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WRC seeks Field Representative for El Salvador

Responsibilities also include activities in Guatemala and other parts of Central America.

The Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), a non-profit organization working to end sweatshop conditions in the global apparel industry, is seeking a field representative for the organization based in El Salvador with some travel and responsibilities in Guatemala and other parts of Central America. This is a two-year position that commences in January 2020.

The WRC’s global field program involves:

  • In-depth investigations of labor practices in factories around the world;
  • Public reporting of labor rights abuses where they are identified;
  • Hands-on efforts to develop and implement corrective action plans to improve working conditions, including efforts to convince the US customers of overseas factories to require the factories to cease abusive practices;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with unions and worker rights advocates and working to inform workers and worker organizations about how the labor rights codes of conduct governing the behavior of apparel brands can be used as a tool to defend workplace rights; and
  • Conducting and publishing research on critical labor rights issues.

All WRC investigations are conducted in close coordination with local worker rights organizations. The WRC’s commitment in all cases is to remain involved long-term to ensure that violations are eliminated and that improved conditions are maintained. The WRC’s primary focus is on the production of apparel that bears the names and logos of our 180+ college and university affiliates, but the organization focuses as well on the broader apparel industry and on other products.

Field Representatives contribute to the work of the WRC to end worker rights violations and improve factory conditions by receiving complaints from workers and worker organizations, coordinating factory investigations in their respective regions, and representing the WRC in communications with workers, unions, and non-governmental organizations.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the El Salvador Field Representative include:

  • Responding to complaints filed by workers and worker organizations by conducting detailed worker interviews, collecting documents, and researching legal standards that regulate labor law;
  • Carrying out factory investigations. For these investigations, the Field Representative will interview workers and visit factories in order to interview factory management, conduct a walk-through of the plant, and review of factory documents;
  • Preparing detailed reports to be shared with other members of the WRC staff about the information documented during worker interviews and factory visits;
  • Serving as an observer at meetings and other events related to cases where the WRC is investigating, taking notes at these activities and, when required, documenting them with video and photographs; and
  • Serving as a WRC liaison to NGOs, unions, government agencies and factory managers.

Qualifications

The representative must have:

  • At least three years’ professional experience working on human or labor rights issues, including experience in El Salvador;
  • Substantial knowledge of global labor rights issues;
  • A proven commitment to the cause of social justice;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain inter-organizational relationships in an international context;
  • Proven ability to manage complex projects;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • A BS or BA degree, or foreign equivalent;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software;
  • Fluency in Spanish and proficiency in English; fluency in English is preferred but not required.

Length of Term and Compensation

The minimum compensation for this position is US$ 1,900 per month. The initial compensation can be adjusted based on experience. The period of the position is for two years.

Equal Opportunity

The WRC is an equal opportunity organization and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/ mental condition, veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. People of color, women, veterans, people who identify as LGTBQ+, and people who are differently abled are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Indicate Your Interest

Send a cover letter, résumé and writing sample by electronic mail to the Tara Mathur, Field Director for the Americas, tara.mathur@workersrights.org. Put “El Salvador Field Representative” in the subject line of the e-mail.