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Organization: Global Fairness Initiative

The Global Fairness Initiative promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world’s working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty.Since 2002, GFI has partnered with hundreds of marginalized working communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to enhance economic opportunities and build sustainable livelihoods.

For more details please visit: http://www.globalfairness.org/

Position: Program Manager

Experience & Qualification: 7 years of professional experience in project/program management in Development sector or other relevant fields. Master degree in Law, Social Studies, Management or any other relevant fields

Duty Station: Kathmandu, with frequent travel to program districts

Duration: One-year contract with possibility of extension

Compensation: Commensurate with Experience

Responsible to: GFI’s Nepal Country Director

Duration: One-year contract with possibility of extension


The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) registered in the United States of America for the purpose of creating a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic and social development. After entering into an agreement with Social Welfare Council, GFI Nepal has established its office in Nepal and implements the Better Brick – Nepal program together with implementing partners.

Over 250,000 workers, of whom as many as 60,000 are children, labor in unhealthy and unsafe conditions in Nepal’s brick kilns. The informal nature of the industry, which operates on the periphery of communities and with little government oversight, has served to entrench exploitive labor practices such as forced, bonded, and child labor. While work conditions are often harsh, the brick industry provides needed income to thousands of unskilled laborers, and in the wake of the Gorkha Earthquake of April 2015 the sector has become a particularly vital source of the jobs and building materials necessary for Nepal’s rebuilding and recovery.
Better Brick – Nepal’s objective is to transform the brick industry by eliminating child, forced, and bonded labor. We incentivize kilns to improve conditions for workers through access to better production techniques, stronger operations, and the creation of a market for ethically produced bricks. To achieve this, long entrenched systems of recruiting workers, paying wages and operating kilns themselves must be reformed and new, locally appropriate, approaches introduced that maintain financial benefit for owners and workers alike. Brick kilns in Nepal play an important role in an economic infrastructure that supports the livelihoods of thousands of workers and provides the raw materials that drive Nepal’s reconstruction and future growth. A future goal of Better Brick – Nepal is to create a more nuanced vision of brick production with wider recognition of good and bad practices where, currently, the sector is largely disparaged on the whole. The impact of creating this “choice” leverages a prevalent interest from kiln owners to find solutions to social and environmental problems entrenched in the sector, and taps into an insurgent demand for responsibility and accountability in the commercial sector in Nepal, led in part by international donor agencies, and amplified in the wake of the Gorkha earthquake.

Better Brick Nepal (BBN) Initiative

Better Brick – Nepal is a collaboration of Nepali NGOs, progressive brick kilns, the Government of Nepal, the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), and GoodWeave, and is supported by Humanity United. Better Brick – Nepal’s objective is to transform the brick industry by eliminating child, forced, and bonded labor by incentivizing kilns to improve conditions for workers through access to better production techniques, government recognition, stronger operations, and the creation of a market for ethically produced bricks.
Better Brick – Nepal is achieving this objective by utilizing a “tiered” system of engagement to differentiate levels of progress towards improving working conditions, as defined by the Better Brick – Nepal Standards, the program’s levels of engagement and investment on each kiln, and intensities of market facilitation and promotion for the kilns.
Better Brick – Nepal currently has 40 partner kilns, which fall into three tiers – Participant Kilns, Member Kilns, and Certified Kilns. By staggering engagement and investment based on performance, the program can partner with more kilns, more quickly. In addition, by marketing Member and Certified Kilns, the program can start to add in suppliers to meet the increased demand, while also ensuring that a zero tolerance policy on child labor is upheld.

Better Brick – Nepal’s specific objectives are:

• Support kilns in sustainably improving working conditions on their kilns and ultimately help them become a viable enterprises that are certified as Better Brick Kilns
• Create a market segmentation for “Better Bricks” and secure buyers interested in purchasing socially-responsibly produced bricks
• Generate awareness around the challenges brick workers face among public consumers, policy makers, and decision makers to galvanize support for improving working conditions on brick kilns and creating a market preference for Better Bricks,
• Implement a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy to segment the brick market and drive a set of policies and practices that incentivize the production of Better Bricks.

Position Roles and Responsibilities:

Strategic Support

• Monitor and assess program activities to determine if they are effectively meeting BBN’s strategic objectives and identify areas that can be improved or strengthened
• Working closely with program staff and implementing partners (IOs), identify strategies that can be employed to help reach BBN objectives
• Support Country Director in the development and nurturing of internal and external relationships to ensure optimum kiln engagement and program success, including kiln owners, kiln management, and implementing partners (IOs)
• Working under the guidance of the Country Director, communicate with government institutions at local and national levels to address program activities and awareness related matters of the brick industry
• Any other duties, as assigned

Program Management

• Lead in managing, planning, organizing and coordinating all BBN program activities and deliverables including developing program work plans and objectives for staff and implementing partners, supporting the implementation of program, and coordinating regularly review and planning sessions
• Update Country Director on program progress, its effectiveness, and highlight relevant issues and challenges.
• Monitor and track program progress and its effectiveness on transferring knowledge to all relevant holders
• Monitor and track program budgets and report on program expenditures, including implementing partners budgets quarterly to Country Director
• Coordinate and collaborate with partners such as GoodWeave and IOs for effectiveness of program activities
• Oversee program staff in effectively monitoring IO progress in meeting strategic objectives and program activities
• Any other duties, as assigned

Knowledge, Experience and Qualification:

• At least 7 years of professional experience in project/program management in development sector, or other relevant fields
• Masters degree in a relevant field
• Sound knowledge and experience on labor rights issues
• Sound knowledge and experience on Nepali brick sector issues preferred
• Excellent program conceptualization and development capacities, including the ability to convey these ideas convincingly in writing
• Experience in staff management
• Experience in project cycle management with excellent planning and delivery skills
• A high level of personal integrity, efficiency, and ability to balance multiple tasks and deadlines
• Strong ability to work cooperatively with diverse teams and stakeholders, including staff members, partners, and management
• Excellent interpersonal, networking, communication, negotiation and facilitation skills
• Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills
• Strong problem-solving skills and the ability the work well under pressure
• Fluency in English and Nepali

Last date to apply: August 30, 2019


Interested candidates are requested to apply for above positions by sending a resume, with a cover letter and three (3) references to nepalhr@globalfairness.org by close of business on August 30, 2019. In the subject line, please indicate the position you are applying for.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further selection process. Telephone enquiries will not be entertained. Canvasing at any stage of recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification. GFI/ Nepal reserve the right to reject any or all application(s)without stating any reason whatsoever.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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