Strategic Lead, Apparel and Textiles

Strategic Lead, Apparel and Textiles

Reports to: Practice Evidence and Learning Senior Manager

Critical dimensions: Supervises project staff and partners 

Responsible for the management of donor budgets. 

Responsible for managing global stakeholder relations 

Main purpose: The Strategic Lead provides leadership and expert insight within the relevant category/sector(s) to drive and manage the design, development and implementation of key global supply chain programmes and other related initiatives to better protect the rights of workers around the world. 

Key relationships: Internal - all other units within the UK secretariat to ensure cross functional activities, country representatives, country managers and local delivery teams External – Existing and potential ETI members - Corporate, Trade Union and NGO representatives, donors, global institutional and programme partners, government and industry leaders. 

Key responsibilities: 

1. To provide leadership to members in applying robust due diligence systems to prevent, manage and mitigate risks of workers’ rights abuses and access to remedy for workers in global supply chains. 

2. To provide high level technical advice and support relating to ethical trade within the relevant sector(s) to members and a broad range of external stakeholders ensure the identification of actual and potential impacts on the rights of people affected by their business activities in their sector supply chain. 

3. To promote and enable tri-partite, multi-stakeholder dialogue to support local actors to develop local solutions to build self-sustaining platforms which will create the conditions for sustainable improvement in workers’ rights. 

4. To lead the preparation of outcome-focused annual operating plans for the relevant category and contribute to RATE organisational planning; implement the plans – trouble-shooting problems where necessary; and provide and communicate reports on progress towards impact. 

5. Working with other colleagues in the unit to manage a robust monitoring, evaluation and learning process for all programmes including maintaining log frames and capturing outcomes for reporting and learning purposes and ensuring learning is shared internally and externally. 

6. To work closely with Country Representatives and local stakeholders to contribute to the country based ethical trade initiatives and strategy, for example ensure that workers and other key local stakeholder voices are heard. 

7. To manage in-country programme teams and contractors when required including recruitment, contract management, determining team priorities, mentoring and coaching. 

8. To contribute to the development, test and revision of methodologies and tools to support ETI’s due diligence approach to supply chain programmes. 

9. In collaboration with the External Relations team, to identify the programme funding requirements for the relevant category/sector(s) and lead development of fund-raising proposals for specific programme activity. 

10. To develop annual budgets for the relevant category; ensure all category related expenditure is properly documented and justified; and provide high quality timely narrative and financial reports that meet ETI and donor requirements. 

11. To provide an authoritative sector expert voice by representing ETI at international and national conferences and events and providing information and interviews to press and media. 

12. To engage with government at local and international levels to influence policy in support of labour rights when appropriate. 

Person Specification: 

Qualification Educated to degree level or equivalent Higher level degree.

Knowledge/ Experience Experience of providing leadership for programme/project activities in the global south. Experience in all aspects of development and/or Human Rights project management involving partnerships, grant making and development deliverables. Experience with diverse groups of clients or stakeholders, including for profit CSR Experience of working in multi-stakeholder projects, in supply chains and managing remotely Project management experience of multi-year projects with significant budgets. 

Expertise in addressing labour practices and/or, Human Rights at programme and project level. Expertise in working with and analysing supply chains in the manufacturing, retail sector or other sector. Expertise in International Labour Standards and related development issues at broad concept level as well as specific project level. Current on debates on monitoring and verification of corporate codes of labour practice, use of audits and other ethical trading tools. Direct experience of managing multi-stakeholder initiatives. Experience leading complex group work. Experience in applying human rights in a business context. Proven ability to influence companies and create policy change. 

Skills: Exceptional oral and written communication skills – including ability to communicate direction. Negotiation & facilitation skills of groups on complex issues in tense and conflictual situations. Problem solving skills and decision-making Word, Access, Excel, Outlook.

Behaviour: Shows commitment to ETI’s vision and values Commitment to ethics, social justice and human rights. Communicates and influences with impact High level of personal credibility - influential and persuasive; approachable and open-minded Strives for excellence Strong delivery focus – prioritises - sets and achieves ambitious targets. Able to work to tight deadlines Demonstrates judgement Self assured, - able to work under pressure and in confrontational environments. Collaborates with others Flexible to take on others’ ideas - adapts own ideas and work style to reflect others’.


Requirements: Occasional travel overseas. 

Skill level: 

1. Basic understanding through minimal experience 

2. Good working knowledge and ability in non-complex context 

3. Sound knowledge and ability in variety of contexts 

4. Expert skills and an ability to coach others

For more information & to apply for the post please call Georgie Beach at Acre recruitment www.acre.com

+44 (0)20 7400 559