CSR Specialist at UNICEF Bangladesh

Purpose of assignment:

Under the general supervision of the Chief, Communication, Advocacy & Partnership, the CSR Specialist will; develop, manage and evaluate non-financial partnerships with the corporate community in support of UNICEF’s mission and objectives in the country, pilot innovative solutions for on-ground programme delivery, setting child rights agenda in policy and advocacy development and enhance the organisation’s credibility and brand as a technical expert in the area of child rights and responsible business. The position is also expected to provide technical inputs in line with UNICEF’s strategic Framework on CSR and manage programmatic alliances with the national CSR related agencies including business industry champions and companies in Bangladesh.

With regards to CSR, the garments sector is the backbone of the country’s industrial sector, but leather and construction are also quickly growing. Bangladesh is the second largest garments exporter in the world and the ready-made garments industry contributes 80 per cent of the total export earnings of the country. Over 3.5 million workers are employed in the sector with 80 per cent of them being women. Hazardous working conditions, excessive hours, and poor wages and child labour in particular in the informal sector are key concerns. The impact and potential of the textiles industry on children’s rights is significant – from income and services afforded to parents (predominantly mothers) to support children and families, the provision of decent work and youth employment, to child labour in the informal economies which have grown with and around the garments sector.

The industry’s growth was a significant driver in the expansion of neighbouring urban slums. Yet, despite the increase of these urban slums, there is no comprehensive policy on urbanization or urban poverty reduction. UNICEF’s 2009 MICS study highlighted urban slums as among the worst performing areas when compared to national averages – with three times more child labour, higher school dropout, poorer gender parity in secondary school, low breastfeeding rates, etc. Moreover, crime, violence, and precarious housing – all combine to produce an environment of extreme deprivation and violation of basic rights for children. 

Building on UNICEF’s experience working with companies such as Marks & Spencer, H&M and UNIQLO in these urban slums, as well as UNICEF’s growing capacity on CSR; a new project funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will engage business and other stakeholders, to build better factories and communities where children’s rights are respected and supported.

The CSR Specialist will be responsible for the implementation and roll-out of this project and UNICEF’s engagement with business on child rights in the context of the garment sector in Bangladesh. Building on these experiences, they will also support the development of the overall CSR strategy for the country.

Major duties and responsibilities:

i) Develop and pilot with business approaches to address child rights in the workplace and supply chain (in line with international labour standards and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights), customizing for the RMG sector in Bangladesh. Document and share good practice guidance. A key focus will be motivating and engaging factory owners and enterprises to integrate child rights into their business and CSR practices.

Work with multi-national brands and factory owners to implement approaches to child rights in supply chains.

Organize workshops/seminars with industry groupings and associations (national and international), investors, and government to disseminate findings of research, guidance and good practice. Increase awareness among key stakeholders and secure commitment to integrate children’s rights indicators, and considerations in their supply chain frameworks.

ii) Support industry-wide and multi-stakeholder initiatives on child rights in the RMG sector; and identify key areas of joint policy and advocacy action. For example, participants in the platform can identify ways in which business, government and civil society can work together to address child labour in the informal sector; increase birth registration rates to support this, or improve health service delivery; develop advocacy and action to realize these joint goals.

Establish baseline, and key performance indicators for activities and measure results of collaborative action. This will help develop the evidence-base for collaborative multi-stakeholder actions.

Develop good practice and lessons learned about how business can use influence and leverage appropriately with peers and through multi-stakeholder action to address child rights concerns in the supply chain.

Knowledge management for project, including research to support the development of key performance indicators for child rights in the RMG sector. Monitoring and evaluation activities with strong feedback loops in project design and implementation – to ensure course correction throughout the project in real time.

Undertake review of existing industry guidance and standards, and develop recommendations for integrating children’s rights and gender more robustly.

iii) Advocacy and Technical Inputs on CSR: in line with UNICEF’s Strategic Framework on CSR and promoting implementation of the Child Rights and Business Principles and tools: Advocacy with Government of Bangladesh, industry bodies and national think tanks on CSR/ Business Responsibility. Providing technical inputs to and managing strategic alliances with the National CSR Hub and other technical partnerships including capacity building.

iv) Developing the Bangladesh CSR Strategy as a main advocacy tool towards achieving programmatic results, annual workplan, periodic updates and other documentation as needed: Ensure that the elaboration of strategy paper and annual work plan is timely executed and followed up to support country programme priorities, regional and global directives.

v) Support fundraising by developing, implementing, managing and monitoring elements of resource mobilization strategies and action plans in BCO as required.


University degree in Development, Marketing, Economics, CSR, Communication, Fundraising or Business Administration. Sound and Up-to-date knowledge of corporate partnership management and corporate social responsibility as well as sustainability.

Work experience:

Minimum 5 years of professional experience in the relevant field or seven years of progressive work experience in consulting/programme development with particular focus on CSR, business and human rights, business sustainability, Corporate Partnerships, Fund Raising, marketing, communication activities.

Job title: CSR Specialist, P3 Level

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh - with travel to the field

Contract: 12 months, with possibility of extension, depending on performance, needs and availability of funds

Closing date: 22 January 2015