Policy Advisor/Senior Policy Advisor – Garment Supply Chains

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Policy Adviser/Senior Policy Adviser – Garment Supply Chains

Salary Band: Policy Advisor Band 4 (from £37,340 FTE per annum).  Senior Policy Advisor Band 3 (from £41,195  FTE per annum)

Location: London, SE11. with ability to travel regularly to London.

Contract and Hours: Full Time (37 hours)  or four days a week, flexible

Transform Trade works for trade and climate justice. In South Asia and East Africa, we support farmers, workers and artisans to benefit from more sustainable and equitable trade, and in the UK we advocate and campaign for changes to business practices and government policy.

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and committed policy advisor or senior policy advisor (depending on experience) to lead our work influencing on garments supply chains.

You’ll be part of a team of specialists influencing UK and global policy in solidarity with southern advocacy partners seeking to make the global trade system more just.

You will have a strong understanding of international garment supply chains which start in low-income countries and supply international markets, and their impacts on workers and manufacturing businesses. You will be a skilled and strategic advocate and a confident communicator who can engage persuasively with a variety of audiences. You will have recent and relevant experience of building and coordinating coalitions for advocacy, including with organisations based in the Global South. You will have a good understanding of parliamentary processes and the opportunities these present for influencing. You will be able to work effectively and collaboratively with a range of colleagues and partners, including those from different countries and cultures, and to develop and implement joint strategies for advocacy that are rooted in the realities of people in the Global South.  You’ll be flexible, a team player, ready and willing to embrace new areas of work and the challenges that this job will throw at you, and committed to anti-racist, decolonised approaches to poverty alleviation, with an emphasis on shifting power

In return, we offer a competitive salary, flexible hours and location, friendly colleagues, and the knowledge that you could be helping to shape a more equitable and sustainable  approach to global trade.

It is an exciting time to join our organisation. Following a strategic review, we are embarking on a process of change to shift power to groups in the global south, and to rethink the way we work in the UK. We are committed to equality and providing a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We particularly welcome applications from those who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, including disabled people and individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Interested? Further details including a full job description and application form can be found on our website: Work for Transform Trade — Transform Trade (transform-trade.org)

Please send your completed application form to recruitment@traidcraft.org

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 14th November

Provisional dates for interviews: Wednesday 23rd (pm) and Thursday 24th November 2022

 

Role:

 

Policy Advisor or Senior Policy Advisor: garments (London or flexible with ability to travel regularly to London.)
Purpose:

 

To lead the development and delivery of Transform Trade’s policy work on garments, and support broader cross-organisational work on this theme. This will include exploring policy solutions and developing collaborations to stop unfair purchasing practices in the international textile and garment sectors, with a particular focus on building a coalition to achieve a UK fashion watchdog (Garment Trading Adjudicator.)

At Transform Trade every member of staff is required to support our efforts to build our reputation, fundraise where they can and advocate on issues we campaign on.

Everyone is an ambassador; everyone is an advocate; everyone is a fundraiser.

Accountabilities:

 

·Lead effective advocacy to deter abusive purchasing practices of international brands and retailers, to improve livelihoods for garment workers

·Build partnerships / coalitions among UK and organisations based in supplier locations for advocacy promoting fairness in garment supply chains.

·In particular, lead coalition advocacy in support of the establishment of a UK Fashion Watchdog (Garment Trading Adjudicator.)

·Build relationships among key stakeholders, including garments workers groups (UK & overseas) and suppliers, to ensure advocacy for a GTA addresses their needs.

·Strengthen and increase parliamentary relationships and plans to achieve cross-party MP support for a GTA.

·Participate in TT’s garment portfolio, working across TT to  develop and implement a cross-organisational garments strategy, with strong connections between programme and policy work.

·Work with campaigns and communications colleagues to strengthen public engagement in and visibility for our garments advocacy.

·Meet reporting requirements and maintain donor relationships, & work with fundraising colleagues to help raise money for advocacy work.

·Play a full part in discussions contributing to the strategic direction and work of the policy team and continually seeking and acting upon opportunities for personal and team development.

You will be: ·An intelligent and articulate influencer with excellent research and writing skills.

·Able to quickly grasp a variety of complex subjects and viewpoints, and will be able to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to achieve change.

·Able to navigate challenging contexts and build high trust credible relationships with different stakeholders both in the UK and overseas

·An organised strategic thinker who looks for constructive solutions

You will have: You will have:

·A sound understanding of international garment supply chains which start in low-income areas/countries and supply international markets, and their impacts on workers and manufacturing businesses.

·Recent experience of working with UK Parliamentarians

·Recent and relevant experience of building and coordinating coalitions for advocacy, including with organisations based in the global south, and as well as with businesses.

·Recent experience of developing and implementing effective advocacy strategies.

·Excellent written communication skills including the ability to write for a variety of audiences such as parliamentarians, business and civil society organisations.

·Experience of working with campaigns and media colleagues to support public engagement in an advocacy agenda.

·Proven aptitude for delivering consistent, high quality work, often to short deadlines and with a high degree of independence

·The ability to travel as necessary

·Sympathy for Transform Trade’s mission and approach to trade

·A commitment to anti-racist approaches to poverty alleviation, with a focus on shifting power to those in the global south most impacted by UK business activities.

You may have:

·Strong experience of working with research partners to deliver advocacy for research.

·Experience of working in private sector

·Experience of working in parliament

·Experience of managing consultancy assignments

·Experience of organising workshops

·Experience of fundraising

Whilst Transform Trade is a Christian response to poverty, we welcome applicants from all faiths or none.  We do ask that all staff members respect the Christian vision, ethos and culture of the organisation.

 

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