South Asia Regional Urgent Appeal Coordinator (RUAC)

5 days/week

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2021

The regional urgent appeal coordinator is a dynamic role in a non-hierarchical and inspiring international labour rights network. The CCC Network is rolling out a new structure for coordinating urgent appeals within the global Network, and the Regional Urgent Appeal Coordinator (RUAC) is a new position within this structure. In the role, you will play an active role in promoting international solidarity and activism and be part of successful struggles for workplace rights that deliver real improvements in garment workers lives. You will learn in detail about workers’ struggles and apply different mechanisms and tactics for winning workplace struggles.

About South Asia Regional Clean Clothes Campaign Coalition

The South Asia Coalition of the Clean Clothes Campaign Network consists of trade unions and labour organisations in South Asia that aim at improved working conditions and empowered manufacturing workers - most of them women - in the garment and sportswear industries.

The CCC Network is a global network of more than 200 trade unions, NGOs and expert individuals. All members, partners and associates within the global network are committed to a shared Global Strategic Framework, and cooperate in international working groups (WIGs) and national and regional coalitions. For more information on our recent campaigns and advocacy work, as well as our vision, mission and principles, you can visit https://cleanclothes.org

Urgent appeals

An Urgent Appeal (UA) case is a response to a request for international support from workers in the garment and sportswear industry whose rights are being violated. Workers’ organisations work with CCC to take action to solve these violations. In an Urgent Appeal case, the CCC cannot and does not want to represent the workers, but supports them by generating global solidarity and building leverage so governments, companies and other actors take action to address violations and improve working conditions in garment supply chains. The case may be worked on behind the scenes or be made public. Many cases focus on harassment of union leaders, union discrimination and anti-union activities, gender based violence and discrimination, wage theft and false charges against union leaders and members.

 

Tasks: To be reviewed after 6 months

  1. Coordinate and monitor urgent appeals activities in the region. This roles includes:
    • a) Gathering details about cases;
    • b) Participating in case eligibility assessments;
    • c) Supporting reporting organisations to participate in the UA process;
    • d) Joining UA case groups and help implement the case strategy;
    • e) Supporting the development of positive relationships within UA case groups;
    • f) Sharing, clarifying and managing information on UA case strategies;
    • g) Collaborating and sharing information about UA case work with the wider CCC network;
    • h) Facilitating strategic decision making about cases;
  2. Work closely with the Regional Coordinator to ensure that all decisions made are aligned with other regional activities.
  3. Work with the UA training coordinator to build capacity of organisations in the region to participate in UA case work.
  4. Strengthen collaboration within and across regions on urgent appeal cases.
  5. Coordinate research about regional and country-specific issues such as a mapping of freedom of association and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic relevant to urgent appeal work.
  6. Report to the Coalition about cases relevant to the work of the region from within the region and outside of it every quarter.
  7. Participate in decision making about the allocation of funding in the region for urgent appeal work as required;
  8. Organise and participate in online meetings and face-to-face meetings relating to the role.
  9. Other reasonable tasks to support the effective development and resolution of urgent appeal cases within the region.

Profile

Essential

  • At least 3 years’ experience working with labour rights or human rights organisations in the region.
  • Knowledge about business and human rights, labour rights, social justice and/or supply chains.
  • Strong coordination skills and able to manage detailed information.
  • Ability to build and cultivate strong relationships, with a demonstrable affinity with the social and labour movements in the region.
  • Willingness and ability to work with diversity in terms of gender, race, religion, caste, ethnicity and sexuality.
  • Able to balance competing priorities and identify when to escalate an issue or call out a risk.
  • Be creative, energetic and have an innovative approach to identifying solutions.
  • Strong analytical, writing and verbal skills for communicating within and outside the network.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Flexibility to travel.

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge about trade unions and civil society organisations - and their sensitivities - in the region.
  • Knowledge about the rights of workers in the garment and sportswear sector and supply chain.
  • Experience of working on urgent appeal type cases or campaigns.
  • Fluency in at least one of the regional languages is an advantage.

Terms

Daily fee of EUR 75 for 5 days per week (40 hours per week).

The Regional UA Coordinator will work from home and can be based in any country in the region where the CCC has members or partners: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh.

Costs to cover equipment and direct expenses related to the position will be agreed upon.

This is an initial one year freelance contract which may be renewed pending performance and availability of funds. The intention is to have the position for at least three years.

There is an expectation to travel as and when needed where it is possible to travel.

The Regional UA Coordinator is accountable to the regional coordinator and the regional board.

Start date: 1 July 2021.

Application process

Please send your CV and motivation letter to CCC South Asia Coalition, attn. Tasneem Binta Karim - sac@cleanclothes.org no later than 30 April 2021. The first round of interviews will be conducted in the second week of May.