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Project Coordinator/Leader/Manager – Social and Human Rights - Sabah, Malaysia

Deadline: 30/09/2021

Earthworm Foundation (EF) is an international dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

EF is seeking a motivated Project Coordinator/Leader/Manager – Social and Human Rights based in Sabah, Malaysia, with experience in project management and implementation, excellent communication and writing skills, passionate about working in supply chains to generate value 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 Project Coordinator/Leader/Manager will be primarily responsible for the social and labour work in the Sabah landscape, be responsible for the coordination of work related to children in plantation programmes, child protection and labour related activities in Sabah. The recruit will be involved in maintaining partnerships with relevant institutions & agencies (local, national, regional and international). Under the Social & Human Rights Manager’s leadership, the recruit is tasked to manage, collaborate and implement programs and activities that are based in Sabah in line with the country’s and landscape vision.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 15 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, 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.


  • Delivery of the Palm Oil program addressing Social and Human Rights issues, with a focus on child protection in line with EF’s and Malaysia’s vision and strategy. This includes supporting the team in developing, implementing and monitoring programme work plans, supervising field work, managing budget, reporting on progress/ challenges/ issues etc;
  • Manage the results framework to measure and evaluate programme impact;
  • Supporting companies within the oil palm sector on social transformation;
  • Work closely with the Senior Management team to ensure strong alignment internally to embed and implement Palm Oil programme activities within members/ clients work plans;
  • Support and work closely with the Sabah Team to ensure social elements within the smallholder resilience work is well covered;
  • Manage/support internal and external stakeholders, providing support in the building of new relationships with businesses, NGOs, government agencies etc;
  • Contribute to new innovations and ideas, and support the development of EF’s activities globally, across all sectors in which EF is present.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • Postgraduate/ Bachelor degree holder or other equivalent higher level training in social sciences, human rights, sociology, international development or other related field;
  • Proven at least three (3) years of work experience for Project Coordinator/Leader and at least five (5) years for Manager - in project management or social and human-rights based issues;
  • Good understanding in and keen interest of
    • Malaysian labour laws;
    • Human rights and business; child rights and international labour standards;
    • Social issues related to palm oil industry.
  • Experience in conducting/coordinating field assessments or sustainability audits in the oil palm sector;
  • Demonstrated project management skills including business planning and basic project financial management, and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, while meeting deadlines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Language skills:

  • Proficiency in English;
  • Proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia;
  • Command of other languages, i.e. Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin, other native languages is an advantage.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, human rights, resilience and supply chains;
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative, strong problem solving skills and willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to get the job done;
  • Has a growth and experimental mind-set, as s well not afraid to take calculated risk with ability to adapt to changes in an organized manner;
  • Has the hunger and the humility to learn;
  • Independent thinker and good attention to details;
  • 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 Sabah, Malaysia;
  • Work with upstream supply chain actors in remote and rural regions, which may include stays in rustic conditions.

Other information:

  • 2-years contract (renewable);
  • Full-time position;
  • Start date: September 2021 (flexible);
  • Valid work authorization in Malaysia required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to Please put your last name and SabahSocial2021 in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.