Social Compliance Specialist, Colombia

Colombia
Apply by 1 October 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 18 July 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.
Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department Overview

Pact seeks a Social Compliance Specialist, based in Colombia, for the U.S. DOL-funded project: Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Palm Oil Supply Chains. The purpose of this project is to strengthen the capacity of private sector partners in the Colombian and Ecuadorian palm oil sectors to implement a robust social compliance system and to increase understanding, at regional (especially throughout Peru and Brazi) and global levels, of promising practices in social compliance systems in palm oil supply chains.

Position Purpose

The Social Compliance Specialist will be responsible for working with private sector partner(s) in palm oil industry in Colombia and Ecuador to improve and test social compliance systems with strong labor standards. She/he will develop and carry out a strategy to engage private sector partner(s) on improvements to or development of a social compliance system that includes stakeholder engagement, risk and impact assessment, robust standards, communication and training, monitoring, remediation, independent verification, and reporting. She/he will consult international labor standards, existing social compliance standards and relevant industry initiatives to ensure that social compliance strategies are actionable, sustainable and transferable to actors within the palm oil value chain. She/he will contribute to increased understanding of labor practices and risks of child labor and forced labor in the Colombian and Ecuadorian palm oil sectors. She/he will engage stakeholders in the palm oil sector in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru to increase understanding of promising social compliance systems in palm oil supply chains at regional and global levels.
This position is contingent upon award of funds.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a robust strategy for engagement of private sector partner(s) in Colombia and Ecuador to improve existing or develop new social compliance systems in palm oil supply chain(s).
  • Work closely with private sector partner(s) in Colombia and Ecuador’s palm oil sectors to align social compliance systems with international labor standards, existing robust social compliance standards and U.S. Department of Labor’s ComplyChain components.
  • Work with private sector partner(s) in Colombia and Ecuador’s palm oil sectors to develop tools and mechanisms for implementing, verifying and reporting on improved social compliance systems.
  • Through research and consultation, increase knowledge and understanding labor practices, risks of child labor and forced labor in Colombian and Ecuadorian palm oil sectors. This includes market analyses, stakeholder engagement and dissemination of information through a robust communication strategy.
  • Develop a strategy for expanding understanding of palm oil social compliance and promising practices regionally (Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Peru) and globally.
  • Represent and promote the project’s findings at industry events, multi-stakeholder meetings and conferences, and other relevant platforms.
  • Liaise with private and public palm oil industry stakeholders in the region and globally. Support the project’s strong cooperation and collaboration with other USG partners, GOC, GOE and other key stakeholders.
  • Work with project team, including Research, Monitoring, and Learning (RML) Officer, to incorporate strategy into project tools and reporting processes.
  • Remain abreast of technical innovations and industry developments in the palm oil sector through research and networking.
  • Serve as the relationship manager between the project team and private sector partners, including leading dialogues between both parties to ensure continued alignment of the project’s approaches with partners’ strategic interests.


Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the area of private sector supply chain social compliance programs.
  • Ability to maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders, including coalition building and partnership promotion.
  • Understanding of key labor issues, including child labor, forced labor, and acceptable conditions of work.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, achieve targets, and provide all required inputs to deliverables.
  • Fluency in Spanish and proficiency in English is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with research on supply chains; social compliance systems; child labor, forced labor, and/or acceptable conditions of work; or market analysis preferred.
  • Experience in conducting or developing systems for social audits in palm oil or other agricultural sectors.
  • Relevant experience in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and/or Peru.
  • Local candidates highly encouraged to apply.


Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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