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Human Rights and Responsible Sourcing Advisor

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location   England (South East) - UK
Town/City   Oxford
Salary   £34,000 - £45,000 depending on experience (up to €50,000)
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Deadline   19/06/2023
Company Name   Proforest
Contact Name   Janka
Telephone   01865243439
Email   personnel@proforest.net
Website   Further Details / Applications
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Who are we?

Proforest is a mission-driven organisation that works throughout agricultural supply chains supporting the production and sourcing of agricultural and forest commodities that deliver positive environmental and social outcomes for People, Nature and Climate. These cover issues such asprotecting and restoring forests and natural ecosystems, respecting worker’s rights, advancing gender equality, and engaging with communities and indigenous people. Through our consultancy services, we help companies put their sustainability commitments into action both, within and beyond supply chains. We also facilitate pre-competitive collaboration with peer companies and other stakeholders such as governments, civil society and communities, and we support multi-stakeholder initiatives and landscape approaches that build common goals, address systemic issues and deliver positive outcomes at scale.

What will you do?

The role sits in the Human Rights and Livelihoods (HR&L) technical team, and will mainly support the Responsible Sourcing Team, but also support on-going work including sector collaboration and taking action at landscape or jurisdictional level.

You’ll have the opportunity make an impact on a range of projects on how to implement human rights and livelihoods commitments in practice, and support companies to achieve positive impacts for people in their supply bases and supply chains. This will be achieved via working with colleagues to support companies in the implementation of human rights due diligence, including  policy commitments, human rights risk assessments, and actions within and beyond supply chains to address issues such as forced labour, child labour, OHS risks, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) land rights issues.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage the day-to-day implementation and delivery of major client projects and/or workstreams to include budget, planning and project administration, as well as monitoring of deliverables in line with project requirements
  • Provide technical support on human rights topics
  • Support and deliver training and capacity building (internal and external) on key topics and practices in human rights and livelihoods and their application to responsible production and sourcing
  • Represent Proforest in relevant international meetings and forums
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the current HREDD legislative context, stakeholder pressures and best-practices relating to the sustainable management and sourcing of agricultural and forestry commodities, including industry collaboration groups (e.g., Consumer Good Forum, ISEAL, Palm Oil Collaborative Group, Soft Commodities Forum…) 

What is your profile?

We are looking for people who are passionate about taking on challenges at a global scale, someone who is self-motivated and committed to continuous improvement for themselves and the team in which they work. To be successful in the role you will have:


  • The ability to work collaboratively as a team within a multi-cultural environment and be able to receive and give constructive feedback
  • A relevant Masters’ level qualification or equivalent
  • Knowledge of human rights issues in agricultural production and supply chains
  • Knowledge of and/or applied experience of the implementation of the UNGPs’ Human Rights Due Diligence framework
  • Good knowledge of the relevant international frameworks, conventions, and guidelines; and voluntary standards/certification schemes designed to address human rights relevant to agricultural commodity production
  • Have relevant professional experience in a similar consultancy role, sustainability initiative,  private sector, or delivery-focused NGO working in, or closely with, large corporate buyers and international agricultural commodity supply chains
  • Have strong project management skills (including excellent time-management, problem-solving and organisational abilities) and proven ability to deliver to tight timelines
  • Have excellent written and spoken English with the ability to draft proposals, reports and presentations
  • The ability and willingness to travel for training, field work and meetings.


  • Knowledge and experience of mandatory human rights due diligence legislation
  • Experience and skills at developing and delivering training – on-line and in person
  • Training and experience of gender equality mainstreaming, and/or building gender sensitivity into field work or programmes
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the production practices of at least one of the commodities Proforest works on (palm oil, cocoa, sugar, beef, soy, rubber)
  • Fluency in another relevant language: French, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malay, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin
  • Experience of working within multi-stakeholder processes and/or facilitation of meetings and collaborative processes.
  • Experience of living and working in regions where Proforest has a strong presence (Latin America, West Africa and Southeast Asia)

Why should you work for us?

  • Be part of a friendly and supportive team with a shared vision and mission to support the transition to agriculture commodity production and sourcing that delivers positive outcomes for people, nature and climate
  • Be part of a global organisation, with offices in 8 countries and staff from more than 17 countries, speaking more than 40 languages
  • We care about work-life balance and offer 25 days plus public holidays (with an extra 2 days the following year should you take your well earnt holiday within the year)
  • We contribute to your pension up to 8%
  • We support learning and development with a dedicated team to help you achieve your goals; we provide access to training for technical knowledge and competency skills
  • Access to an employee assistance programme
  • we organize regular in-person team gatherings, regional and international knowledge exchanges and social events

Key information:

  • Location: Oxford, UK or Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Salary: £34,000 - £45,000 depending on experience (up to €50,000)
  • Requires eligibility to work in EU or UK
  • Please note the official job title for this role is Human Rights and Responsible Sourcing Senior Project Manager

*Hybrid working: Proforest operates on a hybrid basis both in our Oxford and Leiden offices. We encourage staff to attend the office as often as possible to maximise interactions with colleagues but also appreciate individual circumstances and preferences. We ask that staff attend the office at least once a week and are happy to explore flexible working options.

 To apply please click here

Application deadline:19th June.


Please note we may close the advert early should we find our chosen candidate and therefore would encourage you to apply at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment as we will be interviewing as soon as possible.

We are committed to supporting diversity throughout Proforest globally, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive and welcome applications from all.

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