Job Title: Public Affairs Manager
Organisation: Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland or London, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 05 April 2021
Salary: CHF 90,000-95,000 / £45,000 to 55,000 per annum
Contract Type: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Sponsors international candidates? Not Stated
The 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.
The Public Affairs Manager will play a key role in achieving the aims 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.
Role and Responsibilities
In collaboration with the Head of Communications & Public Affairs, develop a public affairs strategy including tactics and activities that promote sustainable procurement and trading policies.
Promote and educate internal colleagues on the strategy to ensure a shared vision, coherence and compliance for the strategy across BCI.
Work closely with diverse functions on key thematic issues such as climate change mitigation, pesticides/toxicity, smallholder livelihoods and women’s empowerment in order to communicate and engage with public sector and intergovernmental actors as well as civil society.
Engage and support local and national governments to integrate the Better Cotton Standard System into cotton policies, regulation, and extension services, working with BCI country teams where appropriate.
Engage with national governments, the EU, international development banks and UN organisations through dedicated advisory and advocacy support on key thematic issues.
Conduct global stakeholder mapping to support the public affairs strategy and identify key targets for strategic relationship development, partnerships, and potential funding opportunities.
Support and help equip BCI Members, Implementing Partners, and civil society organisations to encourage governments and regulators to create the right incentives, levers, and penalties to accelerate sustainable production and consumption as well as change practices in public procurement.
Initiate and organise meetings and participate in discussions with relevant stakeholders and governments to advance BCI’s public affairs agenda.
Educate and engage with investors, banks and organisations that advocate responsible investment, promoting the inclusion of BCI in their investment criteria.
Provide ongoing research, background information, and policy support as necessary, including help drafting briefs, white papers, and other policy reports.
Advise, answer questions and support the Leadership Team on advocacy and public affairs issues as well as key opportunities and trends within the space.
Represent BCI at influential policy networks, conferences, and meetings.
Experience, Skills and Qualifications
At least 3 - 5 years of experience in planning, managing, and implementing advocacy and public affairs strategies.
Demonstrated track record managing cross-organisational/functional projects.
Demonstrated grasp of key sustainability issues in the textile and apparel sector including cotton agriculture.
Political and/or civil society network in Europe.
Strategic and analytical thinker.
Excellent communication skills in English: orally and written.
Strong presentation skills.
Strong relationship management skills.
Strong German and French language skills.
Knowledge of sustainability standards.
Passionate about sustainability and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to drive change.
Full job details attached. 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”.
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