Starting date: As soon as possible
Contract type: Full time, permanent contract
Salary: £48,350 or CHF 90,550
Application closing date: 5th October 2021
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) – the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world – aims to train 5 million farmers worldwide on more sustainable agricultural practices and ensure that Better Cotton accounts for 30% of global production by 2020.
We are truly a joint effort, encompassing stakeholders all the way from farmers to fashion brands and civil society organisations, driving the cotton sector towards sustainability. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.
The Better Cotton Initiative envisions a world where all cotton farming is sustainable - socially, environmentally, and economically. Our approach recognises that a supportive policy environment is necessary to ensure that cotton farming communities get the knowledge and resources they need to farm more sustainably and to be more self-sufficient.
Sustainable production, sourcing, and trade of Better Cotton must be supported by voluntary and/or regulatory policies and frameworks that enable extension services, incentives, and enforcement that recognises, supports, and invests in Better Cotton from farming through to consumption.
As BCI enters its second decade and next strategic phase towards 2030, we aim to exert greater influence both within and beyond the cotton sector. This new public affairs role will focus on cross-organisational advocacy on key issues related to sustainable cotton production and sourcing and will focus on building and maintaining a network of relationships with key public sector and civil actors working on related issues. Our public affairs activities will play a key role in maximising our impact by nurturing a policy and implementation environment where the adoption of Better Cotton, and more sustainable cotton generally, is seen as a solution to many pressing social and environmental sustainability issues such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity, child labour and smallholder economic resilience.
BCI has successfully engaged with partners to promote national embedding in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Mozambique, Pakistan, Turkey, and Israel. We will continue to pursue opportunities to empower other national actors to take ownership of the Standard and be responsible for its implementation. The Public Affairs Manager will play a key role in achieving this aim and asserting BCI’s leadership globally, and in doing so, will require working closely with diverse functions throughout the organisation including Fundraising, Implementation and Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation.
This challenging role offers excellent opportunities for personal and professional development, together with a competitive benefits package. The position reports to the Head of Communications and Public Affairs and who is a member of the Leadership Team. Some travel may be required.
The candidate will have the following Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:
The position is full-time (40 hours per week) and will be based in Geneva, Switzerland, or London, UK. BCI offers flexible working, with core hours being 10am – 4pm and the option to work from home one day per week.
Some travel may be required.
Interested applicants with the required attributes are asked to send a detailed CV (2 pages maximum) and a motivational letter (1 page maximum), in English, by email to: email@example.com with the subject: “Application: Public Affairs Manager” by the 5th October at the latest.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
BCI is currently unable to provide sponsorship for work permits, and candidates need to have a pre-existing right to work in the location where they will be based.
BCI is an equal opportunities employer, and is committed to good practice and transparency in the management of natural, human and financial resources.