South Asia Advocacy and Appeals Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Clean Clothes Campaign International Secretariat is looking for:

South Asia Advocacy and Appeals Coordinator (32 hrs/wk)

based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Schone Kleren Campagne/Clean Clothes Campaign is dedicated to improving working conditions in the global garment industry. In the twenty plus years of our existence an extensive and effective global network of some 250 trade unions and NGO's has been created with campaign secretariats in 16 European countries. Our office in Amsterdam is shared by two highly motivated teams: the Clean Clothes Campaign International Secretariat (CCC) and the Dutch Secretariat, the Schone Kleren Campagne (SKC). For more information:

Job description

As the Coordinator of our lobby, advocacy and awareness raising activities with South-Asian partners you will develop and implement programmes and campaign strategies on labour rights, such as the right to organise, decent wages & working hours and occupational safety and health issues. You will work on a diverse range of projects across labour rights including outreach to global allies, intergovernmental organisations, and corporations. You will frequently check-in with South-Asian partners to maintain strong relationships and support them to increase their skills and capacity.
As a member of the CCC International Secretariat you will be expected to provide leadership in lobby and advocacy activities, as well as succesfully resolve cases of labour rights violations brought by South-Asia partners to the CCC Network.


Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • develop campaign and lobby strategies towards corporate actors and actors such as ILO, UN agencies, international trade unions and various national governments;
  • participate in meetings and negotiations with ILO, UN agencies, international trade unions and various national governments;
  • engage directly and frequently in communication & consultation with international and local partner organisations in South-Asia, to establish strong relationships, enlarge the Asian network and support them in international outreach;
  • monitor the implementation of the Bangladesh Safety Accord and the (non) compliance by companies, in close cooperation with partners in Bangladesh;
  • follow-up and dialogue with the companies involved about the Bangladesh Safety Accord;
  • launch, investigate and coordinate Urgent Appeal cases related to labour rights, mainly in collaboration with partner organizations in garment-producing countries;
  • organize strategic actions and follow-up on Urgent Appeal cases in collaboration with other CCC organizations in Europe and campaigners outside of Europe; 
  • ensure expertise is shared through the network, by facilitating meetings and train the trainers and dissemination of good practices for various partner organisations in South Asia, such as local trade unions and civil society organisations of women workers, young workers, domestic workers and migrants;
  • write materials, reports and papers for public and internal uses;
  • write reports on campaign performance, project objectives/indicators and finances according to donor obligations and procedures.


We ask:

  • 10 years or more of progressively responsible work experience with trade unions, social movements in campaigning for labour rights and social protection in the South Asia Region, of which:
  • at least 5 years experience in international advocacy and communication strategies and policies with European and International trade unions and regional and international Human Rights mechanisms; 
  • at least 3 years experience on a operational level with local trade unions and special target groups such as labour groups of women workers, young workers, domestic workers and migrants. 
  • a networker, who builds strong working relationships with UN-agencies and partners and has an extensive network with Asian trade unions in the garment sector;
  • experience in translating organisational and campaign strategies into practical operations in a network context;
  • experience in facilitating train the trainers and facilitating large meetings for trade unions, labour groups and civil society organisations;
  • experience in the launch, investigation and coordination of Urgent Appeal cases;
  • knowledge of approaches of labour issues in gender focused organisations in various cultures and settings;
  • knowledge of report writing based on Logical Frame Work and Project Cycle management;
  • knowledge of ILO conventions and ILO standard setting process;
  • master degree in Social or Political sciences;
  • fluency in English and in at least one South-Asian language, written and oral;
  • excellent writing skills and a proven track record of papers written for public and internal use; 
  • excellent negotiation and problem-solving skills and a hands-on attitude;
  • ability to travel internationally several times per year.


We offer:

a dynamic job in a non-hierarchical organisation in which all staff earn the same salary, within an inspiring international network
A salary of € 2.537 Euros gross per month for a 32-hour work week and 8% holiday pay;
fringe benefits such as a fully paid pension plan, reimbursement of travel costs and 5-6 weeks holidays

Please note that Clean Clothes Campaign is not responsible for finding accomodation for its employees.

Applicants who would like to be considered should submit a letter of motivation and their CV to Odile Nijssen at before 22 September 2014
For more information about the position please contact the organisation via email only at

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