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PROJECT LEADER (Social & Human Rights) – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Deadline: 28/08/2020

Earthworm Foundation is an international dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.
Earthworm Foundation is seeking a motivated Project Leader (Social & Human Rights), based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with knowledge in migration, labour rights issues or child protection, excellent communication and writing skills, passionate about working in the business and human rights space to drive transformation across connected supply chains, and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.

The selected candidate will be part of the Respect Program team, which focuses on ensuring the rights and well-being of workers and their families in supply chains. In Malaysia, the Respect program focuses on ethical recruitment of migrant workers, forced and bonded labour and children in plantations.
The selected candidate will support or lead on the implementation of projects in close collaboration with the Earthworm Foundation Social and Human Rights Manager, and also participate in other cross-collaborative projects, stakeholder engagement, trainings, assessments and research.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 19 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team with passionate people.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.


  • Project Cycle Management – including narrative and financial reporting, updating work plans;
  • Proposal writing and business development;
  • Field and desk based research; legal research and data analysis;
  • Conducting labour related assessments of company sites, including conducting worker and employer interviews, reviewing documents and conducting site observations;
  • Writing reports and supporting the development of publications (proof reading, editing, liaising with Comms team);
  • Resource and training module development;
  • Providing training on human rights, labour rights, child rights and related topics to employers;
  • Stakeholder mapping and external stakeholder engagement;
  • Leading meetings, making presentations, conducting webinars and providing project updates to stakeholders;
  • Submitting monthly timesheets and expenses on time;
  • Support other colleagues where needed on ad hoc projects.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • For Project Officers – 1-4 years relevant experience; for Project Leaders – more than 5 years relevant experience;
  • Completed Master’s degree preferred or relevant professional trainings;
  • Experience in project management in the non-profit sector;
  • Experience in labour or social audits/assessments, developing corrective action plans or other field work involving interviews/document reviews;
  • Knowledge of human rights, national and international labour law and standards, human resources, child rights, sustainability and/or migration;
  • An understanding of environmental and social issues in Malaysia, particularly related to the palm oil industry;
  • Public speaking or experience conducting trainings;
  • Ability to think critically and analytically, with experience of data analysis;
  • Ability to work individually and as a team, with leadership capability;
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office Programme suite etc.

Language skills:

  • English proficiency;
  • Bahasa Malaysia proficiency;
  • Other languages are an advantage.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, resilience, human rights and supply chains;
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative;
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude;
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously;
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Respect for each other.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • Some trips around Malaysia.

Other information:

  • 1-year renewable contract, based on performance and funding;
  • Malaysian citizenship or valid work authorization required (spouses of citizens are welcome to apply).

To apply

Interested candidates should send an updated CV along with a 1 page cover letter outlining interest in the role and how you meet each of the 10 criteria of the Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications listed above via email to
Please put your last name and MsiaRespect2020 in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an initial screening interview. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.