E2, London (Hybrid)
£33,500 - £38,000 per year
Contract, 12 month with possibility of extension, Full-time
Job description

ISEAL is offering an exciting opportunity for a proactive and passionate individual to join our programme of work supporting sustainability systems to advance on Human Rights and Decent Work. If you are passionate about human rights and decent work for all and keen to strengthen market action in this space, then this might be the role for you.  

ISEAL supports sustainability standards and similar market-based sustainability systems to improve their impacts on people and the planet.  ISEAL’s Credibility Principles and Codes of Good Practice are used globally to guide the development of credible sustainability systems and to evaluate the credibility of sustainability claims. In our current strategy, ISEAL has made a commitment to work with our members to advance solutions and innovations to the most pressing sustainability challenges – including on human rights and living wage.

The Senior Coordinator will have a key role in supporting projects within that are directly linked to our Human Rights and Decent Work Programme. This includes our work on system strengthening to progress on living wages and the convening of the Global Living Wage Coalition’s Action Network. It also includes our nascent work on developing the role of sustainability systems in enhancing access to remedy and potential further work on topics such as forced labour, child labour and trafficking. The Senior Coordinator may also play a role in monitoring and analysing policy and legislative developments linked to human rights and decent work, including what this means for the work of sustainability standards.  

A key component of this role will be supporting the development of guidance and recommendations targeted at sustainability standards and systems – both within the ISEAL community and beyond – to improve their systems to better deliver against human rights and decent work goals.  The role will report to the Senior Manager, Impacts and Evidence.

The ideal candidate will bring a good level of practical experience of sustainability systems and have experience in coordinating projects with a range of activities, interacting with external partners and experts, convening dialogues or meetings, and communicating the key insights from our work through regular written pieces.   In return, ISEAL can offer inspiring insight into the world of sustainability initiatives and sustainability issues, a supportive organisational culture, and good opportunities to develop professionally and personally in an international NGO environment.



Core Responsibilities

Project coordination

  • Coordinate elements of our human rights related projects including setting up and managing meetings & dialogues, agenda preparation, notetaking, speaker outreach, meeting communications & follow up
  • Oversee project processes, such as procurement procedures, drafting contracts with consultants and maintaining project-related systems
  • Coordinate outreach to project stakeholders, ISEAL members, partners & event attendees
  • Proof-read, edit, design, and format relevant documentation, using ISEAL templates
  • Upload and keep up to date contact and event participant records on Salesforce, Mailchimp, and other relevant systems
  • Maintain pages on the ISEAL website and ISEAL Platform related to event and programme activities and support email and social media campaigns
  • Write short blogs or public communication pieces based on project work and outcomes
  • Support drafting and delivery of relevant newsletters and website articles
  • Carry out background research or analysis and information gathering for projects and initiatives as required, including tracking policy developments
  • Organise events and webinars, and provide technical support during Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings and operate other tools for engagement (e.g. EasyRetro, Miro, Jamboard, etc)


  • Provide support to senior manager on grant management and reporting
  • Coordinate effectively with other teams at ISEAL to ensure smooth and coordinated delivery of project goals and activities, and support work of other teams as needed  
  • Provide ad hoc support to organisation-wide initiatives, if required
  • Participate actively in team and organisational planning and activities
  • Participate in internal staff management processes such as performance reviews, supervisory meetings, etc.

Experience, Knowledge and Attributes

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. sustainability, human rights, law, int. development/ social policy, etc.) and/or equivalent work experience
  • Experience of working with or within market-based sustainability tools (such as ISEAL member schemes or a private company or membership organisation, NGO)
  • Understanding of sustainability tools and approaches including standards systems, certification, and, social auditing, and how they work to help deliver change on sustainability issues
  • Strong coordination skills, and experience with administration, meeting/event organisation, logistics, contracts, budget tracking, etc.
  • Confidence in written and verbal communications with peers and external partners, comfortable in public speaking situations (e.g. facilitating webinars, workshops etc)
  • Good time management and ability to organise multiple simultaneous tasks efficiently & with precision, while working with multiple project leads
  • Able to work independently, including in a virtual work environment, and to ask for clarification/direction where needed
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Confidence in using IT systems, familiarity with virtual meeting tools (e.g. MS Teams, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc), use of contact management databases (e.g. Salesforce) and proficiency in MS Office
  • Desire to contribute to a more sustainable world and a passion for advancing human rights

Additionally desirable

  • Knowledge of business and human rights / decent work issues
  • Experience with support for financial/grants processes and management
  • Interest in social and economic sustainability
  • Some experience working from home and/or with a manager off site


Other relevant information

Term:                               Initial 12-months fixed term contract

Salary:                             £33,500-38,000 p.a. depending on experience

Working Hours:             Full time, 37.5 hours per week.

Location:                        This position will be based in ISEAL’s London head office; due to uncertainty with Covid-19, an ability and willingness to work from home is required. Applicants will need to provide evidence that they are entitled to work in the UK.

International Travel:    The post holder may be required to undertake occasional international travel

Annual Leave:               25 days / year for a full-time position (including office closure between Christmas and New Year)

Ideal Start Date:            asap


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Closed date: 06 July 2022 at 23:30
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