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Social Auditor (Social and Human Rights) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Deadline: 18/12/2022

Earthworm Foundation (EF) is an international fast growing and 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 Social Auditor (Social and 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 has more than 20 years’ experience working with businesses, civil society and governments to find solutions to some of the world’s most challenging social and environmental issues. We employ more than 250 people, with the majority working the ground to protect forests, restore soils and promote human rights. We currently have a presence in 16 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and several locations within Europe and the Americas.

What Makes Us Unique

  • Our profound belief in people, their capacity to change and be a force for good.
  • Our desire to work where the problems are, to innovate and find practical solutions on the ground.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a non-profit impacting nature and communities around the world.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects with direct impact on the growth and well-being of our staff.
  • A caring working culture that the candidate will take part in sustaining and growing.
  • A fast moving, agile working environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.


  • 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

  • More than 3 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;
  • Knowledge of MSPO/RSPO is mandatory and/or SA800
  • 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 and Bahasa Malaysia proficiency.
  • Other languages are an advantage but not a requirement.

Personal characteristics:

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

Working conditions / Physical effort

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

Other conditions

  • 2-year renewable contract, based on performance and funding.
  • Malaysian citizenship

Suggested Monthly Base Salary (gross amount)

  • RM 4'500 - RM 7'500 to be discussed depending on experience and education

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 Application will be accepted on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is found.

Please put your last name and MsiaRespect2022 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.