai, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Uzbek.

To apply, 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 which start date and end date, whether you have a funded stipend or are eligible for college credit, 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

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