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Field Representative

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The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC)
Location: Dominican Republic
Last Date: September 4, 2011
Email: DRrepresentative@workersrights.org (Reference: DevNetJobs.org)

Field Representative for the Caribbean
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 the Caribbean.
The representative is preferably a person who is, or can be, based in the Dominican Republic, and is
available to travel to Haiti and Puerto Rico with other possible short-term travel to other countries in
the region. 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.
Responsibilities
The responsibilities of the Caribbean 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
5 Thomas Circle NW Fifth Floor Washington, DC 20005
(202) 387-4884 Fax: (202) 387-3292
wrc@workersrights.org www.workersrights.org
§ 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
§ Implementing the monitoring program for the Alta Gracia Factory, a model factory in Villa
Altagracia. This includes regular factory visits, worker interviews and other activities related
to verifying compliance with the code of conduct.
Qualifications
The representative must have:
§ At least three years’ professional experience working on human or labor rights issues,
including experience in the Caribbean
§ 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
Compensation
Competitive non-profit compensation, commensurate with skills and experience.
Equal Opportunity
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
DRrepresentative@workersrights.org. Put “Field Representative-Caribbean” in the subject line of the email.
Make sure to include information on all language skills and overseas work experience.

 


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