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Field Representative for Central America
Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)
Location: San Pedro Sula, Honduras, or (potentially) San Salvador, El Salvador, and is available to travel to Guatemala and Nicaragua
Last Date: September 1, 2011
Field Representative for Central America
The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a non-profit organization working to end sweatshop conditions in the global apparel industry, is seeking a representative for the organization in Central America.
The representative is preferably a person who is, or can be, based in (ideally) San Pedro Sula, Honduras, or (potentially) San Salvador, El Salvador, and is available to travel to Guatemala and Nicaragua. WRC Field Representatives coordinate factory investigations and reports in their respective regions; manage efforts to end worker rights violations and improve factory conditions; and represent the organization in communications with workers, unions and NGOs.
The WRC’s global field program involves:
In-depth investigations of labor practices in factories around the world
Public reporting of labor rights abuses where they are identified
Hands-on efforts to develop and implement corrective action plans to improve working conditions, including efforts to convince the US customers of overseas factories to require the factories to cease abusive practices
Building and maintaining relationships with unions and worker rights advocates and working to inform workers and worker organizations about how the labor rights codes of conduct governing the behavior of apparel brands can be used as a tool to defend workplace rights
Conducting and publishing research on critical labor rights issues
All WRC investigations are conducted in close coordination with local worker rights organizations. The WRC’s commitment in all cases is to remain involved long-term to ensure that violations are eliminated and that improved conditions are maintained. The WRC’s primary focus is on the production of apparel bearing the names and logos of our 180+ college and university affiliates, but the organization focuses as well on the broader apparel industry and on other products.
The responsibilities of the Central America Field Representative include:
Coordinating factory investigations, including investigations conducted in response to worker complaints, and preparing investigative reports
Coordinating efforts to compel factories to eliminate worker rights abuses where identified
Serving as a WRC liaison to NGOs, unions, government agencies and factory managers
Conducting research on labor conditions and labor rights issues and preparing research reports
The representative must have:
At least three years’ professional experience working on human or labor rights issues, including experience in Central America
Substantial knowledge of global labor rights issues
A proven commitment to the cause of social justice
Proven ability to establish and maintain inter-organizational relationships in an international context
Proven ability to manage complex projects;
Outstanding written and verbal communications skills; attention to detail
Fluency in English and Spanish
A BS or BA degree, or foreign equivalent
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software
Competitive non-profit compensation, commensurate with skills and experience.
The Worker Rights Consortium is an equal opportunity organization; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to contact us regarding this opportunity.
To Indicate Your Interest
Send a cover letter, résumé and writing sample by electronic mail to CArepresentative at workersrights.org. Put “Field Representative-Central America” in the subject line of the e-mail. Make sure to include information on all language skills and overseas work experience.
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