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Social and Human Rights Project Officer - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Deadline: 31/07/2024

About Earthworm

With most of our staff operating directly on the ground where the issues are, we work with our members and partners to make value chains an engine of prosperity for communities and ecosystems.

We see a world where forests are a boundless source of materials and a home for biodiversity; communities see their rights respected and have opportunities to develop; workers are seen as productive partners, and agriculture becomes the instrument to feed a hungry planet and keep our climate stable.

Your Role

Being a Social and Human Rights project officer, you will be focusing on ensuring the rights and wellbeing of workers and their family is integrated in supply chains. Specific focus is placed on ethical recruitment of migrant workers, forced labour and children in plantations. This role will require frequent travels to projects sites based in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah

  • Support the project cycle management with involvement in narrative development, financial reporting, and annual workplan planning.
  • Supporting in proposals and involvement in some aspects of business development.
  • Undertake regular field and desk-based research labour rights perspective
  • Plan, coordinate and support labour related assessments and interventions in the field. This includes providing logistical support, , company site visits, worker and employer interviews, and document review.
  • Involvement in development of resources, tools, solutions and training modules in reference to human rights, labour rights, child rights and related topics to employers
  • Regular communications in reference to external stakeholder engagements and collaborative platforms. This would be achieved by supporting meetings, presentation preparations, project updates to stakeholders and representing EF in collaborative discussion.

Your Profile

You're a passionate individual with knowledge in migration, labour rights issues or child protection who loves working in the business and human rights space to drive transformation across connected supply chains. You may not have the extensive experience in social and human rights issues but your willingness to develop your career path towards building relationships with companies, governments and civil society organisations to bring responsible products to the market.

You enjoy going to the ground i.e into rural areas to implementing practical solutions with companies, conduct labour or social audits and assessments. You connect and work well with your counterparts, have a strong eye for detail in terms of analysing data gathered and draft reports and implementing these recommendations to close gaps. You come with the willingness to learn from others you enjoy working across teams and functions and take initiative whenever an opportunity arises.

One that can participate in a collaborative and organized manner, and thrive in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments, demonstrating impeccable verbal and written communication skills. Not forgetting excel and powerpoint skills.

To be successful, it would be an added advantage to have a some understanding of RSPO/MSPO requirements, have fluent ability to converse in Bahasa Malaysia and English. One with some understanding of labour and human rights issues in Malaysia within the raw commodity industries.

Working Conditions:

  • Degree in social sciences, human rights, sociology, international development or other field (preferable)
  • Minimum 1 year of experience
  • Full-time position
  • Open-ended contract
  • Fluent in Bahasa Malaysia and English (written and spoken)
  • Role to be based in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Malaysian Citizenship

Joining Us

If you are in search of having a meaningful impact, with a desire to innovate and act in the social and human rights space, this offer is for you! The team you would join is highly committed to and passionate about finding concrete solutions to improve relationship between People and Nature and regenerate ecosystems.

To join this adventure, apply by sending your application (resume and cover) at by 31/07/2024 with the subject "SHR2024ProjOfficer” followed by your name.

Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Good Luck!